Isis and the Dark Veils of Masonry

Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, a Yoruba Priestess and New Age guru behind Iyanla Fix My Life, recently made a series of Facebook posts about her visit to the Louvre Museum in Paris. Two posts particularly caught my attention:

On April 19, she wrote:

“Isis is Our Lady! According to our tour guide, Notre Dame was originally the temple in which the people worshipped the goddess Isis who was considered the matriarchal protector of Paris.”

On April 22, she posted a picture of Isis along with those of the Catholic Madonna and wrote:

“The First is Not the Last! The statue of Auset/Isis nursing her son Horus, housed at Louvre Museum in Paris is dated First Dynasty B.C. is part of the history of Khemet aka Egypt. On the other side of the museum there are a dozen of photos of the Blessed Mother and Child that do not include the original image of Auset/Isis and Horus.”

A trained mind can decode the undertones in Iyanla’s words. She is saying that the Mary and Jesus in Christianity were an European “whitewashing” of ancient Egyptian pagan deities. Therefore, if Africans or African Americans want the “real deal,” they should embrace the original “Blessed mother and child” of the Kemet: Isis and Horus.

It has been said that the Cathedral of Notre Dame was supposedly built on the site of a former temple to Isis. What was documented is that it was formerly the site of a temple dedicated to the Gallo-Roman deity, Jupiter – also identified as Cernunnos, the Horned god of witchcraft. [1]

Perhaps an Egyptian goddess was regarded as “the matriarchal protector of Paris” – a region originally inhabited by Celtic tribes, the bottom line is: the real Mary of the Bible differs from the revamped “Blessed Virgin Mary” of Rome (which was modelled after Isis) by a country mile.

Freemasonry also has a link with the Kemet. But what many Masons, especially in the lower degrees, do not know is that the Egyptian pagan triad (Osiris, Isis and Horus) is covertly introduced to them in Masonic rituals.

Unless they read the works of Masonic experts explaining the symbols and allegories embedded in their rites, they are intentionally kept in the dark about this.

Masonry is a mystery religion; like Hermeticism and Alchemy, it conceals its secrets from all except the adept and sages, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead the initiate. They conceal the truth from them and draw them away from it. [2]

A central ritual of Masonry is based on the legend of Hiram Abif, the Widow’s Son. In the ritual, he is accosted by three fellowcrafts who are ruffians (Jubelo, Jubelah and Jubelum). The three thugs strike him, finally killing him, bury his body in the rubble of the temple of Solomon and later lug it out of town and bury it on a hill under an acacia tree.

Solomon and King Hiram find the body on the hill of Mt. Moriah. Eventually, Solomon takes the decomposing right hand of Hiram Abif by the “Strong Grip of the Lion’s Paw,” the Master Mason grip, and hauls his carcass out of the ground, apparently resurrecting him (although this is never clear). [3]

This is simply an enactment of the dying-rising fertility god rituals found in all pagan systems. The third degree lecture discusses the monument erected to the memory of Hiram (of course, no real Hebrew would build a monument of statues) saying:

“…Masonic tradition informs us that there was erected to his memory a Masonic monument, consisting of “a beautiful virgin, weeping over a broken column, before her, a book was open; in her right hand a sprig of acacia, in her left an urn; behind her stands Time, unfolding and counting the ringlets of her hair.” [4]

Before one can understand the symbolisms espoused here, one must have a knowledge of the myth of the Egyptian triad – Osiris, Isis and Horus. Here is what a reference work says about Isis:

“The traditions concerning her cult state that when Osiris was slain by the god Set, Isis began a journey to discover his remains. Osiris’s coffin was eventually engulfed by a fragrant tamarisk tree, and Isis soon found the box and the corpse in Byblos, where it floated on the Mediterranean Sea … Isis hid the coffin of Osiris, but Set discovered it and dismembered the body into 14 pieces. Isis persisted and began to look for the parts of her husband. She found all of his remains except for his phallus, which had been devoured by a Nile fish, called Oxyrrnchus by the Greeks.” [5]

When Isis fashioned Osiris’ body together and reanimated it with her magical powers, she became pregnant from the corpse and gave birth to Horus. The source also says:

“In another adventure, the goddess Isis discovered the secret name of the god Ré, viewed always as the most potent of magical weapons. She thus provided herself with additional powers, all of which she dedicated to the service of mankind.” [6]

With this in mind, we can now grasp the symbolisms behind the monument allegedly erected to Hiram Abif.

