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Should Christians Worship Mary?

Catholic theology: Technically, it is impossible for Catholics to "worship" Mary. "Worship" has been defined as applying only to "God". The worship of Mary is termed "hyperdullation" or "veneration", and of the Saints, "dullation". Further, Catholics do not "pray to" Mary, they "ask Mary to pray for us." But to any non-Catholic, this is exactly the same as praising and praying to someone, i.e., worshipping them. "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet".
An email correspondent writes:
Please speak to and be open to hearing the perspectives of Catholics and understand what true DEVOTION and not WORSHIP OF Mary is. Mary is the window in which we look through to see Jesus. She always points to Jesus. Even if a Catholic has misunderstood who Mary is, she in turn will show them Jesus, if they are willing to see Him. She prays for us as I can pray for you, and you for your friend. She is our intercessor, and she knows Jesus, therefore a very good intercessor.

... the second most important event in salvation history [is] The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Louise D'Angelo

DAMASCUS, Syria, MAY 6, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of John Paul II's speech before praying the Regina Caeli at the end of Mass today in the Abbasid Stadium here.

Dear Brothers and Sisters from Damascus and all of Syria,

As you know, in a few days time, when I leave this city and your country, I shall continue in the footsteps of Saint Paul to Malta, where a celebrated icon of Our Lady of Damascus is piously preserved and venerated in the Greek Catholic Church in Valletta, the capital of the Island. Kneeling before that image, I will remember all of you.

I promise to take to Our Lady your prayers and hopes, and I promise to ask her, as I do now, to intercede with her Divine Son for all of you and your families.

[Original text: French and Arabic; translation by Vatican]

Comment: So the process is:
Us => the Pope => Our Lady => Divine Son => Father.

But, according to Hebrews 4:16: "Let us come boldly unto the Throne of Grace" [i.e., of God the Father Himself.]

Dr. J. D. Fulton: [in 1890 so far from "politically correct" in modern terms] "Mariolatry is a Roman Catholic superstition. To the Romanists, Mary is God, though they deny it, and worship ["veneration"] is the adoration of the Virgin. Viewing Romanism in the light of the Bible, this is its crowning sin; viewing it as a system calculated to seduce and enslave, this is its masterpiece. Popery blots out the God-man as mediator and in His stead presents us with Mary, who is to the devotee the one living and true God. For though the Father and Son are known, they are only accessible through Mary, and they stand so far behind and beyond her, that to the Romanist they are a vague shadow and unknown. Mary is the first name to be lisped in childhood, the last to be uttered by quivering lips before they are closed in death. Around the neck of the infant is suspended a small image of the Virgin; when the babe seeks the breast, it must kiss the image, and thus literally draws in the adoration of Mary with its mother's milk. Thus does Rome exalt Mary, not only as equal but as superior to Jesus Christ, superior in the love and compassion and mercy of a Saviour, as if she was a safer Saviour than Jesus Christ.

The Lady of Roman Catholic Mariology is a Myth

It is the lady of the Roman Catholic Mariologists that Rome bows down to; not to the Mary that the church knew, or the New Testament described. Rome is in apochryphaI testament full of falsehoods concerning Mary, which is substituted for the gospel, and is believed in by the superstitious. In Rome, painting, poetry and imagination have done their utmost to exalt this papal goddess. She is not Venus, nor Minerva, nor Ceres [the "Virgin Mother"], nor Vesta, but an invention of diabolical cunning, framed to deceive, if it were possible, the very elect. The marvels described began before her birth. Her parents, Joachim and Anna, of the royal race of David, are childless, and bitterly grieved on that account.

As a specimen of the manner in which Rome falsifies the truth, take this statement as an illustration [originally from the Protoevangelium of James, ca. 150 A.D.]: "On a great festival day when Joachim brings a double offering to the Lord, it is rejected by the priest, saying, `It is not lawful for thee to bring thine offering since thou hast begotten no issue in Israel.' And Joachim was exceedingly sorrowful and went into the wilderness and fasted forty days and forty nights and said, 'Until the Lord my God look upon mine affliction, my only meat shall be prayer.' Then Anna prayed under a laurel tree, and behold the angel of the Lord stood by her, and said: 'Anna, thy prayer is heard, thou shalt bring forth a child that shall be blessed throughout the world; see also thy husband is coming with his shepherd's crook, for an angel hath comforted him also.' And Anna went forth to meet her husband, and Joachim came from the pasture and they met at the golden gate, and Anna ran and embraced her husband, and said, 'Now I know that the Lord hath blessed me.'" Then comes the birth of Mary the auspicious infant, with all manner of signs of good omen. "And when the child was three years old, Joachim said, 'Let us invite the daughters of Israel, let them each take a lamp and attend on her that the child may not turn her back on the temple of the Lord.' And being come to the temple, they placed her on the first step and she ascended all the steps to the altar [impossible!], and the high priest received her there, and kissed her, and blessed her, saying, Mary, the Lord hath magnified thy name to all generations; in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed. [said of Abraham]'" Titian has represented this and other scenes.

