Contrary to popular belief, officially the Roman Catholicism does not preach or teach on the worship of Mary a.k.a Queen of Heaven but have “great respect” for her. In other words, they call this concept of devotion to the “Queen of Heaven” as Veneration of Mary.
Being an ex-Catholic myself and seeing it first hand, in reality, though this Veneration of Mary practice borders to outright idol worship. From decorating the idols with flowers to genuflecting in front of them.
For centuries people have been debating on this issue. All the sides, however, use extra-biblical sources to explain their point of view. This did not satisfy my soul because I needed the Bible to explain it.
Queen of Heaven mentioned in the Bible
The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger.
~ Jeremiah 7:18
Jeremiah wrote the above verses to the exiled Jews in Babylon. And the Queen of Heaven was Inanna in Babylonian Mythology pictured above. See the similarities even in imagery between Inanna and the concept of Mary The Roman Catholic Church created?
Curious isn’t it? Catholics calling the idea of Mary they created also Queen of heaven. The Roman Catholicism had all the freedom to give any other titles or any other imagery. Yet they chose a title named after the Babylonian goddess mentioned in Jeremiah.
Don’t get me wrong, Mary was a champion of Faith. She understood Grace more than any of us and she had 30 years of revelations directly from Jesus himself.
But there is a DISCONNECT between historical Mary of the Bible and “Mary” created by Roman Catholicism to propagate Mariology.
The Queen of Heaven is not the only Babylonian imagery followed by the Roman Catholic Church. In Eucharistic adoration, the sundial used is also Babylonian imagery.
I submit to you, this is the reason the Catholic Church is referred to Great Babylon in the Book of Revelation.
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;
~ Revelation 18:4
How did the Veneration of Mary turn into idolatry?
The very first sin after God gave the 10 commandments the Israelites committed on the foot of Mount Sinai was to create Golden idol of a calf and worship it. The very first commandment, broken. As a result, 3000 people died.
But sin, seizing its opportunity through the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from the law, sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. So I discovered that the very commandment that was meant to bring life actually brought death.
~ Romans 7:8-10
The 10 commandments are holy, good and just but they cannot make us good, holy or just. They arouse the sinful passions in our flesh.
The official doctrinal document of the Vatican Catechism of The Catholic Church dedicates 96 pages on the 10 commandments. On how a spiritually bankrupt person should go on keeping the 10 commandments but not once does it mention:
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:56
This is the primary reason for idolatry in the Roman Catholic Church. If God’s law which is holy can stir up such powerful sin, how much worse is Human Laws?
This is why it’s completely useless to argue against Mariology, arguing against such practices will not change anyone’s minds.
Instead, concentrate on preaching the Gospel of Grace and see the difference. What do you think? Will preaching the finished works of Jesus Christ instead of arguing with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters help win souls? Let me know in the comment section below.