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Mary’s Perpetual Virginity – Biblical Evidence 

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity – Biblical Evidence 

 

Biblical Evidence for the Perpetual Virginity of Mary.

Mary “remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin” (CCC 510).

The answer is that the Catholic faith is not a product of consumer culture. It proposes certain truths to us not because they suit our lifestyle, but because they’re true. Nobody prefers a universe in which it’s necessary to “take up your cross” (versus, say, a universe in which you just have to take up your TV remote) in order to find life eternal. It’s just that the universe Jesus describes happens to be the universe we live in, like it or not. In the same way, the Church tells us Mary is a perpetual virgin not because it suits somebody’s lifestyle, but because she is a perpetual virgin, and that has real implications for us.

Once upon a time, almost no Christian denied that Mary the mother of Jesus was perpetually a virgin: including Protestants. Of the early leaders of that movement, virtually all fully accepted this doctrine: including Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Bullinger, Turretin, and Cranmer. Moreover, most Protestant exegetes continued to believe it for at least another 350 years or so. 

But today, for various reasons, things are very different, so it’s helpful to revisit the biblical arguments, since the Bible is the authority all Christians revere in common. A surprising number can be found.

1)  Luke 2:41-51 describes Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the temple at the age of twelve, for the required observance of Passover. Everyone agrees that He was the first child of Mary, so if there were up to five or more siblings, as some maintain (or even one), why is there no hint of them at all in this account?

2) Neither Hebrew nor Aramaic have words for “cousin.” The New Testament was written in Greek, which does have such a word (sungenis), but Jesus and His disciples spoke Aramaic (a late version of Hebrew), and the Hebrew word ach is literally translated as adelphosthe literal equivalent of the English “brother.” In the Bible, it has a very wide range of meanings beyond “sibling”: just as “brother” does in English. Thus, it is routinely used in the New Testament to describe cousins or kinsmen, etc.

3) Jesus Himself uses “brethren” (adelphosin the non-sibling sense. In Matthew 23:8 (cf. 12:49-50), He calls, for example, the “crowds” and His “disciples” (23:1) “brethren.” In other words, they are each other’s“brothers”: the brotherhood of Christians.

4) In comparing Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40, and John 19:25, we find that James and Joseph (mentioned in Mt 13:55 with Simon and Jude as Jesus’ “brothers”) are the sons of Mary, wife of Clopas. This other Mary (Mt 27:61; 28:1) is called Our Lady’s adelphe in John 19:25. Assuming that there are not two women named “Mary” in one family, this usage apparently means “cousin” or more distant relative. Matthew 13:55-56 and Mark 6:3 mention Simon, Jude and “sisters” along with James and Joseph, calling all adelphoiThe most plausible interpretation of all this related data is a use of adelphos as “cousins” (or possibly, step-brothers) rather than “siblings.” We know for sure, from the above information, that James and Joseph were not Jesus’ siblings.

It’s not mere special pleading to argue in this fashion, nor an alleged “desperation” of Catholics who supposedly “read into” the texts their prior belief in the dogma of perpetual virginity. Plenty of Protestant exegesis and scholarship confirms these views: especially in older commentaries. For example, the prominent 19th century Commentary on the Whole Bible, by Jamieson, Fausset & Brown, states, regarding Matthew 13:55 (my italics added): 

An exceedingly difficult question here arises – What were these “brethren” and “sisters” to Jesus? Were they, First, His full brothers and sisters? or, Secondly, Were they His step-brothers and step-sisters, children of Joseph by a former marriage? or, Thirdly, Were they His cousins, according to a common way of speaking among the Jews respecting persons of collateral descent? On this subject an immense deal has been written, nor are opinions yet by any means agreed . . . In addition to other objections, many of the best interpreters, . . . prefer the third opinion. . . Thus dubiously we prefer to leave this vexed question, encompassed as it is with difficulties.

5) The Blessed Virgin Mary is committed to the care of the Apostle John by Jesus from the Cross (John 19:26-27). Jesus certainly wouldn’t have done this if He had brothers (all of whom would have been younger than He was).

6) Matthew 1:24-25 Joseph . . . knew her not until she had borne a son . . .

This passage has been used as an argument that Mary did not remain a virgin after the birth of Jesus, but the same Protestant commentary also states (my italics again):

The word “till” [until above] does not necessarily imply that they lived on a different footing afterwards (as will be evident from the use of the same word in 1 Samuel 15:35; 2 Samuel 6:23; Matthew 12:20); nor does the word “first-born” decide the much-disputed question, whether Mary had any children to Joseph after the birth of Christ; for, as Lightfoot says, “The law, in speaking of the first-born, regarded not whether any were born after or not, but only that none were born before.”

John Calvin used the same counter-argument in favor of Mary’s perpetual virginity. In fact, in his Harmony of the Gospels, commenting on Matthew 1:25, he thought the contention of further siblings based on this passage was so unfounded that he wrote, “No man will obstinately keep up the argument, except from an extreme fondness for disputation.”

7) Jude is called the Lord’s “brother” in Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3. If this is the same Jude who wrote the epistle bearing that name (as many think), he calls himself “a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James” (Jude 1:1). Now, suppose for a moment that he was Jesus’ blood brother. In that case, he refrains from referring to himself as the Lord’s own sibling (while we are told that such a phraseology occurs several times in the New Testament, referring to a sibling relationship) and chooses instead to identify himself as James‘ brother. 

