Do You Know Mary, the mother of Jesus?
In the five year old video, of the Jewish Harvard business professor turned Catholic, salvation through Jesus is never mentioned, only Mary. This man cannot be saved by Mary, and is being deceived by demons appearing to him, and claiming to be the dead woman, Mary, who cannot communicate with anyone on earth.https://youtu.be/1vnoKr3htss
Do you know the Mary of Nazareth, in Israel, and of the Gospels? She was blessed by God, and she occupies a unique place in Bible history. She is an example to all women of humility, of faith in the God of the Bible and of obedience to Him.
Contradicting everything the Bible teaches about Mary, please observe what the rosary says about Mary:
Holy Mary, pray for us...
Queen of heaven
Queen conceived without stain of sin
Ark of the Covenant
Door of heaven
Star of the morning
Healer of the sick
Refuge of sinners
Queen of the angels
Queen of the patriarchs
Queen of the confessors
Queen of all saints
Tower of David
Holy Mother of God
Holy Virgin of virgins
Mother of divine grace
Virgin worthy of veneration
Virgin worthy of praise
Mirror of righteousness
Throne of wisdom
Source of our joy
These things and many more are said about the Mary of the Rosary that differ drastically from the woman, Mary, who the Bible describes as the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone who has been taught of this Mary of the Rosary does not really know the Mary of the biblical Scriptures.
Look at the example of the lowly behavior of John the Baptist. The Lord Jesus said that John was the greatest of the prophets, but when they asked John, "Who are you?" he refused to take any title or honor for himself. He said, "I am not the Christ... I am not." (John 1:20-21). Each time he spoke he had less to say about himself, as if he were shrinking! And when they insisted, "What do you say concerning yourself?" he answered, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness" (John 1:23).
The case of Mary is similar. She was especially blessed of God to conceive and bear the Lord Jesus, and the angel called her "highly favored" (Luke 1:28). There is a great difference between this statement, and all the titles and honors that the followers and devotees of Mary claim for her today. Just as John the Baptist, if we listen to Mary speak of herself, she says, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord" (Luke 1:38), and "my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior" (Luke 1:47). Mary did not lie, she said that God was her Savior, which means she was a sinner needing to be saved. She knew who she was, and she said so, in the humblest of words.
John the Baptist, the great prophet, said about the Lord Jesus, "He must increase but I must decrease" (John 3:30). This is also the way it was with Mary. In John 2:5 she moved into the background and told the servants this about Jesus, "Whatever He says to you, do it." They did not claim equality with the Son of God, for they were only human.
If the devotees of Mary really believed her and took her advice, from this moment forward they would be devotees of Jesus Christ, not of Mary. The key to eternal life and the grace of God is the Lord Jesus Christ, not Mary. The Lord Jesus said, "all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father" (John 5:23).
No one is ever told to honor Mary as divine or supernatural. There is no place in the Scriptures where the Apostles or early Christians prayed to Mary or venerated her. There is no Rosary anywhere in the New Testament. When the Lord Jesus spoke of heaven, He said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6). He never said, "To Jesus through Mary," but rather, as His words indicate, the way to God the Father is through Jesus Christ. Do not allow yourself to be deceived, nor allow respect for Mary to become misguided. She is blessed, but she is not the way to God. The Lord Jesus Christ is the way, the only way (Peter’s words in Acts 4:12).
Who is the Mary of the Bible? To answer that, go directly to the Scriptures, not to the Missal, or prayer book, or catechisms, etc. For true believers, there are four texts, one from an angel, one from Mary herself, one from the Lord Jesus, and one from the Apostles, that describe the Biblical Mary. It’s like drinking water right from the fountainhead, instead of the muddy stream. In the Bible we have already seen that the angel said, "highly favored," and Mary replied, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord." The Lord Jesus called her, "woman" (John 2:4), not "holy mother." The Apostles knew her as "Mary the mother of Jesus" (Acts 1:14), never as the "Mother of God."
In spite of the clear Biblical record, there are people who insist on exalting a humble godly woman and making her something different than what the angels, apostles, the Lord Jesus and Mary herself said she was. Perhaps they are unaware that this is the sin of idolatry, but the Mary that they have fabricated is a religious myth, not the true Mary described in the Bible. It is more than a woman who receives the devotion of her followers, it is a goddess, they have invented and disguised as Mary.
Mary is not the mother of God. No one in heaven, or in the New Testament Church called Mary the "Mother of God," because God does not have a mother or a beginning; He is eternal. God the Son eternally existed in heaven in perfect fellowship and glory with the Father eons before creation (John 17:5) and before He became incarnate. Mary is the mother of Jesus, the human vessel through which God became flesh, and she was blessed to receive the Incarnate Lord, but she did not make God.
