06 November, 2006

Mary and Math


Amongst the many false beliefs regarding the divinity of Mary is one that still continues to baffle. I have yet to find a solution to the problem and worst of all, millions of Christians continue to blindly follow the teachings of their Church without giving any regard to common sense.

Mary's Assumption and her Immaculate Conception cannot be found in Scripture. About the former, the Catholic Encyclopdia says "Regarding the day, year, and manner of Our Lady's death, nothing certain is known." About the latter, "No direct or categorical and stringent proof of the dogma can be brought forward from Scripture..." In other words, no evidence of either is found in Scripture. The discussion inevitably then turns to the authority of the Church and her traditions. Sub-Scripture written after the fact. Revelation 2:2 seems rather fitting: "I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:"

But I digress.

Wrong as they may be, at least there's wiggle room for discussion. Not so though when we come to examining the concept of Mary 'the Mediatrix', a belief that defies all God-given sense of logic and common sense and flies in the face of simple Scriptural evidence.

First off, what does the Church say.
Catechism: 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."

What does the dictionary say.
Mediatress \Me`di*a"tress\, Mediatrix \Me`di*a*"trix\, n. [L.
mediatrix, f. of mediator: cf. F. m['e]diatrice.]
A female mediator.

(Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913)

Therefore, according to the Church and millions of Christians worldwide, Mary is a mediator. At first glance, ignoring the host of problems and contradictions that go along with elevating Mary to such a status, there isn't a problem. And this is exactly why Christianity is rife with false doctrine, no one bothers taking a second glance. Absolute blind faith in the Church and an unwillingness to stomach the notion that church leaders could be wrong, the good Christian doesn't stand a chance.

However, there is a solution. The Bible. Any claim that Mary is a mediator should naturally take one to Scripture, God's written Word. Ignoring that Christ is referred to as our "high priest", ignoring that the role of high priests in the OT were to make intercession for the people, ignoring that high priests were always men, the answer is one most clear:

1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus:"

The only way for Mary to be a mediator between God and man is to ignore one of the most basic, simplistic mathametical formulas ever known to mankind:

1 = 1

In other words:

1 mediator = 1 Jesus Christ

Unless the Church has managed, through divine instruction of course, to alter mathmatical logic, it is impossible, literally impossible, for Mary to be our mediator. No need for an exegesis, no need for hundred-page discourses, no need for long-winded exposés: One mediator does not allow for the existence of two mediators. To argue otherwise is to argue the sum of 1.

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