Saturday, March 11, 2017

Refuting The Immaculate Conception Of Mary

  • The Immaculate Conception Of Mary:
        -Mary was supposedly conceived without the stains of original sin and she therefore led a sinless life. According to Roman Catholicism, this had to take place so that Jesus could be immaculately conceived. 
  • The Roman Catholic Showstopper:
         -If sinlessness is claimed for Mary so that she could be pure enough to bear Jesus Christ, then such should also be claimed for Mary's mother so that she could be pure enough to bear Mary. This process would have to continue until it reaches its starting point (Eve?). Why not simply have Mary and Jesus born in a sinless environment?
        -If Mary never sinned, then how come she could not have died on the cross for our sins? How can a finite, created being bear the same attributes as an infinite, everlasting deity or posses similar traits to the same degree? Did Mary even need a Savior, just like everybody else?
  • Not Ritually Clean, According To The Old Testament Levitical Law Which Was Still In Effect When Jesus Christ Was Still A Baby:
         -If Mary was sinless, then why was she unclean and had to offer a sacrifice for sin (Luke 2:16; 21-24)?
        -According to the Old Testament, the mother needed purifying after a birth because of the issue of blood (Leviticus 12:1-8)---she was ritually unclean.
  • "All Have Sinned..." (Romans 3:23):
        -All have fallen short of God's perfect standard of morality (Romans 3:10-12; 23) and are therefore in need of a perfect atonement sacrifice, which is Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 John 3:5). "All" includes Mary. Otherwise, she would need no Savior. But she clearly calls the Lord her Savior in Luke 1:46-47 and thus testifies against her own alleged immaculate conception and sinlessness. The truth of the matter is that there was only one Person who was tempted by the devil and successfully resisted sin throughout His entire life, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16). For this reason, people such as Adam and Eve, babies, and the mentally handicapped are not true exceptions to the rule "all have sinned". While the Scriptures succinctly express the sinless nature of Jesus Christ, they are unforthcoming when it comes to the doctrine called " the immaculate conception of Mary".
  • Who Gets To Open The Scrolls In The Book Of Revelation?:
        - Only Jesus was found to be worthy of breaking the seals and opening the scroll (Revelation 5:1-5).
  • Only Jesus Was Conceived Without Sin And Led A Sinless Life:
       -Jesus was miraculously conceived inside the womb of Mary, who was a virgin at the time (Isaiah 7:14). He was "immune" from sin because He was God inn the flesh (Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16).  

The Assumption Of Mary Is Unbiblical!

  • The Assumption Of Mary Defined: 
           -The mother of Jesus was taken directly to heaven in body and soul without physical death.
  • "Assumption" In Scripture:
          -Enoch: Genesis 5:24
          -Elijah: 2 Kings 2:11
          -Jesus: Acts 1:9

  • Karl Keating, A Professional Roman Catholic Apologist Who Founded Catholic Answers, Is Even Willing To Admit That The Doctrine Of The Immaculate Conception Has No Scriptural Evidence To Support It. In Fact, He Has Made A Completely Circular Appeal As The Basis For Accepting The Doctrine!:
          -"fundamentalists ask, where is the proof from Scripture? Strictly, there is none The mere fact that the Church teaches the doctrine of the Assumption as something definitely true is a guarantee that it is true" (Karl Keating, Catholicism And Fundamentalism, [San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988], p. 275)

