Monday, May 2, 2011

Mariology, part 2

This is part 2 of Mariology of the Catholic church which deals with Mary as perfectly holy.

Mary the all holy one

According to the Roman Catholic Church, Mary is all holy, just like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. From a book called True devotion to Mary, chapter 6 says:

There is no darkness in Mary, not even the slightest shadow since there was never any sin in her. She is a holy place, a holy of holies, in which saints are formed and molded.

This seems quite bizarre since Mary, in her song, calls God her Savior. If you are perfectly holy then what do you need to be saved from?

The necessity of Mary in sanctification is also required by the Catholic church. Without Mary you can work really hard but Jesus will only be slightly seen in you.

If Mary, the Tree of Life, is well cultivated in our soul by fidelity to this devotion, she will in due time bring forth her fruit which is none other than Jesus. I have seen many devout souls searching for Jesus in one way or another, and so often when they have worked hard throughout the night, all they can say is, "Despite our having worked all night, we have caught nothing." To them we can say, "You have worked hard and gained little; Jesus can only be recognized faintly in you." But if we follow the immaculate path of Mary, living the devotion that I teach, we will always work in daylight, we will work in a holy place, and we will work but little.

Not only is Mary claimed to be perfectly holy but completely sinless as well, which is what being holy is. Again, they state this in their Catechism, number 508.

508 From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. "Full of grace", Mary is "the most excellent fruit of redemption" (SC 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life.

No where in the Bible does it even hint of this. Romans 3:10-11 says:

None is righteous, not one; no one understands; no one seeks after God.

All through the Bible we read of Man’s depravity. In fact in Romans 6:23 the Bible says that the wages of sin is death. This means your death is proof that you have sinned. The Bible says that everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23), there for all must die and then the judgment. This is why the Catholic church had to invent the doctrine of the assumption of Mary, which means that Mary did not die but directly ascended to heaven in the same way that Jesus did.

More verses on the sinfulness of all men include:

Mk 7:21-23, Jer 17:9, Rom 6:20, Rom 3:10-12, Mk. 10:18, 1 Cor 2:14, Eph 2:15, Eph 2:3, Ps 58:3, Jn 3:19, Gen 6:5, Isa 64:6, Ps 14:3, Ps 143:2, Gen 8:21, Jn 8:44, Eph 2:12, Jn 3:36, Ps 5:5, 11:5, Job 15:16, Ps 53:1-3, 1 Kg. 8:46, Ecc. 7:20, Gal. 3:22, 1 Jn. 1:8, Ps. 51:4

The simple fact that Mary, in her song, calls God her Savior should be enough proof that Mary was not holy and sinless or she would have no need to be reconciled.

In the Catholic prayer called the Regina Caeli, Mary in her perfect holiness, earned the right to give birth to Jesus.

The Regina Caeli

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
has risen as he said, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

In Catholic writings they say that Mary can be called the savior of the world.

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