Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus

Monday, May 15, 2017

Is Mary the Queen of Heaven?

About 600 years before Christ Jeremiah the prophet records how the Jewish women were burning sacrifices to other gods including the female cult deities who they called the queen of heaven (Jere. 44:15-27).  They went by different names depending on the linguistic origin.  There was the Babylonian Ishtar, Egyptian Hathor and in the New Testament we see the Apostles having to confront the cult of Diana (also called Artemis by the Romans) in Ephesus (Acts 19;24-29).  To appease the barking dogs the Catholic church elevated Mary to cult status at the Council of Ephesus (AD 431).
There is no reference to Mary being the queen of heaven yet Catholic tradition places her in this position causing people to worship her.

When the followers of Jesus said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breast at which you nursed, he replied, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it." (Luke 11:27-28)

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