Mary Worship

Worshiping Mary

Fritz Chery February 20, 2017

 

Bible verses about worshiping Mary

Bowing down and praying is a form of worship. Catholics bow down and pray to statues and images of Mary which Scripture clearly forbids. They worship Mary more than they do Jesus Christ. Nowhere in Scripture does it say Mary will be a mediator.

Nowhere in Scripture does it say to pray and give thanks and honor to a man-made carving or a man-made painting. Nowhere in Scripture does it tell you to ask Mary to pray for you.

If I drew a woman on a piece of paper and called it Mary would you go in front of that paper, bow down, and start praying to it? You can’t worship God through created things. Jesus Christ is eternal, and Mary is not the mother of God because God has no mother.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Mary was not in the beginning, but Catholicism turns her into a goddess. Mary was a sinner just like I am a sinner, just like you are a sinner, just like Paul was a sinner, just like Joseph was a sinner, etc.

Jesus Christ came to die for the sins of the world including Mary and everyone including Mary must accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to get into Heaven.

All the worship, all the praise, all the honor belongs to God and He will not let anyone take away from the glory that is rightfully His. God will not be mocked. The Catholic Church is sending many people to hell. There will be no justifying sin and clear in your face biblical teachings when in front of God.

 

Pope John Paul II clearly prays to Mary

“Together we lift our confident and sorrowful petition to you.”

Hear the cry of the pain of victims of war and so many forms of violence that bloody the earth.”

“Clear away the darkness of sorrow and worry, of hate and vengeance.”

“Open up our minds and hearts to faith and forgiveness!”

 

Catholics clearly worship statues and images of Mary.

  1. Exodus 20:4-5 You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.
  2. Isaiah 42:8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

 

One mediator and that is Christ.

  1. 1 Timothy 2:5 For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.
  2. Hebrews 7:25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
  3. John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 

The angels remind us to worship God and no one else.

  1. Revelation 19:10 Then Ifell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 

Mary was a sinner.

  1. Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

 

The last days: Many will do all they can to justify rebellion and clear biblical teachings.

  1. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
  2. 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.

 

Idolatry

  1. Psalm 115:1-8 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.
  2. Jeremiah 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
  3. 1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

Reminders

  1. Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
  2. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
  3. Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.

 

Bonus

2 Thessalonians 1:8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Menny Thoughts
    Dec 25, 2017 @ 22:23:38

    Hey, I was glancing though WordPress and saw this post. I Figured I’d offer the true response regarding why Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and really all most ancient rites of Christianity venerate Mary and answer the question regarding “Aren’t Statues a Form of Idolatry?”. Strangely, seems as though Protestants of the last 500 years don’t award the due respect Mary has deserved for being the ancient title Theotokos (God-Bearer) rather than Christotokos (Christ-Bearer).

    Elizabeth called her the “mother of my Lord . ” The baby in Elizabeth’s womb , John the Baptist , leaped for joy at the sound of Mary. Mary even attested to the truth claim when she boldly declared “all generations shall call me blessed.”

    Veneration of Mary is really an early practice in Christianity. Some Protestants typically like to point to the 5th century as any signs of the earliest honor or hint to Marian dogmas (Assumption, Ever Virgin, Immaculate Conception, God-Bearer) that pretty much all ancient rites of Christianity adhere too. When we look at the 2nd century, we see major Church Fathers that make comparisons to Eve and Mary and comparing Mary as the Ark of the Covenant. Profound statements when one examines what those figures really are. Even if it’s still 5th century, I’d take that as “ancient” compared to the 1500s when the Reformation happend.

    As far as statue worlship, people give honor to statues all the time. Presidents may bow at memorable sites to homage, show reverence or even as a sign of common courtesy in a country. As you note, the Bible males strong prohibitions regarding idolatry in the Old Testament However, the case regarding the Israelites and their disobedience getting bit by snakes; God instructed them to fashion an image and look to it for healing.

    On the contrary, the people of Israel formed a golden calf and worshipped it as God which was a major form of idolatry. God even instructed the Israelites to store the commandments in the Ark to be decorated with golden images of angles (Ex 25:10-22). When Catholics or Orthodox make statues or icons, they’re honoring the saints in a special way. Just like we keep photos of dead loved ones or honor figures like Robert E. Lee, we cherish their memory.

