What is the role of Mary –
the mother of Jesus?
How should the church view Mary?
Presenting A Sensitive Topic:
Is it biblical
Pray to Mary?
What do you think about praying to Mary
and the "Saints" who have died?
Is it biblical to pray to them
to pray for us?
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In love and gentleness,
I urge churches to open this topic up
and discuss these things through using Bible verses.
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Here is my position
some of the Bible verses that are relevant:
First: We do not need Mary to intervene for us.
It is not biblical for Mary to intervene for us.
Hebrews 4:16 (among other verses)
that we can boldly come
- without anyone's help -
into the throne room of God
and speak to God in prayer.
Second: Mary is not to be treated as special.
1. God gave Mary a blessing of being chosen the earthly mother of Jesus. BUT - Mary has no special power or special authority or special favor in heaven or on earth.
In Matthew 12:47-50 and Luke 8:19-21:
Jesus makes it clear
to be thought of as special
treated as special.
Mary is our sister in the Lord – nothing more.
Mary is a dead Christian.
God teaches us not to be preoccupied
with dead people.
We cannot do anything to bless her
(or anyone else in heaven)
including honoring her.
There is a separation between us
and those who have died.
The Bible does not encourage us
in any way
to do anything for Mary
or anyone else who is dead.
2. We only pray to God. (Matthew 6:6)
We never pray to Mary, or any Saint, or any angel.
We do not ask Mary
- or any person who has died -
to pray for us.
There is no example in the Bible of praying to Mary - or others who have died.
There are examples of God
with people who talk to those who have died.
God makes it clear that we are
to talk to the dead.
See 1 Samuel 28 for an example.
(Take note: trying to contact angels is also not biblical.)
Jesus is our
and he IS God.
God is one God in three persons.
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Knowing God and Pleasing God
is our mission in life.
The Bible is our source for what God wants us to do.
Here is an example of the
unbiblical teaching on this subject.
I looked up what the rosary prayer
is all about.
I was shocked.
The site I read from
easily convinced me that the
rosary prayer is not biblical
it has within it, praying to Mary.
After the rosary prayer,
the site added the following:
"Mary really likes to give surprises to people
who are new to the rosary
we encourage you to
ask Mary for bold requests
because she likes to grant them."
That may not be Catholic teaching
those are the kinds of things
that will naturally emerge
from the unbiblibcal doctrines
in the Catholic church.
I watched a video of the inside of a
Catholic church and
was dismayed at the
many images of Mary
Mary and baby Jesus.
To be clear,
Protestant denominations all need to
at their doctrines and practices.
We all need
to get out our Bibles and review
and relook at
what we consider biblical.
To be clear:
Protestants see Mary as a Christian sister
at the attention
and ungodly devotion
I assume that Catholics
are surprised at the lack
of attention Protestants
This page helps clarify that.
And notice that Protestants seem
to do fine without Mary's help.
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The real Mary
was humble and she tried to be godly.
all this focus on Mary
the real Mary
may we all remember
to use Bible verses
to help one another find truth.