My question is in response to this question which I didn’t see until after the Best Answer was chosen:
Please explain how Mary hears these requests?
I’ve heard there are 1.47 Billion…
Mary has by grace been exalted above all angels and men to a place second only to her Son, as the most holy Mother of God who was involved in the mysteries of Christ: she is rightly honored by a special cult in the Church. From the earliest times the Blessed Virgin is honored under the title of Mother of God, whose protection the faithful take refuge together in prayer in all their perils and needs. Accordingly, following the Council of Ephesus, there was a remarkable growth in the cult of the people of God towards Mary, in veneration and love, in invocation and imitation, according to her own prophetic words: “all generations shall call me Blessed, because he that is mighty hath done great things to me,” (Luke 1:48).
Comments on this passage
No where in Scripture are we told to put our eyes upon anyone other than the Lord himself. We are told to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). In addition, it is Jesus who is the model of virtue, not Mary. Though she was greatly blessed, and undoubtedly a godly woman, she still needed a savior. Mary said, “And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,” (Luke 1:47). Contrary to the Roman Catholic teaching that Mary was sinless, Mary herself admitted that God was her savior. A sinless person does not need a savior. It is in the person of Jesus that grace and truth (and virtue) are best exemplified. Our eyes should be kept on him.
“Spouse”? Still researching to discover what is meant. The Catholic church doesn’t seem to be too clear on this.
The only proper object of preaching and worship is God. Jesus said, “…You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only,” (Matt. 4:10). The incredible danger of making a person other than God, such as Mary, the subject of both preaching and worship is warned about in Exodus 20:4-5, “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me.” God clearly warns against creating any idol before which anyone should bow. It goes without saying that the countless images of Mary strewn throughout Catholic churches all over the world, are most assuredly shrines of idolatry since thousands of times a day Catholics over the world break the commandment of God by bowing before these images in worship.
We should look to Christ alone. When you take your eyes off of Jesus and put them on anything else, or anyone else, you will be led astray.
Where is this taught in Scripture? Where does it say that Mary was exalted above angels and men second only to her son? This would mean that Mary is just under Jesus, the creator of the universe, in position. Vatican II’s comments are not biblical. This teaching can not be found in Scripture and should be abandoned.
This is a misleading term. Mary is not the Mother of God in the sense that God, the creator of the universe, had a mom. The divine nature has no mother since God is eternal and self sufficient. Rather, Mary is the mother of the human nature of Jesus, not the mother of the divine nature. The human nature took its biological essence from Mary. The divine nature is from God. But we have to be careful here. Mary is, however, the mother of the person of Christ who has two natures: divine and human. So, in that sense she can be said to be the mother of God.
The best answer for you should be from trixiebaby75 (read it and then read it again)..I love her answer. She hit it right on the nail with this question. I t-totally feel and think the same exact way as she does. Thank you trixie. Jesus is the ONLY one who we should go to for anything and everything. ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God’…not the kingdom of Mary-there’s no such thing. If you seek anyone other than the Lord God Himself, then you are seeking a false god. Period. Bottom line. May the Lord bless you trixie and all my brother n sisters in Christ!!!
Do you think you are dead in Heaven? All in Heaven hear our prays. Eph. 3:14-15- We are all one family in heaven and on earth, united together, as children of the Father, through Jesus Christ. Our brothers and sisters who have gone to heaven before us are not a different family. We are one and the same family. In the Apostles Creed, we profess a belief in the “communion of saints.” There cannot be a “communion” if there is no union. Loving beings, whether on earth or in heaven, are concerned for other beings, and this concern is reflected spiritually through prayers for one another.
Here ae some links that will explain all if you dare. I suggest licking on the image associated with marycast from air maria. These will lead you to a series of lectures “talks” by Dr. Mark Mareville professor of maryology at the fransisican university in stubenville (where scot hanh teaces btw).
