Monday, March 13, 2017

Is Mary The Mother Of God?

  • Information To Ponder:
          -Roman Catholics (and some mainline Protestant denominations) affirm the belief that Mary is the "Mother of God". In other words, they believe that because Mary is the mother of Jesus, and that Jesus is God, she must therefore be His mother (CCC # 963, 971, 2677).
         -In 431 AD, the Council of Ephesus declared that Mary was "Theotokos", a Greek term which is translated to mean "God-bearer". In other words, this was the first time that Mary was officially declared the "Mother of God". This was done to affirm the deity of Jesus Christ in response to Nestorius, who believed in separating His human and divine natures. This heresy has been termed "Nestorianism".
        -Pope John Paul II, in a speech in 1996, encouraged people “not only to invoke the Blessed Virgin as the Mother of Jesus, but also to recognize her as Mother of God” (L'Osservatore Romano, 4, December 1996, p. 11).
  • Logical Dilemmas And Misleading Implications Of The Mother Of God Doctrine:
       -Is Mary the mother of the Trinity?
       -If Mary is the mother of God, then why not start calling her mother the "Grandmother of God"? How come nobody exalts Mary's mother in the same manner?
       -Who has the authority to set forth specific standards defining which amount of honor should be given to Mary (that should not be exceeded)? How can we know that advocates of mariology are not simply trying to "bend the rules"?
      -A mother by definition precedes her child and at some point is more powerful than her child. To call Mary the "Mother of God" gives the misleading implication that Mary proceeded and at one point in time was more powerful than God Almighty.
      -God the Father has no "mother", for He is eternal (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 43:10). However, it is biblical to say that Mary was the mother of Jesus during His incarnation on earth. While Mary did indeed carry both of Christ's natures in her womb when His body was still developing, she is still not the mother of His divine nature because it did not originate in her womb.
      -A case for the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ can be established without the occupation of the title "Mother of God". In other words, the technical term being addressed in this article is both totally unnecessary and unbiblical. Nevertheless, Jesus is co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. They all share many of the same titles and attributes. They together are still one God (i.e. Matthew 28:18-20; John 1:1-3; 14; 8:56-59; 10:30-33; Acts 5:4-5; Colossians 2:8-9; Isaiah 44:6-8; Revelation 1:8; 17-18; 2:8; 22:12-13).
  • So Why Should We Object To Using The Title "Mother Of God"?:
         -Quite simply, we should reject the occupation of such a religious title because it is completely unbiblical and gives too much honor and devotion to somebody other than God. In the end, we are forced to conclude that the invention and use of the title "Mother of God" is simply another one of Roman Catholicism's attempts to sooth its own desire of elevating Mary to idolatrous levels. This is further evidenced by the fact that the Mary of the Catholic Church shares several of the same qualities and abilities as the Lord Himself. Furthermore, Rome has given her many titles that perfectly fit the description of a savior!