Mary Mary...

Nov. 24, 2019

Exodus 34:14,17

For thou shalt worship no other god; for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,
“Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

Nov. 24, 2019

Matthew 22:37

Yeshua answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Nov. 24, 2019

...quite contrary!

Growing up in a Catholic school I saw Mary to be elevated to the position of a "goddess" People praying to Mary (hail Mary) singing praise to Mary (ave Maria) and worshiping her as if she was on par with Christ. Although Catholic tradition focuses on the worship of Mary, we see in the verses outlined above God does not condone the worship of other gods. As it says in Exodus 34:14 We are to worship no other gods except Jesus. Matthew 15:3 Jesus answered, “And why do you refuse to obey God’s command so that you can follow those traditions you have?" Although traditions in many cases can be harmless, such as turkey for Christmas or ham, when it comes to worship we are to follow God's instruction to the letter. We do not have the liberty to decide who we worship and how we do so. John 4:24 "God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." (TPT) From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.” also when we pray we are to pray to the Father God in the name of Jesus. We do not have the liberty to pray to whomever we want to. Although Mary was highly favored of God and God chose her to bear His son, she is not to be worshiped as an equal to God. Our prayers need to be directed to the Father and not to the mother of Jesus. As we see in the verses from Exodus above God is a jealous God and does not condone the worship of idols. Since He is the creator of heaven and earth He gets to set the rules and we are to obey them. There is a reason why God forbids the worship of other gods. The other false gods are nothing but demons in disguise. We are forbidden to worship demons, not only because God is a jealous God, also because demons are looking to destroy us. Just as a parent warns a child not to drink poisonous substances as it could potentially kill them, God as our Father warns us His children not to worship idols and other gods because it could destroy us completely. God's word is the ultimate authority and He has the final say in our worship, our prayers and in our lives. I closing in the words of Jesus Matthew 22:37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and all your mind. The Lord is number one in our lives and there should be no number 2. Ensure that Jesus is enthroned in your heart and mind and soul. Amen