Melanie is a follower of Yeshua Messiah, believes in facts over feelings, and tests everything against Scripture - the only source of truth.
A brief history of the Rosary
What strikes me as most interesting about the Rosary is that it started out as a way for monks to keep track of praying the 150 Psalms. Over time, however, these prayers gradually shifted focus from Scripture to Mary. It is a widespread belief that in 1214 St. Dominic had a vision of Mary where she presented him with the rosary, both the beads and the prayers to be prayed. Because of his devotion to Mary, he traveled and encouraged Catholics to gather and pray this early version of the Rosary. But it wasn't until Pope Gregory the Great that the Hail Mary prayer was popularized, and he asked that it be prayed on the fourth Sunday of Advent. The Hail Mary prayer took over a thousand years to fully develop, and the final Rosary wasn't completed and given full approval until 1568.
Food for thought: It seems incredibly odd that Mary should appear and present new prayers and a new way to pray. If this was what God wanted why would He not present Himself? He presented Himself many times in the Bible in various ways (Genesis 16:9-13; 18:1-33; 22:11-14; 32:24-43, Exodus 3:2-22, Exodus 40:34, Judges 6:11-24, Daniel 3:23-29, 1 Kings 8:10, Ezekiel 40-42, etc.) but there isn't a single instance where He sent someone to do His bidding that was not one of His angels. When we examine truth, the only standard we have to go off of is the Living Word of God, the only source of truth that we have on this earth. So if we are examining the legitimacy of the claim that Mary presented both the rosary beads and the prayers to be prayed along with them, we need to take a critical look at whether or not this aligns with God's Word. We can look to various passages in the Bible which state that we are not to add anything to the Word of God (Revelation 22:18, Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:5-6).
Additionally, Deuteronomy 13:1-10 tells us not to listen to or follow any "prophet or dreamer" that gives signs or wonders if they are contrary to the Word of God. Matthew 24:24 says "For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect." This alone should be concerning because the elect would be a hard group to fool as they are fully trained and well-versed in doctrine. Galatians 1:6-9 shows that even if an angel preaches something contrary to Scripture we are not to listen to what they say.
The point I am making is this. Mary (or a demonic version of Mary) may have appeared to St. Dominic. I have no doubt that this is indeed a valid claim. However, if Mary instructed him to pray differently than what God had already laid out in His Word nearly 1,800 years earlier, should this experience not be held in question? Why should it be that his vision of Mary be held as though it were inerrant truth like the Bible? God does not, will not, and has never changed. Furthermore, God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14, 20:5; Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9; Joshua 24:19; etc.) so it doesn't align with His Word that He would allow His own prayers that He specifically designed to be prayed to Him, to be changed so that people would pray to another person/entity.
What does the Rosary focus on?
While I can certainly understand the idea of praying to Mary being similar to asking a friend to pray, the problem lies in that the rosary prayers take away from Jesus and exalt Mary instead. Firstly, Matthew 6:5-15 gives us the Lord's prayer which is said in the rosary, and obviously that portion of the rosary prayer is biblical. However, if we look at verses 5-8 it tells us what not to do, and part of that is to not pray as the pagans do with babbling and repetitive prayers thinking that we will be heard because of our many words. So putting this into context, the act of praying the rosary and repeating those prayers is exactly what we are told not to do in scripture.
Additionally, the majority of the prayers prayed during the rosary are Hail Marys. If this is indeed what is claimed by many to be a meditation, then why meditate on Mary? Does God not tell us very clearly in scripture to meditate on His Word and His Word alone? Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2, and Psalm 119:15, 78, 97-99 are very clear examples of how we are to meditate and it is ONLY on the Word of God. We are not to meditate on any one person or anything else. While I can see that Catholics perceive the intention is to meditate on the life of Christ, the actual reality is that He is not the main focus of these prayers.
While I acknowledge the fact that most of the Mysteries do reflect the life of Christ, the Joyful Mysteries are questionable at best and are mostly based on speculation, not scripture. The Annunciation proposes that Mary had to give consent to God in order to bear Jesus and this is a blatant lie. She did not "give consent", she had faith that God would make it so. This is further proved with her visit with Elizabeth in Luke 1:45 "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!" The rest of the Joyful Mysteries play into emotion and have little to no biblical foundation. Regardless, they describe what Mary felt, what she did, and what she went through, and this has no bearing on the gospel of Christ. If the focus of the rosary is truly supposed to be on Jesus, then let it be on Jesus alone. Hail Mary is prayed an astounding 53 times! In comparison, Our Father is prayed only 5 times and only 4 out of the 5 mysteries focus on the life of Christ. Is this really honoring Christ when He is clearly secondary in the rosary? Even considering the Hail Holy Queen prayer, what kind of title is this if Jesus is King? She was his mother, she's not a queen, and by giving her this title is puts her on the same exact level as Jesus and that alone is shameful.
Aside from all this, consider what prayers are actually being said. The majority of the time, the prayers focus on asking for the salvation of people from eternal damnation and asking Mary to pray for us. The whole point of the gospel is dying to self, serving others, serving God, and loving Him and His people. What kind of message are we sending to God when the focus of our prayers is asking Him for things? We should be dying to self, asking Him what we can do for Him and not what He can do for us. Prayers don't mean a thing if they aren't backed up in action. The rosary does not at all reflect how God has told us to pray. Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.'' We are to seek the kingdom first, above everything. Really ask yourself, do the rosary prayers really put people in the position of seeking first the kingdom of God? An honest answer would be no.
