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DEVELOPMENT OF ROMAN DOCTRINES ON MARY
FINAL THOUGHTS


In this series I have tried to study the development of Mariology through the ages. From a meagre almost trivial mention of few scattered statements and events an ediffice was built up. As all Roman Theologians realise correctly it rose from the contemplation of Mary by devotees. Jesus told us three parables regarding the development of the Kingdom of God which describes it.

Mat.13:24 Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 "The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'
28 "'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
29 "'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'"
 

31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.
32 Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."
 

33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."

For a detailed analysis of these passages I would direct you to mu series on parables.

From a humble virgin from among the Jews, we have built up a myth of unimaginable complication which has no documentary evidence, historical evidence, scriptural basis or theological necessity. It grew out of the hearts of people who wanted a Female figure in God, a Mother to cry to and a Queen of Heaven to worship.

At the moment at least Catholic theologians are vehement in protesting against the allegations of worship of Mary. (This may not last long) Yet there is the unmistakable call from Papal Office exhorting: "Let all the children of the Catholic Church ... Proceed to worship, invoke, and pray to the most blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, conceived without original sin"
Popes invariably kneel before Mary and a host of images. It is easy to justify this by redefining worship. After all worship is giving honor. Don't we call the judges "your worship"? Adoration is always in order. We adore our children, don't we? Idols are not idols they are only images to our senses. Kneeling down before an image is not worship. Bringing candles and incense before an image is not worship at all. In fact many of my friends are Hindus. I grew up in India. I have never seen an idol worshipper! They were all worshipping God represented by the image. Since God cannot be represented properly the images were almost always a form without a form or symbolic. . According this definition ther is no idol worshippers in this world, nor there ever has been. I s ther eany wonder that the majority of the worshippers of Mary who throng at the Marian festivals in Bombay and Bangalore and all over India are Hindus?
 


Statue worship?

People who do not know better sometimes say that Catholics worship statues. Not only is this untrue, it is even untrue that Catholics honor statues. After all, a statue is nothing but a carved block of marble or a chunk of plaster, and no one gives honor to marble yet unquarried or to plaster still in the mixing bowl.

The fact that someone kneels before a statue to pray does not mean that he is praying to the statue, just as the fact that one kneels with a Bible in his hands to pray does not mean that he is worshipping the Bible. Statues or paintings or other artistic devices are used to recall to the mind the person or thing depicted. Just as it is easier to remember one's mother by looking at her photograph, so it is easier to recall the lives of the saints by looking at representations of them.


In their attempt the Catholic Church has been justifying the grossest of blasphemies. How many of the following attributes of Mary can an honest christian believer contribute to:
Mary the end of the law and the fulfillment of the figures and oracles.
Mary is co-Redemtrix of the human race. Mary, together with Jesus Christ, redeemed us. Jesus redeemed us with the blood of His body, Mary with the agonies of her heart.Mary is our co-Redemtrix because she suffered in her heart whatever was lacking in the passion of Christ. "Jesus alone could not accomplish the redemption of all humanity."
God has ordained that no grace will be granted to us except through Mary. No grace will come to us from heaven without passing through Mary's hands. No one will be saved nor obtain mercy except through You, O' heavenly lady. Remember this well, no one will enter heaven without passing through Mary as one would pass through a door. O' Mary, our salvation is in your hands.
We were condemned through the fault of one woman; we are saved through the merits of another woman. Just as Eve was the root of death for everyone, so Mary was the source of life for everyone.
Mary, Queen of the Apostles: She is queen of apostles because she formed them and directed them in their preaching. She is Queen of Apostles because she is conqueror of the Infernal Dragon.
If we have devotion to Mary, we will gain heaven--"Who explains me will have life everlasting." No one can enter Paradise who is not devoted to Mary.
God shared His power with her [Mary]. "My mother, ask, for I must not turn away your face." Christ speaking to Mary: "Without your command, no one shall move hand or foot in the whole land."
Mary is holier than the saints, loftier than the heavens, more glorious than the cherubim, more venerable than any other creature.
No one can acquire an intimate union with Jesus and a perfect fidelity to the Holy Spirit without being greatly united with Mary.
When God deeply loves a soul, and finds it stained with sin, He covers it with a beautiful mantle that makes it precious to Him--that mantle is Mary.
Mary is the ark of salvation built by God on the deluge of our faults so that whoever desires may enter and be saved.
Mary is secretary of the King of Heaven. It is she who writes in the Book of Life the names of the predestined, and signs them with the emblem of God. She herself is the Book of Life from which God will read the names of the elect on the day of judgment.
 

Yet these are words out of mouth of Mariologist found in web pages.

2 Cor 11:3 -4

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

As an educationalist we have been told that the best way to teach a child is by the method of small steps. The development of the Mariology took ages to develop. Every step had been small. But from its humble beginning of "Full of grace" to the Queen of Heaven and Consort of the Holy Spirit in the Quadruple of Godhead has been almost accomplished. What is the driving force behind this? There is no doubt that its effect is to take the attention from Jesus the Only Way. Who would want to do that?