Response to Mary is not the Mother of God - 01/12/2004

Hello again,
I received your reply to the e mail I sent to you about Mary the Mother of God and I thank you for how fast you were.

I do wonder if you have not read the Scripture verses Luke 1:41- 45 "And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of May, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for hoy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.' " Also John 19:26-27 " When Jesus saw saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother,'Woman, behold, your son!' Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold, your mother!' and from that hour the disciple took her to his own home."

You see referring to Mary as the Mother of God is very Biblical. The Scriptures do support this.

In Him,
Stacey





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi again, Stacey. Actually, I have read those passages. I've read the Bible in its entirety, but do love to read the gospels. I fail to see how the passage in John supports your argument. Perhaps you could explain. The passage in Luke doesn't support that argument either. Indeed, Mary was blessed to be chosen to conceive and give birth to the physical body of Jesus. Yet the Son's God nature created her, and was not created by her. Jesus tells us who else is blessed. If you read Matthew 5, you'll find that the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted for righteousness and their faith in Jesus are all called blessed by Him. Jesus loved Mary, but did not elevate her above His other followers. In Matthew 12:46-49 we read, "While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.' He replied to him, 'Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?' Pointing to his disciples, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers.' " Jesus didn't say that to disrespect Mary. He said that to show she was not to be given preferential treatment above His other followers. Yet in spite of Jesus' lesson to us, the Roman Catholic Church defies Him by elevating her above all others. Of course Mary was the mother of Jesus in the physical sense. But she was not the mother of God - His God nature has existed from eternity and created her.

In Him,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries