Question: I am 26 years old and have been taught all my life by my church that Mary was sinless, ascended bodily to Heaven without dying; and that I am to pray to her and she will intercede to God for me. Is this true? Also, in Luke 2:24, why did Mary offer a sacrifice?
Answer: Concerning Luke 2:24 and Mary’s sacrifice, the answer is found in Leviticus 12. Every Jewish woman was required after giving birth to offer a sin sacrifice. Leviticus 12:6,7 states,
“...she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt-offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a SIN‑OFFERING... Who shall offer it before the Lord, and make an atonement for her;”
In Verse 8 we are again told the offering was for...
"...a sin-offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her and she shall be clean."
Hebrews 10:5 states concerning Christ,
“...a body hast thou prepared for me (Christ).”
This, Mary fulfilled by the Virgin Birth.
Mary offered the sin sacrifice for herself; acknowledging that she, herself, was a sinner. (Romans 3:23). Nowhere in the Bible are we ever told to pray to Mary; or to worship Mary.
The shepherds came to SEE CHRIST, the Savior Who had just been born. (Luke 2:11,15,17). The wise men came to worship Jesus Christ, and Him only. The wise men (not kings) asked in Matthew 2:2,
“...Where is he (Christ) that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”
Christ, not Mary.
Only Christ can mediate and intercede for man, not Mary. In 1 Timothy 2:5, God’s word is made perfectly clear,
“For there is one God, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man CHRIST JESUS.”
“...It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh INTERCESSION for us.”
Christ is our Savior, not Mary, as the angel announced to the shepherds,
“For unto you is born this day...a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” - Luke 2:11
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved...” - Acts 16:31
Who are you going to believe—God or man?