There is no biblical support for the Assumption of Mary. The Bible, however, does mention God “assuming” both Enoch and Elijah into Heaven (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11) but not Mary. The scriptures do not record Mary’s death or mention her after Acts chapter 1.
In the Roman Catholic Church, the Assumption of Mary is an important step towards why Mary is venerated, worshiped, adored, and prayed to. To teach the Assumption of Mary is a step toward making her equal to Christ, essentially proclaiming Mary’s deity. Mary is only a human who needed salvation from her Creator Jesus – God in the flesh. And we know that all humans have sinned “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23). And Mary herself acknowledged her need for the Savior when she said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46,47).
In reply to your question: Is Mary in heaven right now? Do good people go to heaven when they die?
No, people do not go either to heaven or hell at death. They sleep in their graves to await the Resurrection Day. The dead will rise only when they hear God’s voice at the second coming: “All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth” (John 5:28, 29).
David the prophet did not go to heaven at his death “David … is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.” “For David is not ascended into the heavens” (Acts 2:29, 34). The scriptures teach that:
- The dead are in a state of unconsciousness and are not aware of what is happening on earth (Psalms 115:17; Ecclesiastes 9:5, 9; Psalms 146:4; Psalms 6:5).
- The Bible calls death as sleep (John 11:11; Psalms 13:3; Daniel 12:2).
- The Lord will raise the dead at the Resurrection Day (1 Corinthians 15:51; John 5:28, 29; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Matthew 16:27).
- The rewards and punishments will be given only at the Resurrection Day “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works” (Matthew 16:27).
So, all the dead including Mary (there is no Biblical record for her ascension) are sleeping in their graves awaiting to be resurrected at the Resurrection Day.
In His service,
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