Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Mary Was a Lifelong Virgin

Mary had other children with Joseph after the virgin birth of Jesus

I am recanting the comments I made in my article about Mary's perpetual virginity. Protestants offer several arguments against the perpetual virginity of Mary, which Catholics hold to. They say that Matthew 1:25 implies that Mary had sex with Joseph after the virgin birth, but this is not hinted at in the language. Until also doesn't mean a reversal of the situation in Matthew 22:44; 2 Samuel 6:23; 1 Timothy 4:13; 6:14; 1 Corinthians 15:25, Ephesians 4:13; 2 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 2:25-26; Acts 25:21; and Romans 8:22. Protestants also say that according to Matthew 13:55-56, Jesus has several biological sisters in addition to three biological brothers: James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. This argument is weak. There are probably more than three sisters, making Jesus have seven or more siblings altogether. This is extremely doubtful because when Jesus went to Jerusalem for Passover at age twelve in Luke 2:41-51, there are no indications that Jesus had siblings. To claim that Mary suddenly started having so many babies after Jesus was twelve is absurd. Matthew 13:55 does not say that Joseph and Mary are the parents of Joseph and James. Joseph and James are the sons of Mary, wife of Clopas [Matthew 27:56, cf. John 19:25]. Mary losing her virginity would contradict the prophecy in Ezekiel 42:44. Protestants denying Mary's perpetual virginity say that in Luke 1:34 Mary is saying, "I have not had sex yet [but will]." In fact, in Luke 1:34 Mary speaks in the present tense with an intention for the future; a pledge to remain a lifelong virgin. Also, the Greek word for brothers in the Bible most often means kinsmen (defined as " a man sharing the same racial, cultural, or national background as another" ), not biological brothers. In the many different contexts brothers (adelphoi) means kinsmen. This is true in Luke 22:32; Acts 1:12-15; 7:26; 11:1; 13:15,38; 15:3,23,32; 28:17,21; Genesis 11:26-28; 13:8; 14:14,16; 29:15; etc.

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Kevin D. Johnson said...

Ummm...you don't have to be Roman Catholic to believe in the Perpetual Virginity of Mary. Luther, Calvin, Turretin and many other Protestants believed in it for several hundred years. It wasn't even really an issue during the Reformation.

Kevin D. Johnson

RC said...

yo...that thing above...I unoffically claim to be a roman catholic...that's the most official unofficial claim i've ever seen.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

Will Huysman said...


I know. I was just making a generalization.


Haha. I am growing more and more confident that Catholicism is true, but I need to go to church to learn how to be a practicing one (e.g. sacraments); hence, unofficial.