Should Mary be given Honour?
I once encountered a Pentecostal guised under the name “Jonah Prophet” who began to ask me why we exalt Mary more than how God exalts her. According to him, there is not even one verse that says we must exalt Mary as how we do (I believe he was referring to our devotion to her as Catholics).
His attack however always back fires, especially when I began to counter him with by saying, “Until you can prove to me that Mary must not be given such due honor or such exaltation straight from the bible, I will stand up to my case. Besides, if Jesus didn’t give Mary the due honor to Mary, then Jesus Himself violates the commandment that says, “Honor your Father and Mother.”
He came up with the silly idea by asking me to point to any verse from the bible that has the word EXALT linked to Mary.
I simply said that the word “exalt” doesn’t appear, but the bible implies it clearly and links that to Mary. How? From the time she was preserved from sin, to the time the Angel Gabriel sent her the good news. By the time she conceived the Saviour of the world in her womb and gave birth to him. At that time she was with Jesus all throughout his childhood all the way to the time Christ gave up his life on the cross. Now that is how God exalted her beyond any human reason. She was that silent follower of Jesus from His conception to His ressurrection.
Now, despite my explanation, aka “Jonah Prophet” still stood up with his silly petty attack, “Where is the word ‘Exalt’ there?” This fellow seem to not know the definition of the word “Exalt”, that he just narrowed his position to looking at the word and not seeing the big picture. It is really funny, but it happens among our “Bible Only” Christian brethren.
And so I continued how Mary is exalted by God and not man alone. Mary, being the mother of Jesus, the King of kings, has made Mary the Queen Mother. I pointed this importance with the case of Solomon saying that her Mother, Bathsheba was the Queen Mother despite Solomon having his own wife. Being the Queen Mother she is highly honoured and respected by the people, and even King Solomon himself bows to her mother in respect. Now, the silly situation continued, aka “Jonah Prophet” didn’t want to see the point. He asked, is the Queen of Solomon Mary? I am about to laugh at how outrageous this Pentecostal defender is saying just to bluntly justify his case. But I just kept on and explained to him that in the Hebrew form of Royal governance, the Queen Mother is highly regarded and God likens his kingdom to this governance so that the people can easily picture why God does what He does. Jonah Prophet just said he doesn’t care about Hebrew Government or Royalty.
But even such shallowness and narrow mindedness of the very person I was speaking to, we continued with the conversation. I pointed that when Jesus was on the cross, Jesus said, “Woman, behold thy son. Son, behold thy mother.” (John 19:25-27). This was the time Jesus entrusted Mary to His Church as represented by John. Once again, he made it so literal that according to him, the verse simply meant that Jesus asked John to bring Mary home with him because his other “brothers” are not there at that time. As we could see, that’s the silliest defence that even Protestant theologians cannot “stomach”. I told Jonah prophet that if the bible really meant it that way, why did the author or the bible even record such a statement that can be regarded as of no importance at all?-(Did some emphasis to clear out my point) Aside from that, he went back to emphasize if “ENTRUST” is the same as “EXALT”. Well, I thank God that He allowed silly reasons in other people for us Catholics to be deeper in our understanding.
We hopped into other verses like the Angel Gabriel’s word saying “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” (Lk 1:28, 30). He defended by saying that we only have one verse that describes Mary being exalted (now at last he sees this as Mary being exalted) and the Catholic Church, as Jonah Prophet concludes, made it immediately into a doctrine. Well, of course the bible has more verses that SHOWS Mary being exalted beyond what anyone could think of, but with the short conversation we had, I didn’t go down into details anymore. But I simply told him that if we have a single verse we made into a doctrine, they, on the other hand, made into doctrine “Sola-Scriptura” (Bible alone) without a single verse that says they should.
Then aka “Jonah Prophet” stressed out by asking me if Jesus ever told us to pray to Mary so that Mary will talk to Jesus about it. I defended by saying that I would rather talk to the Mother of my Lord who is closer to Jesus than ask “Jonah Prophet” to pray for me. And besides, I told him that if he could point a bible verse that says I can’t talk or honor Jesus’ Mother, I will rest my case.
We ended the conversation with the first topic we were discussing about Sola Scriptura. He concluded I am so hard-headed, and I simply said that he is actually the one who couldn’t respond to my points and I closed it by dedicating aka ”Jonah Prophet” a prayer request to Mary our Mother.
Verses that supports Catholic belief about Mary:
Lk 1:28, 30 – angel: “full of grace, found favor with God
Lk 1:42 – Elizabeth: “most blessed among women”
Lk 1:48 – Mary: “all generations will call me blessed”
Mother of God
Lk 1:43 – Elizabeth calls her “mother of my Lord” = God
Mt 1:23 – virgin bear a son, Emmanuel = “God is with us”
Lk 1:35 – child born will be called holy, the Son of God
Gal 4:4 – God sent his Son, born of a woman
Gn 5:24 (Hb 11:5) – Enoch taken to heaven without dying
2Kg 2:11 – Elijah assumed into heaven in fiery chariot
Mt 27:52 – many saints who had fallen asleep were raised
1Thess 4:17 – caught up to meet the Lord in the air
1Cor 15:52 – we shall be instantly changed at the last trumpet
Rom 6:23 – for the wages of sin is death
Rev 11:19-21 – ark in heaven = woman clothed in sun
Ps 132:8 – Arise, O Lord & go to thy resting place, thou & the ark of thy might.
The Immaculate Conception
Lk 1:28 – hail full of grace[highly favored] Lord is with you
Lk 1:30 – you have found favor with God
Lk 1:37 – for with God nothing shall be impossible
Gn 3:15 – complete enmity between woman & Satan, sin
Ex 25:11-21 – ark made of purest gold for God’s word
*Rom 3:23 – all have sinned & are deprived of God’s glory
*Lk 1:47 – my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
Lk 1:34 – how can this be, since I do not know man
Lk 2:41-51 – age 12, Jesus evidently only son of Mary
Mk 6:3 – “the son of Mary” not “a son of Mary”
*Mt 13:55-56 – brothers James, Joseph, Simon & Jude
Mt 27:56 – Mary the mother of James & Joseph also
Jn 19:25 – Mary the wife of Clopas
Jn 19:26 – entrusted Mary to John, not a younger sibling
Jn 7:3-4 – brothers advise like elders: “go to Judea, manifest self”
unthinkable for younger siblings (see next verse)
Mk 3:21 – set out to seize him, “he is out of his mind”
*Mt 1:25 – Joseph knew her not until she bore first-born
Mt 28:20 – I am with you always, UNTIL the end of the age
1Tim 4:13 – until I arrive, attend to reading, teaching…
1Cor 15:25 – he must reign until has enemies underfoot
Lk 1:80 – John in desert until day of his manifestation
Ex 13:2; Nb 3:12 – consecrate first -born that opens womb
Ex 34:20 – first-born among your sons you shall redeem
By Patrick Lorenzo Carbonell