Sola Dei Gloria

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Sola dei gloria is a fun little motto, showing up in lieu of signatures on paintings and at the bottom of musical scores: this work of art was created to bring glory to God alone! The glory for the good works of Christians goes to God alone, since without Him we can do nothing. The glory for the sunrise, for the kitchen table, for the fantastic sermon – glory to God alone! Pretty solid doctrine, really.

The original reason that SDG (Yes, people shorten this one. Yes, it amuses me!) became one of the mottoes of the Reformation was the Catholic veneration of Mary. Catholics pray to Mary, requesting her intervention on all manner of issues. It’’s not a proper Catholic church without the statue of Mary somewhere, usually overlooking a bunch of candles to light for intercession. Some Catholics go so far as to only pray to Mary and the saints, never interceding directly on their own behalf. The Protestants felt that this practice glorified Mary, that the statues were icons in disobedience of the first and second commandments, and that praying to a dead person was not okay.

Per the Catholics, there are two points: they generally disagree that they glorify Mary. (Sorry about the reference; obviously a non-biblical and non-scholarly resource, but otherwise it’s snippets from the catechism and I am pretty sure they make that noise confusing on purpose.)

Point two is that Catholics do venerate Mary more than they venerate any other person, because they feel that this honor is biblical. They would protest that there is no glory going to Mary, just honor. As the woman mentioned 8 times as the mother of God, and is potentially the woman in Revelation as well (the other option for this is Israel), they think that every ounce of the honor is deserved.

Whatever your opinion on the subject of Mary as special (and how special), there is something to be learned from this particular piece of Catholicism: we must always examine our actions biblically. Even once we have decided upon a biblical theology, we must continually re-examine our thoughts and behaviors to make sure that we don’t take a given doctrine to unbiblical extremes. Something might be perfectly biblical, but when pushed to the “logical” conclusion, it might be well outside of biblical truths. His ways are not our ways.

1 Corinthians 10:31  saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

1 Peter 4:11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 7:12  saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

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