Thursday, August 04, 2005so much nonsense, so little time...
In my last post, we have seen the fabrication that is Mary's "immaculate conception". Sadly though, the wicked heresy around the person of Mary doesn't end there in Romanism. If anything, the heresy of the "immaculate conception" is the end result of a string of wicked doctrines that have been developed by the papacy, and received by Romanists around the world.
Dealing with ALL these wicked doctrines and practices in one post would make for one SERIOUSLY long post, so we'll break it down. First heresy on the agenda:
1- Mary, the Mother of God?
975 - We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ. (Catechism of the Roman Catholic church)
Yep, a whole lot of foolish heresy here. First, Mary most certainly isn't the mother of God. God is eternal, Mary was not:
"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." (Psalm 90:2)
"And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed the son of Joseph), which was the son of Heli..." (Luke 3:23)
In the preceding verse, it is clear that Jesus was the son of Heli through Mary, since it is her genealogy that is given in Luke 3 (Joseph, according to Matthew 1:16, is the son of Jacob). So Jesus' grandfather was Heli, which means Mary was Heli's daughter... which means she isn't an eternal being... which means there is NO WAY she can be "the mother of God". So where do the Romanists get this strange view? Simple they mix a bit of papal nonsense to Scripture:
"And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:43)
This phrase, spoken by Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was in reference to the child the was growing in Mary's womb, the Lord Jesus Christ. While the Lord Jesus Christ is 100% God, He is also 100% man, and it is in this sense that Mary was the mother of Elizabeth's Lord. While it was impossible for Mary to be the mother of our eternal God, she was indeed the mother of our Lord's humanity. Funny enough, even the Council of Ephesus, in the year 431, which I believe is still recognized by Romanism, made sure to make this important distinction:
"Born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God ACCORDING TO THE MANHOOD." (emphasis mine)
Christians should be very careful at how they phrase matters of doctrine that they do not err and wind up blaspheming God. To call Mary: "the Mother of God", is a serious blasphemy attacking the very nature of God. God was NOT born of a woman. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have always existed, long before Mary ever came onto the scene.
We will see in the next few posts, why Romanist will still stubbornly hold to the title of Mary as the "Mother of God".