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Semerimus and Mary Worship

Many legends revolve around the person behind the Queen of Heaven as Semerimus, the wife of the evil Nimrod who was rebellious toward God.

Semerimus and Mary Worship

I have read about secular history and traditions regarding Semerimus and was made aware of the Ďmother-childí cult
she established, which later spread throughout the world.




I concluded for myself that the story had a striking resemblance to the way the Roman Catholic Church venerates the
Christian version of this Mother and Child belief.

It was a pagan form of worship that was "Christianized" along the way. Nevertheless, that is a different study altogether. One can read vast resources online regarding that topic in more depth.

For the term "Queen of Heaven," however, the Word of God clearly uses it to identify a goddess whom the people worshipped in ancient times.

This idolatrous devotion to the Queen of Heaven was a pagan form of worship and was one of the reasons the prophet
Jeremiah was called by God to prophesy against it.

In that case, I believe that every reference in the Bible concerning the Queen of Heaven, is always shown to be idolatrous and an abomination before the eyes of the Holy God.

Calling the Virgin Mary as such defiles her name and binds her directly to idolatry. To worship (or venerate, however the Catholic Church wants to put it) Mary as the Mother of God and the Queen of Heaven is idolatry!

Mary, the virgin Mother of Jesus, indeed deserves honor--to be regarded with great respect. God, however, made it very clear throughout the Bible that her son Jesus, who is the Son of God and
God the Son, is alone to be worshipped. God alone is to be worshipped (Exodus 20:3)


Mary is NOT the Mother of God

I didnít just worship Mary as the Queen of Heaven; she was also the Mother of God to me and to the rest of the Catholic community. The title "Mother of God" was decreed in 431 during the Council
of Ephesus.

That was when she was declared "Theotokos" (Greek for God-bearer and the one who give birth to God). This declaration was brought about by the fact that her son Jesus is one person who is both God and man, divine and human

Catholic rosary beads

Jesusís humanity and divinity indeed cannot be separated for He is truly God--with all fullness of deity dwelling in Him (Colossians 2:9) and truly mortal man--who had a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).

But although this Truth is upheld by Scripture, it is still contradicting to the teachings of Godís Word (as well as confusing for the faithful) to give Mary the title "Mother of God," just because God has no beginning.

The Catholic Church would try to assert that there is "no way out of the logical syllogism that since Mary is the mother of Jesus and Jesus is God, then Mary is the Mother of God.

This is where I placed myself in a deceived state. For who am I to try to box into logic and totally fathom and "get it" the wisdom and the ways of God? Even the apostle Paul acknowledged Godís higher ways in Romans 11:33:

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"

It is common for man to be tempted to try to understand fully the mysteries of God and attempt to box them up in our finite minds, but the Bible clearly tells us in Psalm 139:6 that Godís ways and
knowledge is higher than ours and we cannot attain it!

All of Godís Truth is found in His Word. All of the doctrines and teachings of the Christ is found in the Bible. The Holy Book tells us that in the beginning there was God (Genesis 1:1).

He had no beginning, no point of finite restrictions. Using the title "Mother of
God" for Mary will only confound the mind of an individual.

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"Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger." Jeremiah 7:17,18

The Worship of Mary and the Rosary

Excerpts from Chapter 9: "Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping..."my pure white plastic rosary beads hung freely from my right hand as I recited the last portion of the Roman Catholic Holy Rosary. I decided to stop by the Adoration Chapel that day, which was in the main Cathedral, across from the diocesan high school I attended, to spend time with the Lord in prayer.

Mary the Queen of Heaven
Mary is viewed as a co-redeemer with Jesus Christ

I spent a couple of hours in the chapel before I went home after school. I was still a freshman back then, nevertheless, a strong spiritual foundation for the love of the Rosary had already been built
in me.

The Holy Rosary had been a part of any strong Catholicís faith. It was one of the most commonly and widely practiced among the faithful. The Rosary was the extra-liturgical devotion to Mary that had been warmly and highly recommended by the Church itself. It was perhaps the only practice that had come to be regarded as the very badge of Catholic piety. Pope Benedict XVI considered it "the most eloquent sign of love that the young generation nourishes for Jesus and his Mother, Mary."

It was a devotion I faithfully practiced myself. The prayers consisted of repeated sequences of the Lordís Prayer followed by ten of the Hail Mary and a single recitation of Glory Be to the Father. At
some point I was told that the Holy Rosary represented the recitation of the 150 Psalms. Although I personally held the repetitions as a deep devotion to Mary and Jesus, it never occurred to me that the Word of God had something to say about it.

My Bible reading had opened my eyes to see that there were certain Truths in the Word of God that I had blatantly opposed due to my ignorance of them. In Matthew 6:7, I encountered Jesusís words when He talked about praying. He explained that thereís a kind of prayer that was essentially meaningless ...

