TRUTH ABOUT MARY
Myths are debunked
Reese Currie- Compass Distributors
a person opposes the Roman Catholic mythology about Mary, the mother of Jesus,
other people may say that such a person is "anti-Mary." But I would
think that the people who are really anti-Mary are those who distort the story
of her life for their own evil purposes.
truth is, Mary, the real Mary of Scripture, is certainly worthy of our admiration
for her obedience to God. But at the same time, we must recognize that much of
the Roman Catholic tradition surrounding her is actually counter to what we know
Bible's main job is to point to Jesus Christ, which is why the information on
people other than Jesus is somewhat scanty. Nevertheless the Bible paints an adequate
history of Mary so that we may know the truth.
begin with, we can know that Mary was a devout Jewish woman, and she was certainly
a virgin when she conceived Jesus according to both the Old and New Testaments.
7:14 says, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
was never referred to as "Immanuel," which confuses some people, but you need
to keep in mind what "Immanuel" means, "God is with us." The "name" in Hebrew
thought could be understood to be synonymous with identity. Therefore, you must
understand that absolutely everyone who really believes in Jesus recognizes that
He is God, and that He was here on earth with us. So we call His identity, "Immanuel"
-- God with us.
sects inside Protestantism have members that claim Mary was not a virgin when
she had Jesus, but those people are just heretics. This disbelief is part of a
larger heresy called "Socinianism" or today, "rationalism." The Bible explicitly
affirms that Mary was a virgin at Matthew 1:23 and Luke 1:27.
1:23 says, "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a
son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with
1:27 says that the angel Gabriel was sent "To a virgin espoused to a man
whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary."
virginity of Mary prior to the birth of Jesus is not debatable from Scripture.
However, the Roman Catholic teaching that Mary remained a virgin the rest of her
life is not defensible from Scripture.
and Joseph had other children, which is something the Roman Catholic authorities
do not accept. Matthew 12:46 reports, "While he yet talked to the people, behold,
his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him." In fact,
they had at least four other boys. Matthew 13:55 reports, "Is not this the
carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses,
and Simon, and Judas?"
Catholic authorities endeavor to explain this away by saying that these children
were Joseph's by a prior marriage. This does not stand up to scrutiny.
Jesus was over thirty at the time the incident in Matthew 12 took place.
Why were men in their thirties and forties still travelling about with their mother?
when Joseph and Mary went to Egypt, they took their child -- singular,
and was able to leave without arranging lodgings for any other children. Matthew
2:14 says, "When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night,
and departed into Egypt:"
even when Jesus was 12, there was no mention of other children when His parents
left the caravan and went back to look for Him in Luke 2:41-52.
facts make the Catholic stance on Mary's supposed "perpetual" virginity
illogical. The facts are that Joseph had no children before Jesus, but Jesus had
four brothers by Matthew 12.
is a twofold reason why the Catholics feel
that Mary had to be a virgin all
Catholicism equates celibacy with heightened holiness and cannot conceive
that Mary would have wanted to have sex and children. We can know for a Biblical
certainty that Mary did have sex with Joseph because the Bible explicitly states
that Joseph did not have sex with Mary until after the birth of Jesus.
1:24,25 says, "Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord
had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought
forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS."
the Bible says Joseph did not have sex with Mary ("knew her not") until
after the birth of Jesus, that means that sometime after the birth of Jesus, they
must have had sex. The notion that sex even within marriage is evil is a carryover
from the dualist philosophy that infected early Catholicism through such characters
Catholic theologians are basically all celibate priests and did not pause
to notice the complications of having other children that are missing from the
gospel accounts of Jesus' early life on earth. Being single myself, I often fail
to consider some of the limitations brought on by family, so I can understand
how they missed it. Nevertheless it is inexcusable that these "early church
fathers" made a whole religion revolve around their ignorance rather than
the plain truth of the Bible.
the birth of Jesus, it is interesting to note that all of God's further communications
to His earthly parents were directed to His father, Joseph. For instance, Joseph
was the one told to take Jesus to Egypt.
2:13 reports, "And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his
mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod
will seek the young child to destroy him."
was also the one told to bring Him back to Israel.
2:19,20 reports, "But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth
in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his
mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young
didn't God go through the woman that Roman Catholics claim is the Queen of Heaven?
