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Mary is highly favoured among women because she was chosen to be the mother of our Lord according to the flesh; Christians joyfully call her ‘blessed’ for her unique privilege. However, Mary is not our Mediator.

A Christian denomination teaches that Mary was conceived without sin and that by her suffering she contributed to our salvation. It also teaches that she was taken up to heaven and appointed our mediatrix. She is also called our life and the gate of heaven. None of this is taught in the Bible. On the contrary the Word of God teaches that Jesus was conceived without sin; he died for our sins; he ascended into heaven and he is the only mediator. He alone is our life and the gate to heaven. We should therefore look to Jesus Christ alone.

Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour’ (Luke 1:46-47). Mary desired the Lord’s exaltation, not her own. Moreover she plainly teaches us to look upon God for salvation, and not to herself or anyone else. God is ‘my Saviour,’ she confesses.

We should call upon the name of Jesus, and not upon the name of Mary, because the apostle Peter declares, ‘Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12).

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