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." Matthew 6:7

It was quite difficult to face that Truth because I had honestly been devoted to the Holy Rosary for years. That was one of the lifelines I considered precious in my so-called Christian walk. When I
thought about its origin--Mary herself appearing to St. Dominic, it seemed to me to have come from very reliable sources.

My mind-set was fixed to a belief that Iíd held on to for twenty-five years and it wasnít until God convicted me with His Truth in Scripture that I gained the courage to realize something in my life
wasnít in accordance to the Word of God.

"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:6

It was one of the many difficult things I had to submit to as they were revealed through Godís Word, but Godís grace wouldnít let me go on in my ignorance any longer. His Word had shown many Truths that condemn the practices and beliefs I had devotedly followed for years in my Catholic walk.

God called me to walk away from the Rosary, even to walk away from whom I had loved and believed strongly to be one of the most important persons in my Catholic faith--Mary.

Mary played a very distinctive role in my Catholic belief. She was my spiritual mother, my intercessor--the closest link to heaven that I could ever have. Her heart and love for me were my hope for what I believed to be "salvation." She was the one who bore Jesus, who was Himself God and so she was supposed to be hailed as the "Mother of God." She was held in such honor that the Catholic Church praised her to be the "Queen of Heaven." The dogma, on which her identity as the Mother of God and the Queen of Heaven rested, was lovingly embraced by the faithful. As the beloved Pope John Paul II honored her with his undying devotion, Mary became the epitome of hope for the Catholic soul.

The recognition of Maryís official Queenship was initially promoted by several Catholic Mariological congresses. Several Popes described her as Queen and thus, Queen of Heaven. The Catholic dogma states that Mary was assumed into heaven and is with Jesus Christ, her divine Son.

She was to be hailed "Queen," not only because of her divine motherhood of Jesus Christ, but also because of her exceptional role in the work of eternal salvation as willed by God. She was exalted Queen because of her unique manner of assistance in the redemption of man. She was venerated "Queen of Heaven" according to Pius XII who mentioned her being "crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen."

As to her unique role in manís salvation, however, the Word of God clearly resonates in Scripture the following Truths...

"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

"For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" I Timothy 2:5

As a Catholic, I never realized that the Bible indeed mentioned a "Queen of Heaven." I reckoned that the title was appropriate for Mary since I believed with all my heart all the dogmas related to Mariology. But God clearly included this particular title in His Word in order for everyone to see whom it refers to.

I was ignorant of what was written in Godís Word. The Bible mentions the title "Queen of Heaven" only in the book of Jeremiah. Hebrew women made offerings to this female pagan deity who was
identified as a goddess of love and fertility, synonymous with the Assyrian and Babylonian, Istar and the Roman goddess, Venus.

The prophet Jeremiah strongly prophesied against the idolatry of the people in the towns of Judah and Jerusalem during his time. He prophesied against families who resorted to serving other
gods and provoking Godís anger. Jeremiah 7:17--20 describes how the Lordís anger burned against the idolatry of those who worshipped the "Queen of Heaven."

"Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger." Jeremiah 7:17,18

The honor that was given to Mary by the Catholic Church had long been deceitful and the Catechisms are altogether contradicting and confusing for the faithful who would really take time to visit them. For although the Church insists that Mary is the Mother of God; and that she is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest and by singular election; and that she is Mediatrix of All Graces, that she is ever present at the side of each person, giving nourishment and hope, the "foundation of all our confidence," that through her are obtained every hope, every grace and all salvation[xl], the Catholic Church also insists that it is a wrong conception of Catholic devotion to the Mother of God to treat the Blessed Virgin as an almost divine being in her own right, as if she had some glory, some power, some majesty of her own that placed her on a level with Christ Himself[xli]! Wasnít that exactly what the former placed her to be?

It is a deceived state for a Catholic to believe that Mary is "ever present" (which is known as Godís Omnipresent characteristic); that salvation is obtained through her (the fifth promise of the Catholic Churchís Lady of Fatima said that "the soul who recommends itself to her by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish"[xlii]); and yet also believe that it is wrong to think of her as having such divine powers. Thereís such a great deception of our souls that we needed to get out of.

About the Author:

Cookie A. Laguda-Alicaya was born in Butuan City, Philippines and now resides in Houston, TX with her husband, Ryan.

She used to work full-time as a registered nurse, but is now a stay-at-home-mom and home-school teacher to their kids Ryan II and Rachel.

She is the author/owner of "The Purple Cookie Jar Blog," where she writes to share lessons about God's Truth and of "Mommy's Home!" where she shares about parenting, homemaking, home-schooling and more.

 

   
   
   
   

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