A legend has it that Mary was sustained by the ministry of angels, who daily visited her, and brought to her the bread of angels and the water of life. It is the tradition of the Greek church [and the Protoevangelium] that Mary alone of all her sex was allowed to enter the holy of holies [impossible!] and pray before the ark of the covenant [not there!]. In her fourteenth year the priest announced to her that it was time for her to be given in marriage, but she declared that she had vowed a life of virginity and declined, but the high priest told her that he had received a message from the Lord, and so she submitted. Then the high priest inquired of the Lord, and was bid to order all the widowers of the people to come, each with a rod in his hand, that the Lord might choose one by a sign; and Joseph the carpenter came with the rest and presented his rod, and, lo, a white dove flew from it and settled upon his head. According to St. Jerome the tradition has another version. The rods of the candidates were placed in the temple over night, and, lo, in the morning Joseph's rod had burst forth in leaves and flowers. The painting of Raphael in the Brera at Milan, as fresh in color as if but yesterday, gives the medieval conception of that wedding. Then come pictures of the wonderful annunciation, thick as lilies in the meadow. All that human art can do, with splendors of colors and richness of fancy, to embellish the theme, has been done to elevate Mary as an object of worship. In the apocryphal gospels there is no end to fables concerning Mary after the crucifixion of Christ, for which there is not a particle of Scriptural support. To Mary were ascribed all the divine attributes and offices; she is represented in heaven as commanding the Son with the authority of a mother, and Christ, for whom all things were made, is pictured as bending in submissive obedience to her behests; in short, there comes to be in Romanism and ritualism no God but Mary. As a worship if not as a religion,

Mariolatry has a place in the world.

In Roman Catholic countries the images of the Virgin are loaded with costly offerings, as if they had power to grant help; the poor may go unfed, the naked unclothed, but the statue of Mary is enriched by the most costly offerings. In some of the churches in Spain, millions of dollars are lying in the lap of the so-called Virgin. Mary is exalted at the expense of the worship of Christ. In the "Glories of Mary," [by Liguori] two ladders are described, one a red ladder and one white; the red ladder is Jesus Christ, the white ladder is the virgin mother; up the red ladder millions try to climb and fall into hell, then comes the cry, "Try the white ladder." They obey and are saved. In the largest Sabbath [Catholic Sunday] school in New York, the priest came before 1900 children and asked, "Who is your best friend, children?" "Mother," is the quick reply. "All that say mother hold up your hands." All held up their hands. "Who is your best heavenly friend?" "Mary." [But] What does Christ say? "Whosoever believes not [in my name] shall be damned." [Mark 16:16].

"What does Mary do ?"

"She pleads for us and saves us." Thus is that Being who took children in His arms and blessed them, to whom they ran with joy, who died that He might open Heaven to childhood, set before them as a cruel monster, painted by Michelangelo with thunderbolts in His hand, wishing to see them damned, while His pitiful mother hides her eyes from the sight. As a result, Romanists pray to Mary, who can do them no good, even if they believe on her - for with Romanists as with others, "There is none other name under heaven, given among men whereby we must be saved," [Acts 4:12] but the name of Jesus Christ, who was crucified and whom God raised from the dead.

All sorts of deceptions are practiced in the nunneries and churches where Mary is worshiped. Blood is made to appear on her face, her eyes are made to turn by a secret spring moved by a priestly hand, and the people fall down in adoration and rapture, and roll and tumble on the floor in unmeasured delight. Keep it in mind, Jesus was Mary's first-born Son, and the only-begotten Son of God. Holy Scripture never once even faintly hints that Jesus was the only son of Mary. [Even the "only-begotten" Son of God is more accurately translated "one-of-a-kind" Son of God: Gk. monogenes vs. monogenesis.]

