THE BELIEF THAT GOD IS
OBEDIENT TO THE VIRGIN MARY
By TOMAS C. CATANGAY
THIS SUBJECT MAY surprise some people especially our Catholic friends, but we assure you that this is not a mere concoction that is aimed at maligning the bearer of this belief. Who propagates the belief the God is obedient to the Virgin Mary?
“BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (Mother of God)
“Admire then both the benign condescension of the Son and the most excellent dignity of the mother; and choose which one of the more admirable. Each is a wonder, each a miracle. God is obedient to a woman, an unexampled humility! A woman is in the place of an ancestor of God, a distinction without a sharer!” (John Chapin, gen. ed., The Book of Catholic Quotations, p. 82)
The above citation from a Catholic book should dispel any doubt that the Catholic Church indeed entertains the belief that “God is obedient to a woman, a creature of God.” And that “woman,” according to the above citation, is “an ancestor of God!”
Who is the woman to whom “God is obedient”? How does the Catholic Church magnify its claim that God indeed is “obedient to a woman”? From another Catholic book, this is written:
“St. Bernardine of Siena declares that all obey Mary’s commands, even God …” (Rev. J. Alberione, Glories And Virtues of Mary, p. 177)
The Virgin Mary is the woman referred to by Catholic authorities. They assert that “obey Mary’s commands, even God …”
Is it true that “God is obedient to the Virgin Mary”? Is it equally true that God’s “obedience” to Mary is “an unexampled humility” and that she “is an ancestor of God”?
We will not answer all these questions by ourselves but will cite the Holy Scriptures for a response which is clear and beyond any reasonable doubt. The Holy Scriptures says, thus:
“God said to him, ‘I am God Almighty’ …” (Gen 35:11, New Revised Standard Version)
“Before the mountains brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Ps. 90:2, Ibid.)
The Holy Scriptures testify that God is Almighty. Being Almighty, it is unbelievable that he is obedient to one of His creatures, the Virgin Mary.
He is from everlasting to everlasting, that is, He has neither beginning nor end. Having neither beginning nor end, no one could be His ancestor. This is precisely so because for God to have an ancestor is to have someone ahead of Him and that “ancestor” would at one time have had authority over Him which is unacceptable because it will contradict His attribute of being Almighty.
Could it be that the Almighty God might have, at one time in the past, given His glory as Lord to someone, specifically to the Virgin Mary?
“I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.” (Is. 42:8, Ibid.)
“Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word’.” (Lk. 1:38, Ibid.)
“The end of the matter, all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.” (Eccl. 12:13, Ibid.)
God categorically stated that He will not give to anyone his glory of being Lord. Being Lord means being obeyed (cf. Lk. 6:46). Man is mandated to obey God because it is the obligation of everyone. It is not God who is bound to obey man. Mary, being the servant of God, bowed to the Lord’s will. Thus, it was not God who became “obedient to Mary” but Mary to God. It was the Virgin Mary who exercised an “unexampled humility” before God and not God before Mary.
These are the teachings of the Holy Scriptures concerning some of the attributes of God, the humility of the Virgin Mary before her Creator, and man’s obligation toward the Almighty God. Man is obliged to accept these teachings of the Holy Scriptures which are sacred and inspired by God. Apostle Paul further testifies that the Scriptures are profitable not only for teaching but also for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness to led man to salvation (cf. II Tim. 3:15-16).
The Catholic Church, may promulgate teachings for all her followers to accept and believe. On our part, we will stick to what the Holy Scriptures teach because we sincerely believe this will lead us to the attainment of salvation and eternal life. *
Copied from PASUGO GOD’S MESSAGE/July 1996/Page 7/Volume 48/Number 7/ISSN 0116-1636