Bible Study for Muslims
Christmas Story - Day 4

4. Do Christians worship Mary?

Just as Muslims honor Muhammad, Christians honor Mary as the mother of the Savior. But worshipping mere humans or praying to them is forbidden in the Bible. Jesus said, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve” (Matthew 4:10). Those who worship Mary or pray to her disobey God’s commands. Mary herself sang praises to God:

“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.’" (Luke 1:46-53).

While the virgin birth doesn’t mean Mary was perfect, it does point to Jesus’ perfection. Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed, every person has inherited a sin nature (a natural inclination to choose wrong). Because each of us has sinned, each of us is under death’s curse: “. . . sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).

Jesus, however, was born of a virgin. Since Jesus didn’t have an earthly father, He didn’t inherit the sin nature. Instead, he inherited God His Father’s righteousness: “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22).

Just as Adam’s sin affected all after him, Jesus’ righteousness affects those who trust in Him as Savior from sin: “For as by the one man's [Adam’s] disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's [Isa’s] obedience the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).

How can we be made righteous? First, we must turn from our sin and own efforts to be good. Then, turning to Jesus as Savior and Master, we trust His life of perfection, death on the cross, and resurrection from death as payment for our sin. Christ takes away our old nature, replacing it with His own righteousness: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree [cross], that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

Other Lessons:

Day 1 - Who was Jesus' father?

Day 2 - Where was Jesus born?

Day 3 - Why was Jesus born?

Day 5 - Did Jesus, the Messiah, come to save the Jews only?

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