Mary is not the Mother of God - 01/12/2004
First of all I want to tell you that I enjoy your web site. I find it very informative and very useful. Having said that I want to share something with you. I did some research on the net after I read what you said about Mary not being the mother of God and that it can be backed up by the Bible.
Theologians who say that Mary is the mother of God realize that she did not create God, but affirm that the baby she gave birth to was both fully God and fullly man. The necessity of affirming this often misunderstood term is protect the full deity and unified person of Christ. He was not a human that God made and then was indwelt by God's Spirit, but Jesus was God from His conception , and thus was God when He was born.
Is Jesus not God? If not then you are right of course but as I understand the Bible from Genisis to Revelations is that Jesus is the Maker and Creator of the Heavens and the Earth and all that is within it. Eternally and therefore it is not inaccurate to call Mary the Mother of God therefore not un Biblical. Just throwing this out there to you FYI.
Thanks for all the work you do and thank you for your time now,
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi Stacey. Thank you for the nice comments about the website. The article to which you are referring was written by John Schroeder, an ex-Catholic and author of Heresies of Catholicism...The Apostate Church. John is a contributor to Contender Ministries, and we're blessed to have his involvement in our ministry. Normally, I forward comments about John's articles to him, but that article generated quite a few comments that I've already forwarded to him, so I'll answer this on his behalf.
You are right that Jesus was fully God and fully man. Many people have made the mistake of trying to ascribe only one nature to Him. However, some distinctions must be made. As God the Son, Jesus is eternal. The Bible clearly calls Him the creator of the universe. As Jesus the man, His incarnate life began a little more than 2000 years ago. That is when Mary gave birth to the physical body of Jesus. And while Jesus did not lose His standing as God the Son, Mary could not have given birth to His God nature, which existed before Mary, Abraham, Adam, or topsoil were even in existance! Therefore, Mary is the mother of the man nature of Jesus. She did not conceive His God nature, and is therefore not the Mother of God. Saying that in no way endangers a proper understanding of the deity of Jesus Christ. I hope this addresses any questions or concerns you had about that article. God bless, and have a merry Christmas.
Ben and Jennifer Rast