Saturday, January 4, 2020

Tim Staples On Mary Being Queen Of Heaven

  • Discussion:
          -Catholic apologist Tim Staples wrote an article attempting to substantiate from Scripture the notion of Mary being queen of heaven, resorting to Old Testament typology. Quite simply, the purpose of this article is to show that his claims are vacuous. Following are a handful of excerpts alongside with a critique:

          "It can be difficult for us in the modern Western world to understand ancient monarchical concepts. But first-century Jews understood the notion of the kingdom that Jesus preached because they lived it. They knew that a kingdom meant that there was a king. And, in ancient Israel as in many nearby cultures, if there was a king there was a queen mother."

          This argument is a non-sequitur. It is a rhetorical ploy to introduce the "our culture is just not familiar with that sort of talk..." The above statements are true in of themselves, but the conclusion that Mary must be the queen of heaven has only been assumed rather than proven.

          "In the New Testament, the inspired author of Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes verses 6-7 of this very text [Psalm 45:1-9] as referring to Christ, his divinity, and his kingship. But immediately following those verses is another, lesser-known, prophecy that speaks of Mary. Who is this woman of whom the Lord said, “I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever”? Not one of Solomon’s wives fit the prophetic description."

          Texts such as Ephesians 5 and Revelation 20 employ the analogy of a bride to a king when speaking of the church. There are also passages in the Old Testament offering the same description of the relationship of God to Israel. Consider the Book of Hosea as an example. However, there are no such places in Scripture where a bridal analogy is applied to Mary. The burden of proof is on the Roman Catholic to show that Mary is the queen of heaven.

          "Most every Christian—indeed most of the world beyond Christendom—knows the name of the Mother of God—Mary—who in fulfillment of this prophetic text said, “All generations shall call me blessed” (Luke 1:48)."

          It has already been acknowledged that Mary is blessed among women. Tim Staples argues in a circle as to what manner or by what means. So none of the presented ideas are much of an argument for Mary being the queen of heaven.

1 comment:

  1. First, a heavenly "kingdom" is spiritual and an analogy. There is no need for a queen in an analogy.

    The Psalm was not even hinting at the mother of Jesus -- talk about eisegesis!

    Yep, Tim Staples' arguments are all fluff and nonsense.