Monday, June 29, 2009

Where in the Bible is the Assumption of Mary?

Catholics like me believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was assumed into heaven when she died. That means she was taken up into heaven not only in soul but also in body. The problem for most non-Catholics is that this is never taught in the Bible. The Bible never says she was assumed into heaven, so she obviously could not have been, right?

Why is that? The Bible never “says” God is three persons in one God; but we believe it anyway, don’t we? The Bible never “says” that we should meet on Sunday morning for worship, but we do anyway, don’t we? It’s easy to find traditions of all Christians, not just Catholics, that aren’t explicitly in the Bible.

Is being assumed impossible for the mother of God? After all, we see in Hebrews 11:5 that “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and "he was found no more because God had taken him." Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God”. This is a reference to Genesis 5 where Enoch is “assumed”.

In 2 Kings 2:11 the prophet Elijah was brought up to heaven in a chariot of fire. So now we have two people assumed into heaven.

Revelation 11:12 shows us the two witnesses after having been physically killed, brought to life and assumed into heaven.

The early Christians testified that she was assumed (we’ll discuss this in a future post) and bodily assumption is well documented in the Bible. Why is it impossible for Mary to have been assumed? Where does it say in the Bible that she wasn’t?

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