The “beautiful virgin” is Isis weeping for her husband. The broken column represents the phallus of Osiris. The spring of acacia she held is an allusion to Kemetic soul immortality and agricultural fertility.

The urn is a canopic jar used in Egyptian funerary rituals to store the vital organs of mummies. [7] The “Time” standing behind her refers to Saturn, a later form of Set, the Egyptian god of violence, chaos and disorder. Set is one of the oldest forms of Satan. [8]

It’s clear that the Masonic appellation “Widow’s Son” is a veiled reference to Horus, the son of Isis. There’s a striking similarity between the Masonic legend of Hiram Abif and the Kemetic myth of Osiris.

Both are slain by wicked men who are in turn slain in vengeance; both are buried, dug up, buried again, and finally buried a third time, after an attempt to raise them from the dead. Both are also craftsmen.

Even though Masonry is a masculine form of the mysteries which downplays the goddess’ role, nevertheless, Isis is presented as the holder of the keys to the depths of magick.

Just as Isis discovered the secret name of Ra, Masonry is also based on rediscovering the “Master’s Word,” a secret name. Thus, Manly Hall, a 33° Mason and one of the most influential occultists in the last century, wrote:

“In one of the myths concerning her, Isis is said to have conjured the invincible God of Eternities, Ra, to tell her his secret and sacred name, which he did. This name is equivalent to the Lost Word of Masonry. By means of this Word, a magician can demand obedience from the invisible and superior deities.” [9]

It can’t get any clearer than that. Masonry has nothing to do with the God of the Bible, but pagan deities which He warned us never to serve (Exodus 20:2-3). Freemasonry is no different from the Old Path of witchcraft. They channel the same demonic deities for power, wisdom and protection.

Hall also revealed that:

“The great mysteries of Hermeticism, the great spiritual truths hidden from the world by the ignorance of the world, and the keys of the secret doctrines of the ancient philosophers, are all symbolized by the Virgin Isis. Veiled from head to foot, she reveals her wisdom only to the tried and initiated few who have earned the right to enter her sacred presence…” [10]

Isis in her various forms is the evil entity that all occultists and witches must plug themselves into to wield their powers.

Just as Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers, this demon has a special ability to bind the minds of her worshippers with her dark religious veils and prevent them from receiving the light of the Gospel of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4).

So when Iyanla presents Isis to her fans as “Our Lady,” or a “cross bearer” invites you to behold the veiled mysteries of the “Holy Grail,” or a Wiccan introduces you to the energies of Astarte or a Catholic waxes eloquent about the power of “the Blessed Virgin Mary,” note carefully that her true identity is the demonic queen of heaven.

Notes

[1] Valiente, Doreen, An ABC of Witchcraft, Phoenix, WA, 1988, p. 159.

[2] Pike, Albert, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Supreme Council of the Thirty -Third Degree, Charleston, 1950, p. 104-105.

[3] Duncan, Malcolm, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1987, pp. 102-121.

[4] Duncan, p. 125.

[5] Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Margaret Bunson, Facts on File, NY., 2002 p. 183.

[6] Ibid, p. 183.

[7] Flexner, Stuart Berg, The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Random House, New York, 1987, p. 305.

[8] Ancient History Encyclopedia https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ancient.eu/amp/1-14437/

[9] Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of the Ages, Lulu, 1973, p. 114.

[10] Manly p. 84.

Exposing the Grail Message

The first Grail message adherent I met on a personal level was Fola. We were course mates in the university and were posted to the same state camp for NYSC in 2011.

I had assumed she was a Christian until she admitted being a “cross bearer.” At my request, she loaned me her Grail message book, In the Light of Truth by Ab-dru-shin. Reading through it, I realized its content wasn’t really different from most mystical or New Age books.

Now, when you have the truth of the Bible, the reality of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit in you, you won’t fall for the philosophies in such writings.

You can’t possess gold and start to crave for dross, unless you are blind or ignorant.

In this piece, I will be pointing out several snares in the Grail message and its movement. Their Nigerian website says:

The Grail Movement is not a legal organization, but a collective term for conceptual efforts to spread the knowledge of the Grail Message and to realise it in all walks of life.”

