This is a very good web site. With lots of Biblical reference it shows how Catholics should consider Mary. I especially like how it calls Mary the Arc of the Covenant (the Arc of the Word, Jesus Christ).Ariel wrote:Rob,
Re. the Assumption, see this:
http://www.salvationhistory.com/studies ... nto_heaven
While praying the Holy Rosary we are to meditate on the Mysteries. The 4th Glorious Mystery is the 'Assumption of the Blessed Mary'. The 5th Glorious Mystery is 'Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth'.
I don't know how anyone could think that it is anybody but Mary that is the "woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" in Apocalypse 12.
When Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 made the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a feast day to be celebrated on August 15, as a Holy Day of Obligation it wasn't as if the Catholic Church had just recognized the Assumption then. It had been understood by the Catholic Church for centuries that Mary was assumed body and soul into Heaven.
In Mary's Canticle, Luke 1:46-55 Mary says "for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed."
I love referring to Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. There is no human being that has played a more important role than Mary in God's plan. Mary is not the queen of heaven that the Old Testament refers to.
Regarding the statues and veneration of Mary I don't think there needs to be any more said. Hadassah and others as well as the web site that Ariel posted have basically covered that.
Seeing Messianic Judaism is preparing for the building of the third temple like the Christian Zionists are, then they are both in error.
I say they are both in error because both Apocalypse 3:12 and Apocalypse 21:2 tells us that the new Jerusalem will come down out of heaven from God with the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Personally I don't believe we need to think of ways "we can change the Church for the better."
To the contrary I think both Messianic Jews and Christian Zionists should just read the Bible.
Maybe there should be another choice added to the poll, "Reading the Bible". For that reason I have chosen "Other".