‘Mama Mary’ is not the same ‘Mary of the Bible’

Five reasons why the Catholic ‘Mama Mary’ is not the same ‘Mary of the Bible’

In the 2021 New Year’s Day homily, Pope Francis reflected on three words about Mary, who he calls the “Mother of God.” He also said, “Mary is the road we must travel to reach Jesus.” In contrast, Jesus tells us to come to Him directly, not to His mother, Mary. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Satan cannot defeat God, but he will do everything to mock Him. One of his schemes is to move our attention away from Jesus. Satan himself will come as an angel of light, deceiving many. In other words, Satan may come as a “bright light” of hope whichch takes on God’s divinity.

1. Catholics worship “Mama Mary”

Catholics deny worshipping Mary. But clearly, her idol is the most prominent statue inside the Catholic church and in mass celebrations. There are millions of Marian devotees worldwide, and festivals are held in the name of Mary more than Jesus.

Although God highly favors Mary, she still needs a savior because ALL fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23); no one is righteous, not even one (Romans 3:10).

The papacy on Mary’s veneration

To affirm the Catholic dogmas, the pope had to be declared infallible (preserved from error) and a vicar of Christ. Hence, the authority to express Mary’s divinity.

The history of the papacy is entwined with extra-Biblical sources that are opposed to the teachings of the apostles. For example, Mariology presupposes Mary is the Theotokos, which they interpret as Mary sharing Christ’s divinity.

What makes Mary divine among Catholics?

  • Mary is the Theotokos (Mother of God) which means she gave birth to Jesus, who is both God and man. But nowhere in the Bible says Jesus shared His divinity with His mother. [495]
  • Mary is regarded as the “Queen of heaven,” referring to Revelation 12:1-17—even though the woman in verse was ancient Israel. [966]
  • Mary is a “co-mediatrix,” making her equal to Jesus—even though the Bible says that Jesus alone is our intercessor (Romans 8:34). [969]
  • Catholics ask for Mary’s intercession and claim they were answered—even though the Bible says that we have a direct line to God through Jesus alone. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6). [2683]
  • Marian devotees kiss and bow before her idol statue, a pagan practice, the reason they removed the second commandment and expanded the ninth to make up for a new set of 10 commandments. [2132]
  • The church recognizes a long list of miracles by Mary—even though the Bible says that those gone from the earth can no longer communicate with the living (Luke 16:19-31). [CARM]

Mary still needs a savior.

2. It is blasphemous to call Mary a co-redeemer

The catechism declares Mary is “Co-Redemptrix” (C 968) and “preserved from sin” (C 411), which makes her divine. Both are blasphemies because ALL have sinned, fallen short, and inherited the sins of Adam and Eve. (Romans 3:23; 5:12)

It is also blasphemy to say, “Mary is ALL Holy” (C 509; 493) because only God is Holy (Isaiah 45:5-12).

Mary is not the “divine mother of God”

Mary is the Mother of Jesus (Christotokos), but to say she is “Mother of God” (Theotokos) appears to make her God (C 466; 495; 509). After Theotokos was decreed in 431 AD, Catholics accepted it as truth and incorporated it into prayers.

Can Mary save us?
Pope Francis calls the idea of declaring Mary co-redemptrix “foolishness.” “She never introduced herself as co-redemptrix. No. Disciple,” he said. However, the pope refutes himself by magnifying Mary as the “road to Jesus.” There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

Mary is the mother of Jesus, not Mother of God.


3. Rosary is a pagan tradition that worships Mary

Mary is worshipped each time the Catholic Rosary is recited. The phrase “Hail Mary” is to be repeated several times. Similarly, pagan rosary beads are chants and prayers repeated several times to appease or call on a particular pagan god.

  • Buddhist prayer beads, known as mala or japa mala, are used to count mantras or prayer recitations.
  • Muslims use prayer beads called tasbih or misbaha to count the recitation of the 99 names of Allah or other prayers.
  • Sikhs use a string of prayer beads called a mala or simar to aid in meditation and the repetition of prayers. The mala is typically made up of 108 beads.
  • Santeria religion combines elements of Yoruba spirituality with Catholicism and incorporates beads in its rituals. The beads, known as “collares,” is the connection between their deities or Orishas.