The British website states that the Grail foundation serves “to further the public welfare in the spiritual and ethical spheres through dissemination of the work, In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message, and the spiritual and ethereal knowledge therein transmitted.”

The Grail movement originated in Germany in the late 1940s, inspired by the works of the self-proclaimed messiah, Oskar Ernst Bernhardt (pen/craft name: Abd-dru-shin). Oskar was born near Dresden in 1875 but was interned in the Isle of Man during WW 1. There, his mysticism began.

In 1928, he completed his Grail writings, but was expelled from Austria and had his work banned by the Nazi government. They were finally published in 1945, four years after his death.

Other books used in the Grail movement are The Ten Commandments: The Lord’s Prayer, Book of Javada and Ephesus.

Today, Grail teachings have covered about 22 African countries garnering about 10,000 members. In Nigeria presently, there are over 3,500 adherents (persons who have been “sealed” or initiated into the circle) and many more readers and supporters.

In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message book, has been translated into 16 languages and has spread over 90 countries.

Grail adherents call themselves “cross bearers” and they often wear a cross enclosed in a circle (also seen at Grail temples). They usually gain recruits through public lectures and media broadcast.

New applicants or readers are directed to study the 3 volumes of the Grail Message and subsequently invited to face a panel of judges who drill them with questions to assess if they are “evolved” or mature enough to be “sealed” into the Grail circle or still need to undergo further orientation.

Grail temples have weekly hours of worship (which includes Sundays) and Grail festivals (thrice in a year) during which members to-be are “sealed.” Non-cross bearers are not allowed to be part of their worship.

Some non-Christians (and uninformed Christians) think the Grail Movement is just another Christian denomination, or at least, a sect, but a cursory reading of their materials quickly divests one of such an idea. Their antagonistic stance against Christianity is rather conspicuous:

“Do not allow yourselves to be confused by those men and also churches who have already long ago surrendered to Antichrist … No wonder then, that he could penetrate to the altars, and that representatives of earthly religions, also of the Christian churches were bound to become his victims … Observe his dubious methods in defence and attack; for he will once more make use of only of slander and insinuation since his followers are incapable of doing anything else” (Grail Message, 1, ch. 3).

“And this present, only apparently harmless form was born out of the same unspeakable spiritual arrogance of the representatives of all churches, as hitherto. And where this damnable arrogance is not present there is to be found an empty conceit based on the earthly power of the churches.”

“Every Catholic thinks himself far better before God than a Protestant without there being any cause for it, but every Protestant thinks himself more enlightened, more advanced, and thus nearer to his God than the Catholic! … Both parties are fools, who rely on something that does not count in the least before the Will of God!

An icy blast will sweep them away like worthless chaff; for they lack pure humility within themselves … By their nature they are the worst misusers of the Name of ‘God,’ the most flagrant transgressors of the Second Commandment! They all serve Lucifer, not God! And thus they scorn all the Commandments of God!” (The Ten Commandments of God, Sunday Punch, December 2015, 9).

Indeed, the Grail movement is rabidly anti-Christian. Jesus said “whoever is not against us is for us” (Mk. 9:40). By opposing Christianity, the Grail message shows it’s from the spirit of lies.

Scripture says: “We (Christians) are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood” (1 Jn. 4:6).

Those quotes above also establish the Grail movement as a cult.

In his work, What is a Cult? renowned cult expert Ronald Enroth, laid out some identifying marks of cults. “Their beliefs, practices, and values are counter to those of the dominant culture. They often place themselves in an adversarial role vis-a-vis major social institutions” (What is a Cult? Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1981 p. 18).

In other words, for a person to actually embrace the Grail movement and its teachings, he/she must have already had a level of underlying opposition or hostility against mainstream Christianity.

Notice that in the first quote, the reader is told to dismiss any criticism of the Grail message as “slander and insinuation” from the Antichrist. Persecution complex is a tool commonly deployed by many cults to control their followers:

“Perceived persecution is one of the hallmarks of virtually all new [cultic] religious movements. Their literature, public statements and in-house indoctrination all convey the theme that in one form or another their group is being singled out for persecution – by mainstream Christians, the president, parents or the government” (What is a Cult? p. 22).

