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The Bible about Mary

Question  I would like to know why the Bible doesn't tell much about virgin Mary.

Answer These are the main references to Mary in the New Testament:

  1. Annunciation, visit to Elizabeth, birth and early life of Jesus - Matthew 1,2; Luke 1,2
  2. Woman, what have I to do with thee? - John 2:1-11
  3. Is not his mother called Mary? - Matthew 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6; Luke 4:16-31
  4. Who is my mother? - Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21
  5. Woman, behold thy son! - John 19:26,27
  6. With the early disciples - Acts 1:14
  7. Made of a woman - Galatians 4:4

It is true, the Bible does not say much about Mary. However, the Bible tells us enough about her that we need to know. She was the virgin mother of our Lord, whom God chose by His grace to fulfill this special role in the plan of redemption. And for the unique privilege she is called blessed by all Christians and in all ages.

The Roman Catholic doctrines about Mary, namely, the perpetual virginity, the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption to heaven, and the titles Queen of Heaven, mediatrix, our mother, our life, our hope and others are conspicuously absent from the Bible.

Why so? Simply because the Bible is a book about another person, who was chosen and appointed by God to be the mediator and savior of the world. That person is Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus said: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). The Bible is the Book about the Lord Jesus Christ and we should be wholeheartedly devoted to Him.

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