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?
Note: We have an interesting section
at the bottom of the page
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.
Here is an excellent video.
I comment on this video
further down the page.
Here is my position
some of the Bible verses that are relevant:
First: The Bible says we have ONE mediator
1 Timothy 2:5 says,
For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus;
Second: 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.
Third: 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 living in heaven.
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.
does not encourage us
in any way
to do anything for Mary
or anyone else who is dead.
Some in the Catholic church say
Mary has a role as Co-Redemptrix.
That idea cannot be found in the Bible.
It is not even hinted at in the Bible.
Jesus speaks words that indicate
he wants Mary to be seen as any other Christian
in Matthew 12:47-50 and Luke 8:19-21.
Fourth: We only pray to God.
Matthew 6:9 Jesus said when you pray say...
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Matthew 6:6 Jesus said...
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
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
teaching on this subject.
Rome places their man-made tradition
on an equal level
with the scriptures themselves!
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 unbiblical doctrines
in the Catholic church.
To be clear:
Protestants see Mary as a Christian sister
at the attention
particularly by praying to her
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
In Luke 1:47,
Mary called Jesus Her Savior.
She needed a Savior.
She was not sinless
and should not be called sinless.
The Bible is our source of truth.
The Bible is NOT the source
of the Catholic church's ideas about Mary.
The Bible does NOT say Mary was sinless.
The Bible does NOT give an example of praying to
Mary or any saint
or in any way introduce that idea.
The Bible does NOT say that
Mary or other people in heaven
special "ear" to Jesus.
The Bible does NOT say that Mary
was a virgin all of her life.
The Catholics try to say that in Matthew 1:25
doesn't mean "until."
The Greek text says.... in Matthew 1:25
they had sex after the birth of Jesus.
When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
25 but knew her not until
she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
we even realize that if there was no sex in the marriage of Mary and Joseph - then Joseph would also be highly honored in the Catholic faith. Can you imagine being married for years and no sex?
And...the Bible does tell us that the book of James and Jude were written by the brothers of Jesus.
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.
I found out that May is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The page referenced below will be a shock to those who have not grown up in the Catholic church. It is an eye-opener.
On the above linked page, we find the following
Updated April 27, 2019
The Catholic practice of assigning a special devotion to each month goes back to the early 16th century.
Since the best known of those devotions is probably the dedication of May as the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it might come as a surprise that it wasn't until the late 18th century that this devotion arose among Jesuits in Rome.
In the early years of the 19th century, it quickly spread throughout the Western Church, and, by the time of Pope Pius IX's declaration of the dogma of the immaculate conception in 1854, it had become universal.
I urge you to follow the link and read the page if you want more information about what Catholics believe about Mary and how they pray to Mary to protect them and help them.