This is far too strange and implausible to believe. Moreover, James also refrains from calling himself Jesus’ brother, in his epistle (James 1:1: “servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ”): even though St. Paul calls him “the Lord’s brother” (Gal 1:19).

It’s true that Scripture doesn’t come right out and explicitly state that Mary was a perpetual virgin. But nothing in Scripture contradicts that notion, and — to say the same thing another way — nothing in the perpetual virginity doctrine contradicts Scripture

Watch Shocking Video! Celestial Music Found By Scientists On The Mantle Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Watch Shocking Video! Celestial Music Found By Scientists On The Mantle Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

 




Several scientific discoveries have been revealed around the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is one of them; music was found on the Mantle of the Virgin forming musical notes with the stars and flowers of her dress. 

The researcher Fernando Ojeda made a scientific study on the position of stars and flowers in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe where he checks through the geography, geometry, astronomy and music (associated with mathematics) the veracity of the piece, this allowed music experts to discover the composition of celestial music.

Rafael Mariae Hernandez

Published on Sep 10, 2017

Watch Video of the composed Celestial Music 

History Of The Visions Of Mary Of The Rosary Of San Nicolas 

History Of The Visions Of Mary Of The Rosary Of San Nicolas 

San Nicolas de los Arroyos is located in the Buenos Aires province, in Argentina, 143 miles from the capital, adjacent to the Parana River.  In 1852 in this city the Constituent Assembly was founded, for that reason it is known as the City of the Agreement, or also as Steel City, by the metallurgical industry, because one of the biggest steel mills in Latin America is located there, but will soon be known as the City of Mary.    

The city takes its name from a saint born around the year 270, who has had the greatest amount of churches erected in his name after the Most Holy Virgin. St. Nicolas bravely defended in the Council of Nicea the mystery of the divine maternity of Mary.  

In this city that bears his name, on September 25, 1983, the Virgin appears to Mrs. Gladys Quiroga de Motta, in her room, while she prays the rosary. 

The Virgin was dressed in blue, had Baby Jesus in her arms, and a rosary in the hand. The Most Holy Mother made a gesture, as to give the rosary to Gladys. 

The apparition was very brief, like a species of annunciation.  

Gladys is a simple woman, wife of a metallurgical worker and mother of two daughters.  Never before had she ever experienced anything similar. The previous day she saw that the Rosary that hangs in her bedroom had glowed by itself.  Some neighbors also saw it. There she began to pray the Rosary, and on the following day the first apparition took place.  

During some time, in several places of Buenos Aires several families testified this same phenomenon in their own houses. 

Gladys was not used to writing. She attended primary school until the fourth grade. Nevertheless she started to leave testimony in writing of the messages and the facts that changed her life and the lives of many others.  

On September 28 and October 5, 1983, the Virgin appears again to Gladys while she prays the Rosary. The Mother repeats the gesture offering the Rosary to her. The Virgin had still not spoken.  

On October 7, celebration of the feast of the Rosary, Gladys felt the inner announcement that she had learned to recognize, closed her eyes, saw a light, and in it saw the Most Holy Virgin full of life, holding in her hands a great Rosary. Gladys asked what was expected from us. The image erased and instead appeared a vision of a temple. By this, she understood that Mary wanted to be amongst us.   

On the 13th of October, anniversary of the last appearance at Fatima, the Virgin spoke for the first time:  

‘You have done well. Do not be afraid. Come to see me. I will take you by the hand and you will travel many paths.’  

After the message the Virgin refers to a message from the Bible, the word of God that illuminates all word. With this text she is encouraged to fulfill her mission, to take her messages although difficulties may appear. Thereafter, she begins to receive other messages frequently. On October 19th, Mary said to Gladys: 

‘Rebels are unjust and humble the servants of the Lord. Seek help and you will receive it. Do not fear. Nothing will happen to you. The Lord leaves nothing at random’. 

On October 25th, Gladys goes for the second time, since the apparitions started, to the city of Rosario, seat of the archbishop, city consecrated to Our Lady of the Rosary. That day, exactly a month to the day of the first apparition, the Virgin appears to her and She tends a white Rosary to her: ‘Receive this Rosary from my hands and keep it forever and ever. I am happy because you are obedient. And be happy because God is with you.’ 

The messages continue, with frequent references to the Sacred Scriptures. It is that Mary leads to the word of God and this way continues her invitation, as she did to the servants of Cana: “Do all that He tells you”.  This one is a new and singular fact in the history of the Marian apparitions.  

In our next edition, we will bring you messages from Mary of the Rosary of San Nicolas. 

Watch Pictures! Mysterious Image Appears In The Living Room Of A Medjugorje Pilgrim While Praying The Rosary 

Watch Pictures! Mysterious Image Appears In The Living Room Of A Medjugorje Pilgrim While Praying The Rosary 

Jon Elliott, who traveled to Medjugorje last year, sent Mystic Post these photos. Jon says he was praying the rosary when sunlight came into his living room. He saw the image and quickly took the photos.

Well this could mean something or nothing. Which ever, just know that the Blessed Virgin Mary and the whole host of heaven is always around us each time we pray the Rosary. And keep in mind that the Rosary is a powerful weapon against Satan and all the forces of darkness. 

 

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