The preface to In the Light of Truth issues this warning:

“Religious fanatics and irresponsible enthusiasts may hold aloof, for they are detrimental to the Truth. As for the malevolent and prejudiced, they shall find their sentence in the very words.”

This is a preemptive threat aimed at fostering blind subjection of the mind in the reader.

If the Grail message is the truth; if it’s a word for mankind to find the right path and lead them to the longed for height, then Oskar need not try to deter critics, fanatics or the prejudiced from sifting through it.

In the Bible, God allowed even Satan to quote from His Word. A divine revelation is never afraid of criticism. Pure gold does not fear test from the hottest fire but is in fact, refined by it.

The Bible has survived intense attacks from religious fanatics, irresponsible enthusiasts and the malevolent, yet it’s still very alive “reviving the soul” and “making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7).

By appealing to only readers who are willing to put their brains beneath Abdrushin’s toes, the Grail message evinces another feature of destructive cults: esotericism.

Grail adherents believe they are seeking “ascent to the luminous height” while others outside are “spiritually inferior and indolent” people.

They typically assert that the Grail message is an extension of Christ’s teachings, although in a more developed form. “Developed,” because the Gospel writers supposedly never met Christ, hence the Bible is incomplete and riddled with contradictions, until Oskar brought the real thing in the 20th century.

How could Oskar, a 20th century mystic who wasn’t an eye witness to any Biblical event, offer a superior account than the inspired first century Gospel accounts penned by “eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Pet. 1:16)? Not possible.

The validity of the New Testament is based upon the facts of fulfillment of prophecies, symbolism and typology of the Old Testament. Therefore, if the Grail message is to be received as divine, it must meet the test of being in complete agreement with the Holy Scriptures as found in the Bible.

Logically, since the Bible was before the Grail message and the Grail message – to an extent – appeals to the Bible, then whenever there is a conflict between the two, the newer and lesser (Grail message) must give way to the older and greater (the Bible).

Therefore, a fair and rational person must reject the Grail message if it contradicts the Bible. Here are some examples of these contradictions:

a] Another Christ

“Jesus was procreated physically, otherwise an earthly birth would not have been possible … With this gross material act of baptism, the beginning of the Mission was firmly anchored in the World of Gross Matter. The bandage fell. From the moment Jesus himself was conscious that He was to carry the Word of the Father among mankind on earth” (1, p. 82)

Jesus is eternal; He wasn’t created. He has been from “eternity past” (Mic. 5:8). Jesus had been a Messiah from birth and He knew who He was even at age 12, long before being baptised (Lk. 2:49).

The Old Testament gave many precise prophecies about the birth, lineage, ministry, and mission of Christ centuries before He came in the flesh. Lastly, Jesus didn’t “carry” the Word of God, He is really the Word made flesh (Jn. 1:14).

b] Denial of Christ’s atonement

“Neither was the death on the cross a necessary sacrifice, but a murder, a dastardly crime … Christ certainly did not come to the earth with the intention of letting Himself be crucified; neither does redemption lie in the crucifixion!” (1, ch. 55)

On the contrary, Jesus is presented as “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn. 1:29). God’s plan has been that Jesus would “give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt. 20:28).

He said: “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father” (Jn. 10:18).

c] Denial of Christ’s resurrection

“The physical body of the Redeemer followed the same course that every other physical body has to follow in accordance with the Natural Laws of the Creator. Consequently, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, did not rise again in the flesh” (2 ch. p. 48).

Since Jesus is the God-Man, He is above natural laws. Only His physical body died – not His spirit nor soul – and only His body rose again. He told His disciples, “It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see me I have” (Lk. 24:49).

Every instance of resurrection in the Bible is a return to life of physical bodies. Jesus’ case wasn’t an exception.

d] Fictitious stories

Three kings found their way to the stable and presented earthly gifts; but then they went away, leaving without protecting the child whose earthly path should have smoothed with their wealth and power…” (1, p 82)

The number of the wise men (they weren’t kings) from the East wasn’t given. They could have been more than three. God – not men – protected Jesus as a child.

