Tract: Why Is Mary Crying?
Claim: Devotion to Mary doesn’t please her. It breaks her heart.
The Big Question: Is that true? Let’s find out.
I would like to admit that this tract is full of half-truths, errors, lies and many misrepresentations. I’ll not pretend to give an exhaustive critique to them all. It definitely would take a book if not books to refute all these allegations. I’m not perfect, I’ll attempt to do my best okay?
Above is a nice example of appeal to emotion. It’s interesting what Jack Chick wants to achieve by appealing to the emotions of his readers using such words as “Poor Mary. Her heart is broken…” Really?
Well, the faithful are doing what Mary herself prophesied in the Bible concerning how generations to come would honor her. See for example:
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. (Luke 1:48 KJV emphasis mine)
The question one should sincerely ask himself/herself, “Am I also part of the generation that call Mary blessed as she said in the Scriptures?” Think about this deeply.
Of course she knew this and she also knew that God is with her.
Here, Jack Chick presents some half-truths and misrepresentation to achieve his anti-Catholic propaganda.
Chick says, “In Luke 1:46-47, Mary had already admitted that she needed a Saviour. . .” Let’s examine that verse in context.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
(Luke 1:46-55 KJV)
Here Jack Chick refused to quote the Bible because that was not what the text says. Did Mary categorically said she needs a Saviour? Mary said “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Mary’s spirit rejoiced in God her Saviour because God has already saved her for the great mission of Mary as the bearer of God the Son, in other words, God preserved Mary from sin in advance for the sole purpose of her bearing the God-man Jesus Christ.
Concerning Mary bringing her sin offering, that doesn’t necessarily indicate that she was a sinner in anyway. It was only out of her humility that she willingly went to be purified and also she doesn’t want to create any scandal. If you doubt this, why was Jesus Christ himself also circumcised? Did Jesus the Saviour of the world need circumcision because he was unclean? Did Jesus also required to be baptized by John the Baptist because he need salvation? Think about these prayerfully.
“In this conception, and in this child-birth, there was nothing impure,
nothing sinful, nothing that had to be purged, for this offspring is the
fount of purity, and is come to make a cleansing of sins. What is there
in me for a legal observance to purify—in me, who, by this immaculate
parturition, am become most pure? Truly, O Blessed Virgin, thou hadst no
need for purification; but had thy Son need of circumcision? Be thou
among women as one of them, for so too is thy Son among men.” St.
Bernard (Serm. 3 On the Purification)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23 KJV)
Jack Chick quoting Saint Paul to indicate that Mary was a sinner is quite dishonest on his part. If all means all in that text, then Christ would not be an exception in the first place. Think about it. The original Greek word used for all was pantes which means “many.”
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV)
The Bible makes it very clear that not all have died for example Enoch and Elijah and also not all will make it to heaven. This proves that all doesn’t always means every single person. Think about this seriously.
Read the complete article here Why Is Mary Crying? Chick Cartoon Tracts
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