Catholic Mary and Shema

Assumption of the BVM

Catholics render worship (latria, hyperdulia or dulia) to a great pantheon of gods and goddesses, as do Hindus and followers of some other worldly religions. When confronted concerning this, A Catholic might argue that his prayers to one of Rome's multitude of saints, venerables or whatever actually honor God. In no way does paying homage to any person or spirit apart from God somehow honor God. To God alone be the glory! To Rome be the shame of mocking Almighty God by promoting worship, adoration, privilege, power, reparation and sacrifice to any created being other than the righteous God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

I find it strange that Catholicism, ,in her replacement theology, claims to be Judaism fulfilled, yet violates the very heart of Judaic worship. Observant Jews have, for millennia, repeated Shema daily. And what are the words of Shema? Read these words from a page on the Hebrew Roots web site:

When Yeshua was asked by one of the Scribes; “which is the first commandment of all?” (Mark 12:28), He answered in what might be considered a rather unusual way. Yeshua did not begin by repeating the first of the Ten Commandments; “I am the LORD your God, ... you shall have no other gods before Me.” (Ex. 20:2-3). He did not begin by telling the Scribe to; “ your neighbor as yourself.” He began with what every Jewish person of that day (and this) recognized as the Shema (Sheh-mah’).

The Shema is not a prayer, it is a statement of faith. It is the core of Jewish belief. Every faithful Jew desires to die with the Shema on his lips. Except for the second sentence, the entire Shema is taken directly from scripture. It is common for the Shema to be sung rather than recited or read.

The Hebrew word Shema means “to hear intelligently.” Shema is the very first word found in this great statement of faith, and it is quoted directly from Deut. 6:4. It is common practice for Hebrew scriptures to be named by the first word of the passage or book. In Hebrew, the Shema is said in the following manner: “Shema Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu, Adonai echad.” (The translation is: Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.) Thus, the title for this statement of faith is simply; Shema

Observant Jews have always known that there is but one Godhead, who exists as more than two Persons. Those true believers known as Christians have always known that there is but one Godhead, who exists as three distinct Persons. The Catholic Church, which claims to be both Christian and the fulfillment of Judaism, can't seem to get it right. The Whore on the Tiber recognizes the Triune Godhead as senior to a multitude of minor gods she refers to as saints, principle of which is Catholic Mary. Romanism has declared that their marian goddess shares a number of the powers Christians and Jews believe to be reserved to God alone.

Have you noticed? When the Catholic Queen of the Heavens and Earth makes her much publicized 'appearances,' no one can see or hear her but the medium, whom Catholics refer to as a visionary. Only the three kids at Fatima were able to see their ghostly visitor. There have been hundreds of thousands of pilgrim visitors to Medjugorje, but only six mediums who claim to communicate with her. Maria de Guadalupe, the patroness of Mexico, was seen by only one medium, a Native American given the 'Christian' name of Juan Diego. The spirit visitor to St. Joseph's Catholic church in Emmitsburg, Maryland followed its lone medium from Scottsdale, Arizona. The ghost who used to visit medium Nancy Fowler's farm near Conyers, Georgia quit showing up not too long ago.

Who knows how many other visionaries have had encounters with Catholic Mary who appeared to them in the burn pattern on a flour tortilla, or a knot in a tree trunk, or a spill on a cement floor, etc.? Are the visitors sent to these mediums by God? Hardly seems likely, given God's clear disapproval of mediums and such things.

When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)

Think again on the words of Shema:

Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.

What has always been true for Israel is still true today, to all believers. There is but one God, who exists as a Triune Godhead. Any and all others who seek to be worshiped are not sent by Almighty God, but are in the service of the deceiver.

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