Mary, Mother of the World?
Fifth Marian 'Dogma' Pushes Jesus Further Aside
Battle Cry Newsletter Sept/Oct 2010

Vatican officials are continuing to elbow Jesus aside and put their Virgin Mary goddess in his place. When Jesus said to the hypocrites of his day: " made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition," (Matt. 15:6), He must also have been speaking prophetically to the popes.

Over the centuries, various popes have added to this smelly heap of unbiblical tradition about the mother of Jesus. It started early. Aware of the powerful draw of the pagan goddesses, they declared Mary "Mother of God," at the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD.

They continued to morph her into goddesshood at the First Lateran Council in 649 by discovering her "perpetual virginity." In 1854 they found that she was "immaculately conceived," - born without sin. Next, her "assumption into heaven," at the "end of her life" was revealed in 1950 by Pope Pius XII.

Ardent devotees to this goddess are now lobbying for an additional "Fifth Marian Dogma" (read tradition). However, this push to make her "Mother of the World," is not new. It was started in the 1020s. When a pope gets the word from the "spirit" to proceed, she will push Jesus aside in some of His most basic roles: Redeemer, Advocate, and Mediator.

As Mother of the World, she will have three essential new roles: co-redemptrix, mediatrix of all graces, and advocate. This simply means that she will share Christ's role as redeemer; she will be in charge (mediator) of who receives God's grace (favor); and she, as our advocate instead of Christ, will argue our case before God's Throne of Judgment. But the Bible says that there is "one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (See 1 Timothy 2:5.) Mary as mediator is blasphemy, ignoring the clear statement of scripture.

Christ, being sinless, could bear our sin, redeeming us on the cross. By making Mary sinless, they can then claim that her pain while watching Him die also contributes to our redemption.

The scripture that is twisted to "support" this "Mother-of-the-World" tradition, is taken from Christ's statement on the cross to the disciple, John: "Behold thy mother!" From the context, it is obvious that Jesus is placing his mother under the care of John, since He knew He was no longer going to be available. Nowhere later in the Bible do the disciples appear to have understood this otherwise.

This is a mind-boggling stretch to use this scripture to place Mary as the Mother in charge of all mankind. But this is another little instance where the King James Version gets it right and most of the modern versions fumble.

When you decode the KJV classic English, you find that "ye" is plural, while "thy" is singular. There is no way Jesus was talking about the whole world. "Behold thy mother" is clearly directed toward one person, not more than one, much less the whole world. If he had meant more than one, He would have used the plural, "your." The "your" in the modern versions muddle this "your" can mean one or many, opening the door to placing Mary in charge of the world.

This move to continue making the humble Mary into a pagan goddess only proves that Revelation 17, 18, and 19 is right calling the Vatican a whore, a prostitute "church."

Bible believers need to lovingly point out these unbiblical "dogmas" to the precious Roman Catholics who depend on the pope to get them into heaven.

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First I have to say that it is truly amazing how people throughout the history of the Catholic Church have taken the focus off of Jesus, and placed it on Mary. When I was in Zagreb, Croatia, I visited the famous cathedral there in the city. To my surprise, inside the church was a large dedicatory of Mary in front of the altar. The way it was centered in the church made it the point of focus. So when worshippers would kneel down to receive communion, they were literally kneeling in front of this graven image of Mary, which God specifically forbids.

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them...." - Exodus 20:4-5

And as you can see from our article above, that again, the focus is taken off of Jesus, the only one who can save anybody, and it is placed upon Mary, the human vessel chosen to simply be a sign for the Messiah's birth. She was not divine in any sort of way. She was a simple Hebrew virgin girl who God chose. In fact, Jesus was her Creator since Jesus was the God of the Old Testament, the God of Israel, who came in the flesh to save his people from their sin. Read Matthew chapter 1 if you don't believe me. Not only so, but Jesus even denied her as being his mother, saying, "'Who is my mother, or my brethren?' And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, 'Behold my mother and my brethren!'" He emphatically stated that Mary was not his mother, but rather that those who followed him were his mother, his brethren, and sisters.

Mary cannot save nor mediate for anybody. Her body is in the grave, and her spirit is in heaven. She, like any other saint, cannot hear the prayers of anybody. It is only God who hears prayer.

This is what I find most confusing about people caught up in Catholicism, whether they be the pope himself, or a simple lay person: they cannot understand that the scriptures ought to be believed more so than any man. "Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar..." - Romans 3:4. The scriptures are much older than the Catholic Church (by about 250 years). It's just foolish to follow anything else.

The problem lies with tradition. This is the way its been done for years, they say. But tradition isn't everything. Jesus said that "full well ye reject the commandment of God that ye may keep your own tradition..." - Mark 7:9. So dear reader, don't worship Mary. Worship God, as the angel said to the apostle John in Revelation 22:9.