The Veneration of Mary; What the Bible Says

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He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!
As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.

(Regina Coeli)

Written above was an old Marian hymn entitled Regina Coeli, one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons of the so called “Blessed Virgin Mary”, sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through Pentecost Sunday. The Latin word coelum means “heaven” (whence the English word celestial), and Regina means “queen”. Yes! Regina Coeli, which is a song for Mary, literally means “Queen of Heaven” because the Catholic Church, by the encyclical letter Ad Caeli Reginam of Pius XII,  defined Mary to be the Queen of Heaven. The Catholic Saint Germanus praised her by saying, “Your honor and dignity surpass the whole of creation; your greatness places you above the angels.” But no matter how high they uplift her name, no matter how majestic are the titles they have attributed to her or how solemn is their devotion to honor her, there is no single biblical statement that supports the Catholics veneration of Mary, neither she was called “queen”. The only biblical account that specifies the state of Mary aside from being the mother of Christ in the flesh was the statement uttered by Mary herself.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)

Mary never claimed any dignified or honorable position during Christ ministry, but with meekness, she admitted her humble state in the sight of God – a slave, a bondmaid. She was never called a queen, much more “the queen of heaven”, a title that provokes the wrath of God since the time of the Old Covenant, when pagan nations and the apostatized Israel are gathering woods to make offerings for her.

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” (Jer 7:18)

Today, millions of people who professed to serve God and calling themselves “Christians” are following that same kind of abomination by elevating Mary into a majestic worshipful position as she is a deity. Biblical passages are being twisted, tales and forged stories are being used to support the so-called Veneration of the Blessed Virgin. The Catholic Church is the foremost of Marian worshipers and the Protestant world is gradually following her footsteps. The Muslim world, because of several Koranic passages that teach the same Catholic Marian doctrines, is also joining hand in hand with their Catholic counterparts in propagating the alleged sinlessness of Mary. A solid image of a tamed faced woman has been erected to describe her appearance, and over a billion bowed down before this graven image, calling her “Mama”.

Saying to a stock, Thou [art] my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: (Jer. 2:27)

“Saying to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth.”

We have to realize that Mary, like us, is also a sinful person and she herself needs a Savior. Mary said; “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:46,47) Mary needs a Saviour, this implies that she is also sinful like. She can not save her own soul or the other’s?  The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the belief that Mary saves sinners is a blasphemous lie that even Mary would detest it if she only knows how her name linked to this abominable teachings. The Catholic Church believes that Mary was taken to heaven and assumed a great honor and dignity at the court of the Most High. Hence, they regarded her as the “Mediatrix”,  an advocate, a lady intercessor, a priestess for the sins of the people, which is a very terrible denial of the gospel.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (I Timothy 2:5)

A woman lifted up her voice and told Christ; “Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked”, but Jesus said, “More than that, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28) Christ is the sole channel of God’s grace, the sole authority of our souls and the only Mediator that propitiates the Father for our sins, neither Mary nor anyone among the saints. The Holy Scriptures says;

 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

(I John 2:1-2; Luke 4:12)

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5 comments on “The Veneration of Mary; What the Bible Says

  1. We are Catholics and only when one decides to be a Catholic that he/she can understand our practices. You cannot judge the Arabs unless you deeply immerse youself to it. Just as your food cannot be a part of you unless you eat and digest.

    With the Church’ long 2 millenium history, the development of its teachings cannot be comprehended by one single mind. The wisdom and the knowledge of the ENTIRE UNIVERSAL CHURCH makes it attractive to those who hunger for spiritual nourishment.

    Said an Anglican Archbishop who converted to Catholicism, John Henry Cardinal Newman “To be deep in history is to ceased to be a Protestant.” You might have forgetten that even the Father of Protestantism himself, Martin Luther once said “Without the Catholic Church, we have no Bible.”

    There are 1.1 billion souls who were attracted to the beauty of the Catholic Church. Leave us alone if you don’t want our teachings. For the Lord PROMISED in Matthew 16:

    “I will build MY CHURCH and the gates of hell shall NOT prevail against it.” Do you think evil prevailed if you deny the fact that the Catholic Church is teaching FALSE teachings on Mary?

    If you believed in the infallibility of the Bible, you should believe to that Church that made the final canon of the Bible we all have. I hope you ponder on that fact, pray and let God judge us, Catholics if we truly are doing that is not pleasing to God.

    • I am also a citizen of a Catholic country where people are peculiar when it comes to Catholic faith. I have plenty of Catholic friends, and my relatives, dominantly they are Catholic. I can say to anyone that I have sufficient knowledge about the Catholic faith since myself was a former Catholic. I left the Church not because of anything but because I made myself to understand the Catholic doctrine and sadly to say, they are against the faith of the Bible. The fear of God driven me to leave the Church – fear in His words in the Bible. I serve God not because i was in the Church. I serve Him because He say so. in short, we should serve Him according to His words and not according to our own way of worship.

