The 1994 Catholic Catechism states the following about praying to Mary:
“By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the ‘Mother of Mercy,’ the All-Holy One… May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to her son, Jesus, in paradise.” Pg. 644, #2677
Hmmm, let’s break this apart and compare it to the Word of God:
1. Mary is the Mother of Mercy:
Jesus said, (Mat 9:13) But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (emphasis mine)
God said to Moses, (Rom 9:15) For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (emphasis mine)
(Eph 2:4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, This does not mention Mary at all.
(Heb 4:16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (emphasis mine). Why would we be commanded to personally and directly go before the throne of grace to obtain mercy? We are told to go boldly – one can only go boldly before the Father when one has the Son. Mary is not mentioned here.
(Jud 1:21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (emphasis mine). We are not commanded to look for mercy of Mary but of Jesus Christ our Lord!
“From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of `Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs…” Pg. 253, #971
Turning to Mary in time of need is not commanded in the Bible. Jesus repeatedly told us to come to Him!
(Mat 11:28 ) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.(Mat 19:14) But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
(Mar 10:14) But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
(Luk 18:16) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
(Joh 6:65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
(Joh 7:37) In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
That was just Jesus saying this in the New Testament. Since Jesus is God, look at some verses where God said in the Old Testament to go to Him:
(Jer 33:3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
(Psa 50:15) And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.(Psa 91:15) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
(Jer 29:12) Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. (emphasis mine).
I was told by a catholic that I was pompous and full of myself because I thought I could go directly to God Himself in prayer! What???? Does the Word not say to call upon the Lord?
(2Sa 22:7) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.(1Ch 21:26) And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.
(Psa 18:6) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
(Psa 99:6) Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
(Psa 118:5) I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
Not a single verse tells us to pray to Mary but there sure are plenty that tell us to call upon God and He will answer us! He is the One to turn to in time of need, not Mary.
(Psa 37:39) But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.(Psa 46:1) [To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.] God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
(Isa 33:2) O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
(Psa 41:1) Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
(Psa 55:22) Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. It does not say to cast our burdens on Mary.
Christ is all sufficient. He alone can carry our burdens. (Mat 11:28 ) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Jesus tells us who to pray to in the New Testament:
(Luk 11:2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. This says to pray to the Father.
(Joh 16:23) And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Obviously Jesus taught that we could pray to the Father – in His Name! No praying to Mary – no asking Mary to pray for us – we can go to the Father ourselves in Jesus’ name!
Phil. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Again, let your requests be made known unto God – not Mary!
Uh, either the Bible is wrong or catholicism is wrong. Why go to God through Mary when you can go to Him directly as Jesus commanded? Mary told the disciples to do what Jesus told them to do. If you believe in Mary so much, why are you not obeying her? (Joh 2:5) His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
Who will you believe? God or man? (Act 5:29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.