You asked: What is the relevance of Mary's intercession as taught by
A: Marian devotion has been a feature of
Catholicism for centuries; to many devoted
Catholics, Mary stands firmly between the believer and God...more
The devotion to a divine mother such as Mary is probably as old as
religion itself, and likely originated with Eve. Around 10,000 years
or so ago, The Urantia Book tells us:
80:7.7 It was during this age in Crete that the mother cult of the
descendants of Cain attained its greatest vogue. This cult glorified
Eve in the worship of the "great mother." Images of Eve were
everywhere. Thousands of public shrines were erected throughout Crete
and Asia Minor. And this mother cult persisted on down to the times of
Christ, becoming later incorporated in the early Christian religion
under the guise of the glorification and worship of Mary, the earth
mother of Jesus.
In my view, devotion to Mary is probably linked to the fact that we
have lost our Adam and Eve. We have no spiritually significant female
figure to look up to, and mankind naturally does look for such figures.
The Urantia Book also teaches us about the Universe Mother Spirit,
and I sometimes think that maybe in the centuries to come, when Urantia
Book teachings become spread throughout the world, that the devotion
that now lies with Mary will somehow be transferred to our Universe Mother Spirit, who is as close, or closer,
to Jesus than his earth mother. The Mother Spirit is Jesus' eternal
partner in creation, mother of angels.
Again - as for relevance - I guess that depends upon who you are and
how you view these things. The Urantia Book teaches us that because of
the indwelling Spirit of God - the Thought Adjuster -
we have no need of intermediaries - no priests, no holy men, no holy
women - no one needs to intercede for us to our heavenly Father, or to
Jesus. And we know from our study of the book that Mary was a very
ordinary woman - an ordinary woman called upon to do extraordinary
service to our world, but nevertheless, a mere mortal human mother.
She's been elevated to near-divine status, but is it deserved? That
remains in the eye of the beholder...
Mary devotees find something in her that is especially appealing.
For example, the "Immaculate Conception" is a Marian title that is very
lofty, but then, as Urantia Book readers know, we are all immaculate
conceptions - none of us is born into sin, despite what Christianity
teaches. We are not children of the devil, and there has been no
As a Catholic child, the stories about Marian apparitions were awe-
inspiring to me. But once I discovered The Urantia Book, the truth
about Mary seemed far more appealing than the worshipful adoration of
her that I had grown up with. It is somehow comforting to know that
Jesus was a true human being with a truly human mother, not unlike any
other human mother. This knowledge helps me to identify more closely
with both Jesus and Mary. And the book's teachings on the ministry of
the Adjuster and the Spirit of Truth has forever removed any need I
might have felt to come to Jesus through Mary.
I don't think there is anything wrong with this devotion to Mary or
those who depend upon her intercession; our prayers are heard no matter
where they are directed, I think. Perhaps you feel differently; it
seems to me that it is not a matter that would have a significant
effect on one's eternal destiny, one way or the other.
Thanks so much for writing. I hope that my reply has been helpful.