The Catholic doctrine of Mary’s Assumption, or her alleged being taken to heaven body and soul after her death, is not found in the Holy Scriptures.
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Letter to the Editor:
GOD'S MESSAGE, September 2005,  p.4

NON-CATHOLICS   OFTEN ATTACK   the respect and veneration we dedicate to the Virgin Mary.   But you cannot  blame us for having such devotion as a reaction to Her apparition.  For what can you say about the apparitions of the Holy  Mary in Portugal and in almost every Christian country, which the world believes to  be real?   Are they not real?

Juny Chan
Bangkok, Thailand

Editor's reply:

Even Catholic authorities will agree that Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, died in the first century.

The Bible teaches that the dead are in the grave (Ps. 88:5), including those who are holy (Ps. 86:2; Acts 2:29, 34).

29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, . . .  (Acts 2:29, 34, NKJV)

The Holy Scriptures prove that when a human being dies, he can no longer participate in anything done under the sun (Eccles. 9:5-6), his thoughts perish (Ps. 146:4), and he cannot come back to the world of the living (Job 7:9-10; II Sam. 12:23). The dead remain dead till the heavens are no more:

 “But man dies and is laid away; Indeed he breathes his last And where is he?...

“So man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, They will not awake Nor be roused from their sleep.” (Job. 14:10, 12, New King James Version)

The heavens will be no more or will pass away on Judgment Day (II Pet. 3:7, 10). Therefore, only then will Mary, together with the rest of the dead who are worthy of salvation, live again to receive their reward (I Thess. 4:16-17; Matt. 25:31-34).

 What others claim to have seen in so-called Marian apparitions could not be the mother of Jesus. When a person dies, not only does his body return to dust (Ezek. 18:4; Rom. 3:23; Ps. 119:25), and the spirit returns to God (Eccles. 12:7).

Moreover, no less than Catholic priests and authorities themselves testify to the fact that the Catholic doctrine of Mary’s Assumption, or her alleged being taken to heaven body and soul after her death, is not found in the Holy Scriptures:

“There is no statement of the Assumption in Holy Scripture. Moreover, if we consult the historical writings of the first five centuries, we find them void of any historical data to certify the fact of the Assumption.” (God the Redeemer, p. 98)

 “There is no explicit reference to the Assumption in the Bible, yet the Pope insists in the decree of promulgation that the Scriptures are the ultimate foundation of this truth.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. I, 1967, p. 972)

 It is, therefore, clear that the very principle of what Catholics believe as apparitions is against the teaching of the Bible.


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