This is another response to my catholic blogging visitor concerning Mary.
Mariology is an extremely important part of the roman catholic belief system: Mary’s perpetual virginity, Mary’s sinless birth, Mary’s assumption into heaven, Mary’s involvement in the salvation of souls, and Mary Queen of Heaven.
Consider this, my friend. If Mariology is that important, would it not have been mentioned in at least one place in the Bible? The Word records Mary’s betrothal to Joseph, the Word records Mary being chosen to be the vessel that Christ would use to come to earth in human form, the Word records that Christ was the first born of a virgin. Mary makes appearances in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. She is not mentioned in any of the Epistles dealing with church doctrine, church administration, or worship. The Word never mentions Mary in any role of authority nor does the Word acknowledge that she had any spiritual power.
You stated to me that:
Mary is our mediator and intercessor and she petitions her Son on our behalf. Being a mother, she suffered tremendously at the sight of her Son dying. Her heart was knit with His and, therefore, she suffered as He did. She is the one who draws us to believe in her Son and she is the one who leads us to salvation in Him.
This is a major doctrine, my friend. This doctrine states that “someone” is responsible to lead us to salvation and draws us to that salvation. Therefore, such a serious matter would most certainly be covered in the Word of God, don’t you think? Such a serious matter involving Mary would most certainly be recorded in the doctrines of the church in the Bible. In fact, the Word does cover this but it does not even mention Mary’s name at all.
~1 Timothy 2:3-6 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (3) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (4) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (5) Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (6)
Jesus would have all men to come to the knowledge of truth. He is the mediator between God and man and He gave Himself a ranson for all. No where does it state that Mary has any involvement or role in the doctrines of the church. No where does it state that Mary even possessed any spiritual power.
Why would God’s Word leave out such an important “doctrine” as Mariology? It is not in God’s Word because it is an invention of the catholic church to distract its members from focusing on the pure and complete work of salvation through Christ. Mariology distracts the catholic from totally worshipping Christ without distraction. He commands you to return to your first love – Him!
~Rev 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. (4) Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (5)
God commands us to repent and “do the first works”! The first works of what? The first works of the early church found in the Word of God. Not the works of a church that has added dogma as a result of Councils or magisterium! Neither Jesus, Peter, Paul or any other writer in the Bible have ever given the devotion to Mary that the catholic church has given to her. The New Testament was given to us for the spiritual guidance of the Church and there is a lot written about doctrine and worship. Mary’s absence from the epistles causes me to question the devotion the catholic church gives to her. Something this important would most assuredly be in the Bible, yet it is not.
Doesn’t this bother you? It should!