The myth of Mary: Roman Catholic believers revere Mary, the mother of Jesus. She is the “Blessed Mary,” She is considered an essential link between all people and Jesus.
Many believe that Mary is the one who intercedes for us by approaching her Son. It’s been Roman Catholic teaching for centuries. But what does the Bible say about her? Very little.
Are we to pray to Mary? Is she divine, like her son Jesus? It is easy to get caught up in the experiences of this remarkable woman, giving birth and raising the Son of God. But it is her son Jesus that is the focus of the Bible and the one to whom all praise is due.
Jesus is God, not Mary or any other character in the Bible. Likewise the angels are not God, just servants and messengers. The Apostles are merely men selected by the Messiah to spread His message. Why pray to them either?
The myth of Mary: Many would disagree with my view
This writer’s view of Mary would be considered blasphemy in Catholic circles. She is an ordinary woman, who when called upon by God, said “yes” and obeyed. But to elevate her to a place of prominence, praying to her and in some cases making her a deity, is completely counter to God’s plan for her life.
It might also be suggested that elevating her so much higher than her station and calling, it distracts from the work of the Lord Jesus. People pray to Mary, pray to the saints, but don’t pray to God necessarily and don’t read His word.
They become a distraction from the Gospel and people are led down a very destructive path. Mary and the lot become idols. I can only imagine what they might say when told they are elevated to such high places.
Apostles understood their role
The Apostle Peter chose to be crucified upside-down because he did not consider himself worthy of dying like Jesus did. The Apostle Paul called our good works “filthy rags,” pointing to the glory and perfection of Jesus our savior and God.
Praying to anyone other than God the Father, the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ is to miss the point entirely. Praying to Mary in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is likewise a futal activity.
We have direct access to God
Because of the completed work of the Lord Jesus on the cross, we are given direct access to God. In Hebrews it says we can approach the throne of grace with boldness, making our petitions known. Mary and the saints do not sit on that throne.
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)