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Posted on 12/30/2003 4:56:12 AM PST by Desdemona
Dear Grace, Why do Catholics call Mary the Mother of God"? Was she not created by God? Does this title mean that she existed before God?
It is so good that you desire to understand the Churchs teaching about Mary, the one through whom Christ our Savior came into the world. New Years Day is the day the Catholic Church celebrates the divine motherhood of Mary, which is based on the teaching of the Gospels, on the writings of the early Fathers, and on the express definition of the Church. It is a beautiful title for Mary. What many do not realize is that this is a name that Christians have been using in reference to her for almost seventeen centuries. In order to understand how we can call Mary the Mother of God, we must first realize and accept the fact that our faith is grounded in mystery. There is much we do not fully understand now, but one day we will. That which we do understand, however, comes to us from what God has revealed.
The Bible tells us that Mary "brought forth her first-born son" and that He was called Jesus (Matthew 1:25). We also read in the Gospel of John that Jesus is the Word made flesh. The Word, Who was God, assumed human nature in the womb of Mary (John 1:15). We are referring here to the mystery of the Incarnation, the Word becoming flesh. Jesus Christ (the Second person of the Holy Trinity, one in being with the Father) entered this world, taking on human flesh and a human soul. Jesus is true God and true man. Because we believe that Mary was truly the mother of Jesus, and that Jesus was truly God from the first moment of His conception, then it makes perfect sense that Mary is truly the Mother of God.
We must be careful and make clear that we are not saying that Mary created the divine person of Jesus. Mary gave birth to Jesus, the God-Man. When God assumed or took on a human nature, it was the result of His perfect will to do so. He chose to be born of her. Therefore, it cannot be said that Mary created God or that she existed before God. We simply mean that a woman is considered a mans mother when she has conceived and given birth to him. St. Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, who defended this teaching, stated that "it was not that an ordinary man was born first of the Holy Virgin, on whom afterwards the Word descended. What we say is that, being united with the flesh from the womb, (the Word) has undergone birth in the flesh, making the birth in the flesh His own...." Therefore, the Blessed Virgin Mary is rightly called Mother of God (Theotokos).
I wasn't the one whining about threads I find annoying. And in fact, yes, at some level you are forcing me to read your inspired posts by posting to threads I have an interest in.
I wasn't the one whining
No, I'm answering your posts. Your inability to discern the difference gives me a deeper understanding of your defective theology.
Here is a simple solution to your problem: if you see a thread you dont have an interest in, don't participate.
You can thank me later.
It's a free country - You're welcome.
Mary, Mother of God
In 1969, the feast of Mary, Mother of God (formerly celebrated on October 11) was transferred to January 1.
The celebration of Mary as Mother God is the oldest of all Marian celebrations, going back at least to the third century.
The title is familiar because it is part of the Hail Mary (Holy Mary, mother of God ..). But in the early 400s great controversy surrounded it. Some argued that Mary was the Mother of Christ, but calling her Mother of God was going too far.
The other side argued that Jesus is truly God, and in bearing Jesus, Mary bore God
The Council of Ephesus in 431 resolved the matter, affirming that Mary is truly Mother of God. The documents of the council were in Greek, and the term used for Mary was theotokos which means God-bearer.
That's an interesting take on it.
The Buddha was born of the virgin Maya according to Buddhist texts, predating Christianity's take on by around 500 years.
Apart from the fact that "genetic material," is a very ambiguous term, you ignore that the doctrine of the Incarnation says that Jesus is true God and true man and a Jewish man on top of it.
Just curious. You are replying to a year old post. How did you find it?
Just came up today.
What do you mean - just came up? It was posted exactly one year ago.
Someone posted it fresh today.