On a personal level, I cannot understand what the purpose of praying to someone else asking them to pray for you is. This makes no sense. Praying for someone else to pray for you is like wishing for more wishes. It gets you nowhere. Why not pray to God directly and just ask Him for what you need? He knows what you need before you even ask (Matthew 6:8). The rosary prayers are merely asking Mary to intercede for us in prayer when the reality is that by doing so you neglect praying to God directly and establishing a relationship with Him. The whole purpose of Jesus death was to forgive us our sins and allow us to come to the Father directly. The veil was torn (Matthew 27:50-51), and that veil represented the veil used in the tabernacle that would separate the people from God's Holy place in the tabernacle. He wanted us to be able to approach Him with our requests and with our praise. What a slap in the face to continue to pray to Mary when God did all this just so that we could come to Him directly!
Was Mary without sin?
Catholics claim that Mary was sinless. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Mary never sinned, in fact it says in Romans 3:23 "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" - there is no exception. I can understand that from a human perspective we would like to think that Mary was without sin, because we cannot fathom God wanting His seed to mingle with that of sinners. However, the Bible tells us that God's Holy Spirit dwells within us (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, 6:16, Ezekiel 36:27) so if we are thinking about this biblically, God did and continues to "be inside" of sinners to this very day. If He were so repulsed by us sinners, He would not indwell His Spirit within us nor would He make our bodies temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Saying that Mary was sinless is not only dismissive of the fact that God tells us we are ALL sinners, but it is ultimately a rejection of His absolute mercy and His desire to understand humanity. Additionally, describing her as sinless places her on the same level as Jesus with the only difference being that she did not break the veil between God and man by taking our sins to the cross.
For the sake of argument, let's say that Mary was indeed sinless. The Bible never tells us to pray to her, or to anyone other than God. In fact, when Jesus taught His disciples to pray (Luke 11:2-4), He taught them to directly address the Father. Jesus never instructed people to pray to anyone other than God Himself and this pattern is clear throughout the Bible (Psalm 17:6, Philippians 4:6). This brings us to another area - Catholic confession. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that "there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus". The problem here is that people are going to a human priest to confess their wickedness instead of going to the Father directly. While the "acts" of confession are commendable and absolutely something a believer should be doing, they aren't to be done in a ritualistic fashion. The mark of a true believer is the Holy Spirit dwelling within and convicting a person causing them to repent and do away with their sin. If the Holy Spirit is within a person there is no need to "go to confession" because He will convict you in that moment and in turn you confess your sins to God (Psalm 32:5). If a person does not genuinely feel convicted of their sin, then there is no point in confessing it to a priest anyway because they don't even have the Holy Spirit. God does not honor ritual, He honors righteousness (Romans 8:1-18, Ephesians 2:8-9).
What does it really mean to be "Blessed Among Women"?
Let's look at the original Greek text so we can truly understand what it is that Elizabeth was saying to Mary when she spoke in Luke 1:42. The word "blessed" in that verse is translated from the original Greek word Εὐλογημένη which means "to speak well of, to bless".
There are 43 occurrences of this exact same word found in the Bible.
Matthew 5:44 "bless them that curse"
Matthew 26:26 "and blessed [it], and brake"
Luke 2:34 "And Simeon blessed them, and"
Luke 24:51 "while he blessed them, he was parted"
Galatians 3:9 "who are of faith are blessed with Abraham"
Hebrews 6:14 "Surely blessing I will bless thee, and"
And the list goes on.
If we look at the other examples in which this exact same word is found, we can come to a very specific conclusion. MARY IS NOT EXALTED. This same word Εὐλογημένη was used by Jesus before He broke bread, it was used by Paul to talk about people of faith being blessed with Abraham, and (the clincher) we are told to use this same exact word to bless our enemies!
This is Biblical proof that Mary should not be exalted simply because Elizabeth said she was "blessed among women". To say otherwise is absolute heresy and the evidence is laid before you here. If you are having trouble with this I beg you to open up your eyes and see this for what it is - IDOLATRY. This is not opinion, these are facts. We all need to check everything we believe with the Bible. If we don't then we are merely relying on our own fallible thoughts and ideas, and that is an incredibly destructive and dangerous place to be.
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Thank You For Reading
Thank you for taking time to read this article. I pray that your eyes would be opened to this deception, if you have fallen victim to it. I also pray that this article would be a blessing both to you and to others whom you may be able to share this information with. I want to assure you that I have nothing but love for the people who are stuck in this belief system. It is very deceptive and very dangerous and preys on feeling and emotion while not standing on any Biblical foundation. My goal here is not to condemn those who believe these things I've spoken against. My goal is to shed some light on a subject that, from my experience, Catholics do not call into question. Critical thought and analysis is imperative whenever we are living out our faith. If what we are doing is going against God's word, then the bottom line is we need to look within and cast away whatever it is we are doing. I understand that many beliefs and traditions are ingrained in us and can be incredibly uncomfortable to confront, but the reality is we are here for God's purpose and His purpose alone. We shouldn't worry about offending friends or family and we shouldn't worry about looking like an oddball to our peers. We are the cheese that's meant to stand alone.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
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