Lawrence, a gentleman on social media, speaking against the prayer the Hail Mary says, anyone who says "Hail Mary" and "Mother of God" is worshiping Mary as God. However, what Lawrence does not seem to understand is that the word HAIL is a form of greeting and not a term of worship to be used exclusively for God. Have you ever heard of the song "Hail, hail, the gangs all here" published in 1917?
And yes, Mary is the Mother of the One true God, Jesus. Lawrence, by denying that she is the Mother of the one true God, Jesus, you are in effect denying the divinity Jesus. Mary did not become pregnant by a man; she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit (Lk. 1:35) When you deny that Mary is the Mother of God you are, without realising it, embracing one of the early heresies of the Church that refused to see Jesus as God, Arianism. It arose in the fourth century, and denied the divinity of Jesus. If you deny the divinity of Jesus then you can honestly say that Mary is not the Mother of God.
Elizabeth exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! "Why is this granted to me that the MOTHER OF my LORD [GOD] should come to me" (Lk. 1:43)? And so you see Mary as Mother of the one true God, is in the Bible.
The Church, in 4th century offically declared Mary as Mother of God to help refute Arianism. Calling Mary "Mother of God" is another way of saying that Jesus is God.
Verses meant for pagan gods are used to explain away Mary's role. Why do non-Catholics associate Mary with false pagan gods, rather than the Mother of God? It is because they have been taught Exodus 20:4-5 (the making of images) out of context and then have applied these same verses to images of Mary. However, when non-Catholics quote these verses, they usually leave out verse 3 "other gods." Is Jesus Mother Mary another god? No, she is not! People should not be using Bible verses that speak against other gods and then apply them to Mary.
Mary is not an other god in competition with the one true God. She is the Mother of Jesus. If you wish to know Mary's role with Jesus, you need to cite Bible verses that have to do with Mary. She, never claimed to be the Lord, as some opposing the Catholic Church would say. She said "behold I am the handmaid of the Lord" (Lk. 1:38)!
Verses meant for Satan are used to explain away Mary's role. One person speaking against the role of Mary, quoted Jesus in Mathew. "Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him" (Mt. 4:10). Then she posed the question, "why should we honor and exalt Mary, when Jesus claims that He alone is to be served? On the surface this might appear to be an interesting even compelling question. However, she left out the part of verse 10, that gives us the context.
The big question is this; who was Jesus speaking to? If He is speaking to Mary it would fit but He isn't speaking to her. This was not a quote where Jesus was putting Mary in her place. It was a quote where Jesus was putting Satan in his place. Satan was tempting Jesus and telling him all the things he would give Jesus if only he would fall down and worship (Mt. 4:9) Satan.
Jesus said to him, “begone Satan for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him alone shall you serve.'" (Mt. 4:10). If you were to apply this verse to Mary, then she would have to be conspiring with Satan. She would be tempting Jesus to fall down and worship Satan. However, Mary did no such thing. She magnifies the Lord when she says, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name" (Lk. 46:55).
If we want to have a proper understanding of Mary's role in Scripture would it be too much to ask that we all use Bible verses having to do with Mary. And in defense of the woman who used a verse designed for Satan to explain away Mary, I do not believe that she knowingly used the Bible out of context. She was simply and honestly believing her tradition that taught her to use the Bible in this way.
Not all Protestants are using Bible verses, that are speaking against other gods (Ex. 20:3-5) and Satan (Mt. 4:10) in order to explain away Mary's role. They understand that Jesus honored his mother in keeping with the 4th commandment and we honor His mother in imitation of Jesus. And it is also Mary who honors, not herself, but Jesus!
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name" (Lk. 46:55).
The Bible doesn't explain Mary away, it exalts her. I would like to challenge those of you who use Bible verses that have to do with other gods and Satan as a way of explaining Mary away. The bible does not explain Mary way, it exalts her. I know there are people who say that Mary is only the humble handmaid of the Lord and therefore we shouldn't exalt her. In this, they are half correct because Mary is that humble handmaid; however, this is not the reason we dismiss her. This is the very reason we exalt her, because she is humble.
"He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and EXALTED those of low degree" (Lk. 1:52).
The Bible doesn't explain Mary away, it calls her blessed. But, be careful because there are hidden dangers in reading verses that have to do with Mary. For example, you just might find yourself loving Mary and in so doing, you would be imitating Jesus. You might even find yourself calling Mary blessed. You know what I mean, like what it says in the prayer the Hail Mary, "Blessed are thou among women!" This is because, now you are paying attention to verses in the Bible that have to do with honoring Mary and calling her blessed.
"And BLESSED is she [Mary] who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Lk.1:45).