The December 2003 edition of the Economist carried an article with the same title as the one above. In it the author set out reasons why Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, could be the uniting factor between the three major monoth, and determine if it is possible for her to become the Mary for all. Pantheistic religions such as Hinduism already have female deities as part of their belief system, so the acceptance of the Roman Catholic Mary would not be a problem.
The dominant form of Christianity in the world today is Romanism. The Vatican has sought to unite all religions under one banner, but it can never achieve this by preaching and teaching about Jesus Christ. Instead, there is a steady move within Rome’s ranks to establish Mary as the focal point of all faiths. Mary, it is claimed, has manifested herself in various places throughout the world, and her message is always the same; devotion to her will hold back God’s judgement on the earth … “You saw hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them, God wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. If people do what I ask, many souls will be saved and there will be peace” (Marian apparition message). For centuries Satan has been gearing the world up for exactly this. It started way back in Jewish history but his plan is still being played out today.
Mary within Christianity
True Bible-believing Christians always give Mary her rightful place. We see her as the woman who gave birth to the Saviour, but do not honour her as having special graces to dispense, or deserving of any of our prayers and devotion. Nevertheless, there is that element within Christendom which places Mary as co-Redeemer despite the fact that there are relatively few direct New Testament references to her. They have woven a vast web of ritual and praise around the mother of our Lord. Mary, according to the Roman Catholic Church, was conceived without the original sin that every other human being inherits.
Some Evangelical Christians are being drawn into this snare too. They are becoming infatuated with Mary as a goddess, in exactly the same way the Jews were by the female deities of the pagan religion around them. Books, tapes, videos and web pages exist to prove just how many are converting to Romanism because of Mary. Those of us who stand against such a tide are considered to be haters of Christ’s mother. It should be noted that we do not regard the Mary of Romanism as the true Biblical mother of Christ. Within Romanism she is nothing more than a Christianised Diana, Athena, Isis, or Minerva. The glorification of Mary began as Christians left off following Christ alone for salvation. In an eighth century Byzantine sermon she is described as “The all-golden vessel, the most delectable sweetener of our souls, she who bears the Manna which is Christ: land uncultivated, field unploughed, vine streaming with fecundity, vessel most delightful, spring that gushes forth, the treasure of innocence and ornament of modesty.” At Fatima Mary is said to have declared, “Only I can help you.”
Mary within Judaism
The exile of the Jews into Babylon and the destruction of Solomon’s Temple were a direct result of God’s people turning to feminine deities … “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?” (Jeremiah 7:18-19).. The prophet Jeremiah describes how the Jews were participating in the adoration of the “queen of heaven.” He scolded them for offering cakes, libations and incense to Astarte (Ashtoreth) who is the equivalent of the Virgin Mary (also venerated as the Queen of Heaven.) The Jews worshipped her since she appeared to keep them from the judgement God promised if they continued to sin and disobey … “But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?” (Jeremiah 44:17-19). This is exactly the message the apparitions of Mary is speaking today … God wants to punish the world, but she loves mankind and can hold back God’s hand.
The religious rites associated with the worship of the Queen of Heaven involved attending services at the groves or high places. It is interesting to note just how many groves (grottos) and mountain manifestations of Mary there have been.
Could Judaism accept Mary as its mother? Though Judaism, since its Babylonian Captivity, has thrown off any form of idolatrous practice, it seems very unlikely that it would ever exalt Mary. We should acknowledge though that we may have come to the same conclusion prior to the fall of Jerusalem and its Temple. The adoration of Mary remains a strong possibility if the Antichrist will use her as the uniting factor in his empire. ABC News states that, “Although Mary has no role in Judaism, some Jews have pointed to her as a symbol of Jewish motherhood”, and adds this comment from Jerrilynn Dodds, “She has power for people who aren’t Catholics, who aren’t Christians, she connects with some of the deepest experiences that we share: experiences of motherhood, of tragedy, of passion.”
Mary within Islam
Very few Christians realise what place Mary has within Islam. Muslims, just like eastern Christians, believe that the mother of Mary was expecting a male child to be born, he would do great things for God, but she was greatly surprised when it was a girl (Sura 3:36). Christians and Muslims cannot agree on the nature of Christ. He divides both religions, but Mary, it seems is a point of unity. Islam sees her as a most holy person who was as close to God as any human being can be … “O Mary Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee; chosen thee above the women of all nations” (Sura 3:42). In fact she is the most honoured woman within this monotheistic religion, and is considered to be a sign to the nations … “And remembered her who guarded her chastity: we breathed in her of our holy spirit, and we made her and her son a sign for all people” (Sura 21:91). She has an entire book or Sura dedicated to her in the Koran. Islamic views about her are very close to those held by the Roman Catholic Church. According to Islamic tradition Jesus and Mary are the only two human souls that were not touched by Satan at birth. Did you know that Mohammed named his daughter Fatima, the name of the very place that Mary was said to have appeared to three shepherd girls on May 13 1907? We can clearly see from this that they place her above their own prophet Mohammed.
Could Islam ever unite with Rome (Antichrist) and become part of a one world religion? The answer is obvious. The origins of Islam are found in ancient history. The moon god of the Middle East was Allah and his daughters (female deities) were enshrined in Mecca. An article at http://www.interplease.com states that “Arabic chronicles suggest a pre-Islamic recognition of Allah as a supreme God, with the three goddesses al-Lat, al-Uzza, and Manat as his daughters.” Mohammed may have sought to hide these facts, but facts are facts.
Christianity, Judaism and Islam are set to be the major players within the coming one world religion. Mary, very possibly, could become the glue that fixes the rifts between these three faiths. A huge stadium-sized interfaith shrine costing around £35,000,000 is to be built in Fatima, Portugal to encourage pilgrims of other religions to accept Mary’s motherhood. Reverence to history’s foremost Jewish mother maybe all that is needed to unite them. These three religions can never agree to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation, as the Bible teaches; yet they may well look to her who impersonates His mother as the guiding light of the nations. Again, according to the Fatima apparition, Mary claims, “In order to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.” This statement alone proves that it is definitely not the Mary of the Bible speaking, for she declared, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:46-47).
It is our duty as Bible-believing Christians to uphold the true faith by pointing the lost to the only Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The A. Yusuf Ali translation of the Koran was used in this article, other editions may have slightly altered verse numbers.