Simply because God worked through the family unit He had set up with the man as
the head. 1 Corinthians 11:3 says, "But I would have you know, that the head
of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of
Christ is God." From the moment Joseph accepted his assignment to be Mary's
husband and Jesus' earthy father, God worked through the family order He had established.
last time Joseph is mentioned as a living person in the Bible is in Luke 2, finding
Jesus in the Temple when he was 12. Sometime between Jesus' age of 12 and 30,
it would seem that Jesus' adopted earthly father died and His mother was left
Pharisees accused Jesus of being "born of fornication" in John 8:41. When Jesus
said to the Pharisees, "Ye do the deeds of your father," they responded
with what was apparently a shot at Jesus' parentage, "We be not born of fornication;
we have one Father, even God." Mary's becoming pregnant before marriage was
great ammunition for the Pharisees against Jesus. She was labeled a fornicator.
people understood that Jesus was Joseph's son, as.....
4:22 testifies, "And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words
which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?"
thing we know about Mary was that she was never any part of Jesus' ministry. In
the account in Matthew 12, we find Mary and Jesus' brothers are not a part of
His ministry. Matthew 12:47-50 reads, "Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother
and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and
said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he
stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and
my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven,
the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."
is not to say that his mother opposed His ministry, but neither she nor Jesus'
brothers were any part of it. In fact, none of Jesus' brothers believed in Him
before His resurrection.
7:5 reports, "For neither did his brethren believe in him."
re-enters the picture at the sad sight of the crucifixion, and Jesus wanted His
disciple John to adopt her as his own mother and take her into his house. Jesus
commands this adoption to take place in.....
19:26-27, "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by,
whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he
to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her
unto his own home."
is actually another proof that Jesus' brothers were younger than He was, otherwise
surely He would have simply let His brothers look after His mother. As well, in
Jewish custom, He would not have had the right to make such a request unless He
was the firstborn.
choice of John as the adopter of Mary as mother is also very telling. John was
known by Jesus from the beginning to be a man who would live to a very late age.
Jesus predicted a long life for John in.....
21:22, "Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is
that to thee? follow thou me."
disciples took this to mean that John would not die before Jesus' return. In verse
23, John follows up Jesus� statement,
went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die:
yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till
I come, what is that to thee?"
Acts, we note that, even though Mary was now John's adopted mother, and John was
an apostle in the Jerusalem church, that she is absolutely never mentioned as
having any involvement in the church.
certainly outlived Mary. In 89 AD, the Roman emperor Domitian began a seven year
persecution of Christians and began, for the first time, exiling Christians to
the Isle of Patmos, a prison island. John confirms that this is where he wrote
Revelation 1:9, "I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation,
and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called
Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."
evidence supports that John was exiled to Patmos at a very advanced age and wrote
the book of Revelation somewhere between 90-95AD.
it is a known fact that Jesus was born in either 5BC or 6BC. Mary was a woman
no younger than her teens. If she were still present on earth by the time of John's
exile, she would have been at least 105 years old and possibly older. Yet, John
writes absolutely nothing of an "assumption of Mary." The man who had adopted
Mary as his own mother wrote not one word about her apart from the words in his
writes not one word about Mary in all of his epistles. Neither does Peter, nor
do James or Jude, who are both Mary's sons and Jesus' brothers. You would think
a fantastic event like Mary's ascension into heaven would be reported in Scripture,
but it was not. And you can see that the emphasis of the first church was certainly
not on Mary from the Bible's record.
can be no doubt that Mary was a good woman and obedient to God. In a sense, I
believe, certain acts were purposefully omitted by Jesus and Mary for the sake
of maintaining the purity of the gospel. For instance, the Roman Catholic Church
teaches that baptism is necessary for salvation. But Jesus, who saves all who
are saved, made it a point to never baptize even one person in His whole life
4:2 tell us "(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)"
did not baptize so that people would not look to their baptisms for salvation
but rather look unto Him for salvation. Similarly, Mary's lack of involvement
in the church would seem to be a deliberate act so that the focus of the pure
gospel would never be directed in any way toward Mary, but rather toward Christ.
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man
be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal
life." (John 3:14-15).
the account of Moses in the wilderness being referred to here, we find that biting
serpents had come to attack the people of Israel.
21:8-9 says, "And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set
it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when
he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it
upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he
beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."
have all been bitten by a serpent; the serpent that tempted Eve has bitten every
man, woman and child who ever lived. And the whole message of Scripture is that
we will die from that bite unless we turn from our sin, our religions, our ceremonies,
and our own strength, and simply look unto Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone
for our salvation.
45:22 says, "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for
I am God, and there is none else."
is nothing and no one else that can save us, only Jesus Christ.
closing, I don�t think God is offended when people tell the truth about Mary.
But I do think He is terribly offended by those who through their traditions invalidate
Scripture by lying about her. Jesus said it best at.....
15:6b, "Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition."
Truth About Mary
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