Please see posts 1 & 2 for context.
When the question was first posed: ‘Is Mary worthy of worship?’ why is it that we know WHAT Mary I am addressing, for surely there are millions who share this first name? Tradition cements in the mind ONE Mary, and like a steel trap, does not allow clear thought to the better question: is scripture sufficient for our guide?
This question should end all controversy to an honest heart, for it is possible to make great strides in understanding a doctrine with full confidence. If we however rely on tradition alone, then the boat of understanding will always be on troubled waters.
The first post demonstrated the palpable strength of years and years of religious opinion that ascribes equal worth to Mary and Christ. We learned however through scripture that ALL have sinned, this includes all stone masons, mayors, beggars, writers, priests, popes, and much to the chagrin of many, Mary.
The second post revealed titles that are God-like. It has been taught that not only was Mary conceived without sin, but that she was ascended into heaven, and I call this the ‘great assumption.’ Both doctrines are fed to the unlearned as fact, but scripture (if it is to be our guide) affirms neither.
Fair speeches yes, scripture used yes, appeal to emotions, yes. Can they withstand the scrutiny of the Spirit of God and the word of God, no. To the unsuspecting, the Immaculate Conception speaks to Mary’s birth with papal infallibility. The Assumption speaks of Mary’s alleged translation to heaven.
And where pray tell would Mary sit in heaven? Where else would a queen sit but on her throne, with a tiara. The book I read says when the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, (by virtue of His own worth by the way) he sat down on the right hand of God.
He sat down because the work of the high priest was finished. In the tabernacle on earth, one piece of furniture was strikingly missing from the holy place: a seat. There could be no rest until the sin of the world was met with satisfaction.
So the Lord sits, and waits. He waits until his enemies be made his footstool, and he will arise and execute the fury of the wrath of God. The Lord Jesus will not ask Mary for approval to act, but more importantly, she is not even there to ask. There is only God on his throne.
Paul the apostle asked his friends: Have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? Mary born sinless, and assumed as queen of heaven. Hmmmm. Truth can be painful, but only to our pride; yet truth is also a balm, a savour of life unto life.
There is no longer a need to protect a belief if it disagrees with God and his ways, and here there is no interest in making enemies. I would be the greatest of hypocrites if I kept these jewels to myself, and I understand that insults can be simple attacks based on having wrong information.
These are not my truths, and I do not make them more truthful by the broadcasting; just passing them along, hoping you can find help in such days of spiritual fog.
Mary and Joseph were good people. They walked in the integrity of their faith; they obeyed government laws as long as they did not interfere with God; and they did not understand fully what this ‘Father’s business’ was that their son was ever about.
At age twelve, the young Lord was found in the temple sitting at the feet of the scribes, hearing and asking them questions. His place was respectful of his elders as he did not teach them, while at the same time, ‘having understanding that was infinite.’
His mother did not have understanding which was infinite; his mother did not ask questions that would stun the scholars; his mother did not walk on the water; his mother did not raise Jairus daughter; his mother did not change water into wine; his mother did not feed the five thousand with a few scraps; his mother did not give sight to the blind; his mother did not cure a man of devils; his mother did not forgive an adulterous woman; his mother did not stand mute before Pilate; his mother did not ride the donkey; his mother did not predict her own death and resurrection; his mother did not predict his coming again; his mother did not send the Holy Spirit, and his mother did not die for the sins of the world, yet, yet, yet, people are forced to believe somehow someway, that Mary is worthy of worship? Really?
At the baptism of the Lord by John, the spirit of God like a dove came and identified the Messiah. The ministry of the lamb of God began in full, John’s life would end, and Mary’s heart would be pierced through with many sorrows.
The knowledge of sinners coming to her was not one of these sorrows. I would venture a guess and suggest she may say: ‘Who are you to give worth to a servant of God?’ Similar to this was the angel rebuking John the apostle on Patmos for falling at his feet: ‘Worship God.’
During the ministry of the Lord, he shared a morsel of truth with his apostles, promising them that in the regeneration, THEY would sit on thrones, judging the tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19.28) This promise was not given to me, you, popes, nor Mary. Again I submit: ‘Is scripture sufficient as our guide?’
There are pictures galore of Mary as the center of attention, with Peter, James, John and the others at her feet, noting the upper room at Pentecost as one, but assumptions are poor articles of faith.
She was a sister to the brethren, lending support to the men as they all awaited ‘power from on high,’ and if scripture be our guide, Mary was certainly not ‘your majesty,’ who received ‘kneedom’ by the twelve.
Indeed this godly woman with her husband Joseph, the baptist, the brethren, as well as the other Mary’s, would clearly say ‘He must increase, and I must decrease,’ speaking of the only Lord, Jesus Christ.
May I remind you that scripture contains ALL that pertains to life and godliness, so we need not look outside its pages to interpret the contents.
If scripture clearly slams the door on a co-redeemer, I say ‘amen.’ if tradition agrees with the biblical narrative, I say ‘amen. What about you?
I will address a different point of view in the next and then final post.