1 - WHO IS THE VIRGIN MARY?
Mary, who in Hebrew means "Lady" or according to others, "Deep sea of Sadness", is the woman with whom the promise is opened in the old covenant (Gen. 3:15) and with which Simeon closes the ancient prophecy (Lk.2: 25-35). It is the Woman who has had the most contact with the Holy Trinity in history. The Father selects her among all the women, the Holy Ghost begot a child in her womb and the second person took flesh and blood in her womb. If by Eve sin entered into the world, through the Virgin Mary came Salvation.
2 - WHY IS MARIA THE ATTACK CENTER TODAY?
From Genesis it was prophesied the "Enmity between the Woman and the devil" (Gen. 12, 13-18). It is also written that the devil will make war on the children of the Woman. This is the reason why Mary is the center of division between those who proclaim themselves Christians and not union.
3 - WHY IS THE CHURCH MARY'S GREATEST DEFENDER?
Because Mary is our Mother since we receive her from Jesus on the Cross, (Jn 19, 25-28). John represents the whole Church, in addition, the great promise in Gen. 3, 15 says that those who could defeat the offspring of the serpent, would be the children or offspring of the Woman. We are the offspring of the Woman, this Woman is the Virgin Mary. If the people of Israel are the children of the Faith of Abraham, we are the children of the Faith of Mary, the first to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, the first to receive the anointing of the Holy Ghost (Luke 1).
4 - WHY DOES THE CHURCH CALL MARY MOTHER OF GOD?
In the Gospel of St. Luke 1, 39-45, Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Ghost said, "And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? " The Greek word to define Lord that Elizabeth uses is "Kyrios" which is the same one that is used in the Greek version of the Old Testament to translate "Adonai". When a person speaks under the anointing of the Holy Ghost it is he who speaks, then it was the same Holy Ghost who calls Mary, Mother of God.
5 - DID MARY HAVE MORE CHILDREN?
In the Gospel of St. Mark, four brothers of Jesus, James, Joseph, Judah and Simon are mentioned who are never called children of Mary. The Hebrew word "Aha" is used as brother, uncle, cousin, relative; for example in Genesis 13, 8 Lot is mentioned as "brother, Aha" of Abraham, nevertheless they are uncle and nephew (Gen 12, 5). In the same Gospel of Mark 15, 40 Joseph and James are named as "children" of Mary; in John 19, 25 it is made clear that this Mary was sister (Aha) of the Mother of Jesus. In Acts 1, 13 Simon and Judas are mentioned as followers of the Master.
6 - WHAT KIND RELATIONSHIP DID JOSEPH HAVE WITH MARY?
The relationship of Joseph with the Virgin Mary was to provide legality and support to the Redeemer. In Matthew 2, 3 the Angel says to Joseph, "Take the Child and his Mother." The Hebrew way to refer to Joseph's wife is the Mother of Jesus. St. Matthew 1, 18 says "He did not know her until she gave birth to her firstborn son." He "until", indicates precedence, does not condition what happened later. In Second Samuel 6, 23 it says "Therefore Michol the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death. ". Did she have children after she died?
7 - WHY DOES THE CHURCH SAY MARY DID NOT HAVE SIN?
Jesus was under the Law. In the law, sin was transferred by the mother (Psalm 51, 7). Jesus can NOT have sin therefore, by the power of God, Mary was preserved from sin. As for her motherhood, the Greek word that is translated full of grace is: Kecharito, which means that it was, that it is and that it will be full of grace. Grace is the absence of sin. Mary is proclaimed in the Magnificat "I rejoice in the God who saves me" 33 years are missing for Calvary and Salvation and Mary is proclaimed in the present Saved.
8 - WHY DOES THE CHURCH TEACH THAT MARY'S BODY AND SOUL WERE TAKEN INTO HEAVEN?
This is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible. The Assumption of Mary is not biblically expressed in an explicit way, but it is in the Tradition of the Church. Many people wonder, why is it not in the Bible? We could answer them, neither is Martin Luther and we know that he existed. These were facts that happened after the books that make up the Gospels were finished, but although it is not in the Bible, it does not contradict it, because before Mary, Enoch in Gen 5, 24 and Elijah in II of Kings 2, 11 were taken in body and soul to heaven.
9 - WHY DOES THE CHURCH CALL MARY QUEEN?
God's Word says "He who humbles himself will be exalted." Mary humbles herself as a slave (Lk 1:38) and Jesus praises her to the opposite of what she is, Queen, logical, isn't it? Also in I Kings 2, 19 says that in the Kingdom of David the mother of the King sits at the right of the King. Jesus is King (Jn 18, 37) is heir of the kingdom of David (Lk 1:32) therefore the place of Mary is a throne at the right of his Son who is King.
10 - WHY DO CATHOLICS PRAY TO MARY?
In John 2, 1-12 Mary demonstrated her power of intercession many times.
"But there is only one intercessor and it is Christ."
True, before the Father there is only one intercessor who is Jesus, but before Jesus, Mary intercedes for us. Just as an "evangelical pastor" supposedly prays for a sick person before Jesus, in the same way Mary prays for us. "But Mary is dead" False, Luke 20, 38 says ": That God is not the God of the dead but of the living, because for Him they all live". In addition Revelation 6, 9-10 and 8, 3 shows souls crying out to GOD even after leaving this world. Read: The Biblical Basis for Praying to Mary
11 - DO CATHOLICS WORSHIP MARY?
No, the Church never tires of proclaiming that we honor Mary as Jesus did and proclaim her blessed, fulfilling biblical prophecy (Lk 1, 48) but adoration is unique and proper to God and Mary is a creature.
12 - WHY DO YOU PRAY THE ROSARY IF IT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE?
There is no more Biblical prayer than the Rosary. All the mysteries are in the Bible. The Our Father is also in the Bible as well as the first part of the Hail Mary. The Rosary prayer is more Biblical than many that are done in some churches. As for repetition, Mark 14, 39 reads: that Jesus repeated the same prayer many times, the Rosary is a meditation prayer. Read: Catholic Prayers - "Vain Repetitions" (Mt. 6:7)?
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