This link will explain to you the apparetion fo our lady of Guadalupe partoness of the americas. There she appread to a peasant, St. Jaum Diego, and left her image on his tilma. This image remains on display at the Cathedral in Mexico city.
Again, if you are openminded enough to investagte, the truth will be revealed to you by the holy spirit. The logic you have obviously heard and rejected, so I offer these sites for your enlightenment.
There is not one Bible claim of any departed saint being able to listen to prayers back on Earth. The huge doctrine of Mary is a religion within a religion. I liken it to someone reading a statement “The sky is blue”, then from that advancing a theory why the sky is really the underside of a blue sapphire gem stone. The sources of our modern day (and Catholic) Bible have no mention of all that about Mary bearing divinity either. That one doctrine has rivaled pagan polytheistic religions. They really need to drop Mary and return to Jesus as the only Mediator.
Mary is no longer in the flesh. She can hear all of us, just as all the people currently in heaven can hear us. They are no longer limited by flesh but have obtained their heavenly bodies, they are as God originally created us to be…in his image.
Mary is not dead. Why would she be dead? Do you not believe in eternal life? How is it that Moses and Elijah could appear with Christ at his Transfiguration if they were dead?
Mary, and all the other people in heaven, can intercede for us. They are one with us in the Body of Christ. Their flesh is gone but their souls live in Christ and they are living in heaven seeing the face of God.
Why would God limit intercession to those in the flesh? I see no Bible verse that says the only members of the Body of Christ who can intercede for us are those who currently live on earth. Why would being “in the flesh” make a difference? While on earth we are still in sin, we are still limited by our finite minds and fallible understanding. Yet those in heaven are perfect. They are no longer bound by sin, because they are in the presence of God and sin cannot be there. Therefore their prayers for us are perfect.
<<how does Mary a human keep 73,000 requests straight ever 30 seconds?>>
You are using your human perspective here. One could also ask, what is a human going to do in heaven for eternity? How will we pass the time, won’t we be bored? We would if we were still “human’ in the sense that we are now. But once in heaven, we will have our glorified bodies, we will spend eternity worshiping and loving God…and it will be the most perfect thing we can do.
God allows those who already see him to pray for us. HIs divinity is what allows it. Mary and all those in heaven who pray for us, do so because of God.
God enables Mary to hear the requests. I don’t know how He does it, but He’s God. He can do anything.
The Bible says Jesus is the only Mediator between us and God. But Mary isn’t mediating between us and God in terms of laying down her life for our sins. She’s interceding for us, meaning praying with us and for us, not usurping the role of Christ. And you must admit, the concept of praying for each other is all over the NT. There’s absolutely nothing anti-Biblical about it.
The term “Co-Mediatrix” describes Mary’s role in bringing us a Savior. Again, it doesn’t mean that she is usurping Christ’s role or even equaling it. It means that Jesus was born of woman and became man for our sake, and Mary was the woman. Which is in the Bible.
Don’t forget that Mary was the first to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and the first to receive the Holy Spirit. She is just as saved as any other Christian, and it’s not like she’s been booted out of the Church. She’s still part of the Church, which means she is still praying for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Also, Jesus established Mary as our intercessor in John 2. Why is she even part of that story if not to teach us that she will take our legitimate concerns to Him, while also reminding us to, “Do whatever He tells you to do.”
She can’t hear them because this is going against the Bible. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. No way to get to God except through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Yes, the devil surely has deceived them because the word of God is true and we know that. They also call Mary the Queen of Heaven, but in the Old Testament, those who reverenced the Queen of Heaven were into idolatry, so why did they pick that name?
A better question is why do you question this, but don’t question her virginity when she gave birth to Christ? Both can easily be accepted if you believe God is omnipotent.
