To keep the birthday of Mary is to not do what 1 Peter 4:11 says: “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.” Let all be content with God’s revealed will, “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) and let us learn not to “go beyond what is written” (1 Cor. 4:6).
We do realize that Jesus Christ is God (Jn. 1:1), but Mary is never called “the Mother of God” nor “The Mother of the Church” as Roman Catholics refer to her. Mary is referred to in the Bible as “mother of my Lord” (Lk. 1:43) and “mother of Jesus” (Jn. 2:1).
Certainly, the Scriptures teach the divine nature of Jesus as being existent from all eternity, and in no way dependent on Mary for his eternal being. In John 8:58, Jesus affirmed his eternal existence by saying, “I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I am.” This is the same language used to Moses to tell the Israelites who sent him (Ex. 3:13-14). If Mary is designated as “The Mother of God” would not that imply she existed before God? If not, why not?
The only emphasis to Mary we find in the Spirit inspired Bible is that she was the mother of Jesus. “. . . concerning his Son who was born to him according to the flesh of the offspring of David”; “But when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the Law” (Rom. 13 f; Gal. 4:4). Let us abide in the Word!
That Mary was “blessed among women” (Lk. 1:43) we do not deny, but when Jesus was born in the flesh, and Mary fulfilled her motherly responsibilities to him, her part in God’s divine plan was over. We are not commanded, nor was example given, to worship Mary! When the apostle John worshiped an angel, the angel said, “You must not do that. I am a fellow-servant of yours and of your brethren who give the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!” (Revelation 19:10). Dare we not obey? As blessed as Mary was to give birth to the fleshly body of Jesus, we should be aware that some are even more blessed. In Luke 11:27-28, we read, “Now it came to pass as he was saying these things, that a certain woman from the crowd lifted up her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that nursed you.’ But he said, ‘Rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.”
In spite of the truth, the worship of Mary has grown over the years to what we see today. It was not known for the first six centuries, but it is hoped that some with good and honest hearts will respond to the truth of God as given in the Bible. We can unite on that, but never can we unite on so-called traditions followed by the Roman Catholic Church. Such traditions turn us from the truth (Tit 1:14). Let us ever ask for a “thus saith the Lord” in all things we say and do (Col 3:17)!