Sunday, March 12, 2017

Is Mary The Mother Of The Church?

  • Discussion:
          -Roman Catholics believe that Mary is the mother of the church.
          -Galatians 4:26 tells us that the City of Jerusalem is the mother of the church. In that same context, Jesus' mother is only described as "a woman" (Galatians 4:4).
          -In his epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul mentioned Rufus' mother and said that she had been a motherly figure to him (Romans 16:13). He says nothing about Mary.
          -The Apostle John says nothing about Mary in his letters to the churches and mentions her only twice in his gospel (the wedding at Cana and the crucifixion of Jesus). This is significant because he took Mary into his home after Jesus was crucified.
          -Proponents of the belief that Mary is the mother of the church frequently misuse John 19:27 ("Behold thy mother") to try proving that Jesus identified Mary as everyone's mother in the church. However, notice that John 19:26 says,"Behold thy son." Does this prove that the Apostle John is everyone's son or the son of the church? Jesus was simply entrusting His mother to the care of His beloved disciple.

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