THE BLESSED VIRGIN
Is 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
לכן יתן אדני הוא לכם אות הנה העלמה הרה וילדת בן וקראת שמו עמנו אל
עַלְמָה = almah
AV-virgin 4, maid 2, damsels 1; 7 1) virgin, young woman,
1a) of marriageable age
1b) maid or newly married
There is no instance where it can be proved that this word designates a young woman who is not a virgin.
Here we see that the mother of the Messiah would be a virgin.
According to the doctrines and dogmas of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Coptic churches the mother of Jesus remained a virgin for the rest of her earthly life. She is described as being born without sin (Immaculate Conception), and as the Holy MOTHER OF GOD. The rational being that as she gave birth to the Son of God, who is God made flesh, then she is therefore Mother of God as well.
How do we reconcile these dogmas with the writings of the Apostles and other New Testament authors?
Ma 1:24-25; 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
Διεγερθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰωσὴφ ἀπὸ τοῦ ὕπνου, ἐποίησεν ὡς προσέταξεν αὐτῷ ὁ ἄγγελος Κυρίου, καὶ παρέλαβεν τὴν γυναῖκα αὑτοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἐγίνωσκεν αὐτὴν, ἕως οὗ ἔτεκεν τὸν υἱὸν αὑτῆς τὸν πρωτότοκον, καὶ ἐκάλεσεν τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦν
ἐγίνωσκεν = eginousken “knew”
Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
Here we are told quite plainly that Joseph did not, “KNOW” his wife until after she gave birth:
Next we are told that the infant would be her “FIRSTBORN”!
firstborn, first begotten
Hence we see that the dogma of Mary being always a virgin does not tie up with the Bible.
We also see that if He was the Firstborn then there must have been at least a secondborn!
There is mention made of Jesus having other brothers and sisters:
Ma 1:46- 50 ¶ While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 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.”
The original Greek uses ther word ἀδελφοὶ adelfoi “from” (as a connective particle) and “delphus” (the womb), meaning “from the same womb.”
Jo 7:1-5 ¶ After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said unto him, “Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.”
For neither did his brethren believe in him.
So we see here that Jesus own family did not believe in him!
The Bible leaves us in little doubt concerning the matter as we are even told the names of at least four of his brothers:
Ma13: 54-56 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, “Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?”
James ( Yaakov), Joses (Yusef), Simon (Shimon) and Judas (Yhudah)
Where then does the adoration of Mary originate?
It was common practice for the Church of Rome to take pagan feasts and pagan gods and look for a Christian equivalent. Hence Saturnalia became Christmas, the Spring rite became Easter (Æstera another form of Ashteroth), and the Madonna and Child were developed from the images of Isis with her son, Aphrodite and Athena. In one Dominican church in Italy she is even described as “La Minerva”!
Both Isis and Mary are pictured as suckling their Divine son, and also being enthroned and travelling across the heavens on the crescent moon.
Pope Pius IX established the dogma of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION on 8th December 1854. Previous to this it was always Jesus who was considered to be the Immaculate Conception. This change of doctrine came about as a result of the visions of Bernadette of Lourdes and the Lady describing herself as the “Immaculate Conception”. The Catholic Church had great difficulty in accepting her visions at first because of this.
We do honour the memory of the mother of Jesus, and we do remember her and call her blessed but we do not offer prayers or worship as she, like all others, died and was buried awaiting the resurrection just as we all must eventually do.
Her being hailed as Mother of god was defined in 431 ad at the 3rd General council at Ephesus
The whole idea of Mary being assumed into heaven dates backs to the Fifth century and was only installed as a dogma in 1950 by the then Pope Pius the XII.
So we see, yet again, the words of the Apostles being fulfilled:
2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
v.2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
v.3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
© 1996 By John L. Hayworth
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