Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Types of Mary

UPDATE: We are concerned that this show may have too much material to cover in the 90 minutes scheduled. If that turns out to be the case, the show will continue into the archive portion so that those listening to the archive will actually hear a longer show.

This is the primer for a Blogtalkradio program scheduled for August 27th, 2010. It deals with a topic of immense difficulty for Protestants- Mary.

In fact, I would dare say that for most protestants, it is the most difficult issue. Many Catholics are perplexed by protestant confusion toward what we believe about Mary and even by an outright hostility by some.

Many protestants believe that the things Catholics believe about Mary are un-Biblical. Of course, they are not but it can be difficult for Catholics to convey this because there is such a huge communication gap between how Catholics and Protestants with regards to how the Bible is to be used and understood. Since Catholics and Protestants often view the Scriptures from such a radically different vantage point, we often get radically different perceptions about what it teaches.Nowhere, is this more profound than what the Bible teaches about Mary.

So, for starters, I want to dispel a few common myths about the Bible and how they relate particularly to the Mother of Our Lord.

  1. The Old Testament doesn't matter any more. Nothing could be further from the truth. Saint Augustine said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.

  2. Truer, more profound words have scarcely been spoken. To fail to understand the Old Testament is to make it impossible to understand the New Testament and this is probably truer about Mary than anywhere else. On our show, we are going to go very deeply into what is known as Old Testament typology. More on that in a bit.

  3. Catholics make a big deal about Mary but the Bible says very little about Her. False. Most protestants are very surprised to learn just how much the Bible says about Mary.
  4. Most Catholic doctrines about Mary are not in the Bible. Again, false. The Bible is a treasure trove of marian doctrines, you have to be willing to work, sometimes.
  5. The Bible is the only authority. Appeals to other authorities are false. Rubbish. The Bible cannot even be understood without an appeal to the Church that gave it to us. (Acts 8:30-31) In fact, the Bible, itself tells us that scripture is very difficult to understand (2 Peter 3:16) and not to be interpreted personally (2 Peter 1:20). Further, it tells us that the Church is the final authority (Matthew 16:18-20, 18:17-18, Luke 10:16, 1 Tim. 3:15) and that we are to listen to all the instruction of the church written and oral (2 Thess. 2:15).

We are going to try and show you how the Church actually draws very intensely on the scriptures to understand Mary and, through Her, to draw a deeper understanding of God.

To do this, we are going to lean heavily on Old Testament typology, as we suggested before. Old Testament typology simply means that we are introduced to certain persons, places and things, in the Old Testament, that serve as symbolic types (models) of something that is to be later revealed in the New Testament church.

A perfect example is how the people of Israel were saved from death by the blood of the Lamb (Exodus 12). This is an obvious type of the Crucifixion of Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Among the types of Mary to be examined in this show will be as follows.
  1. The Woman.
  2. The New Eve.
  3. The Queen Mother.
  4. Daughter Zion.
  5. The Ark of the Covenant.
  6. The Virgin who brings forth Immanuel.

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