Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What About Mary?

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:34-35a).

What is the truth about Mary, the mother of Jesus?
  • Mary did not have sexual relations with God. Mormons believe that God the Father had sexual relations with Mary, but the Bible never says this.
  • Mary had a normal delivery. Though Jesus was conceived miraculously by the Holy Spirit, He was born the same way all human babies are born.
  • Mary was not a perpetual virgin. Matthew 1:25 says, “[Joseph] had no union with [Mary] until she gave birth to a son.” The words “until she gave birth” imply that Joseph did have sexual relations with Mary after the birth of Jesus. Also, in Luke 2:7, Jesus is described as Mary’s “firstborn” child, which suggests that she had additional children. The New Testament repeatedly makes this claim (Matthew 12:46-50; 13:55-57; Mark 3:31-35; 6:3-4; Luke 8:19-21; John 2:12; 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Corinthians 9:5; Galatians 1:19). Jesus conception was unique; the conception of His brothers and sisters was ordinary. Finally, God designed marriage to include physical union (Genesis 3:24). Paul writes that not fulfilling one’s “marital duty” (under normal circumstances) is wrong (1 Corinthians 7:3-5).
  • Mary was not sinless. Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the idea that she was born without any stain of original sin. However, Mary herself declared, “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:47). A sinless person does not need a Savior.
  • Mary deserves our gratitude, not our adoration.