Written by: Christopher Sernaque
Everyone, at some point in their lives, has come across a Beatitude. Now if you were left scratching your head when you read the term, “Beatitude”, allow me to define it for you. The Beatitudes were a series of blessings given by Jesus in His famous “Sermon on the Mount.” I am sure you’ve heard this one before, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) Now while everyone has heard at least one of the Beatitudes at some point in their lives, are you aware that there is a Beatitude that Jesus rejected? Before we discuss the Beatitude that Jesus rejected, I am inviting you to look at some current statements that have been put forth by the world’s most powerful political-religious system, namely the Roman Catholic Church:
Mary prays without ceasing, and her answer to our request, time after time, in every Rosary, with every “Hail Mary,” is yes, and she prays. She remains a creature, beloved of God, honored above all others for her perpetual “yes” to God’s love, and “yes” to us who ask to be loved.
God made Mary without sin, but with the free will to accept or refuse this gift. She obeyed. (1)
Is your head spinning after reading those statements? In case you were wondering, the Mary referred to in the above statements is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Anyone reading the above statements with an objective and open mind will come to the conclusion that the Roman Catholic Church has given Mary divine attributes. Consider this. The Bible says, that “all have sinned” and that Christ only was “without sin.” (Romans 3:23, Hebrews 4:15). The Bible also says that Jesus is interceding or praying for us. (Romans 8:34) Jesus Himself said, “I pray for them.” (John 17:9) Do the statements of the Roman Catholic Church contradict the plain statements of the Bible?
Let’s go back to the Beatitude that Jesus rejected. In Luke 11, Jesus was teaching when a woman in the crowd listening abruptly spoke up and said, “Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.” This woman was teaching the very same “Blessed Eternal Mary” doctrine that the Roman Catholic Church teaches today. What was Jesus response to this idea? Jesus responded, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:27-28). Jesus placed an emphasis on obedience to the Word of God, which is called Book of the Law (Isaiah 34:16). The Beatitude that Jesus rejected is the attribution of divine characteristics to His mother Mary.