      Don’t think that I am doing my own will. I just doing this for God’s desire to tell the truth to everyone. The bible is not of man or of the Church. The Bible is of God and what are contained here are the words of God that should be the law of the Church. Thus we should be thankful to Him and not to the Church who compiled its sub-books. God gave the Church fathers the privilege to read the writings of His messengers and the opportunity to follow what He are telling for our salvation, but the Church rejected the light and choose to follow the traditions of man, so God caused this light to shine upon those people who really want the truth despite of the Church’s projects to hide the Bible from the people like that of the time when the clergy burned the Bibles and kill those who read and teach what are written in here . Yes, the Church compiled the books of the Holy Scriptures, but how could we be thankful to the Catholic Church if she was the foremost in deceiving the people?

    • You say that we cannot judge anything unless we are immersed in it. Might I ask what you would think if you saw people bowing before statutes that are majestically adorned, singing songs of praise, making regular pilgrimages for, and offering prayers to? C’mon, it does not take a scholar of theology to understand that that is worship in every sense. It is clear idolatry to elevate anyone other than Jesus Christ to such a position.

      Catholics will make every effort to distinguish between latria, dulia and hyperdulia. In practice, however, whether because they are poorly catechized, or because they truly believe that Mary deserves almost Godlike praise, many Catholics blur those distinctions, even the Pope who cried out to Mary to save his life after he was shot. Why Mary? Why not Jesus Christ? Why not God the Father? Don’t you understand the gravitas of what JESUS did on the cross? You do not need to offer up prayers to Mary; because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, you can enjoy unbroken, eternal fellowship with God:

      14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

      Marian devotion is robbing you of loving the Lord your God with all your heart, mind,and soul, which is what Jesus Christ commanded. Instead of going to God, you go to Mary, who was not without sin. Even if you can elevate Mary to a “#2” position, why would you go to #2, when you can go straight to #1? Why? Our God is a jealous god who clearly commands that we are not to have any other god but Him. Yet, Marian devotion is just that kind of idolatry that God warns against, regardless of what distinctions are made between latria, dulia, etc.

      If you are a Christian, as you confess, then worship Christ. Just worship Christ. None of this devotion to Mary. Was Mary a godly woman? Absolutely. Should she be held up as an example of godly obedience and faith? Yes. But is she a co-mediator with Christ (as stated in Catechism 969). Absolutely, absolutely not! Is she deserving of immaculately adorned statutes, elaborate prayers, and a devotion that surpasses worship of Jesus Christ, the one true king? Resoundingly no!

      Worship Christ. If you say that you do, you will not offer up Marian devotion. The consequences are eternal. I cannot stand before the King of Kings on Judgment Day and tell him that I prayed to Mary, bowed before her statutes so that I could be in greater communion with the Father. That would be utterly disrespectful to the Lord Jesus Christ, whose body was broken and who gave up his life as a ransom so that I could enjoy life eternal with God.

  2. I was born and raised Catholic and after reading through the bible, now believe Catholicism to be a false religion. Don’t get me wrong, the people in the faith have good intentions, but never question the faith.

    For example, if Mary was a human being, then praying to or through her is in vain, because as far as I know, humans are not omnipotent, and therefore cannot field prayers or know anything about other people’s thoughts. Only God\Jesus\Holy Spirit can field prayers, any notion that a human after death can field prayers is non-biblical and assumes that certain folks get granted Godly powers after death which again there is no biblical support for, otherwise why not pray to or through a dead friend… do you see how absurd this sounds after reasoning through it?

    1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

    So let’s reason through the above Biblical statement, which is pretty clear to me. If there are multiple mediators between God and men then 1 Timothy 2:5 would be an outright lie and the Bible being full of lies and errors cannot be trusted. That being said, I’m through with religions that make stuff up, and this includes many of the teachings of Catholicism, like the infallibility of the Pope (which by the way allows the Pope to make up stuff). Bottom line is if an Almighty God is unable to preserve his Word (the Bible), then he’s not that Almighty… if on the other hand He is Almighty, then the Bible is the standard and everything else is made up, often times out of thin air.

  3. The real reason the Church invented the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, is because of another false dogma: that of Original Sin. Theologians figured that if Mary had been born into sin, then this stain of sin would have passed into Jesus as well at the moment of his conception, which is impossible, as he is the Son of God and spotless. Therefore Mary had to have been born spotless as well (they figure). Of course, this brings about a problem of regression, and therefore some theologians claim Mary’s mother (and even grandmother) also were conceived immaculate, however this belief has not gained much popularity. For this reason also, the Church claims Mary was “assumed” into heaven. If she was born without sin, so that she could give birth in turn to a sinless Jesus, it then follows that Mary did not die in an ordinary fashion like the rest of us as the wages of sin is death. Hence the dogma of the Assumption of Mary into heaven was decreed (quite recently). Take away this mistaken doctrine of Original Sin, which supposedly automatically corrupts every soul at the moment of conception, and a lot of other false doctrines fall away also.

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