Catholic Misinterpretation

“Mary is the queen of Heaven and of earth. As the most perfect queen conceivable, she must reign in full splendor. This she can do only because she is holy in Heaven, body and soul.” [Father Emil Neubert, S.T.D., Bruce Publishing Company]

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is only mentioned in our Bible in the Gospels and in the Book of Acts (Acts 1.14) in historical perspective. The few times that she is mentioned she is always mentioned with the qualifier, “the mother of Jesus”, appended to her name. Catholics believe that because she possessed the exalted office of “Mother of Jesus” that she must surely possess some special reign in Heaven, that she must surely be the Queen of Heaven. Some Catholics even pray to her, or to an icon representing her, in the belief that if she asks Jesus to do it, then He surely will, because she was His mother. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

First, if Mary were the Queen of Heaven, I would think that the Lord would have said more about her in the scriptures. Jesus rarely recognized His mother once He was “about His Father’s business”. No New Testament Author wrote about her (other than in historical perspective), nor suggested that she was the Queen of Heaven. If fact, Queen of Heaven is a term entirely fabricated by Catholicism as applied to Mary. The term, where found in Scripture, is always used when applied to a pagan diety (see Jeremiah 7.18; 44.17-19, 25. These are the only instances of this term in Scripture).

Second, the few times we see Jesus interacting with His mother, we see that His Father’s Plan is always first and foremost in His mind:

John 2.1-4 “And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.”

At the marriage in Cana Mary asked her Son to replenish their wine stock. Though Jesus did as she asked He still mildly rebuked her for asking Him to do something out of the time-frame of the Plan of God. As He hung dying on the Cross Jesus made His relationship with His mother plain:

John 19:26 “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!”

Jesus knew that He was entering a higher level in the Plan of God, a level where He would no longer enjoy the Mother-Son relationship with Mary. In Heaven the earthly bonds are broken (Matthew 22.30; Mark 12.25; Luke 20.34-35), even the bonds of holy matrimony. Mary would have no special “queenship” in Heaven.

Third, Jesus made it very plain that we should only pray to the Father:

Matthew 6:9 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

Luke 11:2 “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”

Prayer to an icon, or to a self imagined image of Mary is useless and blasphemous. We should pray only to the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the Power of the Holy Spirit. I am sure that there are many good Christians within the Catholic Church, but on the doctrine of Mary they are definitely wading in heresy.

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