Christians are called to intercede for one another. Any Christian can ask any other Christian (both living and dead) to intercede for them. 1 Timothy 2:1. Because of this Catholics ask saints to intercess for them. You are correct that Christ is still the only mediator. 1 Timothy 2:5. Note that the bible (protestant NIV version) makes a distinction between intercession and mediation. So before you accuse me of misinterpretation, ask yourself why is it that the bible clearly distinguishes between the two?
Bottom line, Catholicism and Protestanism have both survived for centuries because both sides have reasonable answers to questions like these. Both sides are delusional when they think the opposite side does not have a rationale for their beliefs. In the end you have to decide, but start by searching for the truth, not merely trying to prove the opposite side wrong.
Interesting… I have pondered this question myself from time to time… It is my belief that people received the title of “saint” from fellow human beings here on Earth because of their works and our assumption that they have a relationship that is above all others with God… We also know that works do not get us into Heaven but with faith and belief and a relationship with the Father. So why do people pray to man titled “saints”? Is it the same as having someone pray for you that is still here on Earth… ex… when we pray for one another… My thoughts on this is simple… if we are already on bended knee, why not pray directly to God? Does Mary have better access to God? How about Mother Teresa? St. Paul? I think not.
One of the first tricks the devil tries on the believer is to attempt to show up the shortcomings of the other believers.. NOW, Who do you work for?
PASTORS do not persecute other Christians. Maybe your time would be better spent ministering to the hurting, and less on persecuting your brethren. Contrary to popular belief, We do not get a packet of *INSTANT HOLY* and a bottle of *INSTANT GOD`S KNOWLEDGE* the second we decided to follow God. And, Despite popular myths, Christians don’t claim to be sinless. No, they simply claim to be sinners who repent…………
I can assure you PASTOR, that their walk with Dad is JUST that, THEIR walk. Just who are YOU to judge anyone? When did GOD put YOU in the mercy seat? You presume way too much. What denomination do you PASTOR? I am sure they would be interested in your turning Gods kids away and causing doubts.
You are in serious danger for YOUR eternal soul, PASTOR. HOW Dare you turn away ANY of GOD`s kids? What kind of PASTOR does that? We are not perfect. We will never be perfect. God doesn`t require perfection. He never asked for us to be perfect. IF we were perfect there would have been no need for Jesus. Their asking Mother Mary or any Saint to intercede for them, will NOT (( I repeat NOT)) keep them from Heaven. Just as YOUR sins won`t keep you from heaven.. Maybe it is time for you, to LET, Dad deal with HIS creation. And you go back to telling the good news to all creatures, which is REALLY what PASTORS SHOULD do.. God is NOT Catholic, Or Baptist or Methodist. He doesn`t care what club you belong to. He cares about your essence (your inner person).. He loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with YOU..Churches are full of folks who do NOT know God… Jesus says many call me by my name, and I know them not.. Just because you say you are a Christian does NOT make you a CHRISTIAN.. I can say I am a car, and run around, with an imaginary steering wheel, making vrooooom vrooooom sounds, but that does NOT make me a car. So where does that leave you? Turning away God`s kids??
Be very careful about judging and condemning others, lest YE be judged… Their name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life with permanent ink the moment they accepted Jesus as their Savior. And that finalizes it. AND nothing will separate them from him, BUT their OWN denial of him.. You are very slight in the knowledge of your Father and what his word says, for a PASTOR.. You are stepping on God`s toes here and I am praying he takes slight notice of it. I hope you realize that God’s main role is not to make you perfect, but to have an intimate relationship with you.
Thus, one can only assume, you are actually here, Strictly to make fun of, abuse, degrade, debase, cause doubts, persecute and to turn from God, ALL people, who don`t believe like YOU… And frankly so did Paul.. Will you have to be blinded on the road to Damascus too?
Peace and Merry CHRISTmas from Texas <><
By the way,
I am NOT a Catholic. But I am a sister to ALL Catholics and Baptists and Methodists and Lutherans and etc. We are to love ALL of God`s creation, no matter what denomination (club) they belong to..