Sunday, March 12, 2017

Is Mary The Queen Of Heaven?

  • Queen Of Heaven: the belief that God has exalted Mary in heavenly glory and as the queen of heaven and earth (thus to be praised with special devotion).
  • God's name alone is to be exalted (Psalm 73:25-26; 148:13; Revelation 15:4). He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; 1 Peter 1:17), which means that He has no "special favorites" or bias in favor or against people. He treats everybody equally. Neither will He ever give out His glory to other entities (Isaiah 42:8). 
  • The title "Queen of Heaven" originated from pagan Babylonian goddess worship (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-25).
            -In the Book of Jeremiah, we read about how the Jews went astray by worshiping the pagan goddess named the "Queen of Heaven". They refused to reform their ways when confronted by the righteous Prophet Jeremiah regarding the Lord's fury. The Jewish people were in a state of selfish rebellion against the Lord's commandments. But this direct parallel from the Old Testament Scriptures to modern-day Catholic mariology demonstrates to us that many professing Christians have participated in ancient Babylonian goddess worship. Millions of professing Christians have erected numerous statues and portraits in the name of the "Queen of Heaven" and have paid homage to "her", just as the Jews who set up icons to worship the "Queen of Heaven" and paid homage to this demon (by "baking cakes"). In other words, this idol has simply taken a different form. Why would Mary or any other reasonable person who wants to remain faithful to the will of God ever want to be exalted with a religious title that once belonged to a pagan Babylonian idol, which God strongly disapproved of? The virus of idolatry has truly infiltrated the veins of our fellow Christian denominations! 
  • The Book Of Revelation:
            -A very detailed picture of heaven is given in chapters four and five in the Book of Revelation. God is seated on His throne and is surrounded by twenty-four elders and four living creatures. Jesus Christ (the "lamb") is standing in the middle of the throne. Several thousand angels circle the throne worshiping and singing God's praises. However, there is no mention or even an implication of Mary's presence at all. There is no such thing as a "heavenly queen".

Is Mary The Mother Of The Church?

  • Roman Catholics literally believe that Mary is the mother of the church.
  • Galatians 4:26 tells us that the City of Jerusalem is the mother of the church. In that same context, Jesus' mother is only described as "a woman" (Galatians 4:4).
  • In his epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul mentioned Rufus' mother and said that she had been a motherly figure to him (Romans 16:13). He says nothing about Mary.
  • The Apostle John says nothing about Mary in his letters to the churches and mentions her only twice in his gospel (the wedding at Cana and the crucifixion of Jesus). This is significant because he took Mary into his home after Jesus was crucified.
  • Proponents of the belief that Mary is the mother of the church frequently misuse John 19:27 ("Behold thy mother") to try proving that Jesus identified Mary as everyone's mother in the church. However, notice that John 19:26 says,"Behold thy son." Does this prove that the Apostle John is everyone's son or the son of the church? Where is this ever taught in Catholic doctrine, anyway?

Mary Is The Co-Mediatrix And Redemptrix?

  • Roman Catholics believe that Mary is "co-mediator" to whom we can entrust all of our cares and petitions.
  • There is not a shred of biblical evidence for God's approval for going to Mary to offer petitions, people having access to this "special privilege", or even the apostles having such knowledge!
  • If Jesus Christ always intercedes for all of our prayers and is capable of completely rescuing sinners from eternal condemnation (Hebrews 7:25), then He does not need any support from Mary.
  • If we are able to approach God with "boldness" and "confidence" as a result of our trust and personal relationship with Christ (Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:14-16), then we do not need any support from Mary. In fact, nothing can separate us from God's love (Romans 8:34-39).
  • The Holy Spirit also makes intercession for us and gives us the strength that we need during our times of struggle and weakness (Romans 8:26-27).
  • The unscriptural belief that Mary is the "Co-Mediatrix" and "Redemptrix" is simply another attempt to give Mary, the mother of Jesus, a status of honor that she simply does not have. In the end, it all amounts to nothing more than purely selfish idolatry. The devil would indeed have people drowning in the pool of their own emotional lusts. 

