The Apostle Paul Affirms Mary Is Not Mediator And Also Affirms Christians Should Not Pray To Dead People!
Posted by Job on August 11, 2008
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The Apostle Paul Affirms Mary Is Not Mediatrix. Also Affirms Christians Should Not Pray To Dead People, Even If Those People Are Considered To Be Saints.
The Roman Catholic Tradition is guided by its Catechism. I have often warned, that Roman Catholicism is the cult of Mary and a false Mary at that. The following entry in the Roman Catholic Catechism proves beyond all doubt, that Roman Catholicism is another gospel.
969 “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation …. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”
In short, Roman Catholicism teaches that Mary is a mediator.
a woman who mediates, esp. between parties at variance.
Notice, Roman Catholic Catechism entry 969 says “Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix”. Many Roman Catholics and even some who are not Roman Catholics, but follow many of those traditions, literally pray to “Mary”. They see Mary as a valid advocate between God and man. Just as many times they pray to people they consider to be “dead saints”.
The apostle Paul made it clear beyond all doubt, that neither Mary or anyone else other than Jesus Christ is a mediator between God and man.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 (New American Standard Bible)
5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.
Please understand, that it is estimated, that Paul wrote those Words as inspired by Godbetween 62-66 A.D. That was decades AFTER Mary’s death. It has been estimated by some, that Mary lived 3-15 years after Christ rose and ascended to Heaven. Meaning Paul openly declared Mary was NOT a mediator about 50-60 years after Mary was dead. Also, given Paul was a young man named Saul at the stoning of Stephen, Acts 7:54-60. We know for Mary to have been alive when Paul wrote to Timothy, would mean she lived well over 100 years, which no source has ever claimed. (When I speak of “life” and “death” in this post, I’m talking about the physical body.) So Mary’s body was very much in the grave when Paul wrote to Timothy. Also keep in mind, that Paul never mentions praying to Stephen. He didn’t pray to dead saints!
This leaves one bottom line. Jesus Christ is the ONLY mediator between God and man. Prayers made through any other are unheard and invalid. Knowing the truth of scripture, anyone trying to claim Mary as a mediator between God and man is in need of repentance.