General Overview Of Mariology

  • What Is Mariology?:
        -The study or doctrine relating to Mary, the mother of Jesus (upheld by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and certain Protestant churches). 
  • No Biblical Basis:
        -The New Testament epistles were written to give spiritual guidance and instruction to the Christian churches. They have a great deal to say about constructing the appropriate doctrines that develop a foundational understanding for worship. However, Mary is completely absent from the New Testament letters (with the exception being Acts 1:14 and Galatians 4:4).
       -Even in the four gospels, her alleged "spiritual power and authority" seems as if it does not exist. Jesus and the apostles never gave Mary any place of authority or devotion that many churches have given her.
       -Why did Jesus address another woman by the SAME name, "WOMAN", as He called His mother Mary (Matthew 15:28; John 2:4)? 
  • John The Baptist:
         -Jesus Christ said that the greatest human ever born was John the Baptist and that he was the LEAST in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 11:11-13). Even the "least" in the kingdom of God is "greater" than John the Baptist. So Mary is no better than anyone else, neither in heaven nor in earth.
  • Contradicts Biblical Teaching:
        -Jesus publicly refuted a woman who attempted to exalt Mary on the basis that she gave birth to Him (Luke 11:27-28). Instead, He placed an emphasis on hearing and obeying the Word of God.
        -Jesus stated that all of His disciples are His mother and family (Matthew 12:46-50). In other words, He elevated all of His disciples to the same level as His earthly mother and family. Again, the emphasis is on faithfulness to God's will, rather than ancestral lineage.

  • Christianity Is A Religion Centered Around Jesus Christ Alone:
        -The hard truth of the matter is that our religious devotion is to be centered on the Lord Jesus Christ and on HIM ALONE, as the title of our faith clearly suggests. We have been called to be good Christians (Acts 11:26), NOT "Marianites" (followers of Mary), "Paulicians" (followers of the Apostle Paul), or "Cephacites" (followers of Peter). All Christians are to profess His name (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). We are not to give any religious devotion or "veneration" to "saints" because they are not the ones who redeemed us from the curse of sin. 
     -While it is true that Mary was used as an instrument by God to accomplish His purpose of bringing the Messiah into the world, she does not deserve any more special devotion than anybody else because the prophets and apostles also had THE SAME DEGREE of importance, but in a different manner. These inspired men prophesied the coming of the Messiah and eventually worked tenaciously to spread the message of the gospel. The earliest Christians after the first century were just as bold and even died as martyrs. Although the people involved in these different scenarios were used by God for different purposes, their work was of the same level of significance. It all makes the salvation of mankind possible. Today, we continue the work of being a candle in the dark cave of sin. My point is that Mary is in reality no better than anybody else; she simply found favor with God.
   -God did not have to use Mary as the means of bringing His Son into the world so that He could be sacrificed on our behalf. The Lord could have found favor with another virgin woman who was just as faithful to His will, if He so chose. In fact, He did not have to save us (but He did so out of His unconditional love and righteousness.) It is not as if Mary was the only option available or that God owed her something. No professing Christians should be building alters or temples to various "saints", offering prayers and psalms to beings other than God, setting aside time for "veneration" or creating titles of honor dedicated to Mary (or anybody else), or even erecting statues or portraits in the name of "saints". The Jewish people behaved in THE EXACT WAY, yet God was certainly not pleased. He was enraged. Idolatry will only get us put into the flames of hell. We are to give our undivided attention to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:35). And we need to do whatever it takes from being deceived like Even in the Garden of Eden (2 Corinthians 11:3). Hence, why this series of articles is being written. 

More Arguments For The Existence Of God

  • The Argument From Contingency (Cosmological Argument): 
         -In order for the universe to come into existence, an outside entity that exceeds the boundaries of space and time must also exist. Nothing material can exist on its own behalf or whim. The existence of the universe is dependent on an outside source, just as fire needs oxygen to burn or trees need water to grow. What is needed for the universe to exist exists independently of whether other beings exist or not. This mysterious being exists in itself, that is, an eternal source. This divine Giver is completely different than the created, finite particles of matter because He is infinite and unchangeable, whereas the universe is finite and changeable.
  • The Argument From Efficient Cause:
         -There is no such thing as infinite regress, that is, a never ending sequence of causes. Every chain of events must have an absolute beginning, including the formation of the universe. It is logically impossible for something to exist prior to its existence. So every material object must have a beginning. An effect cannot occur without a cause. We must conclude that a supernatural Creator set the universe into the orderly fashion that it is today.
  • The Argument From Degrees Of Perfection:
          -We tend to classify personal preferences, chains of events, lifetime experiences, and various decisions from least to greatest. In other words, one of the processes on which our judgment operates is ranking things according to being better or worse or by being more or less extreme in nature. A few examples of this sort of activity will be provided to illustrate the point that degrees of perfection do exist and how they relate to the existence of God. For example, we classify being intelligent as better than being unintelligent. We classify not touching a hot stove as being better than actually touching a hot stove. We classify wearing a jacket in winter as being better than wearing shorts in the winter season.  Donating to the poor is better than hording from the needy. Being is better than non being at all. Our way of being is much better and more complete than that of animals or inanimate objects. If these degrees of perfection are pertinent to being, which does exist in finite creatures, then there must be a Best Degree or Ultimate Standard to recognize. One exists who has all of the good qualities that we posses as beings, but to an infinitely perfect and full extent. He is absolutely perfect. God has the highest degree of perfection and being. This is why He is rightly called the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

