[quote=Manphibian]…2. (yet another Mary question) If Mary is all that Catholics profess her to be, why isn’t she mentioned more in scripture? How early in Church history was she mentioned as being prayed to or taken into Heaven? …
Gods peace be with you Mat,
Please do not take this wrong. You are looking at this from a Protestant (i.e. Baptist) point of veiw. Take a step back and lay out a neutral mind with no bias either Catholic or ‘re’-formed.
How much does somebody have to be mentioned in Sacred Scripture (i.e. Bible) for you to think the person is special?
Is St. Stephen special? How many times was he mentioned? He was our first known martyr you know?
How many times was each apostle mentioned? Are some special and others not?
How many people in Scripture are mentioned fewer times then Blessed Mary? Are they less special?
I think your question is bias because it was something you were taught that was anti-Catholic - even at the expense of the mother of our God. (OK, just one person of God anyway! )
A person is special for their "F"aith and their works prove this. Some people have done more then others. All laborers recieve the same wage by God whether they started work in the field in the morning or late in the afternoon. Blessed Mary is special in her own way for the works that have come forth from her "F"aith. Of all the women to have ever been born, of all those yet to be born, she alone was chosen BY God to be the ark of His only Son, our Lord and Savior, the Messiah, the Master, the Nazzerian, Jesus Christ. She was chosen to care for Him by God. She was chosen by God to nurse Him, to change His dirty diapers, to hold Him at night, to teach Him right and wrong. She commanded Jesus to perform His first miracle against His will. She was chosen to suffer at His death in a way I can never understand.
Now lets see if we should ask the question again: “Why is she special?” If a person cannot ‘see’ why she is special then they need to get another Bible because the one they use they may read but they do not understand. "F"aith makes her special. The "F"aith she gave us. The "F"aith she is a part of.
To take the special spot in our “Faith” away from Blessed Mary, is, well, “re”-formed, bias, wrong and just plain Protestant?
You and I were never asked to raise Jesus. Your preacher wasn’t, my old preachers weren’t, Jack Chick wasn’t, and our Pope wasn’t. Mary was. She IS special because God made her special by her Faith.
Hope this helps. Comming into the Catholic Church like I did from a Baptist sect was hard too for me. Much of what I was taught to hate about the Catholics by the Baptist sects I was in I learned was just plain wrong. I was bias too in how I looked at the Catholic "F"aith. When I stepped back and looked at the Catholic Church and the Baptist sects in a neutral way, I found the Catholic Church to be Christs body on earth. A body I will NEVER be seperated from again!
A prisoner of Christ,