Mary: "No, I'm Not There; and No, I'm Not Your Mother!"

From our BEL Archives... 

  • Archbishop of Canterbury suggests that the Watergate scandal began the obsession with alternative versions of reality like The Da Vinci Code and the Gospel of Judas. However, that started with Treegate!

  • The Christian lady who said, "The Lord will forgive me for doing our taxes on Easter," was confused and wrong on multiple levels. 1st: legalism; 2nd: arranging for forgiveness in advance; 3rd: intentionally doing something she believed was sinful; 4th: speaking to the media.

  • Patrick from Denver told a non-religious guy who thought he'd probably end up in heaven anyway: "Heaven is where you live with God forever, and hell is where you don't; and you're making the decision in this life which you prefer, and so far, you're life tells God that you want nothing to do with Him, and He's getting the message!"

  • The Gospel of Judas is just another fabrication of the Gnostics who believed in secret knowledge, and the Creator God and a secret god. In it, Judas says that Jesus is "from the immortal realm of Barbelo [the unknown god]."

  • Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code says that Jesus had children by Mary Magdalene, and the Catholic church modified the New Testament to cover up the truth, but if that were true, why wouldn't they also have changed all the passages that challenge their doctrine such as: "Joseph... did not know Mary until she had brought forth her firstborn;" Mary calling God, "my Savior;" Peter being married (Mat. 8:14; 1 Cor. 9:5); etc., etc?

  • Plaque to Mary at St. Patrick's Cathedral not only asks her to intercede, but prays to her as to a god: "Perfect Ever Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live... our Compassionate Mother, we seek You, we beseech You... Heal our sorrows... shelter us... in the fold of your arms... make us your messengers... Amen." And concludes with a fabricated "quote" from Mary: "Am I not here, I who am your Mother?" No, Mary is not your mother, she is not here, and she is not omnipresent.