26 September 2008

Poll - September 2008

Can we call on the name of Mary for salvation?

  • Yes 18 (14%)

  • No 108 (85%)
Total votes: 126. Poll closed.

Comments: The Catholic Church encourages the faithful to call on Mary for salvation. Here's a few quotes from a popular Catholic devotional:

"We often obtain more promptly what we ask by calling on the name of Mary than by invoking that of Jesus."

"Glorious indeed, and admirable, exclaims St. Bonaventure, "is thy name, O Mary; for those who pronounce it at death need not fear all the powers of hell." [Link]

"There is not such powerful help in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth upon men as from the name of Mary."

"The name of Mary is the key of the gates of heaven in the hands of those who devoutly invoke it."

"I ask thee, O Mary, for the glory of thy name, to come and meet my soul when it is departing from this world, and to take it in thine arms" [Link]

The Bible teaches otherwise:

Christians are distinguished as those who in "every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ" (1 Cor 1:2).

They call on his name for salvation for God promises: "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom 10:13).

The do not call upon any other name because the apostle Peter declared, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).