Scriptural defense of Bl Mary ever Virgin. Part 1
reason for this defense.
I will make a statement about the Status of The Holy Ghost, the Divine Eternal Spirit of Supernatural Love and Sanctifying Grace and His Spouse Bl. Mary the Mother of God. The Church, the Catholic Church the original Christian Church which changed her name to Universal (Catholic) in AD 122 due to the Gnostic (pagan) heresies and its denial and unwillingness to see any divinity in Jesus or that any woman could be the Mother of God. The Catholic Church today for all its claim to love both the Spirit and the Spouse goes out of her way to deny These two items of our faith have any right to speak to Their Children or even visit with them. Here goes my firm belief in both first secularly and the spiritually.
Correctness of Scriptures
The Title Theotokos
Law of Inheritance
The meaning of the
expression “Her Firstborn Son”
The Tradition that Mary was raised and educated in the Temple.
meaning of the Words “He knew her not until after her Son was born”
meaning of the words and the identities of the brothers of Jesus
Meaning of the words “Mary’s sister was standing near the Cross.
meaning of our veneration of the Theotokos and our request for her
Correctness of Scriptures
has to be careful in the world of religion today of what Bible one
trusts. Catholics, who are truly Apostolic most as an exercise in
Faith, Conscience and Free Will must and can only use if they are
Latin Rite the Latin Vulgate or the Douai Rheims translation with
Bishop Challoner’s footnotes. There are of course other Catholic Versions, one of which I favour Fr Haydock's 1859 version.s The Byzantine Apostolic Church must
sincerely believe and trust in the early Slavonic (St Cyril and
Methodius translations or the Origen Greek Version called the St.
the St Jerome version of the Latin Vulgate? The Apostolic Church in
380AD chose St Jerome for his linguistic ability to collect the books
of the bible together. Why was this needed? Well a book of
manuscripts used regularly, wears out. and in reality there were no books just papyrus and wax tablets. The oral teachings become
confused by the world and other’s versions. So the Apostolic Church
sent Jerome out to correct the Truth. Jerome had the help of all the
known church. Hand copying can lead to errors and we can assume that
the errors were known but not corrected in hand written illuminated
scriptures although footnotes did exist. Jerome collected these
together. Jerome was born close to the Adriatic and was Greek by
birth and was a well respected linguist.
THE TITLE THEOTOKOS OR "MOTHER OF GOD"
Let us come now, with reverence and awe, to the
greatest mystery of all - the virgin birth of Him Who pre-existed all
existence, of Him Who is Existence itself. We do not propose to
explain the mystery, to tell how the womb of a woman born in a manner
like us could "contain Him Whom the whole universe cannot
contain." Rather, we hope merely to clear up some of the
questions arising from the facts.
is the "mother of God." The title "Theotokos"
means literally, "the one who gave birth to God."
first consideration, and without some prayerful and scriptural
thought about these titles, they may sound shocking. How can a human,
born under the fallen nature, be "the Mother of God?” Surely
we should call her only, "the mother of Jesus," or, "the
Mother of Christ." When we ask the question, "should we
call Mary `mother of God,' or only `mother of Christ', we suddenly
realize that this question is not about Mary,
Jesus Christ Himself. The
actual question is this:
Jesus only a special, anointed, Grace filled servant of God, or
is He, in very truth, God incarnate?"
other words, "Do we believe in the Holy Trinity or not?" If
we believe in the Holy Trinity,
and Christ is truly God incarnate, then, of course, Mary is the
"mother of God," the "Theotokos. If we reject the
dogma of the Trinity and we 'believe that Jesus is only a specially
anointed prophet, then we would refuse to call Mary "Theotokos,"
or "mother of God." We cannot have it both ways without
playing blasphemous word games with the nature of our Savior, Jesus
Christ, thus forcing our beliefs and personal opinions on history.
will not pause to discuss this point at length, for it is simply
resolved by the question, "Do you believe in Jesus Christ as
your God and Savior, or do you consider Him to be only a
extraordinary human prophet?" We will take time only to repeat
that this mystery cannot be grasped without prayerful, scriptural
contemplation of the matter.
sectarians suggest that it would be better to think of Mary as the
mother of only the human side of Jesus, the man. Such a suggestion is
made from a weak humanity, an emotive reasoning that contains no
logic or without thought or any form of scriptural consciousness.
If we said that the child in Mary's womb was not the complete Person,
the incarnate God, then we are faced with several problems. First, it
would mean that, for a time, Jesus was not God, and then later He
became God. This is what some of the Gnostic heretics taught, and it
is really Theosophy
say this. In the case of most sectarians, however, it is said
only from ignorance and lack of serious thought about the matter. The
other problem is that in Christian arguments against legalized
"cosmetic" abortions, we argue that the fetus is a complete
person, body and soul at conception. The teaching that only part of
Jesus' nature was present in Mary's womb, and that His nature was
completed later, after His birth, would seem to help justify random
abortion, for it means that the fetus is not the complete person.
Moreover, if we accept two "births" of Jesus, one in which
He was born only as a human, then Jesus was also under the fallen
human nature, and Himself in need of redemption. His second "birth"
in which God entered Him and made Him half God and half man, would be
a totally occult, "new age" type of concept.
to be an actual Christian, and not a neo-Gnostic who only borrows the
name "Christian," one must accept that Mary is truly the
Theotokos, the mother of God.
