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Titles and traditions help us better understand Mary, Mother of God

Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:40
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By Jennifer Brinker | jbrinker@archstl.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker

Marian devotees from Vietnam participated in a procession at the start of a Marian vigil led by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 8.

The Blessed Mother has had a way of connecting with people throughout the ages. Through thousands of examples in Scripture, art, writing, and her private revelations to mankind, Mary has been known to many by her various faces and titles.

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  • Mary of Nazareth is the mother of Jesus’ body. She is not the mother of his spirit. Man is body, soul, and spirit. That is why there are three genealogies in the gospels. They are:

    1. Luke’s Gospel: Jesus son of Mary son of Nathan son of David son of Abraham son of Adam son of God (Luke 3)…this is the genealogy of his body.

    2. Matthew’s Gospel: Jesus son of Joseph son of Solomon son of David son of Abraham (Matt 1)…this is the genealogy of his soul.

    3. John’s Gospel: Jesus son of the Father (John 1)…this is the genealogy of his spirit. Note that this genealogy is only one generation long, since Christ is eternally pre-existent, eternally co-existent, and eternally God the Son.

    The gates of hell and heresy were opened when Mary was pronounced Theotokos, “God Maker”, hence the mother of God (Council of Ephesus, 431 AD). If she is the mother of God, that means she is a goddess. After this, the floodgates were opened to saint veneration and prayers to the saints. This is a form of worship, which is idolatry. This violates the commandment that prohibits having gods before the Lord. This compromise led to hundreds of other compromises. Worshipers started using images. These images are not benign “reminders”. They are idols. This breaks the commandment that prohibits idolatry. See Ex. 20 and Deut. 5.

    There are no idolaters in heaven. No wonder Catholics have incorporated hell (purgatory) into their theology. Hellfire is waiting for unrepentant idolaters.

    1 Tim 2:5 plainly says that there is only one intercessor between God and Man: “ For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus”. Crossing this boundary leads to idolatry.

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