(An intro to the First post in a series of five)
Since the interdweebs are a poor place to applaud ones laurel’s, and since the charge was leveled from a religious persuasion that there are defects of understanding around here, I figured it best to re-post that which speaks directly to such things. Surely you will take note that I am discussing a topic that is sacred to some, and a golden calf to many.
As you may have noticed, I took my good ole time re-posting, lest I be accused of being impulsive. If you have ‘followed’ me for any amount of time, you know I take scripture quite seriously, and at all cost, state every time that God’s words are forever settled in heaven. He is absolutely consistent from Genesis to Revelation. His word is flawless, incriminating, lovely, full of grace and truth, and is ever pertinent to whosoever will.
Since first writing these essays, many new readers have come along, and I am thankful, and appreciate every one. There is no malice in discussing these things, there is no desire to embarrass, but there is a yen to show fidelity to the text. Some will enjoy this. Some will not care. Some will mock. Others will despise it. But ask yourself: ‘Why?’
May I offer a suggestion to guard yourself with prayer before you read this? What believer could argue to ask God to keep him through the storms and trials of life? But a trial here? Yes and no. There is no possible sentence of condemnation, but there is plenty of evidence for one to adjudicate.
Read them all. Note the connections between them. Judge righteously. You decide if I am true to God’s word. You decide if I am non-compromising to truth. You decide if I have extolled Mary, or given her due place in history. You decide if she has been degraded in any way. You decide if the spirit in which I carry my points is lousy or flattering. You decide if what I assert is rubbish.
But be careful. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the honour of kings is to search it out. Unfortunately, many folks stop searching, but if you can, read all five while you cogitate and digest the big picture, and ask yourself if what you believe is in line with what scripture presents. Enjoy, with a shout out to Silenceofmind.
Is Mary worthy of worship? (pt 1)
Worship is generally an act of devotion directed towards a deity. Worship is specifically prostration before God. In the context of our question: Is Mary queen of heaven, and worthy of worship, you need only to decide if scripture is sufficient for your guide.
You may wonder, and please do, why pray tell is there a dove at the outset of this topic. Do consider who the dove alit on. Why? We need never fear truth, and we certainly do not want to diminish Mary’s favor, while at the same time, we should not want to be guilty of lavish or misdirected praise.
There are two schools which have done damage to her character: One which has ignored her rightful place in the plan of God, and the other which has elevated her to Godhood. I wish to do neither, but simply present her as God desires.
Some dance around this seemingly fine-print, but if we are to get to the truth of the matter, here and now I ask you: Does she receive homage, is this homage justifiable, and if she were aware of this worship, what would she do with it?
Lest I be accused of blasphemy, let’s consider what has traditionally been laid at Mary’s feet:
Mary takes petitions to God.
Mary instructed the apostles.
Mary was sinless.
Mary was assumed into heaven.
Mary wears the twelve stars.
Mary is/was the mother of God.
If we are to gain insight and ‘instruction in righteousness’ as the good book suggests, then our appeal must be to this very book, and this source alone, for we are exhorted that in it, contains ALL that pertains to life and godliness. What else is there that is more noble?
Mary was no doubt the right woman for the time; her Jewish heritage and sound upbringing in the faith were certainly known to God, yet, she had her lot in life with all mankind as a child of Adam, in which the Lord as well as Paul said: ‘there are none good, no not any.’
This ‘goodness’ was not a moral good, for many are that, even an atheist can be good in this respect, but the word ‘good’ as used in doctrine, is whether or not a man or woman is sinless, and of course the answer is no, only God is good.
Jael in the book of Judges was a woman who drove a spike through the temple of a man killing him, and listen to the recording of her worth: ‘Blessed be Jael ABOVE ALL WOMEN.’ Fast forward to the prayer granted toward Mary: ‘Blessed art thou AMONG WOMEN, and blessed be the fruit of thy womb Jesus.’
Please address the honesty of your heart if you have never heard this, and consider the ramifications. A woman killed a man, and was given the highest of accolades by God; another woman utters the Magnificat, and we are simply told she is blessed among women, and this was an opinion confirmed by the high church.
I would not disagree that Mary was blessed among women, and I would also not disagree that ‘all generations would call her blessed.’ Yet, being a blessed person, and a person worthy of homage are two separate things.
Mary sang praise and said: ‘thy handmaiden awaits thy instructions,’ (I use liberty here) and she also said, and note carefully: ‘My soul doth rejoice in God my Saviour.’ The angel told Mary that her son would be great, and that the Lord God would give unto him the throne of his father David.’
Great? Indeed. Still today this greatness is hidden. David’s throne? Currently unoccupied, but it will be, and Mary’s promise will be fulfilled. She awaits the culmination of God’s will as do all believers. She cannot add nor take away God’s timetable.
Did you notice what many do not, that she admitted her need for a Saviour. Sounds like a wise and spiritual woman.
(Please continue to post 2)