She is most certainly not the door of heaven, for this is a phrase that describes the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of her titles were taken from Jesus Christ, long years ago, and given to her by people who didn’t really know Him, love Him, follow Him, or consider Him to be sufficient as their Savior. The simple truth is, they insult and slight the Lord Jesus by taking His titles and giving them to His human mother. He said, "I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved" (John 10:9). That is as clear as it can be. Therefore, to call Mary the door of heaven is blasphemy.
She is not the mother of the ekklesia, the church, nor of the apostles, because the church is a creation of God through the Holy Spirit, just as Adam and Eve were created without human parents. The church is the bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, not the daughter of Mary. Any attempt to present Mary as the mother of the church is not "mystic," but is simply untrue.
The Mary of the Bible is not the mother of all grace, because grace is supernatural and it proceeds uniquely from God the Father and Jesus Christ (Galatians.1:3; Ephesians. 1:2; Philippians. 1:2; Colossians. 1:2; 1 Thessalonians. 1:1, etc.). It is not dispensed by humans but received by them, nor is it dispensed by churches or through sacraments, but only by God. People must look to God for grace, not to Mary nor to any church.
She is not the throne of wisdom, because wisdom comes from God. She is not given a throne and has no spiritual wisdom to give others. We can learn from her how to humbly believe God and obey Him, but she does not dispense spiritual wisdom. True wisdom descends from above, from the Father of lights (James 1:17; 3:17). There is no such thing as a "mother of lights."
Jesus' mother Mary is emphatically not the queen of heaven, because the Bible never gives her this title. There is no queen ruling in heaven. The throne belongs to God and to the Lamb, but not to Mary (Revelation 7:15,17; 22:1). In John 14:1 the Lord called heaven, "my Father’s house," but He never said it was His mother’s house.
Those who know the Holy Scriptures know that "queen of heaven" is an ancient idolatrous title from the pagan mythology of the queen of Babylon: Semiramis, repeated in Egypt as Isis, and elsewhere by other names (Jeremiah 44:15-19, 25). According to verse 15 of this text, many of the devotees of the pagan "queen of heaven" were women.
This pagan practice of devotion to female deities invaded the professing church in the 4th century, after the Roman Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity and professed to be a believer, making it popular. Instead of being persecuted, Christians were to be provided money to build temples in which to worship, but some pagans erased the names of their pagan gods and goddesses and substituted Biblical names for them. Instead of the Babylonian mother-god Semiramis and her son Tammuz, or the Egyptian mother-god Isis, and her son Horus, they put the names Mary and Jesus on them. This ancient pagan practice of devotion to the mother and her son is not Christian, nor apostolic, nor is it Biblical.
We are not told to believe in Mary, to trust her, or to pray to her. The Lord Jesus said, "Ye believe in God, believe also in me" (John 14:1), He never said, "believe also in my mother." If it were necessary, or even possible, He would have said so. Instead, He taught the disciples to pray in a wonderful way, saying, "Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name" but He never taught them to pray to Mary.
Christ said that whatever we ask the Father in His name, will be given us (John 15:16; 16:23). We can go directly to the Father through the Son, but Mary is never presented as a mediatrix or an intercessor. No one in the New Testament ever prayed to her. The true Mary cannot hear our prayers nor can she answer them. She would have to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent to do so, and she is not, because she is not God. Anyone who prays to her is guilty of ignorance or of following a false religion and of idolatry.
The Mary of the Bible has told us who she is. Look up and read each of the Scriptures, and see what the truth is in the Bible. The angel Gabriel has spoken. The Holy Apostles have spoken. The Lord Jesus has spoken, and this is the truth. Jesus said, "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30), but never mentioned Mary in this way. Nothing can be added to contradict or modify what the Scriptures say. But if anyone continues venerating and practicing devotion to the legendary or mystical Mary, then such a person shows that they are not a true believer. They are pagan devotees of a goddess/Demon who uses the name of Mary to deceive people into turning away from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Anyone who has venerated or prayed to Mary, can see from the Scriptures such behavior is not commanded by God, nor is it pleasing to God. Upon learning the truth, they need to confess it as sin, repent, and place all their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, for there is no other name by which we may be saved. Take Mary's advice and do whatever the Son says. The apostle John says that we should trust in Jesus for eternal life (John 3:16).
John the Baptist, too, says to let the Lord Jesus Christ increase in your life, when John says, "He must increase, but I must decrease," (John 3:30) he is explaining how to exalt God and humble ourselves before God. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to those who are humble" (James 4:6).
The apostolic doctrine teaches that there is one God and one mediator between God and men, not one God and many mediators. The one who is both God and Mediator is named Christ Jesus. You Must know Him, and put your trust in Him alone to receive salvation.
There is no other name than Jesus. In Acts 4:12, the apostle Peter announced that salvation is found in no one else than the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, "for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."