“Yes, look into her maternal eyes. They know you. They understand you. They overflow with compassion, love, and, above all, hope. They give you a remedy for every defect, help for every problem, hope for every affliction.” Were it not for the fact that we are told so clearly that the eyes being referred to are the lifeless eyes of an idol of “Mary”, one would be forgiven for thinking that it was the Lord God Himself who was being described. For the Bible says, “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry” (Psa. 34:15). The Lord knows all things, understands all things, sees all things, and overflows with compassion and love towards His people. He is the remedy for every defect, the help for every problem, and the hope for every affliction. But no – this order form says, “This is Mary, the Mother of God, and our Mother too”. It points men and women away from the Lord God, and towards a heathen deity under the name of “Mary.” It is very evident, from this order form, that Mary alone is the hope of sinners, as far as Roman Catholics are concerned!
She is called “Mother of God.” Is this a scriptural title? Was Mary, who gave birth to the Lord Jesus, the “Mother of God”? There is nothing in all the Bible to support such an absurd and blasphemous claim. Mary was the mother of the human nature of the Lord Jesus; but she was not the mother of His divine nature, nor could she be! The eternal God has no mother! The absurdity of this can be seen when taken to its logical next step: if Mary was the Mother of God, then Mary’s own mother was the Grandmother of God! And her mother, in turn, was the Great-Grandmother of God! Not only that, but then Mary’s cousin, Elisabeth, is God’s cousin as well; and John the Baptist, Elisabeth’s son, is God’s cousin too; etc.
As God is eternal, then if He has a mother, she must of necessity be an eternal mother. The Scriptures teach that the Son of God is the eternal Son, because an eternal Father must have an eternal Son. There was never a time when the Father was not the Father; therefore there was never a time when the Son was not the Son. This is the doctrine of the eternal Sonship of Christ, set out in many texts of Holy Scripture: that the Son was the Son before His incarnation in Mary’s womb, even from eternity (e.g. Mic. 5:2; Prov. 8:24-26; Jn.3:16; 16:28; 17:5; Rom. 8:3; Gal. 4:4; Heb. 1:2; 1 Jn. 4:9,14). But if Mary is the mother of the eternal God, then of necessity she is the eternal Mother of God, which means there was never a time when she was not the Mother of God. Yet we know that Mary had a definite beginning in time. Unlike the Son of God, she was not eternal. She had a beginning in her own mother’s womb.
The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man. He has two natures, the divine and the human. As God the Son, He is without beginning, He is the Son of God by an eternal generation. A deep mystery, received by faith by all true Christians. As God He had no beginning, and no mother; but as man, He had a beginning in Mary’s womb. The Roman Catholic doctrine of Mary being the “Mother of God” is nothing less than blasphemy and heresy. This false and heretical doctrine was defined at Rome’s Council of Ephesus, which then went on to declare, in 431 AD: “If anyone does not confess that Emmanuel is truly God and, therefore, that the holy Virgin is the Mother of God… let him be anathema.” And this condemnation was repeated at the Council of Lateran. The Second Vatican Council stated, in the 1960s: “The Blessed Virgin was eternally predestinated… to be the Mother of God” (The Documents of Vatican II, by Walter M. Abbott, S.J., pg.91. Geoffrey Chapman, London, 1966).
She is called, also, in this order form, “our Mother too.” This is because there is a Roman Catholic doctrine which proclaims Mary to be “the Mother of the Church”. This is no less a lie than that she is “Mother of God.” The title, “Mother of the Church”, was conferred on Mary by the Roman pope, Paul VI, during the Second Vatican Council in 1964 (The Documents of Vatican II, pg.86).
Roman Catholic “Salvation”
The promoters of this book leave one in no doubt: Mary is absolutely necessary for salvation! Consider the following quotation, from the covering letter that accompanied my copy of the book, written by the executive project director of “South Africa Needs Fatima”:
“Mr Willcock, every single day, you and your family are subjected to the onslaught of the moral filth in today’s society from television, newspapers and so many sources. And you may ask, “But what can be done?” The answer is: spread Our Lady’s Fatima message and bring it into people’s lives!”
What would a true Christian’s answer be to the question, “What can be done?” It would be, “Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Lord! Spread His message, the glad tidings of salvation from sin by God’s grace, through faith in the Son of God!” But this Roman Catholic man says that the answer is to spread the message of an “apparition” of the heathen goddess the Papists worship as “Mary”!
But there’s more, and it gets worse. He continues: “YES! God sent His Holy Mother in our century to save our sick and dying world! Her Fatima message is a maternal call to mankind to renounce sin and return to God through prayer and penance.”