It continues:

“Disquietude drove Mary away from Nazareth, and Joseph seeing her silent suffering and longing, granted her wish solely to make her happy. He handed over the management of his carpenter’s shop to his oldest employee… in the course of their everyday life of works and cares; the meaning of the Radiant Star faded from their minds… it was only on his [Joseph’s] deathbed that … [he] saw in passing the Cross and the Dove above Jesus Who stood alone at his bedside” (ch. 1, 82)

Who was the eye-witness to these events? These are concocted stories without a shred of historical documentation.

e] Panentheism

This is the belief that God and the universe are one. Thus, most New Age religion often reference “the universe” in place of God since their god is an impersonal force that animates all in the universe. This is also seen in the Grail book:

The physical bodies merely act as spiritually animated instruments, which themselves only took shape through the power of the spirit. The same applies to trees, stones, and the whole earth. Everything is animated, permeated and driven by the Creator spirit” (1, p. 39).

God spoke other things into existence, but man received “the breath of life” which made him “a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). God is separate and distinct from the works of His hands. The universe was created by God, it’s not God.

Only pagans believe the delusion that “God” permeates trees, animals, rocks and the universe. The God of the Grail message is not the God of the Bible.

f] Karma

“You can then joyfully start working off all your karmic burden. What you do for your neighbour you do in reality only for yourselves! Solely for yourselves, since according to the Eternal Law everything returns to you without fail, good or evil, either already here or there” (1, pp. 29-31).

But the Bible teaches forgiveness as a gift God offers by grace to all who trust in the perfect sacrifice of Christ (Rom. 5:15; 6:23). Belief in Karma is illogical, unbiblical and amoral. It is an erroneous belief that emanated from Hinduism.

g] Salvation by works

Therefore free yourself! Do not delay a single hour in setting a limit to this enforced atonement! The honest volition for what is good, for something better, reinforced by a truly heartfelt prayer, will bring redemption!” (1, ch. 7)

This sounds a lot like a satanist’s creed:

“Here and now is our day of joy! Here and now is our opportunity! Choose ye this day, this hour, for no redeemer liveth. Say unto thine own heart, ‘I am mine own redeemer'” (Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible, p. 33).

But God’s Word says: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8).

h] Sexual liberty

“There will be far less unhappiness if people will only free themselves from the error of the merits of sexual continence. Compulsory continence is an interference which may have dire consequences … Suppression is unnatural” (2, ch. 14).

What a free license for sexual immorality! The book says there is a “continual conflict with the natural instincts” which “consumes a great part of the person’s spiritual powers, keeping them in constraint so that they cannot be active in other directions. Hence the free unfolding of these spiritual powers is hindered.”

Lastly, it says sex is a “necessary process of an intimate fusion and a mutual exchange of vibrations, thus producing greater power.”

This idea is well-entrenched in the beliefs and practices of both ancient and modern pagan fertility cults, and it’s straight from the Evil one (1 Cor. 6:18).

i] Occult powers

“Through the continuing good volition in every thought and deed, a constant reinforcement also flows retroactively from the homogeneous source of power, so that the good becomes more and more firmly established in man himself, emerges from him and first of all forms accordingly the ethereal surrounding that envelops him like a protective covering” (1, p. 41).

This is a classic occult concept which involves creating a psychic shield. Some call it psychic vibrations or protective energies. In the Grail message, they are taught that every living thing has its own spiritual vibration and when your vibration homogenizes with another, your spiritual covering is sustained.

Such metaphysical nonsense are the lies of the devil. The only safe and secure protection is in Jesus Christ and His finished work at the cross. Any other supposed protection is a grand deception.

Drawing on the Arthurian legend of the “holy Grail” the book overtly introduces its readers to the spirit world and the spirits therein:

“Far above the eternal cycle of Creation, there floats like a crown in the centre, an ‘Azure land,’ the abode of the blessed, of the purified spirits; who may already dwell in the Regions of Light! This island is separate from the world. [There stands] the Grail Castle … Light of Greatest Glory and harbours the Sacred Vessel of the Pure Love of the Almighty, the Grail!” (1 p. 77)

In witchcraft, the chalice or cauldron represents the great goddess Astarte/Venus/Ashtaroth (called by many names).

Grail adherents observe three annual festivals: Festival of the Holy Dove, Festival of the Pure Lily and Festival of Love/Radiant Star.

The lily festival is said to be especially for women. The star, dove as well as the cross have esoteric meanings within the Grail movement and other occult groups.

A Grail adherent noted that lily and rose symbolize “two female figures of Light Awe; through whom God out pours His gracious powers of Love and Purity.”

