Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Debunking Catholic Answers On The Queenship of Mary

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           -Catholic Answers published an article titled Is Mary's Queenship Biblical?, which is a superficially biblical defense of the Church of Rome referring to the earthly mother of Jesus Christ as the Queen of Heaven. Following are a handful of quotations from the linked article to provide a summary of the author's argument:

           "One biblical theme sheds light on these questions and serves as a key for unlocking the mystery of Mary’s queenship: the Old Testament tradition of the "queen mother" in the Davidic kingdom."

           "In the monarchy of King David, as well as in other ancient kingdoms of the Near East, the mother of the ruling king held an important office in the royal court and played a key part in the process of dynastic succession. In fact, the king’s mother ruled as queen, not his wife."

           "Thus, the queen mother sitting at the king’s right hand symbolizes her sharing in the king’s royal authority and illustrates how she holds the most important position in the kingdom, second only to the king."

           "We have seen how the Old Testament queen mother tradition serves as an important background for understanding Mary’s royal office. Indeed, the New Testament portrays Mary as the queen mother par excellence. Thus, prayers, hymns, and art giving honor to Mary’s queenship are most fitting biblical responses for Christians."

           The simple answer to the above quoted excerpts is that the Bible does not interpret and apply the notion of a Queen Mother to Mary in heaven. It does not relate such a concept to her. One cannot just rummage around the Old Testament and make up connections or assign a significance to something that Scripture does not give it.

           The author of the Roman Catholic apologetics article being critiqued arbitrarily takes an aspect of Old Testament kingship and goes far beyond what the Scripture teaches concerning Mary. Comparing mothers of kings to Mary as an analogy to make Mary the "Queen of Heaven" is the height of illogic. The ideas simply do not follow. The ideas are in no way logically connected. This poorly thought out reasoning is telling in that it reveals the desperation of Roman Catholic apologists. Nowhere does Scripture assert that Mary is the queen of queens. In addition, this excerpt from the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia online is telling in regards to the Roman Catholic tradition of praying to saints and angels:

           "A further reinforcement, of the same idea, was derived from the cult of the angels, which, while pre-Christian in its origin, was heartily embraced by the faithful of the sub-Apostolic age. It seems to have been only as a sequel of some such development that men turned to implore the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. This at least is the common opinion among scholars, though it would perhaps be dangerous to speak too positively. Evidence regarding the popular practice of the early centuries is almost entirely lacking...”

           The central theme of the Bible is devotion to and adoration for God. We are constantly told to glorify His name. We are constantly told to confess our sins before Him. Never is this said of Mary. We are never told or encouraged in Scripture to venerate His creations, nor even to sing hymnals about Mary. If the theological developments of Roman Catholic Mariology are correct, then it really is strange that Scripture nowhere even hints at such concepts. Consider, for example, the fact that the Apostle Paul does not make mention of Mary in his basic presentation of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). He does not even exhort the readers of his epistles to pray to members in a so-called communion of saints during times of trouble. That is just how unbiblical the concept of Mary being the Queen of Heaven is. 

           A very detailed picture of heaven is given in chapters four and five 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. In fact, only Jesus was found to be worthy of breaking the seals and opening the scroll (Revelation 5:1-5). Revelation 15:4 tells us that God alone is exalted, and all people should bow before Him. The Psalmists of the Old Testament also confirmed this profound truth (Psalm 73:25-26; 148:13).
         
           The only time when the Bible makes mention of the "Queen of Heaven" is in the context of Babylonian goddess worship (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-25). The Jews refused to reform their ways when confronted by the righteous Prophet Jeremiah regarding the Lord's fury. They were in a state of selfish rebellion against the Lord's commandments, as they in their idolatry were making icons and baking cakes to a foreign god. Why would any faithful Jewish woman want to be exalted with a title that was once used in blaspheming her God? How would that not be mockery? The Mary of the Bible and the Mary of the Roman Catholic Church are as far apart as day is to night. This excerpt from the author is also worthy of consideration:

           "Understanding Mary as queen mother sheds light on her important intercessory role in the Christian life. Just like the queen mother of the Davidic kingdom, Mary serves as advocate for the people in the Kingdom of God today. Thus, we should approach our queen mother with confidence, knowing that she carries our petitions to her royal son and that he responds to her as Solomon did to Bathsheba: "I will never refuse you."

           What a significant doctrinal contrast that the quote above has with the teachings of the New Testament! Was it not the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who said that all who are weary should come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28-30)? Are we not able to approach God with confidence as a result of Christ's atonement sacrifice (Hebrews 4:14-16)? Does not the author of Hebrews tell us that Christ lives forever to make intercession before God the Father to everyone who comes to Him by faith (Hebrews 7:25)? Does not the author of Hebrews attest to Christ being the Mediator of the New Covenant without making mention of His earthly mother (Hebrews 12:24)? In whose image are we being conformed to (Romans 8:28-30)? Nowhere does the Bible assign the intercessory roles that the Roman Catholic Church has given to Mary. The constant emphasis found throughout Scripture is on Jesus Christ. Also, we know from Scripture that praying to the saints is pointless because it teaches that once a person passes away he or she is done with earthly affairs (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Luke 16:22-26). 

4 comments:

  1. Excellent rebuttal of a nonsensical desire to give credence to the papists' idolatry of Mary.

    And don't forget 1 Timothy 2:5-7 which says there is one ONE mediator between God and man. Nothing in Scripture gives another mediator between Jesus and man either.

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    1. I will have to do a study on that verse in light of potential Roman Catholic objections.

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    2. Alright, I did as I had promised:

      https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2019/05/1-timothy-25-one-mediator-between-god.html

      Feel free to give any potential feedback that you might have.

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