The point is that praying with beads is primarily a pagan practice. In fact, witches have rosaries too. In contrast, Jesus commands us to pray directly to God the Father and worship Him alone.

Matthew 6:7
“And when you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.”


The Muslim’s Tasbih, Sikh’s Mala, and Buddhist’s Japa Mala are some of the pagan religions that engage in recitations, resembling the Roman Catholic devotion to Mary.
Wiccan witches also have Rosary. These are common accessories they use in rituals, available on eBay, Etsy, and other magic spell stores.

we can talk to God directly because of Jesus.


4. “Salve Regina” is a blatant deception

Salve Regina” means Hail Holy Queen, and it pours out, “Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!” This is a blatant deception because of the following:

  • There is NO “Queen,” only “King Jesus” in the Bible.
  • Only God gives mercy (Hebrews 4:16)
  • Our only hope is Jesus; no one else (John 14:6)

In a filiopietistic culture, Catholicism introduced “Papa Jesus” to justify “Baby Jesus” or the “Santo Niño,” which are also venerated. Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light and will deceive many. (2 Corinthians 11:14)

There is NO “Queen,” only “King Jesus” in the Bible.


5. “Mother and Child” in pagan tradition

The worship of a “Queen goddess” has been woven into various pagan cultures. After all, mankind is naturally drawn to a ‘mother figure.’ The enemy has used it well through myths and legends: inspiring a genus of god-woman and woman with a child.

There are at least 3,000 known female godships across cultures—from mythology to national personifications and fictional goddesses.

Three Ancient Queens of Heavens

The only verse about the “Queen of Heaven” in the Bible is found in (Jeremiah 7:17–1944:16–27), referring to her as a pagan god.

Jeremiah 7:18
The sons gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven, and they pour out drink offerings to other gods so that they provoke Me to anger. 

And the women said when we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her…

6. Pararells of Mary’s veneration with other pagan deities

Attempts to rationalize the worship of Mary are futile. There are striking parallels between her veneration and the historical worship of pagan and demonic deities.

Various offerings, prayers, and petitions are made to the Catholic Mary, such as lighting candles or placing flowers before her images, similar to other pagan deities.

Quan Yin of Mahayana Buddhism

Followers of Quan Yin worship her in temples, making offerings of flowers and incense and seeking prayer and petition. Followers of the goddess Quan Yin worship her in the temple by bowing, offering flowers and incense, and asking for prayer and petition.

Mount Putuo is a pilgrimage site dedicated to Quan Yin, believed to be a place where her presence and blessings are particularly powerful. It is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism.

Likewise, Marian devotees see Lourdes in France as one of the four important Marian pilgrimage sites, along with Fatima in Portugal, Guadalupe in Mexico, and Knock in Ireland.

Lourdes and the goddess Brigid’s pilgrimage

In Catholicism, pilgrimages to sites like Lourdes or Fatima associated with Mary are widespread. Similarly, devotees of other deities embark on pilgrimages. For example, the goddess Brigid (Brigit) is revered in Celtic and Irish mythology.

Followers of Brigid pilgrimage to sacred wells and springs, like Brigid’s Well in Kildare, Ireland, to seek her blessings, healing, inspiration, and protection. Similarly, the Catholic pilgrimage site in Lourdes, France, is known for its spring water associated with Mary.

Satan is a counterfeit and a deceiver: We should always ask Jesus to intercede for us. Clearly, Satan inspired the worship of Madonna, Santo Nino, Santos, or Saints to confuse the faithful. Scriptures warn us, “…even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

The Eastern Journey of female goddesses. There are at least 3,000 known goddesses across cultures across culture. (Image from Soolaba)

Should we pray to Mary?

The “REAL MARY,” mother of Jesus on earth, is worthy to be emulated—but not prayed to. She was highly favored among women and lived a life of humility and devotion to God. Mary is in heaven with Jesus, and He alone intercedes for us, not His mother (Romans 8:34). Look to Jesus alone!

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

Mary is worthy to be emulated, not prayed to.

JAMES MCCARTHY: What you need to know about Catholicism.

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