In Roman Catholic Marian art, scenes depicting the annunciations are also used to represent the perpetual virginity of Mary via the announcement by the angel Gabriel that Mary would conceive a child to be born the son of God. What about the recently "discovered" James Ossuary? Baptismal regeneration, performed upon infants link Please note, all of the above links are provided from the website of St. In Greek theology the distinction is very clearly marked: That title of "Canadian" on my birth certificate gives me specific rights and privileges associated with it.
Why is Mary Considered Ever-Virgin?
But the problem is built by the extra step taken by tradition to insist on amplifying a particularly scandalous detail and hanging great weight on it. Otherwise, we have to go back and erase one off all those pictures hanging up in the churches. Thou hast been born without destroying my virginity, but Thou hast kept my womb as it was before childbirth Anyone who thinks out the implications of that great phrase, "The Word Logos was made flesh," cannot but feel a profound awe for her who was chosen as the instrument of so surpassing a mystery. In a very real way, Orthodox chant their theology. Interpretation of the phrase "brother of the Lord" and similar phrases is divided between those who believe that Mary had some children and those Catholics, Eastern Christianity, and some Protestants who hold the perpetual virginity of Mary.
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For a Protestant who is concerned about historical theology, but rejects a particular point of traditional teaching, it's important to have a reasonable explanation for why the generally historically accepted point is rejected. John of Damascus affirmed the perpetual virginity of Mary and argued against those who quoted the New Testament passages that Mary had other children ref. Leave a comment Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. I don't understand any Orthodox Christian, let alone someone like Fr Thomas Hopko, not accepting this. Is God getting weak "in His old age" or something? He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
For He must reign, until He hath put all enemies under His feet? This word "Firstborn" was a very specific term in Jesus' time. Joseph as being "betrothed" or "espoused". The Bible speaks of St. He neck is inclined humbly and joins the chin in a soft shadow. This seems so plain, in the English translation at least, that many Christians mostly Evangelicals wonder who in his or her right mind who would want to dispute this.