This post is inspired by genuine questions asked by sincere Catholics who want to follow the word of God completely. Hence this is dedicated to them, out of my genuine love and respect for my friends.
Who is Mother Mary?
The Mary we are talking about here is the biological mother of Jesus who conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit and carried Christ in her womb for nine months, before she delivered Him in a manger. She was a godly and righteous woman, who was filled with the Holy Spirit herself. Over the years she came to be known as Mother Mary because she was the mother of Jesus.
Was Mary a virgin?
Yes, the bible says that Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus (Matthew 1:23). The bible also says that she did not have sexual relations with her husband Joseph, till the time Jesus was delivered (Matthew 1:25). However, after that, she had a perfectly normal family life and had other sons and daughters as the Bible says (Mark 6:3), who were the brothers and sisters of Jesus! So Mary was not a virgin for her entire life, as is often claimed.
Why do people pray to Mother Mary?
The primary reason why people pray to Mary is because they think their prayers will be answered, since it is believed Jesus always listens to His mother. One story often quoted is the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine at the request of Mary. Hence, people believe there is greater power in the holy and Virgin Mary praying for them than in any other human beings praying or interceding for them.
But we need to examine this belief closely on the basis of God’s word, the bible!
Can Mary intercede for us?
Does the New Testament church show any signs or occasions of praying to Mary when she was alive?
We do see that Mary and Jesus’ brothers were part of the first century church and they devoted themselves to prayer along with the other believers (Acts 1:14). There was no special treatment given to her for being the mother of Jesus! Is she then qualified to be a mediator between you and God? Absolutely not!
You have direct access to the heart of God through Jesus Christ, because Jesus said: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.“ (John 15:16 ESV)
The Bible goes on to say, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5 ESV) Jesus is not one of the mediators, he is the one and only mediator!
To whom should I pray?
Jesus taught us, that when we pray:
1. We should address it to the Father in heaven! (Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:2)
2. We should pray in Jesus’ name. (John 14:14,14:26, 15:16, 16:23, 24)
3. The bible goes on to teach us that the Holy Spirit will help us in our prayers and help us pray the right things. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26 ESV) The bible encourages us to use the help of the Holy Spirit in our prayers. (Eph 6:18, Jude 1:20)
So, praying essentially is us praying to the Father in heaven, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach) through the strength, wisdom and the supernatural endowment by the Holy Spirit.
When God has made such a wonderful provision for our prayers to reach heaven, do we really need a non-scriptural way of praying to God? The choice is yours!
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