Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Answers from an earlier question cited "The Assumption of Mary"?

This was said to be when Mary was taken up to heaven.

I have read the entire Bible, and am not familiar with this.

Can you quote a chapter/verse?

Mary was a human being like the rest of us - faithful and used by God for great things, but not divine.

11 Answers

  • Stanbo
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    It is not in Scripture, it is sacred tradition of the Catholic Church. However, it is not anti-scriptural. Scripture gives every indication that such a thing could occur. Consider the unusual ends of certain righteous people: Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying (Heb. 11:15), Elijah was whisked away into heaven by a fiery chariot (2King 2:11). Matthew 27:52 suggests a bodily assumption before the Second Coming; "tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised." Jesus loved His mother so much that He couldn't bare to see her die and rot in the ground, so He brought her home to be with Him.

    God bless,


  • 1 decade ago

    Mary’s body and soul were Assumed up into Heaven to be with God on the throne. ( Catholic Catechism p. 966, 974 )

    Catholic church will admit there is NOT a single line of Scripture that proclaims Mary is in Heaven right now. That is why RCC "assumed" her into Heaven three to fifteen years after Christ ascended.

    Upon death, Mary’s body returned unto the dust of the earth. Genesis 3:19

    Source(s): The real Mary of the Bible is none of these things and has absolutely no role in our salvation.
  • 1 decade ago

    There is no scriptural reference to this event. And as Catholics we say she is human and NOT divine. Her assumption does not mean she is divine and it has never been taught that it was by Mother Church. Mary's assumption is a demonstration that she was close to Christ in more than biological terms. She was also close to Christ in His destiny. For example, just as Christ was pierced on the Cross so was Mother Mary's heart. As Simeon prophecied to Mary, "and a sword shall pierce your heart." And her sorrow at watching her own Son crucified certainly was a sharp and deep pain in her heart. Also, just as Christ resurrected she was assumed into Heaven body and soul at once.

    It was St. Juvenal of Jerusalem who made it known that her bones could not be possessed by the emperor Marcian because her tomb was found empty by the disciples. This is recorded in the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD.

    This assumption of Mary proves that she was born sinless in that she did not die as all mortals died. Although, whether her body did die (e.g.) her heart and brain stop functioning or not is still debated in the Church. Yet, if she did die (body stop functioning) she surely did not become corrupt (which is an effect of sin) because her body is not found in her tomb just as Jesus' is not found in the tomb even to this day.

    She may have lived a life like Christ, but this does not mean she was divine. It just means she was tied to her Son both in body and destiny. The hope is that we can follow in similar destiny by accepting Christ and responding to Him as Mary did.

    May the Lord bless and keep you. May He let the light of His face shine upon you.

    God's and your beast of burden

    Fr. john

  • Midge
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The Virgin Mary has always been known also as The New Ark of the Covenant. In the Apocrypha it tells what happened to the Old Ark of the Covenant. Read that and you will know what happened to Mary. You people do not realize how much Jesus loved his mother and honored her. Doesn't Scripture say "I will not let my Holy ones see decay?"

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Assumption of Mary is a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. It comes from Theology. In the Eastern Church it is called the Dormission of Mary and is not quite the same thing. It is also not a dogma.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Assumption occured after St. Paul wrote his letters, and to demand scripture quotes for it is plain dishonest.

    The Assumption occured before St. John wrote Revelation, and the Assumption of Mary can be strongly suggested at Rev. 11:19, and Rev. 12:1. these verses flow together as a single verse, as verse numbers were added in the 13th century.

    The Blessed Virgin Mom is the Ark of the New Covenant. To fully understand that, you must understand what the Ark of the Old Covenant contained. This ARK is one and the same. Mary has to be the Ark of God in Rev. 11:19, because the verse is one and the same with Rev. 12:1.

    Mary is the Woman clothed with the sun. Her clothing was given to her by God, she did not sew them herself. Arguements by non-Catholics for saying Mary is not this woman are surprisingly weak.

    The Woman Clothed with the Sun is called the mother of the man-child who will rule all nations with a rod of iron. And since this man-child (from the reference to Psalm 2:9) is Jesus, His mother is obviously Mary. Fundamentalists have tried to avoid this obvious scriptural teaching by abandoning their usual literalism and resorting to allegory. They have interpreted the Woman to be Nation Israel or the Christian Church - anyone but Mary. The allegorical interpretations do not work simply because

    (a) you cannot consistently interpret the "son" to be an individual while preferring a collective interpretation for the mother

    (b) the church does not give birth to Christ but originates from Christ and so it cannot be His mother

    (c) since the Woman is the mother of all Christians it cannot be the Jewish synagogue which is considered in Revelation as hostile to all Christians

    (d) in terms of usage, there is no instance in the Old Testament where Nation Israel is designated the collective mother of the Messiah; similarly, the Church is called the Spouse of Christ and the "Mother of the faithful" but never the Mother of Christ. To be sure, in addition to signifying Mary, the Woman could, at a secondary level, also exemplify the Church. Double and triple signification is not uncommon in Scripture (take for example the healing of the paralytic in John 5:2-9 which also carries a symbolic message of Israel in the wilderness for thirty eight years, the five books of the Law and the spiritual healing of baptism).

    There is no battle between Scripture and Marian doctrine. The battle is between competing interpretations of Scripture as it relates to Mary. On the one side we have the 20th century Protestant Fundamentalists who have dispensed with many essential elements of the historic Christian Faith and who have themselves split into over twenty thousand sects that differ on fundamental interpretations of Scripture on various issues. On the other side we have the consistent interpretation of Scripture held for 20 centuries from the time of the New Testament Church. This interpretation, the early Church Fathers taught, was the interpretation of the divinely inspired New Testament writers themselves and this was the interpretation that was ratified by Church Councils and Creeds and accepted even by the Protestant Reformers. This is the Faith of the Fathers that has been held from the beginning and that continues to be affirmed today by Christians of many different denominations. The one century-old Fundamentalist interpretations of Scripture deny Marian doctrine and devotion - and in many cases even Christological and Trinitarian doctrine. Twenty centuries of the historic Christian Faith, however, affirm the fundamental Marian doctrines as essential and true. If a Fundamentalist were to read the writings of the ancient Church Fathers, both East and West, he will be shocked to see that every one of them writes of Mary with the highest reverence, showering her with affectionate praise. These are the men who helped establish the canon of Scripture and gave us the great doctrines of Christendom.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is a catholic belief and it's not in the bible it was held by early christians such as Jerome... it was in an aporyca aswell which was held worthy but not inspired. Mary is definatly not Divine.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I was going to be nice and not say it, but now I guess I should have...

    When you Assume, you make an A** of U and Me. This doctrine was simply assumed by the Catholic Church because they didn't like the idea of the container that held Jesus should see corruption, either.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

    But when she was delivered of it, she said, 'My Lord, I am delivered of a female,' - and Allah knew best of what she was delivered and the male she desired to have was not like the female she was delivered of - 'and I have named her Mary, and I commit her and her offspring to Thy protection from Satan, the rejected

    So her Lord accepted her with gracious acceptance and caused her to grow an excellent growth and made Zachariah her guardian. Whenever Zachariah visited her in the chamber, he found with her provisions. He said, 'O Mary whence hast thou this?' She replied, 'It is from Allah.' Surely, Allah gives to whomsoever He pleases without measure.

    And remember when the angels said, 'O Mary, Allah has chosen thee and purified thee and chosen thee above all women of the time.'

    Source(s): Holy Quran
  • 1 decade ago

    I think it's only in the Catholic Bible.

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