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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The "Hail Mary" A Biblical Prayer

In Catholicism there is a rich tradition of prayer. Now while a Protestant might pray the "Our Father" and even the "Glory Be," not many will pray the "Hail Mary" on grounds that it is not a Scriptural prayer and that it is wrong to pray to saints. But, is the "Hail Mary" an unbiblical prayer? No the "Hail Mary" is totally a Biblical prayer. Let's check out each part:

Luke 1:28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Look at what Elizabeth says in:
Luke 1:42 And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Isn’t Jesus the fruit of Mary’s womb? And this prayer climaxes at the name of Jesus.

Now Protestants will most likely say that Mary is in Heaven and thus is Holy. But what about her being called the Mother of God.
While there is great misunderstanding by some about the phrase "Mother of God," it just means that Mary gave birth to Jesus who is in fact God. Therefore, Mary is the Mother of God. It does not mean that Mary is the creator of the Trinity or anything strange.
Luke 1:43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
There are many parallels showing that Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant, which we won’t get into right now. But, what Elizabeth says here about Mary and what David says about the Ark are strikingly similar.
Listen to David in 2 Samuel 6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, "How can the ark of the LORD come to me?"
"The LORD" here in Hebrew means Yahweh. So, if you did a close investigation you would see that Elizabeth is really saying "How is it that the mother of Yahweh" can come to me.

There is also a part of the "Hail Mary" which asks Mary to pray for us.
James 5:16 says that "The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects." Well, who is more righteous than Mary? None but God.
The ultimate question is concerning Saints in Heaven and if they are aware of what is going on here on Earth. Certainly they are.
Luke 15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Well, Heaven certainly knows when people repent or else how would they know when to rejoice?

Revelation 6:9-10 9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne; 10 they cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?"
How do these souls know that God hasn’t already avenged their blood unless somehow they are being kept informed?
So, those in Heaven know what is going on here, and do they pray for us? Certainly they do. Jesus, being the perfect mediator between us and God, shares in His mediatorship with us, but especially with those who have been perfected and are in Heaven. Why wouldn’t they keep mediating for us once they are before the throne of God?

What about people who quote: Matthew 6:7 And when you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens. For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard.?
We of course must mean what we say we can’t violate
Matthew 15:8 This people honors me with their lips: but their heart is far from me.
The repeating of prayers isn’t what Jesus is condemning in Matthew 6:7, He is condemning the vain repetition of prayers.
Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures had each of them six wings; and round about and within they are full of eyes. And they rested not day and night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.

And also our Lord Himself repeated prayers.
Matthew 26:44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.

And if Jesus does it then it can’t be bad.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why does the Bible mention the geneology of Jesus Christ since he is the son of God and not a descendant of David? Is Mary a descendant of David?

Anonymous said...

If Mary is the Mother of God, and Jesus is actually God, why then, before the death of Jesus on the cross said to Mary "Woman behold your Son" and to His desciple "Son Behold your Mother" in Jn 19:26-27?
And if Mary is the Mother of God, does it mean that Mary is higher than God? Is it not Jesus who taught us how to pray? Did Jesus, in all his teachings, ever said in the Bible that whenever we pray, pray Hail Mary who is The Mother of God? Please post if you can find this in the Bible. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I suppose TRUE IGNORANCE is bliss, whats your excuse !

Daniel Egan said...

I am sorry that I did not respond earlier to your posts. I will attempt to resond now.

NOV 12.
#1 I am a little confused by your first question. I think you are asking if Mary is the mother of Jesus, how can she be the mother of John? RESPONSE - we know that John is the son of Zebedee. "Matt 4:21 James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father,..." So then how can Mary become his mother. This is a spiritual motherhood. Notice that John is never named, but says the disciple whom he (Jesus) loved. All who love Jesus, HE gives his mother to be their mother as well, in a spiritual sense.

#2 Mary is not the mother of the Trinity. Mary is part of this creation and was made by God like you and me. She is given the title "Mother of God" because she gave birth to Jesus, who is God in the flesh, and therefore she can be rightly called - "Mother of God" To say that she is not the mother of God, then you run into problems about the personhood of Jesus. The title has more to do with jesus then it does Mary.

#3 No, Jesus did not ever teach us in the Bible to pray "Hail Mary who is the Mother of God." But he also didn't say in the Bible to Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John to write anything down either. But they being inspired by the Holy spirit did so.

DEC 14
Ignorence is not bliss. Let me know if this was or was not helpful.

Dan

Strong beliver in God said...

I think we all should get into a good bible class to learn more about the bible.

Jomari Guinauan said...

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Jomari Guinauan said...

who gives Mary the title to be called the Mother of God? Did God gave this title?
Remember that Mary is just an instrument used by God the father to sent His Holy Son Jesus.
Jesus is not like us who's born thru flesh, Jesus was not born thru sperm and egg cell, He is born thru HOLY SPIRIT. and Mary does not remain Virgin for sake

Jesus Christ is King! said...

This whole article is a Lie! Luke 1;28 doesn't even say that! STOP worshiping and praying to Mary or the wrath God will be upon you! Mary is dead. You are praying to a demonic spirt! http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Roman%20Catholicism/full_of_lies.htm

Daniel Egan said...

#1 We don't worship Mary. That would be idolatry and against the 1st Commandment and would just be silly because Mary is a creature.

#2 Mary is not dead - She reigns with Christ in heaven.

Now you might believe that souls are destroyed once they the body dies. This is false as shown here:
http://bibletidbits.blogspot.com/2009/06/immortality-of-soul-jehovahs-witnesses.html

AND / OR you might say that Mary is not the Queen of Heaven, which is also false as shown here (this is very brief, which I can answer in full at some later:
http://bibletidbits.blogspot.com/2010/05/glorious-mysteries-in-old-testament.html

We are not praying to a demon, and that might be a offensive statement to her Son, the Creator of the universe.

I doubt you will reply but here is my number in case you want to chat further, let's set something up.
859-866-7885