    I wrote about this some time ago in a post called Thoughts on Communion of the Saints I’d you’d like to know more it a here
    https://wp.me/p6PxyC-cw

    What are you thoughts on all I’ve said ? I’m open to hearing what you have to say!

    Reply

    • Mannyr
      Dec 26, 2017 @ 19:53:24

      Hi Efren, thanks for sharing about your concerns.As far as Mary worship it has a long history as you have said. I feel the supposed lack of respect for the Mary is due to the fact that the Bible places no exalted position other than she was chosen for the fulfilling of God’s will. I feel the true gist of her being chosen relates to her not seeking a high and lifted position which is proven out in the gospels. The fact that Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, venerate her is largely their own doings. The titles you mention are man made concepts not what is written in the Word of God. She is blessed, like all saints who are and receive blessings.
      Yes, statues are a form of idolatry; i have to point out the glaring assumption that Mary is venerated as the Ark of the Covenant is pure assumption an tries to clothe her as something she is not. She is not holy in and as a designated by R.C.C. She became a saint like all the rest of us, seeing Jesus as savior and Lord and asking for forgiveness. As far as church fathers that term is very shallow when speaking of the early Roman church fathers. God the only real Father used the Roman Church just like He used the Sanhedrin and the host of many unscrupulous people in the gospel accounts. The church of Rome has been used to preserve so many untruths so people would have a belief system that has keep a true record for all to read and adhere to reference is to the longevity of the Word of God.
      You speak of the Arc. What does it symbolize? God’s provision wrapped in the purity of God’s use of Gold of and acacia wood which speaks of Jesus’ dual natures. Mary has only one nature she was conceived in her mother’s womb in sin. Therefore, she had a sinful nature which needed redemption. Reformation is God’s reply to the stench of false doctrine’s and man made religion. Brave men who love God with all their hearts and stood against the boys club of Rome. Reformers brought the truth and the mens for the common man to read the blessed Word of God for one’s self. Who keep people ignorant for so many centuries?
      The Golden Calf was formed by weak sinful men, who brought bull worship into the emerging and as yet unknown ways of Jehovah God. What happened when the Man of God showed up. The bull God took a direct hit from the en Commandments of God. They were given the way out from the plague of snakes because the Son of Man Jesus was being shown as the only one who could save man for a curse. Looking not worshiping, looking for redemption and receiving God’s grace. The Ten Commandments were not decorated with Golden images of angels. The two Cherubim were molded and put there to destinate their actual place as guardians of God in heaven as He is most Holy. Have you ever read the account of John 20:12 where it states, “And she saw two angels in white sitting one at the head and the other at the feet where the body of Jesus had lain.” Why were there two angels standing over the body of Jesus the God/Man? Short answer they were guarding God’s body in the New Testament just like they were shown guarding the Mercy seat in the Old Testament.

      Thank You Efren, looking forward to your reply.
      Mannyr

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      • Menny Thoughts
        Dec 27, 2017 @ 19:16:28

        Thanks for your thoughtful reply and it’s “Efran.” You wrote a lot, and it seems like I’ll have to write even more lol. I can’t address everything you stated but I’ll just stick to primarily 3 points that stood out the most : Authority, Mary, and Church Fathers.

        As you may already know, I don’t place 100% sole confidence in the complete canon of the Bible as my only authority. Why? Because the Bible never declares itself to be the ultimate authority. In fact, there wasn’t a complete Canon for centuries after Jesus death. The go to verse on the scriptures being “breathed out” by God (2 Timothy 3:16) doesn’t indicate the NT canon was being talked about only the OT. There are verses to suggest that the words of the writers are difficult for the person reading to understand ( Acts 8:16-40; 2 Pet. 3:16). Moreover, there were hundreds of false gospels written and there was sometimes little absolute agreement on the Canon. If it wasn’t for the living Tradition and the authority of the Church there wouldn’t have been clear pronouncements about the books.

        A perfect example is the Council of Jerusalem shortly after Jesus Ascension. The Bishops and the Apostles didn’t say “read your bible and come back with an answer to resolve the issue”, but instead they all joined unity with Peter to make a declarative binding article of faith. This perfectly captures the teaching authority of the Church with a living Tradition.

