The 1994 Catholic Catechism states that Mary is the model and source of true holiness:
“From the Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary…” Pg. 490, #2030
Mary was a very special woman because she was chosen by God to be the vessel to carry His Son into this world. However, she did not take this blessing lightly. She considered herself but a handmaiden. … regarded the low estate of his handmaiden Luke 1:48
Let’s look to the Word of God. There is never one mention of Mary being holy in all of Scripture! I challenge anyone to provide a verse that states that she is. However, the Word does repeatedly tell us that only God is holy or speaks of His holiness at least 650 times!
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee Revelation 15:4
Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Psalm 99:5
Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy. Psalm 99:3
Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy. Psalm 99:9
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:3
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11
I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. Isaiah 43:15
We are commanded to be holy as God is holy – not as Mary is holy. But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16 and For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy… Leviticus 11:44
God is a jealous God. (Exo 20:5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; He asks that we give Him the glory and bow down to only Him. God would not contradict Himself and say in Isaiah: … I will not give my glory unto another.” Isaiah 48:11 and then turn around and tell the catholic church it is OK to bow down to Mary and worship her and consider her holy.
If God did command this, then who did? Don’t rely on others to do the research for you. Get into the Word of God. No matter what you have been taught, the Bible has no mistakes. Christ Himself said that traditions make God’s commandments of none effect!
Mat 15:4-6 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. (4) But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; (5) And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. The Pharisees were allowing Jews to curse their parents and take from them “legally” because of tradition. However, Christ said that the commandment was to honour thy father and mother. Tradition had made this commandment useless and that was wrong. It is repeated in (Mar 7:9-13) And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (9) For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and, whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: (10) But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. (11) And ye suffer him no more to do aught for his father or his mother; (12) Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. (13) (emphasis mine).
God’s Word says in the second commandment (Exo 20:4-5) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (4) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (5)God is adamant here – He says that He is a jealous God and that we are not to have any graven image of anything IN heaven, ON earth or IN the water. That covers every part of creation. Mary is part of that creation. God would not contradict Himself and allow tradition to supersede the second commandment. The Jews tried to make God’s Word of none effect back then and the catholic church is trying to do it today. (Act 13:10) And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? (emphasis mine). Paul called those who perverted the right ways of the Lord a child of the devil. Won’t you exercise your brain and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit? He will direct you to all truth. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, thatshall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (Joh 16:13)