It is the Roman Catholic Church that teaches that the Virgin Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”. This teaches that Mary did not die, but ascended into Heaven without the agent of death. The Roman Catholic Church also teaches the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which means “the conception of Mary free from original sin by virtue of the foreseen merits of her son Jesus Christ.”

NEITHER OF THESE TEACHINGS CAN BE FOUND IN THE Bible. Was Mary free from original sin? Did she live her life without ever sinning? While still pregnant with the Lord Jesus, Mary said in Luke 1:46-48, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD MY SAVIOUR. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Notice that she called God her SAVIOUR. It is only the sinner that needs a savior. Scripture is very clear that EVERYONE has sinned. Romans 3:23 says, “For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God.”

What about the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven? This is not found in the Bible. It is not hinted at. Nowhere does it give the impression that Mary would not die. In fact, we read in Hebrews 9:27, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” While there have been some exceptions to this rule, and there will yet some exceptions to the rule, there is nothing in the Word to make one think that Mary did not die. The last time we read of Mary in the Bible is in Acts 1 when she is gathered together with many other believers waiting for the Day of Pentecost.

According to Hyppolitus of Thebes, a well-respected historian, Mary died about 11 years after the Lord Jesus, dying in about 40 A.D. To say that Mary lived without sin, and ascended into Heaven without dying, ascribes many of the qualities and characteristics of Christ to her. That is such a dangerous thing to do. There are many consequences to teaching things that are not in accordance to the scriptures. (286.2)