Is The Perpetual Virginity Of Mary Biblical?

  • Introduction:
          -Roman Catholics believe that the virgin Mary never had sexual intercourse after Jesus was born (He therefore had no brothers or sisters).
  • Jesus Christ had literal brothers and sisters from the womb of Mary (Matthew 13:55-57; Mark 6:3-4):          
          -The context of these passages shows that the meaning of the "brothers and sisters" to be natural family.
          -In Matthew 13:55-57 and Mark 6:3-4, the Greek word for sisters is "adelphe" and is also used in 1 Timothy 5:1-2 to mean natural sister born as to the same mother.
          -If this was a reference to more distinct relatives, then why did the writer not use the Greek word "suggenes" (i.e. Luke 1:36)?
          -Out of the several biblical references mentioning "Jesus' brothers and sisters", NEVER are they called "cousins" or "distant relatives". Brothers are always called "brothers" and sisters are always called "sisters". I believe that the Holy Spirit intentionally made Himself crystal clear.
          -If the references to the "brothers and sisters" cannot be literal, then neither is the mother.
  • Matthew 1:24-25:
          -The term "knew" was a modest way of describing sexual relations and is found throughout Scripture (i.e. Genesis 4:1; 17; 25).
          -Other verses that use the word until (or till) to mean a change in condition would be Acts 20:11, Acts 23:12, and Revelation 7:3. Context determines the meaning behind words.
          -Matthew 1:24-25 is as clear as if it said,"Kept a virgin until wedding day".
          -Jesus distinguished between blood brothers verses brothers of faith (Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21; John 2:12).
  • Matthew 1:18:
          -"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 1:18)
  • John's gospel records a fulfilled prophecy (John 2:15-17) from the Book of Psalms (Psalm 69:8-9). In it, Jesus specifically tells us that He has literal brothers and sisters!
  • Jesus was Mary's firstborn, not only born (Luke 2:7):
         -The word firstborn appears in the New Testament nine times and always means the first of many (Matthew 1:25; Luke 2:7; Romans 8:29; Colossians 1:15; 18; Hebrews 1:6; 12:23; Revelation 1:5).
         -The New Testament makes a distinction between firstborn and only born (John 1:14; Hebrews 11:17; 1 John 4:9).
  • Answering The "Brother Should Be Translated As Cousin" Argument:
         -Defenders of the alleged perpetual virginity of Mary always claim that the word "brother" should be translated as "cousin". However, Greek is an extremely precise language. This argument is refuted because the New Testament occupies a separate Greek word for cousin, which is "anepsios" (i.e. Colossians 4:10). The New Testament never denotes the term "brother" to mean anything other than a literal brother. Why not deny that the textual references to Mary are literal, as well?     
  • Consider The Following Passages Of Scripture And Ask Yourself Whether The Mother Of Jesus Was Truly A Perpetual Virgin, As The Church Of Rome Claims :
         -"And after these things Jesus was walking in Galilee; for He was unwilling to walk in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill Him. Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand. His brothers therefore said to Him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may behold Your works which You are doing."For no one does anything in secret, when he himself seeks to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world." For not even His brothers were believing in Him. Jesus therefore said to them, "My time is not yet at hand, but your time is always opportune. "The world cannot hate you; but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil. "Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because My time has not yet fully come." And having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee. But when His brothers had gone up to the feast, then He Himself also went up, not publicly, but as it were, in secret." (John 7:1-10)
         -"And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers." (Acts 1:13-14)
         -"Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord's brother." (Galatians 1:18-19)
  • Why is it wrong to believe that Mary had other children with her husband Joseph, especially when sexual intercourse is advised for married couples to prevent lust and fornication (1 Corinthians 7:2-5)?