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THE ROMAN CATHOLIC TEACHING ON MARY

 

I. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

1a Little is known about Mary from Scripture

1b Most what is known centers on the birth of Christ

2b Her last words recorded are found at the marriage feast at Canaan

3b She is only mentioned a few more times

1c During Christ's public ministry (Matt. 12:46-47; Mk. 3:31; Lk. 8:19)

2c At the Cross (Jn. 19:25-27)

3c Living with the disciples in Jerusalem (Acts 1:14)

2a It was God's purpose not to reveal anything more: possibly to avoid her being worshipped as she is today

II. ROMAN DOCTRINE OF MARY

1a Mary and Christ

1b Mary is the Mother of God – what does this idea convey

1c Originally used to express the virgin birth and the deity of Christ

2c It has become the view Mary is an equal or even greater than Jesus himself

2b The Church therefore holds: From The book, The Glories of Mary, by Liguori, one of the highest authorities on Canon Law, whose books are probably considered the most authoritative....than those of any other writer – Boetner Pg. 98)

1c Mary is the Mediator between God and sinners

1d She is the mediator of peace

1e "The Glories of Mary, "And she is truly a mediator of peace between sinners and God. Sinners receive pardon by Mary alone"

2e The Teaching of Scripture

1 Tim 2:5, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”

Heb 7:25, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

2d She is our life

1e The Glories of Mary, "Mary is our life .....Mary in obtaining this grace for sinners by her intercession, thus res­tores them to life....He fails and is Lost who has not recourse to Mary

2e The Teaching of Scripture

John 14:6, “Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Acts 4:11-12, “He is "'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." 

3d Mary is able to overrule the decisions of Jesus

1e If we ask God for something and He does not grant it, go to Mary and she will get it for you

1f The picture painted of Jesus and Mary often is quite contrasting

2f Jesus is pictured as a stern cruel judge whereas Mary is seen as a loving and merciful mother who intercedes on our behalf before the stern Jesus

2e The Teaching of Scripture

1f God is the only one to be addressed in prayer and all answers are according to his sovereign will

I Jn 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-- whatever we ask-- we know that we have what we asked of him.”

2f Jesus is always described as a compassionate God - one who knows our trials and struggles (I John 4:9-10; Heb. 2:17; 4:15)

3f Mary understood that Jesus authority comes first (Jn. 2:5)

4d Mary is the way of Salvation

1e The Glories of Mary, "Mary is called... the gate of heaven because no one can enter that blessed kingdom without passing through her;" "The Way of salvation is open to none otherwise than through Mary," "Our salvation is in the hands of Mary....He who is protected by Mary will be saved, who is not will be lost."

2e The Teaching of Scriptures declare:

John 10:1, 7, 9, "I am the door"

John. 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes unto the Father except by me."

Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

5d Mary has power and authority over God

1e The Glories of Mary, "All power is given to thee in Heaven and on earth," so that "at the command of Mary all obey, even God... and thus.... God has placed the whole Church ....under the domination of Mary,” “She is also the advocate of the whole human race...for she can do what she wills with God”

2e The Teaching of Scriptures

Eph. 5:23, "Christ is the Head of the church and He is the Savior of the body."

Col. 1:18, "He is the head of the body! The church... that in all things he might have the pre-eminence."

Matt. 28:18, "And Jesus came and spoke unto them saying, All authority is give unto me in heaven and in earth."

I Jn. 2:1-2, "But if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Just; and he is the propitiation for our sins.”

6d Mary's Name is above every name

1e The Glories of Mary, "The whole Trinity, 0 Mary gave thee a name... above every other name, that at Thy name, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth."

2e The Teaching of Scripture

Phil. 2:9-10, "God also hath highly exalted him, and hath given him a name which above all names, that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow,”

3b Mary and Joseph

1c The Teaching of the Roman Church

1d It is believed that Mary and Joseph lived together in a normal marriage relationship except in the area of physical relations, a perpetual virgin

2d To have physical relations meant that her holy body would have been defiled, "It cannot with decency be imagined that the most holy vessel which was once consecrated to be a re­ceptacle of the Deity should be afterwards desecrated and profaned by human usage."

3d According to this teaching a woman's body is desecrated and profaned" when she becomes a mother in the normal course of family life. A Nun is holier than the mother of a lovely child is.

2c The Teaching of Scripture

1d God established marriage as pure before God even before the fall of man

Heb 13:4, “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” (NIV)

2d Mary did have physical relations with Joseph in a normal marriage relationship

Matt 1:24-25, “Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.” The underlined statement clearly indicates that Joseph and Mary did have sexual relations. It does not say he never “knew” her but rather he did not until after Jesus was born.

Matt. 13:54-56, If these supposed brothers and sisters were of Joseph and another wife then they would not have brothers or sisters of
Jesus. The only way they could be blood relations is through Mary.  Also note, that polygamy was not practiced among the Jews at the
time of Christ. These could not have been children of an earlier marriage because Jesus is given the role of leadership over them
indicating authority. Since polygamy was not practiced, Joseph would have either had to divorce Mary and marry another or have them out of wedlock. The only explanation that makes sense that these were the children of Joseph and Mary.

4b Mary and Her Birth

1c Immaculate Conception: It is believed that Mary was conceived and born without original sin and remained without sin all her life

2c Reviewed

Lk. 1:46-47: Mary Speaks of her need of a Savior

Romans 3:23, "All have sinned"

5b Mary and Her Death

1c Roman Teaching: Shortly after her death, 3 days by one source, she was raised from the dead. Her body and soul were united and she was escorted to heaven by Christ to become the Queen of Heaven

2c There is no mention of this anywhere in the Bible.

6b Mary and relics

1c Roman Teaching

1d Church attaches significance to miracles to Mary related to Mary herself or to the statue or image of her

2d Statues of Mary are venerated, her house was transported by God to Rome, her wedding ring is held by the Church

2c The teaching of Scripture

1d There is no mention of any of these things in the Bible

2d The Bible is clear that we are to worship only one person, God Himself

2a Final Comments

1b In zeal to counter Mary Worship, may we not go to the opposite extreme and take away from the godly character of Mary

2b Let us not loose out on Joseph’s contribution in the life of our Lord Also.