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Did Mary Have a Bunch of Kids? Mary's perpetual virginity before, during and after Jesus' birth
Are there a lot of people worried about this? Does it matter in some way?
Not that I was there, but focusing on magic surrounding Jesus earliest days of life tends toward an adoption of the monophysite viewpoint ~ which we saw discussed in a different thread the other day.
So, back to a question I had, how far back were those early church fathers? Was it way back before development of the fullblown Trinitarian viewpoint, or after that, and are we speaking of Western Christianity or Coptic Christianity?
This particular topic is far from easy to work with.
I am not a gynecologist, but I can read.
The answer is YES.
Bible says she was a good wife to Joseph in all ways. To me that means having sex with him. Many protestants believe that James was also her son—Father was Joseph this time. There were more as well. I have no problem with Mary being a good wife and mother—She is idealized for this. The Catholics must create the Perpetual Virginity myth to keep her as a demi goddess—to attract Romans and Greeks with a fertility symbol/Woman. They seem to forget the important thing is the Message of Jesus! The wonders are not the main point—they are just confirmations of his message and divinity.
I’ve often wondered if her parents believed her.
Actually it started after her second child. GOD said go out upon the earth and multiply. She would be in non-compliance with Gods command and wishes. Catholics so much wish for a goddess to pray to that they are willing to go to extreme lengths to keep this tired old un-truth alive.
I’m not a Catholic but I am a Christian who believes in the virgin birth.
This talk about Mary’s hymen is an insult to all Christians.
Shame on you.
Shame on you."
Jesus went around healing people, walked on water, brought a dead guy to life and more.
I have a hard time not believing this.
It’s not limited to the Catholic Church—it is a belief among the Eastern Orthodox and other eastern Christian churches, and was held by many of the early Church Fathers (although not by all) and by some of the Protestant Reformers such as Luther and Zwingli. See the Wikipedia article on “Perpetual virginity of Mary” for numerous examples.
I only ever heard of Mary's one. I read such "on the record."
If there were more, show me the record.
The talk about Mary’s intact hymen is far fro a new or modern topic. It was considered an essential belief and doctrine by early church fathers.
All Christians believe that Mary was the mother of Jesus Christ and was a virgin when she bore him.
Discussing the status of her hymen over her life is disgusting. I know you’re only doing it to attack the Catholic Church but you’ve insulted more than just Catholics.
Why don’t you go back to your regular gig and attack Mormons for having their own planets and such?
Matthew 1:20-25 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Doesn't get more explicit than that. Joseph had sex with Mary AFTER Jesus' birth, just like any normal married couple.
Matthew 12:46-50 46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 48 But he replied to the man who told him, Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
Matthew 13:55-58 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things? 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household. 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him.
Galatians 1:19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother.
Sorry, my error. The haters all blur together at times.
If you had to pay taxes to Rome you may not want all records.
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