Apparently, these emblems represent the two demonic queens in Satan’s kingdom: Asherah (queen of the coast) and Astarte (queen of heaven) respectively. Oskar himself wrote:

“Certainly, there is a Queen of Heaven, Who according to earthly conceptions could also be called the Primordial Mother, and Who yet possesses the purest virginity … since the human spirit can only see the spiritual, from which it has emerged, it is unable to behold the Primordial Queen, Who is of a much higher species. But should anyone ever be so blessed, it would be possible to see Her spiritually radiated picture … This, however appears lifelike, and can be so strong even in its radiation, that it works miracles wherever it finds the soil prepared for it…” (1, p. 50)

If you are seeking an interaction with a false god, false Christ and demonic entities, then you need the Grail message.

But if you want truth, peace, eternal life and a relationship with the true God, study and meditate on the Bible.

The Myth of Mary’s Assumption

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Every August 15, many Catholics celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Mary. It’s a time Mary’s ascension to Heaven – body, soul and spirit – is observed.

I saw one of such celebrations years ago. The statue of Mary in the church was dressed up for the occasion and surrounded by an arch of beautiful flowers. After the procession, a crowd of Catholics gathered before it, holding their candles and sang.

The scenario was similar to Hindus carrying lamps before goddess Lakshmi during Diwali or devout crowds singing to the sea goddess in Brazil. “Our mother Mary has been assumed and glorified,” said a man “and we know that one day we are going to be glorified as she is now.”

The belief that Mary was taken up to heaven is not in the Bible, since little is said about Mary in it anyways. Even Apostle John, the longest lived apostle, didn’t write about this.

Catholics have attempted to “find” this belief in Psalm 132:6-7 predicated on a false assumption that Mary is the ark of God. This is an attempt to graft an error onto another error.

Others point to Revelation 12:11-12. Of course, no one is denying that God is able to take people to heaven bodily (like He did for Enoch and Elijah), but since this didn’t happen to everyone in Scripture, it can’t be applied to Mary.

It’s just like saying everyone who mocks us must die because bears killed some youths who mocked Elisha. That would be irrational.

Catholics believe Mary died of a broken heart and on the third day, the apostles couldn’t find her body; she had been taken to the Celestial paradise where she was to have a throne by Jesus’ right hand as the “Queen of heaven.”

These beliefs were obviously contrived to exalt Mary to the divine plane which Jesus Christ is, and replace Him. But as far as the Bible is concerned, it is Jesus who is at God’s right hand, He alone is the Mediator and the King of kings, not Mary.

The New Catholic Encyclopedia admits: “There is no explicit reference to the Assumption in the Bible, yet the Pope insists in the decree of promulgation that the Scriptures are the ultimate foundation of this truth” (Vol. 1, 972).

If this belief lacks Biblical support, what about support from tradition? David Farmer stated:

“[I]n the early church, as in Christ’s ministry, she [Mary] remained so much in the background that it is difficult to know where she lived or even where she died. Both Ephesus and Jerusalem claimed to be the place of her death, with the Eastern Fathers generally supporting Jerusalem” [1]

Catholic scholars say: “Furthermore, the notion of Mary’s assumption into heaven has left no trace in the literature of the third much less of the 2nd cent. M. Jurgie, the foremost authority on this question concluded in his monumental study: ‘The patristic tradition prior to the Council of Nicaea does not furnish us with any witness about the Assumption.” [2]

Early church fathers like Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Tertullian, Melito, Cyprian, Irenaeus, Theodoriet, Cyril of Jerusalem all lived and died, wrote volumes of theology and wrote thousands of works on diverse topics without uttering a single word about the Assumption of Mary.

Catholics argue that the grave of Mary was unknown therefore, she must have been taken to heaven bodily. But early church writings show that the burial sites of many other early Christians were also unknown. For example, John Chrysostom wrote:

“And as to those of the Apostles we do not know where those of most of them are laid. For of Peter indeed, and Paul, and John, and Thomas, the sepulchres are well known, but those of the rest, being so many have nowhere become known. Let us not therefore lament at all about this, nor be so little minded. For where-ever we may be buried, ‘the earth is the Lord’s and all that therein is’ [Psalm 24:1]” [3]

Eusebius also made reference to Dionysius of Alexandria (a 3rd century bishop) who fled with his wife to the Arabian mountain and did not return, neither were their bodies found (Church History 6: 42: 3).

