Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Examining The Catholic Rosary

  • Introduction:
         -Roman Catholics (and a number of non-Catholics) pray repetitive words with Rosary beads. They were first invented by Peter the Hermit and were made popular by St. Dominic in 1208. Catholics, however, believe that Mary originally appeared to St. Dominic in 1208 (at the church of Prouille) and revealed the Rosary beads to him.
  • Further Discussion:
         -Jesus condemned praying repetitive prayer (Matthew 6:6-7)---that includes using the Rosary! In fact, we never see anybody in the New Testament using pre-fabricated, mechanical prayers with a continuous, repetitious nature. In other words, the idea of using a prayer model in the manner of a specific formula is completely unscriptural. Further, all biblical prayers were directed to God alone. Consider these words, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee" (Psalm 73:25).
         -What is the importance of knowing how many times a prayer is said? Why is there such a major emphasis on the number of repetitions? What are the consequences of saying too many or too little of a specific prayer? Is it some sort of magical formula or spell? Is it some sort of self-hypnosis technique? What is the significance of even using the Rosary if the repetition serves no purpose?
         -The concept of praying with beads was used by pagans (Hindus, etc.) long before Christianity even began. In fact, the Rosary is connected with a prayer "rhythm", is described as being repetitious, and is linked with a rhythm of breathing. These concepts are associated with the practices of occult religions such as Wicca. For evidence of my claims regarding the description of the Catholic Rosary, just read the apostolic letter of former Pope John Paul II called "Rosarium Virginis Mariae".

    • Refuting "Biblical Defenses" Of The Rosary Beads:
             -Some try to justify the practice of the Rosary by pointing to Psalm 136, which alternates the same phrase 26 times with 26 different things that God gives us." However, a psalm is a song, not a prayer. Secondly, this text does not repeat itself 26 times in a row, as the Rosary does. And lastly, the psalm is directed to God alone, as are all biblical prayers
             -Matthew 26:44 and Mark 14:39 are also commonly pointed to by proponents of the Rosary to try justifying the repetitive counting of their beads. However, these prayers were directed to God alone. Furthermore, praying a non-repetitive prayer three separate times in a row is completely different than praying an individual prayer with a repetitive nature. Jesus Christ plainly condemned the pre-packaged, mechanical, continuous types of prayer by calling them "vain", for those are done by the pagans and hypocrites. God already knows everything that we are going to ask Him, even before we plead for His divine assistance (Matthew 6:7). He knows what we need, even before we beg Him for mercy. How can we learn to develop or further nourish a proper, loving relationship with God if we are just going to worship Him according to a dull, formulaic, ritualistic manner, especially when it is not at all biblical?

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