And here I thought this thread was dying. I realize it took a couple of days for the Catholic apologists to answer back but once again it was with the same old blind faith in the RCC instead of dealing with what the scriptures say.
There is no scriptural evidence people for Mary's sinlessness or her bodily assumption into heaven. When confronted with scirptural truth, refer to the RCC and bury one's head in the sand. Perhaps the inconvenient truth of the scriptures will go away.
I just sat down to do my daily devotional readings and began with Deuteronomy 13 and Galatians 1. I had to come back to add to this post as a result. The passage talks about a prophet or a dreamer who tells the people to follow after false gods., even if the signs and wonders he performs come to pass. God says even with signs and evidence that the person performs, if what he tells you violates what God's word has said then DO NOT LISTEN to that prophet or dreamer of dreams.
Paul writes in Galatians that even if "we (Paul and other Christian teachers), or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed." Pretty strong language. What was the Gospel Paul was preaching? It was salvation in Jesus alone by believing in the heart and confessing with the mouth who Jesus was and is. It was Jesus as the fulfillment of the OT prophecies as the Suffering Servant. It was the Holy Spirit residing in the believer who is now the very Temple of the Living God. It was direct access to the Father with no further need of going to an earthly priest because Jesus was now our High Priest.
Catholicism teaches something quite different than what was first preached. Catholics are taught they must go through Mary to get to Jesus. Mary is the co-redemptrix. Mary is the Advocate and Helper (a title reserved for the Holy Spirit). Mary is the channel of all graces. These teachings alone differ from the gospel Paul preachesd and wrote of.
Therefore, they are to be rejected or the teachers and believers in those will be accursed.
This is a great lesson from botjh the OT and NT passages. Just because somebody says something is so and can even give you signs and wonders to verify it, if what is taught (that's what the prophets were, especially in the NT) violates the written word of God (God in Deuteronomy was quoting His own word in the 10 commandments) then do not believe what is taught. Believe what was written. That is why Jesus quoted scripture when confronting the false traditions the religious leaders foisted on the people.
Catholic apologists, do as God says and refer to the written word of God. It is a lamp to your feet and a guide to your path (Psalm 119:105). It is true and can be believed for everything concerning life and godliness. It equips us for everything.
It is your responsibility to know the word and not pass the buck to an institution. I would suggest you each buy yourselves a good concordance and do some serious study.