Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Bodily Ascension of Sinless Mary Into Heaven?



The Roman Catholic Feast of the Assumption is observed on August 15, 2008.

The Catholic Encyclopedia offers the following details regarding this Marian dogma...

This feast has a double object: (1) the happy departure of Mary from this life; (2) the assumption of her body into heaven. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin.

Regarding the day, year, and manner of Our Lady's death, nothing certain is known... Regarding the origin of the feast we are also uncertain.

Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the East and in the West; according to Benedict XIV (De Festis B.V.M., I, viii, 18) it is a probable opinion, which to deny were impious and blasphemous.

By promulgating the Bull Munificentissimus Deus, 1 November, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared infallibly that the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a dogma of the Catholic Faith. Likewise, the Second Vatican Council taught in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium that "the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all.

Since Mary is closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led the Church to belief in Mary’s share in his glorification. So close was she to Jesus on earth, she must be with him body and soul in heaven.

Just For Catholics.org tests this dogma with Scripture and finds:

  • Assumption is not explicitly taught in Scripture.
  • Not Taught by the Church Fathers
  • First Taught by Heretics

In practice, Rome teaches doctrines that are not drawn from the deposit of faith. We have seen that the Assumption is neither found in Scripture nor in the early church tradition. Certainly, if this doctrine were transmitted by the apostles to the bishops of the early church, we would expect to find at least some references to it in the voluminous writings of the Fathers. But they are conspicuously silent about this subject.

If you are a Catholic, ask yourself whether your implicit trust in the Roman magisterium is warranted. The magisterium claims to explain the Word of God, but at least in this case, it has gone far beyond it's stated role. It is inventing novel doctrines beyond the Word of God. Be careful! You may feel convinced that your faith is built on a solid rock, when in fact, you are standing on sinking sand.

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10 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Hope you don’t mind an accurate correction to the title of your post. Jesus Christ – “Ascended into Heaven” - (active verb) The Roman Catholic church celebrates the “Assumption of Mary” today. (assumption being a passive verb)

    I also hope you could help clarify a few questions on the topic. Is it possible that an account of Mary's Assumption is not in the bible because she was still walking around while the New Testament was being written?

    While Luke's gospel was inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, is it possible that he had a relationship with Mary the mother of Jesus? Is it possible/probable that Mary was the source for the first chapter of Luke's gospel?

    Does the almighty and powerful sovereign God have the power to assume a body into heaven if he chooses to do so?

    Does Watcher’s Lamp have some proof of where the bodily remains of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ are buried?

    Thank you for the time,

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  2. Brett

    I was born and raised, educated under nuns and priests for 12 years...I am quite familiar with the Marian dogma.

    Vatican II confirmed the doctrine of the bodily, vertical ascending of Mary

    "Second Vatican Council taught in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium that "the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory..."

    By the description in the Catholic encyclopedia, this event is more than an assumption of fact, it is more the substance of legend.

    As for what God is able to do, certainly amything is possible.

    However, adding anything (or deleting or changing) is forbidden. Revelation 22:18-19.

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  3. Hmmm...

    Since John was left in charge of Mary by our Lord, and John lived to be quite old and most certainly died after Mary died (or supposedly was assumed), he surely had ample opportunity to witness this presumably extraordinary event in Scripture. But he didn't. I think we can conclude that it didn't happen. After all, the Bible tends to make note of other people that get to heaven without dying (Gen 6:24; 2 Ki 2:11-12).

