Answers to Bible Questions
Scriptures are from the KJV of the Bible
(Q) What’s the truth about Mary the mother of Jesus?
(A) The purpose of this article is to show you what God say’s about Mary the mother of Jesus straight out of the Bible. I am not concerned about anything that is said or taught about Mary coming from any religious organization, denomination, church, or individual if it does not fit what the scriptures say about Mary. There is no other authority than the Bible when talking about Mary the mother of Jesus, but she is not the mother of God.
The subject of Mary can be a very sensitive issue with some people, but I assure you I do not wish to offend anyone. However, the truth can hurt, but my goal is to help people wake up to the fact that anyone who is a “Mary worshipper” is going to be in BIG trouble when they die.
Please do not get the idea that I have something against Mary, I do not. The Bible honors Mary as the vessel who bore the Messiah, (Jesus). Mary was blessed among women, bit not above women, Luke 1:28: 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou “among” women. Does this mean Mary should be someone special to us today? NO! Mary completed her job when she gave birth to the Messiah.
It is very evident that the majority of “religious” people have no idea where they are headed by placing Mary on a pedestal. Mary was a fine woman, loved by all true Christians, loved by God and is with God in Heaven, but she is not someone to worship or pray to. In fact, if you think you can pray to Mary, Mary cannot even hear you and it is offensive to God to think she in some way can help you.
Is the following prayer scriptural? Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. This prayer makes Mary a mediator between God and men. What does the scripture say in 1 Timothy 2:5: 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. God say’s only Christ Jesus is our mediator, so Mary is not a mediator which means the above prayer is an abomination to God. God wants and deserves the glory for all things: 1 Peter 4:11 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
God tells us in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 that calling up the dead is an abomination to Him: (New King James Version), 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. Mary died some 2,000 years ago, she was a mere mortal, just as the rest of us today. God is omnipotent. Mary is not.
Jesus taught His disciples the proper way to pray in Matthew 6:9: 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Jesus said when praying, you pray to the FATHER which is in heaven. The Bible never tells us anywhere that we can pray to anyone other than the Father. Only men say we can pray to dead people.
The Roman Church teaches that Christ is a stern, wrathful judge who cannot be approached by sinners. It teaches that Mary, on the other hand, is a tender, understanding, merciful intercessor who is more sympathetic and compassionate than the Lord and will plead our case to Him with the forceful persuasion of a loving mother.
God is a loving God. He desires, but does not require a relationship with us. He wants to be first in our lives, not relegated to second place. He longs to hear from us, so why would you want to shut Him out by praying to Mary who cannot hear you?
Pope Pius XII proclaimed Mary to be the Queen of Heaven on October 11, 1954 in the text of the Encyclical on Proclaiming the Queenship of Mary. The following are two of Pope Pius XII comments:
35. “But the Blessed Virgin Mary should be called Queen, not only because of her Divine Motherhood, but also because God has willed her to have an exceptional role in the work of our eternal salvation.”
36. “Now, in the accomplishing of this work of redemption, the Blessed Virgin Mary was most closely associated with Christ; and so it is fitting to sing in the sacred liturgy: “Near the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ there stood, sorrowful, the Blessed Mary, Queen of Heaven and Queen of the World.”
Does Scripture address this? The 44th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah is dedicated to the subject of there being a “Queen of Heaven,” past or present and the Lord’s opinion of that particular classification.
If you are seriously looking for the truth about Mary whom the Roman church calls “the Queen of Heaven,” then please read the following 29 verses from Jeremiah 44 which has this to say about the “Queen of Heaven”
1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein,
3 Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.
4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.
5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.
6 Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.
7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;
8 In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?
9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?
10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.
11 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.
12 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.
13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:
14So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.
15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,
16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. 17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,
21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind?
22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.
24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:
25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
26 Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth.
27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs.
29 And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:
The “Queen of Heaven” IS AN ABOMINATION TO GOD. How shameful that anyone would call Mary the “Queen of Heaven.”
The Roman Church also maintains that Mary was sinless throughout her life. What does Scripture say about this? Romans 3:23 say’s that ALL have sinned: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. ALL in this reference is translated from the Greek word, (pas, taken from Strong’s concordance), which means: all things, every, all men, whosoever, everyone, whole, all manner of, and/or every man. When the Lord said ALL, He meant ALL, including Mary. In Luke 1:46-47 Mary confirmed her own sinful nature and need of a Savior: 46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Jesus was the only Person to have ever lived a sinless life. To claim that Mary did as well is to say that Christ is “one of” the sinless, not “THE” sinless one. Without Christ’s unique, sin-free life, where does that leave His sacrifice? Where does that leave the promise of salvation?
