Christianity's views of Mary, Ever Virgin.
October 13, 2008 1:11pm CST
While I would not give Mary status as a Goddess, she was certainly chosen by God for a very special role. In the church, Mary seemed to fill a need by some pagans whom the church assimilated to pray to a feminine personage. They were very careful not to call her a deity of any kind, as befits the mythology. In ancient mythology, the male deities often went about choosing women to beget mortal heroes by. You still hear about Hercules and not about his mother. There are many claims made about the Virgin Mary, and she is given the same honor as any other mortal in the Church. She is called a Saint. However, in comparison with the other Saints, she is venerated with prayers more often than any, I think. In that way, I suppose, we could say that Mary stands above the other saints. Even Moses and the Archangel, Michael, are not addressed in prayers as commonly as the Virgin Mary. The bible seems to cover a lot of material on adultery and unfaithfulness. The Virgin Mary seems to be the incarnation and epitome of purity and trustworthiness – a decided counterpoint. I believe there is something very iconic and powerful in that. A perfect woman. (This seems unrealistic, but we are talking about faith and a sainted woman.) This puts Mary on a Pedestal. Although the bible does not talk about Mary traveling with Jesus and giving speeches or performing miracles, she is afforded a high honor in the Church. People pray to the Virgin Mary and attribute to her, after her death, with signs and miracles. The theology which decrees Mary to be the blessed ever virgin seems to unite the two things most desired in a man when thinking about women. The Mother and the Virgin. Logically, it would seem that these two states cannot mutually exist. Yet, the mythology of Mary provides a single women who is able to be presented as the perfect mother and perfect bride. If I ever get to heaven, I would be most delighted to have the actual truth of Mary revealed to me. I have intensely curious, how much of what the Church teaches about her is real and what was some sort of iconic wish-fulfillment. Questions for you: What do you, personally, think about Mary? Not necessarily what your church says, but what do you feel is true in your heart. Do you find anything interesting .. or frustrating.. about how Mary is portrayed?
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13 Oct 08
In my opinion Mary is just another woman in the bible like Ruth and Noami. I don't believe in praying to Mary because the bible tell us who to pray for. It is funny that you brought up this topic today because I see where the catholic church has also canonised four person and it involved a lady by the name of Sister Alphonsa of India. Even in the bible you can see that Jesus acknowledge her as a mother but he was more focus on the job at hand. I think that it is wrong to call her Holy Mary because the word of God did not tell us to pray to Mary but instead to pray to Jesus Christ so that he can intercede on our behalf. It is Jesus and him only that can save us because of our sin we cannot even go straight to God. We have to go through the son. This is my opinion.
13 Oct 08
Yes there was a situation at the wedding and Mary asked Jesus for Help. This simple means that Mary is just an ordinary woman. When one is praying or have the simplest understanding of God and Jesus his son you don't look at male or female. Remember God says that he makes us in his own image. He also say that (at least the words of the bible) says and I quote "God is a Spirit and they that worship him worship him in spirit and in truth" end of quote. When one is praying you don't want to picture if he is a man, woman or animal because the bible say that he is a spirit. All we need to do is has respect and be humble in his presence.
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14 Oct 08
Well, although I am not particularly religious, I think it is just as proper to say prayers to Mary as to ask for the intercession of any other saint. I can see why she would be respected and 'venerated' as without her Jesus would not have come to earth. If I recall, she also ascended into heaven without dying like the rest of us, which would mean she has a certain special status which is unlike that of other saints.