With their carved images--
With foreign idols?” - Jeremiah 8:19
The Israelites were repeatedly warned by God through the prophet Jeremiah of the punishment that awaited them if they did not repent. Not only did they refuse to repent but they credited the "queen of heaven" with blessings they experienced. I have talked to several Roman Catholics who do the same: credit Mary, the "queen of heaven" with blessings. Not only that, but they attribute to Mary false miracles, signs, and wonders. And just like the Israelites they refuse to repent. But eternal punishment awaits them! "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone [Hell], which is the second death.” - Revelation 21:8
The phrase “the queen of heaven” appears in the Bible twice, both times in the book of Jeremiah. The first incident is in connection with the things the Israelites were doing that provoked the Lord to anger. Entire families were involved in idolatry. The children gathered wood, and the men used it to build altars to worship false gods. The women were engaged in kneading dough and baking cakes of bread for the “Queen of Heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18). This title referred to Ishtar, an Assyrian and Babylonian goddess also called Ashtoreth and Astarte by various other groups. She was thought to be the wife of the false god Baal, also known as Molech. The motivation of women to worship Ashtoreth stemmed from her reputation as a fertility goddess, and, as the bearing of children was greatly desired among women of that era, worship of this “queen of heaven” was rampant among pagan civilizations. Sadly, it became popular among the Israelites as well.
The second reference to the queen of heaven is found in Jeremiah 44:17-25, where Jeremiah is giving the people the word of the Lord which God has spoken to him. He reminds the people that their disobedience and idolatry has caused the Lord to be very angry with them and to punish them with calamity. Jeremiah warns them that greater punishments await them if they do not repent. They reply that they have no intentions of giving up their worship of idols, promising to continue pouring out drink offerings to the queen of heaven, Ashtoreth, and even going so far as to credit her with the peace and prosperity they once enjoyed because of God’s grace and mercy. ...
There is no queen of heaven. There has never been a queen of heaven. There is most certainly a King of Heaven, the Lord of hosts. He alone rules in heaven. He does not share His rule or His throne or His authority with anyone. The idea that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the queen of heaven has no scriptural basis whatsoever. Instead, the idea of Mary as the queen of heaven stems from proclamations of priests and popes of the Roman Catholic Church.
Read full article here: https://www.gotquestions.org/Queen-of-Heaven.html
Description: The Catholic Church constructs a parallel of Mary to Christ Jesus. It teaches that just as Christ was sinless, so was Mary. Just as grace comes from Christ, so Mary is the mother of grace. Just as the Lord saves His people from their sins, so Mary is the cause of salvation. The Bible clearly states that there is only one mediator for mankind; amazingly the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that Mary is a mediator. Former Priest Richard Bennett analyzes the obvious contractions between Biblical truth and the Catholic tradition. Read more: https://bereanbeacon.org/the-biblical-mary-and-tradition/
Description: The traditional hymn, "Hail, Holy Queen," as arranged by Derric Johnson and sung by the Basilica Choir and Friends at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando, FL on May 22, 2011. William Picher, director.
First of all, the worship of Mary is an attack on God Himself. Mary becomes the mother of the Son of God. Mary becomes the mother of God,in their language. She is called the Queen of heaven, and therefore she is the rival of the King of heaven, the sovereign God Himself. As we have learned, she is granted sovereignty. She is worthy of worship, worthy of praise. She demands if you want salvation, that you adore her, that you love her, that you enthrone her because she is loving, gracious, merciful. She is all-knowing, all seeing, and all powerful. De Liguori in “The Glories of Mary,” page 566, quote: “At the command of Mary all obey, even God.” Blasphemy against God.
This goddess worship is also blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Mary is the comforter. Mary is the sympathizer. Mary is the helper. Mary is the empowerer. Mary is the advocate. Mary is the encourager. Mary is even the sanctifier who works to make her children pure.
This goddess worship is also an attack against the Son. She becomes a counterfeit savior: born sinless, without the stain of original sin, living a sinless life. She is called the all-holy child. She becomes redeemer, provider of salvation, dispenser of forgiveness, source of all blessing,from salvation to glorification. She is called the all-holy one, clearly a title belonging only to God.
(Source: Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship: What the Bible Says by John MacArthur, Grace to You, Apr 23, 2006)
See: Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship: An Overview - Grace to You
See: Exposing the Heresies of the Catholic Church: Mary Worship - Grace to You
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