  • The Argument Of The Unmoved Mover:
          -Everything that is placed into motion has a mover. In other words, things cannot merely set themselves into motion without a being applying the force to put that object into a state of movement. All moving things have a mover. Therefore, the universe could not have began and thus put everything into motion by itself. There is an Unmoved Mover from Whom all motion proceeds. God is the One who set the order of everything into motion. 

Three Logical Proofs For The Existence Of God

  • Introduction:
          -The purpose of this paper is to provide three simple arguments for why God exists, and thus how atheism fails to provide us with a sensible or meaningful worldview to thrive in. Several different philosophical proofs for the existence of God and different variations of already existing logical proofs for theism have been developed and proposed.
  • The Argument From First Cause:
          -How did everything existing in the universe come into being? If the answers is gasses or atoms or celestial bodies or whatever scientists want us to believe, then where did all of these things come from? It is logically impossible for something to originate from nothing. We need to keep going back in time until we get to a beginning. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the first cause of everything must be from a supernatural Deity who has existed for all eternity. A creation cannot exist without a Creator. Life cannot originate from non-life (the Law of Abiogenesis). Intelligence cannot come from non-intelligence.  
  • The Argument From Intelligent Design (Teleological Argument):
         -Look at the fine tuning of the universe. Notice how everything in the solar system orbits around the sun, how the planets rotate (with moons even rotating around them), and how everything stays in perfect order. The planet Earth, which is about 93 million miles away from the sun and is third in the sequence of planets as to their distance away from the central star that provides us with light, is the only known environment that is able to sustain life. Furthermore, life on this planet functions in a very sophisticated and orderly manner. In other words, all forms of life depend on some other form of life or non-living particulate of matter or gas for survival. Disturbing the natural order of the environment causes it to become unbalanced and eventually collapse. If we continue to pollute the environment by disposing of foreign wastes such as metals, rubber, and styrofoam into places where they simply do not belong or eliminate essential life forms, then life will come to a tragic and abrupt end. This environmental concern alone demonstrates that the overall life function on earth fits together like pieces fitting together to form a whole puzzle. Examine how the components of the human body have to work together, the food chain, and the beauty of a sunset. It seems as if everything existing today was created as a result of an Intelligent Designer. If the universe simply originated out of merely "nothing", then how come life is not disorganized and chaotic? A design cannot exist without a designer anymore than a portrait can exist without the imagination of an artist or a house without the tools of construction workers. 
  • The Moral Argument:
         -How life should work is dictated by universal moral principles. In other words, every decision that we plan to execute should be made on the basis of an objective standard of good. The fact that we appeal to a moral standard in our daily argumentation, expect everyone to behave in morally good manner, make apologies, and try to make excuses to justify our wrongdoings proves that there must be an ultimate, unchangeable standard of morality. Mentally deranged people have a perception of good, even if their view of goodness is extremely twisted. In fact, the heart of the ancient civilizations had a sense of good, though their practices or customs may have been radically different or repulsive to our sight. This innate sense of good and evil cannot be a mere instinct because it is based upon our free will, which is the foundation of our reason. The difference between a mere animal instinct and this transcendent moral code is that the first one is automatic or unable to be resisted, whereas the second concept can indeed be resisted. We either choose to act in accordance with or contrary to this objective moral standard. An objective moral law cannot exist without a supreme Law Giver anymore than a secular law can exist without the existence of a secular government to pass and enforce it.