Wednesday, May 20, 2009

An Examination of an Examiner Article

Because it contains a painting of an unclothed child, which Catholic artists, often, strangely and disturbingly depict, I will simply give you the relevant quote from an online article, written in The Examiner, concerning Marian theology, which states that Mary is the "Mother of God":

"You might be wondering how we take the leap into calling her our Mother. When Jesus was on the cross, He told his disciples: 'Behold your mother'. Because they were and we are brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, she too is Our Mother. She is still with Him in heaven, and looks at us as her children."

Oh, well there you go! Nothing more to see here! Don't bother looking it up, 'cuz you heard it here first!

"These (Bereans) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." ~Acts 17:11

Please reread the quote from the article now, and note the use of the plural "disciples".

Now let's search the scriptures to see if that thing is so:

"When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." ~John 19:26-27 (This was said by Him from the cross.)

Was He speaking to more than one disciple? No, because he wanted that particular disciple to take care of the woman (note that he did not call her "Mother") that birthed him, since her husband had apparently already died and had no one else to rely upon.

You see, in order to justify their worship of a person that is unworthy of worship, whatever their reasons for doing so, one must rephrase verses from the Bible to fit their beliefs.

If you say "He told his disciples...", that shows a common relationship that, in this context, requires all to participate, but if you use the actual Word of God, it shows the true intent -- that of an individual caring for another individual.

No where in any version of the Bible, let alone the reliable one, is there mention of the glorification of Mary, nor is there of referring to her as the "Mother of God".

In fact, Jesus corrected a man for calling her His mother:

"While he yet talked to the people, behold, [his] mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?


And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."
~Matthew 12:46-50

Quite a leap of faith, Catholicism.

2 comments:

AdamS said...

Is the whole Marian thing connected to sun/earth worship? Because there's definitely some of the old pagan ideas that have associated themselves with Christianity over the years. For some reason it reminds me of the Gaia hypothesis.

Son3 said...

It is tied into several pagan practices, as is most of the Catholic religion.

Allusions to sun and earth worship can be found in cathedrals' stone masonry.

Gaia is mostly associated with the New Age movement, and the New Age is allying itself with the Catholic church, so you'll probably see more Catholics talking about things like that in the years to come.

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