Paul Varghese wrote:

Hi, Mike —

I have read the New Testament completely. In St. Paul's letters to the Corinthians, Romans, etc., he has given rules and ways to worship. There is not a single word about Mary or any other prophets when it comes to worship.

Moreover, he has categorically said that anyone who says anything more or different than what the Apostles have said, is not coming from God. These people can even be able to perform miracles.

We should not do what we are not sure of because God does not tolerate a false kind of worship.

I am a Jacobite (Catholic belief) by birth, but I cannot find a single piece of evidence defending Mother Mary worship.

Paul

  { If St. Paul has given rules to worship and said anything else is not from God, why worship Mary? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Paul —

Thanks for the question/comment.

Your e-mail implies that Catholics worship Mother Mary. Who ever told you that is either:

  • an uneducated Catholic, or
  • an anti-Catholic

Catholics worship God alone. We honor Mary, as well as other saints. We hold Mary in a special place of honor because of her special role in our salvation, including yours!

Catholics don't worship Mary.

Mother Mary and the saints are helpful to Christians on earth as role models, as attested to in Hebrews below. The author of Hebrews 13:7 is not undermining the sole mediator of Jesus.

  • Why?

Because it is a family affair.

Remember your leaders, who preached the word of God to you, and as you reflect on the outcome of their lives, take their faith as your model.

Hebrews 13:7

You said:
Moreover, he has categorically said that anyone who says anything more or different than what the Apostles have said, is not coming from God.

You will find nothing that the Church teaches, that does not come from the Apostles, in at least seed form. There is a growth in the Church and development that occurs over time; it's not a change from what the Apostles taught.

The Protestant reformers didn't want development; they wanted to change and throw out teachings. One of the reasons Jesus established the Papacy in the Church was so His Prime Minister, the Pope, would be there throughout the ages to protect and safeguard all Catholic Teachings Jesus desired his faithful members to believe.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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