The Question:In your posts, you often refer to “The Catholic Mary” and “The Mary of Scripture.” Aren't these the same person?
The Response: They most definitely are not the same person. Mary of Scripture was a woman blessed by Almighty God and assigned a special mission in His salvific program. This Mary is mentioned but a few times in the Sacred Books, and it is never reported in them that she possessed special powers or authorities to dispense grace, mediate between man and God, grant salvation to fallen man, rule over Heaven and Earth, etc.
Catholic popes and councils have declared, however, that Catholic Mary possesses powers and authorities the Scriptures tell us are of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In a religion that worships spirits of the dead, a special form of worship is reserved exclusively for worshipping Catholic Mary. Only God Himself is rendered a higher level of worship in the Catholic way of things. It appears likely that at some future time the fantasizers who dream up Romish doctrine will elevate Catholic Mary to equal status with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is the considered opinion of this evangelical Christian that the Catholic Church is a pagan cult that worships a vast pantheon of gods and demigods, principle of which is the Catholic re-creation of Anahita under the guise of a Catholic imitation of Mary of Scripture. Who is Anahita?
Back in the old days, Anahita was the patroness of a number of things, but her client list has been greatly enhanced under the guise of Catholic Mary. A lengthy, but incomplete, list of Catholic Mary's patronage may be read by clicking here. Those interested may further populate Catholic Mary's address book by doing a Google search for: Mary and adding such descriptors as patron or patronage or patroness. Creating a definitive roster of nations, acts, persons, jobs, etc., may well be an impossibility, for Catholics seem to invent to titles and jobs for her quicker than any historian might add them to his compilation.
Catholic Mary, more correctly called by her ancient name of Anahita, is well known to Pagans.
I am aware of no biblical evidence to support the elevation of the Mary of Scripture to the exalted position of “Queen of Heaven and Earth.” I have found it equally impossible to discover scriptural foundations for Mary of Nazareth as anything other than the young maiden blessed to be selected by God to be the vehicle used in the incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity.
When I was Catholic, I was taught to pray to and render worship to Catholic Mary. I know that my Heavenly Father forgave me such sins when He imputed to me the righteousness of Christ and declared me to be justified in His eyes. Since that wonderful regeneration, I have always prayed only to God; never to any created being. I urge all who read this to follow my example.
Open your Bible and read.
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