The Cousin Theory

is now being worked, but it is an after-thought and a feeble, subterfuge, as the Right Hon. Lord Robert Montagu, in his "The Virgin and the Sower," has shown. His cousins were the sons of Zebedee. Paul mentions James as the Lord's brother, Gal. 1:19. Suppose the cousin theory were true, Jesus would have said, "Who is my mother and who are my cousins? Whosoever doeth the will of my Father is my male or female cousin." The disciples who do the will of God are sons of God, not nephews; brothers of our Lord, not cousins, because they have received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry "Abba, Father." [Rom. 8:15]

The object of Mariolatry

is manifestly to turn thought and love and faith from Christ the Creator to Mary the creature. As a result, a manly Christianity is overthrown in lands where Mary is worshiped. There is no vir [virility] in the religion, no strength, no honesty, no Bible, no literature worthy of the name, no promise of the future, no joy in the present. As a leading clergyman of England has recently said, in reply to the bishop of Chichester, "The Virgin Mary of the papal church, and that some Anglicans worship, is a heathen goddess, pandering to the foolish fancies of doting ecclesiastics, covering the amorous delinquencies of erring nuns, and patronizing villains of the deepest dye." They Who have set up her image in sanctuaries as has been done by the ritualists in St. Paul's cathedral [London], and in Westminster abbey, London, have been guilty of the sin of idolatry, and have provoked the wrath of God. They who thus act reject the true, the great, and the strong, and accept the false and the weak, and are impoverished thereby. The reason for this is obvious: the carnal heart naturally turns to Mary, and then seeks to work out salvation by enduring personally the suffering which Christ endured in our stead. As a result failure follows failure; the worshipers of Mary are without joy, and without a well grounded hope. The exaltation of the image of Mary is proof that the spirit which rejected Christ lives and works. It is a duty to head against the tendency, and call attention to the manner in which Christ planted the heel of His condemnation on every effort to promulgate the debasing doctrine that bows down to the Lady of Roman Cahtolic Mariologists, and ignores the Mary of the New Testament. "In vain," says Christ "do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." [Matt. 15:9] If we would serve our Lord we must believe His word, accept His teachings, and obey them.

The Extent of the Worship of Mary

Rome, to destroy faith in Christ, lifts up Mary. In all the picture galleries of Europe, and also many of those found in England and America, we see pictures of Mary holding Christ's crucified body and ministering to the sleeping dead in all wonderful attitudes of worship. The fact is, Mary never saw Christ after she bade Him farewell when He was hanging on the cross. Christ never went home after his resurrection, and never appeared to Mary after He rose from the dead. The disciples treated Mary as though she were only an ordinary woman. In Acts 1:14 we see her for the last time, when in an upper room she is with her children, waiting with the disciples for the descent of the Holy Spirit. She went to the home of John, there she passed her declining years, died and was buried, and in that grave she will remain until the resurrection trump shall sound, and she shall come forth with the redeemed to cast her crown at the feet of our ascended Lord.

The extent of the worship of Mary is co-extensive with the worship of the idolatries of Rome [and further, e.g., the Eastern Orthodox churches]. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception is a part of Romanistic belief. On Dec. 8, 1854, Pio Nono (Pius IX) went in great state to St. Peter's, followed by fifty-four cardinals, forty-four archbishops, ninety-four bishops and a very great number of priests, and crowning with a diadem the image of the Virgin Mary which is on the altar of the cardinal's chapel; he then read an extract of the bull of the Immaculate Conception, declaring "that she was immaculate at the first instant of her conception in the womb of her mother, and by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ."

[The exact "infallible ex cathedra" statement was: "We declare, pronounce and define that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her Conception was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, by the singular grace and privilege of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, and that this doctrine was revealed by God, and therefore, must be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful."]

In an Encyclical dated Feb. 2, 1869, Pius IX declared that "Mary is exalted to the throne of God. Our salvation is founded on the Holy Virgin, since God the Lord has deposited in her fullness of all good, so that if there is hope and spiritual healing for us, we receive it solely and alone from her."

In the "Glories of Mary," page 200, it is stated that "those who cannot be saved by Christ, are saved by Mary."

"No one is saved but through Thee." page 135, "Glories of Mary."

Can idolatry go further? Keep the fact in mind that Romanism finds no warrant for any such claim for Mary in the Scriptures. Christ showed Himself ten times after His resurrection, the first time to Mary Magdalene, but not at any time to His mother [unless she was among the "five hundred brethren at once" 1 Cor. 15:6]. It does not appear that she was present at His ascension. The eleven were there, but no mention was made of Mary.

He expounded to the disciples on the way to Emmaus all the Scriptures concerning Himself [Luke 24:27], but [apparently] He did not mention His mother.

