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Brief Assessment: The Intercessory Prayer of Blessed Virgin Mary to Jesus Christ our Savior is Necessary for Salvation.

The Intercessory Prayer of Blessed Virgin Mary to Jesus
Christ our Savior is Necessary for Salvation.

Jaymark Molo

For many Protestants, Mariology and Mariolatry are almost identical. This is quite unfortunate because Seventh-day Adventist and Roman Catholics hold a number of common on the doctrine of Mary.[1]

The Theotokos of Vladimir, one of the most ven...

The Theotokos of Vladimir, one of the most venerated of Orthodox Christian icons of the Virgin Mary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nevertheless, since this paper will give a very brief response to the abbreviated argument of Mr. Zandro Ganipan,[2] we will focus on the major differences on the two said groups based on his first presentation and to his church dogma. Here are the following observations that we can ponder upon.

First, the scriptural evidence for intercessory prayer of (not for) Blessed Virgin Mary to Jesus is totally lacking.[3] Moreover, to put her in a role of “mediator” or “co-redeemer” is highly assuming. Even the prominent theologian Ludwig Ott admits that: “Express scriptural proofs are lacking.”[4] Indeed, the clear meaning of many passages of sacred Scripture declare that there is only one “mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human” (1 Tim. 2:5; cf. Jn. 10:1-11; 14:6; Heb. 1:2-3; 10:12).

Second, there is an inevitable dilemma in Catholic theology. On the one hand, Catholic theology admits that everything we need as believers we can get from Christ. On the other hand, many Catholic theologians have exalted the role of Mary as the dispenser of all grace. In my humble opinion, this is a hopeless dilemma for Zandro Ganipan. For either the role of Mary is rendered superfluous or else the all sufficiency of Christ’s mediation is diminished.

Third, true that our minsters voluntarily rendered prayers to his parishioners, but we do not find it as a requirement to salvation. In fact, the mediatorship of Mary has never been proclaimed as an infallible dogma by the church and, therefore, can be rejected by faithful Catholics without of being anathematized.

Therefore, we Seventh-day Adventist see no biblical basis for believing that Mary has a power to dispense grace through prayers. Christ alone has the power, role and right to acclaim that position.

[1] These refer her being the most blessed among women, her virgin conception of Christ the being the most blessed among women, her virgin conception of Christ the God-man.

[2] This is very unfortunate because the negative side cannot give a detailed response to affirmative side if he will cite a mere text alone (unaccompanied by exegesis).

[3] Unfortunately, the biblical texts (Lk. 1:48, Rev. 11:19; 12:1, Jn. 2:1-12 and 2. Cor. 5:18) [excluding Eph. 5:18, however, this is a miss gross interpretation because Paul is exhorting living saints to pray for one another] that he used do not even mention the word “prayer.”

[4] Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, p. 214.

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