Praying To Mary Is Okay?

September 27, 2013

Friends,
Here is the main body of an email I sent a few days ago to a friend who has recently converted to Catholicism:

Mary was blessed to be the one chosen to birth Jesus, but Scripture never tells us to adore her or to pray to her. When “a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you,'” (Luke 11:27), Jesus did not answer, “Yes, she certainly is blessed,” but instead “He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.'” (v. 28)

Are you saying you do pray to Mary? If so, how do you account for the command to do so being nowhere found in the Scriptures? Instead, Jesus commands, “This is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in Heaven…” (Mt. 6:9) and asking in His name. (John 16:23) Also, in Isa. 8:19 it is asked, “…should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” And in that verse and verse 20, such a practice is aligned with those who consult mediums and spiritists, those who whisper and mutter, those who do not speak according to the law and testimony of God, and who thus do not have (or abide in) the Light (the Truth / Jesus). They would then have to be abiding in a different spirit / a different jesus. (2 Cor. 11:4)

Dt. 18:10-12 also commands us not to imitate those who consult the dead because it is detestable to the Lord. Petitioning the dead saints, including Mary –all who died physically– would fall into this category. Moreover, how can Mary or deceased saints help us with our problems and concerns that only God Himself has the authority, ability, and power to accomplish for us? To believe that dead saints are able to hear the prayers of thousands, is to credit omniscience to each of those dead saints. That in itself would be a type of adoration, and thus worship.

I understand that this is part of the prayer while doing the Rosary: “Hail holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!” Jesus only is our life, our mercy, and our hope, and “Hail” is a greeting of praise. Therefore, I cannot view this prayer as anything other than idolatrous. How would you defend it as otherwise?

Also, how would you defend praying to Mary for mercy, etc., when 1 Tim. 2:5 tells us that there is only “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” –? And how could Mary save in any way –like praying to her on one’s deathbed or for those in Purgatory (which also is never taught in Scripture)– when God says, “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from Me there is no savior.” (Isa. 43:11) Jesus is the only Savior, for He is God in the flesh, as we know. (John 1:1,14 & 8:58 // Col. 2:9)

Also, God, in the second of the Ten Commandments, orders us to not ever make an idol or bow down to it or worship it. To pray to someone is different than making a request of someone. It is to submit a part of our heart to them in a reverential way. I would be willing to request something from another person, but I would never pray to any human. There is a difference in definition and action. But regardless, we’re not to talk to the dead at all, nor are we to pray to any god or human that lives, for this is what Daniel refused to do and so got thrown into the lions’ den. (Dan. 6:12,16)

So what is your take on the idols of Mary throughout the world? –for many Catholics do bow (in heart and/or body) to these idols as they pray to Mary. Maybe you would never do that, but by joining the Catholic church, a person is certainly saying, “I agree with the doctrines and practices of the Catholic church.” And the Catholic church does approve and promote these idols and the making of prayers in front of them.

I know you’re busy, so you can answer at your convenience. Thank you for doing so…

In Christ,
Rachel

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