The dogma that celebrates the assumption of Mary’s body into heaven is closely tied to another controversial Catholic dogma, which is, the immaculate conception of Mary. In 1854, Pope Pius IX declared Mary was conceived free from original sin and she remained free of every personal sin throughout her entire life (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para 491, 493). After the pronouncement, some Catholics began asking a question that the church could not answer. “Since Mary never sinned, and sin is what causes death and the body to decay, where is Mary and what happened to her body?” Thus the heresy that declared Mary’s sinlessness led to another heresy. In 1950, Pope Pius XII declared Mary’s body was miraculously assumed into heaven.  

Catholics will agree that the assumption of Mary was never taught in the early Church and it has no Scriptural support. Their only basis for believing Mary’s body was miraculously assumed into heaven is that their ‘infallible’ Church has declared it. This is not a teaching that Catholics can ignore or dismiss. Anyone who does not believe this “infallible” dogma is condemned with anathema. 

Two thousand years ago the Pharisees nullified the Word of God with their ungodly traditions and were soundly rebuked and called hypocrites by the Lord Jesus (Mark 7:6-14). Catholic bishops have made the same fatal error by rejecting and opposing God’s Word. In Romans 3:10-12, 23, we read, “None is righteous, no, not one…All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Mary is included in the “all,” the “none” and the “no one.” Instead of celebrating the assumption of Mary, Catholics would be wise to study the Scriptures so they can know the truth which will set them free from religious bondage and deception (John 8:31-32).