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  5. Mary didn't "ascend" into Heaven, she was assumed into Heaven. there's a difference :) also, this was believed by the Church since the beginning... it was taught in the early Church. That's why the Orthodox as well as the Catholics believe it today (they call it the Dormition of Mary). Please learn Catholicism from Catholics, not from anti Catholic websites, which are filled with misconceptions :) God bless.

    here's an early Church homily on the Assumption by St John Damascene: http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_article/189/Ancient_Homily_on_Mary_s_Assumption____St._John_Damascene.html

    and here's what the Bible and early Church have to say about it:
    http://www.scripturecatholic.com/blessed_virgin_mary.html#the_bvm-VI

    http://www.scripturecatholic.com/blessed_virgin_mary.html#tradition-IV

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  6. also, (sorry I forgot to say) yes the doctrine of the Assumption was defined recently, but that doesn't mean the idea wasn't in the Church before. Doctrines and dogmas are only defined when there's opposition, or when a topic needs clarification...but they don't invent new ideas..they simply take what is already, and always was, in Scripture and Tradition.

    God bless :)

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  8. What this article fails to incorporate is that Jesus established His teaching authority on the Pope when He gave him the keys of the kingdom and what he binds on earth is bound in heaven (Matthew 16:18-19) - which fulfills the prophecy of the Pope found in Isaiah 22:20-24. No one else was given the authority of Jesus in this fashion.
    It is our role as followers of Christ to be "obedient unto death, death on a cross" just as He was. When the pope makes a "Dogmatic proclamation" in the areas of faith and morals, we can trust in its truth and we are called to follow in obedience just as Christ did.
    All Protestants who do not follow the Pope and his teaching authority have a faith that is founded on the teachings that is by "Scripture alone" and "faith alone" we are saved. The funny thing about this is that neither of these teachings are found in Scripture and neither were ever taught until Martin Luther began preaching them approximately 1500 years AFTER Christ. So in a sense, one could accuse this article of being hypocritical because the bible does not say that it is by "faith alone" and "Scripture alone" we are saved. In fact, it doesn't make sense to say we are saved by Scripture alone because the Church operated largely on oral tradition for the first three hundred years. It was not until the late fourth century when the Catholic Bishops compiled the first version of the New Testament by reading the letters that circulated in the early Church and threw out the ones that were not inspired by the Holy Spirit. Before that, how were Christians saved if there was no New Testament to follow?
    I for one will base my faith on the authority that Jesus established in the Pope. It is the line of Papal succession that can be traced back to Jesus' time and the apostles. No other Church can make that type of claim and no other Church has the "authority" to make a definitive theological proclamation. That is precisely why more and more non-Catholic "Christian" Churches keep popping up. It is because people think they can interpret the Bible on their own, which in turn leads to disagreements among Christians, and then factions, splits, schisms and ultimately disobedience to the will of God.
    I guess I should also say that the Pope had to make a dogmatic proclamation on the canon of Scripture at the time of the Protestant Reformation because Protestants were changing the books of the bible, in addition to making up their own dogmatic teachings that were not founded in Scripture. Where did they, or any Protestant, get the authority to determine what books in the Bible were inspired by God? In fact, it is only Peter and his successors who have that kind of authority (to bind in heaven and on earth).
    Thank you Jesus for the Pope! What a blessing and gift he is!
    God bless you all.
    Sean
    www.CatholicGuestSpeaker.com

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  9. Sean, what you fail to grasp is true understanding of the passages you twist to fit Roman Catholic Dogma. The office/title of pope is found NOWHERE in scripture. Peter was not a pope, he does say he was an elder {1 Peter 5:1}. As for being given the keys, all believers have God's word as authority to declare to the lost their eternal damnation if they refuse to repent, or forgiveness if they cry out for mercy. This is according to the teachings found in God's word.
    There's no money in it for the RCC if they were to preach truth, so they stick with man-made traditions and promise their followers salvation based on their works, money they give to buy one out of purgatory, and magic acts that turn bread and wine into the supposed body and blood of Christ...even though God's word tells us Christ is at the right hand of the Father {you'll find that in Hebrews}

    For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that NOT of yourselves, it is a GIFT OF GOD, NOT of WORKS, lest any man boast...Eph.2:8,9

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  10. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" 53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is **real food and my blood is real drink**. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. John 6:51-56 And you confuse Scripture and the Church. Scripture came from the Church and the popes, not popes coming from Scriptures. There were popes long before there was Scripture!!! http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12272b.htm

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