Bible Question:

I was raised a Roman Catholic, but now I attend a Baptist church. I do not consider myself to be a true Roman Catholic any longer but I have always been comforted by praying the Rosary. What is your view about the Rosary?

Bible Answer:

For the benefit of those who are not Roman Catholic we want to ask first , “What is the rosary?” and then “What does scripture say?”

The Rosary

Different forms of the rosary are prayed in Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. It may surprise some that Hinduism also practices celibacy of the clergy, separation from the world, worship of saints, fastings, processions, litanies, and use of holy water. In each of these religions, the rosary is a string of beads on a string or knotted cord. Islam uses 99 beads and the Hindus and Buddhists use 100 as well as 66 beads. Prayers are repeated as the beads are counted.

The rosary was not used by Jesus, by His apostles, or by the early church fathers. The Roman Catholic Church started using the rosary around 1350 A.D. Protestants do not use a rosary. Within the Roman Catholic Church, the rosary has five sets of ten beads. Each set of ten beads is called a decade. Each decade is separated by one large bead. Different prayers are recited for different beads. The “Our Father” or “Lord’s Prayer” is recited on the large bead while “Hail Mary” is prayed for on each of the small beads.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray fro sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Roman Catholic Church claims that praying the rosary properly venerates Mary since they claim,

Mary has by grace been exalted above all angels and men to a place second only to her Son, as the most holy mother of God who was involved in the mysteries of Christ: she is rightly honored by a special cult in the Church. From the earliest times the Blessed Virgin is honored under the title of Mother of God, whose protection the faithful take refuge together in prayer in all their perils and needs.

Second Vatican Council, “The Cult of The Blessed Virgin In The Church”

Mary is also considered by Catholics to be a co-mediator and a co-redeemer. The Roman Catholic Church states that the rosary encompasses the gospel. Praying the rosary is also said to provide special graces and protection against various evils, including false teaching. Praying the rosary is said to provide partial removal of the punishment that we deserve for our sins while we are here on earth. Roman Catholic doctrine also teaches that a person can earn a complete “relief” from all stored up punishment at the time of praying the rosary, receiving the sacraments of confession, receiving the Eucharist, and offering prayers for the Pope.

What Does Scripture Say?

It is important for us to ask a key question, “Does the Bible ever refer to the rosary?” If it does then the rosary might be important. If it does not, then how important is the rosary? The answer to these questions is that the Bible does not mention it. In fact, Mary does not appear in the pages of scripture after Acts 1.

The rosary is not mentioned in scripture because it is a human invention. It is not of God. It does not provide forgiveness of our sins, relief from punishment, or certain graces; nor does it give us victory over hell. In fact, God has given us different directions.

TruthScripture
Only Jesus forgives sins. Mary cannot do anything for us.For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus . . (NASB) 1 Tim. 2:5
God is faithful to forgive our sins. He does not need to be encouraged or motivated. This is a promise. We do not need the help of Mary.If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NASB) 1 John 1:9
Forgiveness and relief from punishment in this life occur when we confess our sins to God.When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to Thee, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. (NASB) Ps. 32:3-5
We do not need to go to a priest to be forgiven. We can confess our sins directly to God.But you are . . . a royal PRIESTHOOD . . . (NASB) 1 Peter 2:9
Walking in the Holy Spirit gives us certain graces.But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . . (NASB) Gal. 5:22-23
Victory over hell is found in the armor of God.Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. (NASB) Eph. 6:10-19

Conclusion:

The rosary is a pagan practice and not a Biblical one. The rosary cannot be found in the Bible. The rosary promises benefits which it cannot provide. The rosary is doctrinal error since God has already given us different directions.

If you are a Christian, did you know that God has already forgiven all of your sins? If you are depending on Jesus to forgive your sins, then God considers you to be holy. Listen to this wonderful verse.

Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. (NASB) 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Did you notice that Christians are the temple of God and that He considers us to be holy? Did you know that God already considers you to be in heaven?

. . . and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, (NASB) Eph. 2:6

God considers Christian to be seated in heaven while we are still here on earth. Positionally, we are in heaven even while we are on earth. God has already forgiven ALL of your sins even though you still sin. Jesus has already forgiven all of your past sins, present sins, and your future sins. But that does not mean you are free to sin. A true Christian will not want to sin since it is offensive to Jesus. In fact if we sin and do not admit that we have sinned, God will start disciplining us.

It is wonderful to know that God forgives us when we simply confess our sins. Confession is not begging God to forgive our sins. God does not forgive us because we have done some form of penance or suffered in some way in this life. Confession literally means “to admit.” God asks us to humble ourselves by admitting that we are sinners and by naming those sins we have committed. He forgives us because He has promised to forgive us when we confess our sins to Him. Men have added penance and a rosary. Why should we suffer more when Jesus did that on the cross for us 2,000 years ago? Are you struggling with some past sin or sins? If so, maybe this will help from a gentlemen now dead.

God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a “No, Fishing” sign over the spot. – Dwight L. Moody