Now, if Eusebius considered the disappearance of a common bishop so important, wouldn’t he have recorded the bodily assumption of Mary if it was true? At least one church father would have mentioned such a key event.

This raises another point, the fact that someone’s body wasn’t found doesn’t mean that a bodily assumption has occurred. That Mary’s tomb wasn’t known or her remains weren’t found doesn’t imply that she was bodily assumed into heaven.

If you examined the writings of the church fathers, you would realize that they were silent about the Assumption. Why? Because it never happened!

Tertullian, for example, cited Enoch and Elijah (in Treatise on the Soul, 50) without including Mary.

Irenaeus in Against Heresies (5:5), wrote about the power of God to deliver people from death and used Enoch, Elijah and Paul as illustrations of those “assumed” or “translated” but says nothing of Mary.

An opponent of Augustine also wrote to him saying:

Besides that, it is not only Elias, but Moses and Enoch you believe to be immortal, and to have been taken with their bodies to heaven.” [4]

Why would Christians for hundreds of years have known about a bodily assumption of Mary and yet say nothing about it? Isn’t that strange?

It’s often argued that Epiphanus wrote about the assumption of Mary, but such deductions are faulty. A Catholic scholar said:

“In a later message, he [Epiphanus] says that she [Mary] may have died and been burned, or been killed- as a martyr. Or she remained alive, since nothing is impossible with God and he can do whatever he desires; for her end, no one knows … Epiphanus does not speak of a bodily resurrection and remains noncommittal on the way Mary’s life ended … He suggests several different hypotheses and draws no firm conclusion” [5]

If the Assumption of Mary lacks historical support, where did it originate? A respected patrologist explains:

“The entire silence of the apostles and the primitive church teachers respecting the departure of Mary stirred idle curiosity to all sorts of inventions, until a translation like Enoch’s and Elijah’s was attributed to her … Two apocryphal Greek writings, de transitu Mariae of the end of the fourth or beginning of the fifth century, and afterward pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and Gregory of Tours (+ 595), for the first time contain the legend that the soul of the mother of God was transported to the heavenly paradise by Christ and His angels in presence of all the apostles, and on the following morning her body was also translated thither on a cloud and there united with the soul” [6]

Another Catholic scholar admits that:

“The idea of the bodily assumption of Mary is first expressed in transitus- narratives of the 5-6th centuries. Even though these are apocryphal they bear witness to the Faith of the generation in which they were written despite their legendary clothing.” [7]

What this scholar doesn’t admit however, is that these transitus writings were condemned as heretical by Gelasus, the bishop of Rome.

In the 6th century, Hermisdas, another bishop of Rome, called anyone subscribing to the assumption belief a heretic. It wasn’t until 1950 that this myth became a dogma.

“Pope Pius XII … defined it as a divinely revealed dogma making claims that have little historical support: What is clearly true is the recognition that it is ‘deeply embedded in the minds of the faithful’ (or at least many of them), and on this basis it was declared and defined as a dogma revealed by God.” [8]

This brings us back to the issue of Roman Catholic authority. Their final authority is their “Church” leadership (sola ecclesia) not the Bible or even their traditions.

This is why they dismissed the church fathers and endorsed spurious apocryphal legends on this issue. They just wanted their “Mary” exalted, no matter what the Bible or history says.

From pagan times, the month of August had been a period of feasts for pagan goddess Diana and Isis, thus the smooth transference to the Catholic Mary.

In Astrology, Virgo (the queen of heaven) is believed to rule over the period between August and September.

Today, forms of idolatrous devotions – image processions, bonfires and offerings – are still being observed to pay homage to Rome’s “virgin” goddess.

Notes

  1. Oxford Dictionary of Saints, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 336.
  2. Raymond Brown, Joseph Fitzmyer, Donfried K., Mary in the New Testament, Paulist Press, 1978, 266.
  3. Homily on Hebrews 26:2:22.
  4. Reply to Faustus the Manichean, 26:1.
  5. Theotokos: Theological Encyclopedia of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Michael Wilmington, 1988, 135.
  6. Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, sec. 83.
  7. Ludwig Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Herder Books, 1955, 209.
  8. John Bowler, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, 1999, 101.