Especially the two titles above which are bolded (Gate of heaven and Refuge of sinners) suggest that within Catholicism, Mary has a role in one's salvation, which is consistent with other declarations it has made about her, including from papal encyclicals. Besides all of the aforementioned, Mary is also called the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Second Eve, New Eve and because of the Fatima apparitions Mary is called Our Lady of Fatima.
He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind. (1 Sam 15:29)Besides the Mary of Catholicism being the revival of Jesus, the fabricated Catholic Mary is strangely called Virgin daughter of Zion, a term attributed in Scripture to the city of Jerusalem (as is Daughter of Zion):
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. (Rev 22:16)
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Heb 13:6)
What can I say for you? With what can I compare you, O Daughter of Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, O Virgin Daughter of Zion? Your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can heal you? The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The oracles they gave you were false and misleading. (Lam 2:13,14)
This is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: "The Virgin Daughter of Zion despises you and mocks you. The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee." (2 Ki 19:21)
Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion. (Isa 52:2)
Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great Queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen. (St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1982, p. 4. This book was from his much larger one entitled, The Glories of Mary.)From that prayer is a crystal clear teaching which points one, not to the Lord Jesus, but instead to Mary. It becomes painfully obvious that the many Catholics who believe (and pray) this way, think Mary can do all of the following:
This is clear, undeniable and incontestable proof that Catholicism teaches that Mary has a role in one's salvation, as she is to be prayed to and trusted in for all of the aforementioned.
The Mary of the Bible has been grossly misrepresented and changed by Catholicism into a sinless, virgin, queen of the universe, gate of heaven and refuge of sinners, who is to be trusted in for salvation and deliverance from hell. Dear reader, as kindly as it can be written, please know that this kind of emphasis on Mary is idolatrous, as well as being contradictory and antithetical to the teachings of the Lord Jesus and his apostles. Our faith, trust and hope are to be 100% in Jesus, who is our life and the only way to heaven, according to Scripture. He alone can lead us to Paradise. He is the gate of heaven and refuge of sinners. Salvation hinges on us repenting from our sins and placing a trusting-submissive faith in Jesus. Notice how Jesus is magnified in the following Scripture:
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:12)As sincere as you may be, you must turn away from your idolatry or you will perish:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -- their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev 21:8)Mary is never included with Jesus in the Scriptures as having even the slightest role in salvation. That is especially clear as shown by actual salvation sermons recorded in the Bible, which were preached by Jesus and his apostles. Please read the four gospels and the entire book of Acts and examine these original salvation sermons for yourself. GOD BLESS YOU.
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