Theotokos; A False Claim For Mary

The belief that Mary was the Mother of God by means of bearing in her womb the Savior’s body was already a universal belief. I say

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universal since not only the Catholics, but even the Protestants uphold this Marian doctrine. Protestants, in clinging to the explanation that since Jesus is God and Mary conceived Him, therefore Mary should be regarded as the Mother of God. From this simple explanation, all the doctrines relating to the veneration of Mary arise among the Christendom, so its not surprising if Protestant denominations will soon venerate Mary in the way the Catholic does.

For a great period of time, the claim about the motherhood of Mary to God was defended by the Catholic Church, though in reality, the Bible never mentioned anything about this subject. The belief about Theotokos lies upon the weak understanding of Christ’s dual nature. The dual nature of Christ – the divine and human – are well explained by the Holy Scriptures, yet it is a very sensitive subject that a little wrong understanding may contribute to the rise of a false doctrine.

In his letter, Apostle John stated;

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” (II John 1:7)

The anti-Christ will tell us that Christ didn’t come in the flesh, but what if a preacher will tell us that Christ is the VERY FLESH which was conceived by Mary? Well, that’s unbiblical and unchristian, too.  The Spirit of Christ, which is the begotten Son of God, is different from the flesh which Mary conceived. It was understood that the flesh which was conceived by Mary during her virginity is the body of Christ, the vessel which the Spirit of Christ used in order to fulfill the work of salvation planned by the Father. Except Christ will partake with the nature of man, He will never fulfill the work of redemption through death. The Holy Scripture stated;

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (Hebrews 2:14)

And again the Spirit of Christ Himself declared;

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: (Heb. 10:5)

Apostle Paul gave us a clear view about the meaning of the “flesh” when he said;

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. (II Corinthians 5:4)

Our body is a tabernacle, the dwelling place of a righteous spirit; the same as the body of Christ where the Spirit of the Son dwelt in. By means of the body of flesh and blood, the Son suffered the consequences of sin, experienced the emotional and the physical weaknesses of man, and fulfilled the sacrificial offering at the cross. After the sacrificial offering at the Calvary, the body of Christ was changed into a glorified body; a body that can survive in eternity. Paul said;

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (I Corinthians 15:50)

The body of Christ before the crucifixion was changed. And concerning to this transformation, the apostle said, “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.” (II Corinthians 5:16). The present heavenly body of Christ is not the same as before the crucifixion. It is not the same as what Mary conceived. The role of Mary was already passed and we cannot still say that she is  the Mother of Christ, neither the Mother of God.

Marwil Llasos, an apologist and a blogger defending the Catholic faith clarified that;

Source: Mary: The Mother of God by Marwil N. Llasos

The flesh was already sacrificed and Christ reinstated to His original nature – the nature which Mary never conceived but begotten by God in eternity.

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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)