Was Mary vowed to perpetual virginity as the Roman Church maintains? Scripture tell of the siblings of Jesus. Matthew 13:55 names His brothers as James, Joses, Simon, and Judas. Mark 6:3 confirms this and additionally references the sisters of Jesus in the process. Luke 16:6 differentiates between Judas, the brother of Jesus, and Judas lscariot, who betrayed Jesus.
Giving the benefit of the doubt, let’s assume that these men (and women) were not the blood brothers and sisters of Jesus, but merely were stepsiblings from a previous marriage, as the Roman Church asserts.
Does Scripture address this? Yes, it does. Matthew 27:56 clearly says that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is also the mother of James and Joses. Mark 15:40 confirms this, as does Mark 16:1.
So we can see by Scripture that Mary indeed was not a virgin for the duration of her lifetime, since she was the mother of several children besides Jesus. The Roman Church has added things to the Bible, saying things that are not in there.
Warning, God say’s no one should ever add to or take away from His Word. If you do you will eventually pay the price for doing so as it says in the following scriptures:
*Deuteronomy 4:2: 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
*Deuteronomy 12:32: 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
*Proverbs 30:5-6:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
*Revelation 22:18-19: 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
NO Church has the authority to change the scriptures.
The Roman Church actually believes it has the power to alter the Holy Scriptures. They believe this because of what Matthew 16:18 say’s: 18 And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, (petros, a small stone) and upon this rock, (petra, a large rock, or Jesus Christ Himself) will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The Church maintains that in this passage, Jesus was instituting the beginning of the Roman Church, with Peter as its head (and first pope), the rock on which the Church would be built. However Christ was referring to Himself when He said “upon this rock I will build my Church. Look at I Corinthians 10:1-4: 1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. Jesus is the rock of our salvation, to those who come to Him. He is the cornerstone (as it say’s in Mark 12:10) of His Church, but a stumbling stone 1 Peter 2:8 to those who reject Him. Again we read in Psalm 18:2: 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Christ is the rock, the head of the Church, not Peter or any pope:
Colossians 18,24 say’s:18 And He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
The Roman Church calls Mary the Mother of God. Show me a scripture in the Bible that makes that statement! Some people in the Bible call Mary, Jesus Mother, but Jesus himself never called Mary His Mother. He always called Mary Woman; John 2:1-4: 1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
God, the Word (Jesus Christ) who became flesh did not have a mother; John 1:1-4,14:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. The Word became flesh through Mary, but He also remained fully God who had no Mother.
In II Timothy 3 God tells us we can use and trust the Scriptures for our doctrine and correction:
II Timothy 3:15-17: 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. We can always trust the scriptures as they were originally written, but don’t believe or trust in anything men say they can add to or take away from it.
I personally am looking for all spiritual truth from the Bible and I do not care about the traditions of men, because God hates man’s traditions: Mark 7:8-9: 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. And Colossians 2:8: 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
As for me, I will always put my complete and total trust in Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior as Mary herself did. The truth is, everyone needs to put their trust in Christ who is Lord and Savior and Him alone, not Mary:
Isaiah 12:2: 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH (the one who became Jesus Christ) is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Ephesians 1:12-23: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
There, you have the truth about Mary, the Mother of Jesus (who was the second part of the triune God who became flesh just like we are, but was also completely and totally God at the same time) but again Mary was not the Mother of God. God has always existed as a trinity, having no beginning and has no end. God had no need for a Mother as we do, so Mary was only the means God used to become flesh so He could die and pay the price for the sins of the world. Only GOD could do that!
Friend, Mary did not ask for this attention. Mary is a fellow Christian, God loves her, I love her, but she is not above any other Christian and not the Mother of God. She is not someone to pray to or worship! I feel quite comfortable in saying that Mary would be saddened and ashamed that people are placing so much undue importance on her role in this day and age. Mary had a role to fill and she obeyed the Lord and filled that role. Her job is now done. Let her rest in peace. I am sure that she is as bewildered by all of this as I am.
Hope you have a good day!
Maranatha (Lord come)