Mary, Mother of Jesus
"...blessed art thou among women..."by Rit Nosotro First Published:: 2003
The following excerpt is used with permission from "The Berean Call", Dec 7, 2005
In Luke we read: "Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is
with thee: blessed art thou among women...from henceforth all generations
shall call me blessed." I had no intent to avoid these passages and
no reason to do so. They contain nothing that would in the remotest way
support the false position to which the Roman Catholic Church has elevated
The fact that Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus when He was born into the world is the clear teaching of the Bible. That she should, therefore, as Christ's mother, be highly favored and blessed among all women is only reasonable as well as biblical and is not denied in any degree by true Christians. To recite these undisputed facts would have been irrelevant to the message of the book.
The claims in Roman Catholicism that Mary was conceived and lived without sin, that she was bodily taken into heaven without dying, that she helped to redeem us with the sorrows of her heart in concert with Christ's sufferings on the Cross, that all grace flows from God to Christ and from Christ through Mary to mankind, that she is the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of Mercy, that prayers should be offered to her as the mediatrix between men and Christ, that she is the Mother of and in charge of the Church, that she obtains whatever she asks from Christ now in heaven and therefore we ought to go to her with our needs, etc., etc., are all false, and none of them has any support whatsoever in the verses you cite nor in any other part of Scripture.
As for Revelation 12, here again the Roman Catholic Church defies both Scripture and logic in its claim that the "woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars" is Mary. The apparitions of Mary (all of which are demonic) have at times appeared in this form in support of this false doctrine.
It is quite clear from Scripture that the "woman" depicted here is symbolic of Israel, through whom the Messiah had been promised and would come into the world. The "great red dragon," of course, is Satan, who has sought to destroy the Messiah down through history by destroying all Jews. These attempts are recorded in the Bible (Pharaoh's decree that all male babies should be killed upon birth-Ex 1:16; Queen Athaliah's attempt to destroy "all the seed royal" when Joash was hidden from her-2 Ki 11:1; the attempt by Haman to have all Jews killed-Est 3:8-15; Herod's attempt to kill the Messiah -- Mt 2:16, etc.). Secular history also offers proof of Satan's determination to destroy all Jews: the destruction of Jews by the Roman Catholic Church, by Muslims upon the decree of Muhammad, by Hitler, the intent to destroy Israel today, etc.
There is no question that Mary could not possibly be the woman in Revelation 12. She never "fled into the wilderness [into] a place prepared of God" (12:6). Furthermore, she does not fit the false Mary of Roman Catholicism who was without sin. Pain in childbirth was pronounced by God upon all women as a result of sin. Yet this woman "being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered" (12:2). How could she be the sinless Catholic Mary?
"Since it's not covered in the Bible, the church is free to make up its mind," (Peter Strimer, spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia referring to the corporeal assumption of Mary or her sinless life).
"Marium" in Arabic means "Mary," as in Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Although the Quran speaks about Mary in several places, "Marium" is specially for her. The Quran mentions her and Jesus as being pure and free of sin.