SCRIPTURAL, PROPHETIC REASONS FOR MARY'S
history of the Church, guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit, has
given us a fullness of understanding about the Nativity of Christ and
the holy virgin. We know that the virgin birth was foretold by the
Prophet Isaiah (7:14), and that Mary was betrothed to the aged
Joseph, a close relative of hers. We know how she was raised in the
temple itself, in a consecrated manner. Since every aspect of the New
Testament, the plan of our redemption is foreshadowed and indicated
in the Old Testament, we ought to find some reason for these
things, some explanation for them in the Law and the Prophets - as
indeed we do. For, the Law itself is only a revelation about man's
condition and a revelation of, and preparation for, the redemption of
mankind. Apart from those things spoken of directly by the Prophets,
as Isaiah says, "A
virgin shall bear a child,"
or as the Greek version of the Septuagint proclaims, “The
Virgin shall bear a Child”. The
Law itself also contains less clear, but no less profound
revelations. There is nothing recorded in the Scripture
"accidentally," every incident has meaning and purpose. The
Law reveals the nature of our redemption.
Tradition has given us certain aspects of the life of Mary and
Joseph, which seem to confuse and even anger many sectarians: This
includes the familial relationship of Joseph to Mary. In doing so,
they in their way condemn virginity by not admitting to the physical
relationship between them after marriage. They say that an old relative committed incest with a young woman relative. In fact they Judge the
Lord’s Parents by themselves making them as ordinary people, thus
denying God chose them specially. Then once again they condemn
virginity itself and blaspheme the Nativity of Christ. They
demand, "Show us some precedent for this in Scripture, for we do
not accept the guidance of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the Church."
might well stare in shock at the blasphemy of people who, while
professing to believe in Christ, assert that the womb which was the
palace, the chalice and the resting place of the Most High God, the
pre-eternal Source of all being, might later have experienced
penetration, yielding to the passions of fallen humanity. And what
other babe could have dwelt in that awesome womb which the very God
of holiness and purity Himself
had inhabited? What else can we ask other than; “Would God put His
seed in a dirty, spoiled cup?” Even as we find in the old testament, "a woman's womb contained the whole of creation".
Scriptural Law of Inheritance
question which must be considered is, “Was the marriage of Joseph
and Mary legal in the eyes of the Jewish faith?” Nothing else
concerns us. They were under the Old Law and it is only that rule
which can condemn them not us. This marriage which is for us, is a
contract not usually made between family members" First for
virgin births, there is no precedent, nor was there a precedent for
the creation of universes before God did it. The will of God is its
own precedent and if God is the eternal being, the ‘I AM’ then
how could there be a precedence? Never the less in this world ‘the
community of God’s people’ there is not only precedent, but also
a law for the preservation of inheritances. No one dare deny surely,
Christ, the Messiah was the hope and inheritance of Israel. Let us
look at the Law, then, and see what this precedent is and what it
reveals to us about the nature of our redemption.
promise of the Messiah was the hope and inheritance of Israel and,
very specifically, of the tribe of Judah, the house of David. This
inheritance, clearly, was to come forth from a woman who was yet a
maiden, without the involvement of a man, as the Prophet Isaiah so
clearly testifies. Now, the law concerning inheritances falling upon
a woman is clearly prophetic, the more so since all such laws of the
Old Testament make God the ultimate owner and source of authority
over all property. According to the law, if an Israelite had no
son then his daughter would receive the inheritance (Numbers
However, it was considered vital that the inheritance not pass out of
the family and especially that it not pass out of the tribe. To
prevent this from happening, if a woman was the bearer of the
inheritance, she was required to marry a man of
her father’s house (Numbers
The case of the daughters of Zelophehad makes this clearer, for they
were betrothed to their own first cousins in order to preserve the
inheritance in their own tribe and in their father's "house"
Yet, God specifically forbade all marriages with near relatives,
and not only with blood relations, but even with relations of
affinity, as we read in Leviticus and elsewhere (Leviticus
What was the
reason for this great contradiction? A contradiction, that women were
instructed to betroth themselves to men too closely related to them
for lawful intercourse and childbearing – this is sheer incest. It
could only mean the daughters were expected to remain virgins even
after their marriage. How hard it is to accept, believe and follow
such an ordinance in today’s world, with its lack of discipline.
Quite simply, the sanctity and
preservation of inheritance stood above, or rather, as a special
provision to, the former law, and the woman was expected, it would
seem, to make this sacrifice for the sake of the inheritance. It did
not abolish the former law or set it aside, and so the woman was, if
the whole law was to be fulfilled, expected to spend her life as a
In the case of Mary, who bore the
ultimate inheritance of the holy nation, the law itself came into its
fullest meaning, and she was betrothed to an elderly family member of
very close kin. Both were of the house of David, as must certainly
have been the case since she had no brothers and was, therefore, also
the bearer of her father's inheritance. But she, having been
dedicated to God and having a vow of virginity already, remained
within the bounds of the other law also.
the betrothal of Mary to an elderly relative of the same tribe and
house, who could be by consideration, even in the paucity of
information of his life he lived must be because of Jewish
traditional demands that all men must marry, Joseph could be reckoned
to be a Nazirite, (Numbers
6:5) There could be
two reasons for Mary’s virginity to be acknowledged, one is a
marriage to a relative much too close for intercourse to be lawful,
and two his vow to be a Nazirite. All this is provided for provided
for in the Jewish Law and traditions. This law and tradition is in
itself prophetic of Mary’s special mission as bearer of the
Messiah, the heritage of Israel.
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