Why Go to Mary ?
Going Directly to God ...
How to Help Catholics
The purpose of this pamphlet is to help everyone put Jesus Christ in the center of their lives, and to go more directly
to God. Although this story is a fictionalized account it contains many
Christian truths about what is most important. It also describes
how we are to accept His Sovereignty in our life.
My name is Paul. I am a Christian and I wish to
share the Good News of salvation. There is only one way to heaven and
that is by faith in Jesus Christ the One and only Savior. I
desire to help others go to Him in the most direct way possible.
As a Protestant, I enjoyed talking with Catholics
about the Bible, and I struck up a friendship with Carl, a Catholic. I
have chosen to describe our conversations below with the hope that
others will draw fruit from it. My statements are in
while his are in Blue text.
Unlike other Catholics I had met, Carl
really knew his Bible. He was a true Christian who had a deep love for
Jesus Christ. We both held that the
Bible was the infallible and
inerrant Word of God, and
so obviously we agreed on many important
One day, he confronted me with the question,
Carl's words are in blue
can ask others here on earth to pray for us and with us; so, when
those individuals go to heaven we can still ask for their
prayers on our behalf. There are many other biblical arguments for
asking the saints in heaven to pray for us, but why are you not willing
to even examine those arguments?”
I told my Catholic friend Carl,
My, Paul's, words are in
“I would never waste my time asking Mary to pray for me, or even giving
serious consideration to your arguments attempting to justify it. Why
settle for something that was at best second best, e.g. Mary, when I
could go directly to God?
1 Timothy 2:5
“For there is one God. There is also one
mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus”
Carl had his
way of going to Mary, even on a daily basis no less, and I wanted to
save him from that. So, after much frustration with Carl and his Marian
devotion, I wrote up a proposed agreement between us. It stated, “I
accept Jesus as my Savior and as the only way to heaven. So, I commit
myself to going to Him in the most direct manner possible.”
"Carl," I said,
"If you want to continue our discussions you will have to sign my
proposed agreement of going directly to God. “It is my way, or the
Carl replied, “OH! I
agree with that.”
"So, do you accept
Jesus as the only way to heaven and that salvation is a free gift of
faith that no one can earn no matter how many righteous deeds one does?” I
Catholicism has always required that Christians accept all of that.”
I asked, "Do you agree
that we should go perfectly and directly to God and ignore the saints?"
Carl asked, "We
do need to go directly to God, but we need to investigate exactly what
that means and how we are to do that. What good thing can you
your own, in a most perfect way, by just using the whatever grace you
Or, What can you do as well and as perfectly as
what God can do?"
I answered, "Well, nothing
actually. We are all sinners. We always need to ask God for His help.
He is the Perfect One."
following scenarios. In the first, a man attempts to accomplish
some good using whatever
strengths and graces God has given to him up to that point in time. In
the second scenario, the man asks for God’s help and receives even more
of His grace before proceeding. Which scenario will accomplish the better
"Correct again. Our
imperfections and our limited abilities make our paths crooked. So,
the man who opens himself up to receive the help and grace God
wants him to receive through the saints, will be able to go more directly
"But, God doesn’t
need the saints," I stated.
"True, but strictly
speaking what does God need? Nothing and no one at all; however, He
still chooses to work through others. He works through Matthew,
Mark, Luke and John, and He chooses to work through
Bible preachers and many others. God works through our relationships with them to
give us grace. The question is not who does God need, but am I willing
to humble myself and open myself to all the graces that He wants to give
to me through others so that I might go more directly to Him.
"Our primary focus
should not be how we go to God, but on how does God come to us.
This is so, because
what He does is infinitely more important than what we do.
"So, we must choose
between your way of ignoring the saints and opening our eyes to discover
that super highway which God has built and upon which He invites us to
come to Him. The saints on earth, and especially those in heaven, are
united to Him. They make up the Body of Christ and they are the super
highways God has built for us to aid us in going to Him."
“… pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a
righteous person is very powerful.”
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in
the midst of them.”
1 Corinthians 12:21
“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I do not need you,’ nor again
the head to the feet, ‘I do not need you.’”
I had to admit,
"O.K. Now, I can see my claim of going directly to God was based on certain assumptions,
including that I could accomplish that goal by myself. I was wrong
in thinking that it gave me an excuse to reject the arguments for
devotion to the saints without even considering them. Now, I see
that my desire to go directly to God actually requires that I
investigate how He may want to work through others to help me do just
that. I was wrong to arrogantly assume my understanding of truth
must be His way. Since are
all weakened by own sins I need all of His help and grace
that I can get.
I am ready to examine the Catholic claims that God wants to work through
Mary so that I might go more directly, more completely, and more deeply
But, why do you
Catholics place a special emphasis on honoring Mary ?
follow the Biblical command in Luke 1:48 to honor Mary.
Be clear on this, the Catholic Church clearly teaches that idolatry
is a sin. Each Sunday, Catholics profess, in the Gloria, that we worship
God and that He alone is the Most High.
Catholics worship only God.
The Catholic Church
consistently proclaims each year the Biblical passages that teach God,
and He alone, is to be worshipped, that is, Matthew 4:10,
The purpose of Marian devotion is to help us to
love Jesus more. The primary reason we honor her is because of what God
has done in her. Even more important than her vocation as Jesus’ mother,
was how God perfected her heart and her faith by His grace to which she
was totally open.
of Jesus, the
Mary is the perfect work of Jesus
Christ. She does not detract from His glory, rather she
reflects and refracts that glory. She does not undermine it,
but rather she manifests His glory. She does not rob, nor
diminish Christ of His glory, but rather she is the one who
magnifies the glory that Christ gained for us through His
redemptive work, (Luke 1:46).
Through her, Jesus helps us to focus and
to appreciate the power of His grace and how He triumphed most
completely over Satan in the human race. Mary is proof positive
that God’s redemptive work is infinitely greater than our sin.
He is her Savior and Redeemer par-excellence. Jesus did not get
a single drop of glory more for Himself when He redeemed us than
He had before He became Man. Jesus came into the world,
redeemed us, and gave us the indwelling of the Holy Spirit not
so that He might increase in glory, but so that we might partake
and share in His glory.
2 Scott Hahn
I have discovered that going to Mary is not a
detour, but rather it is a sure path. I have discovered
the reason we go to Mary and love her is because it brings us more
deeply into the mystery that God, who is love, works through her to help us
to love Him
more and to follow Him more closely. By humbling ourselves and going to Mary we
open ourselves up to receive the grace God provides. I
have converted to Catholicism.
Now, I just try to help Catholics become better
Catholics by helping them go more directly to God by appreciating how He
works through the saints and through the Church He built upon Peter.
I begin by contrasting the three different diagrams representing various
understandings of Marian devotions. See them here.