I think a few things:
I think Catholics want to serve God faithfully and faithfully follow what the Catholic church says will bring them closer to God.
I think the Catholic church began without veneration of Mary, then around AD 600 was added to church beliefs and has continued its intensity through the years.
I KNOW there are very few verses of the bible that mention Mary. But all of them mention her as a humble and chosen women to be a vessel for Jesus, which is an blessed honor. However, no bible scripture portrays her as anything that the Catholic church claims. That is, that we should pray to her and “venerate” her.
I have two questions for you. 1) After searching all the verses in the New Testament that reference Mary (there’s not many so it won’t take long to read through all of them), what conclusion do you come to about how we should treat her?
- As a follow-up to question #1: Although there are few verses referencing Mary, there are countless referencing Abraham, David, and Moses, just to name a few. I’m very surprised that Catholics primarily venerate Mary and not these men of the Old Testament who were truly men of God per the scriptures (although still sinners). I honestly don’t know the answer, could you help me understand this? As a protestant, I choose to worship (and venerate) only the Lord Christ Jesus, as he is “a jealous God” and all glory should go to him.
Peace be with you!