I finally decided to check out what the Rosary actually says. This is what I’ve discovered.
Catholics are told they don’t need to read the Bible, but should pray the Rosary, which clearly is idolatry as shown here: worship and prayers to Mary.
Catholic theologians teach Mary didn’t have original sin, like Eve did not, which they think must be true because she birthed Christ, Who was sinless. But Jesus already existed as God in heaven before being born to Mary on earth. Mary’s DNA is not in Jesus.
Mary was an ordinary human like all of us, and should never be prayed to or worshiped, which is idolatry. This is unbiblical Catholic superstition, just like praying to saints in heaven is. Catholics believe the magisterium (bishops and popes) can invent doctrines and procedures that Catholics should follow.
The old covenant priesthood is done away with. The veil in the temple was rent when Jesus died. Jesus is our High Priest Whom we can now pray directly to. Jesus intercedes for us, not Mary or any other soul in heaven.
Does worshiping and praying to Mary make Catholicism a cult — and their insistence that the people have no right to question what the Catholic leaders decide? How can it not be?
Instead, Paul said we should be like the Bereans, whom he considered “more noble,” because they checked the scriptures daily to make sure that what Paul taught them was true.
“Now these [the Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” – Acts 17:11
And Peter wasn’t the first pope.
Peter wasn’t the head of the early church; there was no succession; and most of the “popes” weren’t even biblically qualified to lead, notoriously “the bad popes!” Neither are most “priests” biblically qualified based on character alone:
Catholicism is a deception; though, there are some wonderful people in the Catholic church! I’m learning a lot from one such person right now! Today’s evangelicalism has serious issues of another kind.
May we get real Christianity going, life in the Son — one with each other in Christ “that the world will know” (Jesus prayer in John 17)!
From: How to Pray the Rosary
The Structure of the Rosary
The rosary has 59 beads, a crucifix, and a medal, with certain prayers for each of these different pieces. The prayers of the rosary can be divided into three categories:
- Introductory Prayers
- The Decades
- Closing Prayers
With the prayers of the rosary, we ask Mary to pray for us and to guide us by the example of her son, Jesus.
Step 3: On the next three small beads, pray the Hail Mary…
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women; and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. * Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
The closing prayers are prayed on the medal, and they end the rosary. With these prayers we ask God and Mary to watch over us, guide us, and help us become a-better-version-of-ourselves.
Step 8: Pray the Hail, Holy Queen (a prayer asking for Mary’s help)
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and, after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us O holy mother of God, * that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.