        With that said, there are tons of things Christians profess to believe that’s “man made.” Even Protestant believe “sola fide” (man made by Luther ) but that’s no where in the Bible only when it’s being denounced by James (2:24). There are some doctrines that might be 100% taught in the Bible but the Tradition of the Church fully clarified it and gave it a fitting title to convey its reality such as the Trinity . Things like an “usher ” is clearly an unbiblical term, but one wouldn’t deny it’s usefulness to have in a church and see early traces of it in the Epistles and Acts. The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible but the Bible clearly teaches that the perfect loving relationship between the Father, Son, Holy Spirit exists. Celebrating the Birth of Jesus annually is an unbiblical idea, yes? God clearly never commanded us to celebrate the Birth of his Son. However, since the early inception of the Church, Christians have saw it fitting to recognize the importance of preparing our hearts annually for the gift of the Savior to the world. No rational Christian would dispute why Christmas is important.

        Calling your minister of your faith community “Reverend” is a man made concept Protestants believe. You guys are claiming your pastor to be equally with God by declaring him “Revered. ” Since you have claimed that “Catholicism is a false religion ” because Catholics are committing blasphemy by calling their priests “father ” is that blasphemy on millions of Protestants part because they call their figure “Revered?” I thought only God was to be Revered-deep respected/honored/deeply admired.

        Overall, I’d be careful if I were you to declare things as “man made concepts not written in the word of God.” You run a slippery slope of cherry picking things.

        “The Bible places no exalted position other than she was chosen for the fulfilling of God’s will ” To say she was strictly a person chosen for the Incarnation erodes the significance and the role of her assent to God was. I’m glad you can recognize that Mary veneration is a very ancient practice in Christianity. However, you run the mistake of embracing Nestorianism (disunity of Christ human and divine nature) by rejecting the rightful position Mary has. By failing to adhere to The Council of Ephesus definition of Mary being the Theotokos, you say she only gave birth to a human nature which we both know is false. She is the Mother of the one Person, Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God in the flesh. She is the, as Elizabeth stated, “Mother of my Lord” and properly defined as the Mother of God. (Not saying God the Father is conceived by a woman). St. Paul makes the point more when he says “God sent his Son, born of a woman.” The fact that so many ancient rites venerate Mary attests to the honor she has been given since the early days of the Church. When I read Justin Martyrs (writing in the 2nd century) words on his comparison of Eve/Mary, those are profound statements about the significance of Mary’s “yes” and what it actually brings about in this world for her Savior.

        Catholics, Orthodox, and other rites properly give Mary the honor she deserves because it’s clearly evident in the Scriptures and has a strong Tradition in the early Church. It’s not a matter of “it’s their own thing” but a matter of what the Church has always said regarding the Virgin. Look at the writings of St. John of Damascne, although was an 8th century writer, he early had a full fledged Marian Dogma as the both the Catholic and Orthodox Church does now. Lol they just didn’t invent this as the centuries went by

        Church fathers are figures we should all be thanking for protecting orthodoxy against heresy. Depending on which period some Fathers actually new the apostles. They were preserving the Living Tradition of the Church when there was no full Canon. If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t have full clarified doctrines such as the Hypostatic Union or the Trinity or even a Canon of scripture. Clearly many bishops at the time had bible training and perhaps copies of manuscripts and came to different conclusions about deep theological issues (This also shows why the Bible Alone can’t be the sole authority). We can trust those bishops that advanced orthodoxy and have handed down the truth of the one holy catholic apostolic faith.

        Some Protestants adhere to the first few ecumenical councils and decry the rest as moving into err. But Jesus did promise the Holy Spirit would guide the Church. Therefore, one can have confidence in the Magisterium aka teaching authority of the Church. The proof is in you to explain how in the world would Christ Church survive in error for 1500s? Literally 1500s of false belief, monasteries, movements, practices ,Tradition and the delivery of pure Christianity came due to the Reformation? If this is true then we can rightfully doubt the NT Canon scripture, Council of Nicea is dead and gone, Trinity was just something thousands of people died for since it was never official. I find all of these things hard to believe that an organization such as The Church Governed by its Invisible Head (Christ) and Visible Head (Successor of Peter-Pope) and the Bishops to be in a compromised false Church for so long.

        What do you think about all that I’ve said in this very detailed response to your claim?

        Reply

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