In the model prayer [Matt. 5], neither Mary nor the saints are referred to. When Jesus and Mary were on earth, Jesus showed an infinite love for sinners in dying for them; Mary did not. Three times the Infinite Father proclaims Christ as an object of worship [?], but there is no mention of Mary. The dying thief on the cross was as near the living Mary as to the dying Christ, but when he wanted help he cried to Jesus. There is not in the Scriptures a single instance where any one asked her to intercede for them, nor was there any need. Christ's love is infinite, and His power is infinite, and does not require any help to spur His will, or any other power to work out His purpose. Truly has He said, "I am Jehovah, this is my name, and my glory will I not give to another." Isa. 43:8 As He said to Satan, so He says to all, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." [Matt. 4:10] To the disciples He told the whole truth when He said, "No one cometh unto the Father but by me; if ye shall ask anything in my name, (not in Mary's name) I will do it." [John 14:6, 13]

Christ guarded against Mariolatry.

Rome teaches it. Peter says "It had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them." [2 Peter 2:21]

Jesus being "the way, the truth and the life" [John 14:6] it follows that whosoever attempts to attain heaven, through the aid of Mary, rejects Christ and brings damnation upon the soul. There are millions thus deluded. It is ours to warn them against the perils which surround them. Because Romanists have set up altars to Mary is it not to be apprehended that God will say to them, "Therefore pray not thou for this people neither lift up a cry or prayer for them ; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble." Jer. 11:14.

Paul said, "As ye have therefore received the Lord Jesus, so walk ye therein, rooted and built up in him and stablished in the faith as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through vain deceit after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ, for in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Col. 2:6-9. To place Mary in the stead of Christ is to insult Christ. It is Christ's love that saves. Because He suffered we rejoice. He bore Our sins for us to the tree, and nailed them to the cross. Because of His atonement we are free. Romanism rejects Christ, accepts of Mary, and then by Satan's direction, seeks to render life miserable by self-inflicted tortures. Superstition unites with ritualism in contending for the perpetual virginity of Mary. To speak against Mariolatry is called by Romanists blasphemy. They teach that Mary was conceived without sin, that she is not only the mother of God [Pius IX, 1854], but is our co-redemptress [Redemptrix, Leo XIII, 1894, also Mediatrix and Conciliatrix, Pius IX, 1854, and Dispensatrix, etc.]. That in the Eucharist we not only receive, and eat her flesh and blood, but pass into one flesh with her, that from the moment of the conception of Jesus, the blessed virgin was deified and that to deny the assumption of Mary [bodily into heaven (Pius XII, 1950)], that she is in heaven, and is the mediator between Christ and the suppliant, is to deny the doctrine of the incarnation. Romanism demands not only that we declare that Christ was born of virgin, but that she was ever virgin.

Tell the Truth.

To exalt Mary is to degrade Christ. Jesus alone is the chiefest among ten thousand, and the one altogether lovely. He was not the being painted by Raphael or Rubens. He had a scarred visage. There was power in His look as He came from Nazareth to the Jordan, when the multitudes parted and made way for the God-man, and John clothed in camel's hair and with a leathern girdle about his loins, in his preaching said to the multitudes who bent before his surprising appeals, "He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear." [Matt. 3:11] John saw Him, and went before Him in adoration, and when Christ desired a public baptism at his hands, John forbade Him saying "I have need to be baptized of thee and comest thou to me. And Jesus answering said unto him, `Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness;' then he suffered him. And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and lo the heavens were opened unto him, and, he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him. And lo a voice from heaven saying," - This is - what? The Son of Mary? Not at all. "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."

Mary is made to pass as the goddess of poverty and sorrow, of pity and mercy, of motherhood with large capacities of sorrow, with the memory of bitter sufferings, and with sympathies large enough to embrace every anguish of humanity, qualities which do not belong specially to Mary, but are the distinguishing features of our Lord's life.

Mary when she went to see her cousin Elizabeth went as the woman who had realized the fond expectation of womanhood through all the ages. See her entering the home of Zacharias and saluting Elizabeth. "And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and she spoke with a loud voice, and aid, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Whence is this, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy." [Luke 1:41-4 ] In all this there is nothing of sorrow, but rather of congratulation. No woman was ever more blessed. This Mary felt and said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden, for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done for me great things and holy is his name." [Luke 1:46-9]

To place Mary in the stead of Christ is to throw away the offer of salvation made through Christ and accept the aid of one powerless to save. Any pandering to Mariolatry is a rejection of Christ. The bishop of Chichester says: "I maintain that Dr. Fulton has entirely failed to comprehend the character of our Lord's mother as revealed in Holy Writ, a character beautiful in her submission to God's will, her thoughtfulness, humility and self-abnegation." Admit it, and what of it? Salvation does not depend upon comprehending the character of Mary, any more than it does upon comprehending the character of Mary Magdalene or of Mary, the wife of Cleophas.

by Justin Dewey Fulton D.D., "Is it Mary or the Lady of Roman Catholic Mariology?", Brooklyn, New York, January, 1890.


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