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children after Jesus was born?
The Bible is very specific in saying that Mary, the mother of Jesus, did have
other children after Jesus was born. The Bible says that Jesus was her
FIRSTBORN and Joseph did not know her intimately UNTIL she gave birth to
Jesus. The Bible does not say that she remained a virgin, nor does the Bible say
that Jesus was her only child. This teaching that suggests that Mary remained a
virgin is antibiblical. Mary did not remain a virgin. This is for certain.
For a woman to remain a virgin while being married to her husband would be
considered a sin by God's standards. God created marriage. The two become
one flesh and the bed is undefiled in marriage. Mary and Joseph were married
in every sense of the word. Joseph took Mary to be his wife, not a roommate.
Had she remained a virgin her entire married life, this would have been very
dysfunctional. It would have displeased her husband and the Lord.
The Bible says that Jesus was her FIRSTBORN and Joseph knew her not
(intimately) TILL she gave birth to Jesus. The Bible specifically says that Jesus
had brothers and even mentions their names. Jesus had sisters too. Scriptural
references are below:
Mathew 1:25: And [Joseph] knew her not till she had brought forth her
firstborn son: and he called His name JESUS.
Mathew 12:46-47: While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his
brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him,
Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
Mathew 13:55-56 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary?
and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are
they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
Mark 3:31-32: There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing
without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they
said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
Mark 6:3: Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James,
and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?
And they were offended at him.
Luke 2:7: And she brought forth her FIRSTBORN son, and wrapped him in
swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for
them in the inn.
Luke 8:20-21 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy
brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto
them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and
John:7:3: His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into
Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
Was Mary without Sin as the Roman Catholics teach?
The Bible teaches that ALL have sinned:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
The Angel of the LORD says this to Mary:
Luke 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly
favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Notice that the Biblical text does not say, "Hail Mary full of grace..." This is a
misinterpretation of the Greek text.
The Greek word for "highly favoured" means "to grace, that is, indue with
special honor: - make accepted, be highly favoured." God gave this special
honor to Mary to bear the Messiah. To Grace...not "full of grace."
The Bible says that our righteousness is as filthy rags. It was God induing Mary
with this special honor of giving birth to the Messiah. She was not full of grace
but rather highly favored. The Bible says that Jesus was full of grace and truth,
Luke 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in
her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
This alone proves that Mary was not expecting such a salutation. Certainly
one born without sin would have KNOWN that she would be the chosen one.
Instead, Mary was disturbed and was pondering about the greeting.
Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found
favour with God.
Nowhere does the text say that Mary was sinless. She found favor with God.
The Greek word for "favor" means "graciousness or acceptable."
Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son,
and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the
Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Notice here that Jesus shall receive the Throne. No throne is promised to Mary.
For God alone gets all the praise, adoration, and worship forever.
Isaiah 42:8 says "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give
to another, neither my praise to graven images."
Also in Isaiah 48:11b says, "I will not give my glory unto another."
kingdom there shall be no end.
Throughout the whole Bible, this is the theme. Messiah Jesus would be born of
the seed of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, also from the Kingly Line of David, born
of a virgin, would be crucified, would rise from the dead, would someday reign
forever as King of Kings. God will not share His glory with another. It is
forbidden in the Bible to give glory unto created beings or graven images. The
First and Second Commandment in Exodus 20 says:
Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land
of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness
of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in
the water under the earth:
Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the
LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Throughout the whole Bible, we read that God ALONE deserves all glory and
honor and praise. We are to worship God. Nowhere in the Bible does it even
suggest to worship Mary or anyone else. There is recorded in the Bible the
fateful doom of those who would desire the praise and adoration of men.
This is an abomination before God and those that tried to receive the glory
for themselves were severely punished.
The Apostle Peter says:
1Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man
minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things
may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever
and ever. Amen.
The Bible records Mary's words to the Angel and to her
cousin, Elizabeth. Here is what Mary had to say:
Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me
according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
The Greek word for "handmaid" means slave or servant. Mary acknowledged
that she was a "handmaiden." She did not say that she was the "mother of
God." Mary was a vessel chosen by God. She was wanted to do God's will and
God chose her to bring the Messiah into the world.
Luk 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
Luk 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Here, Mary magnifies the Lord, for He is the only One worthy of any glory.
She rejoiced in God, her Savior. Mary needed a Savior just like everyone else.
She was a humble Jewish servant of the Lord. She knew from Scripture that
ONLY GOD can receive honor and glory!
Luk 1:48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold,
from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Luk 1:49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his
Mary is praising the Lord for all that He has done for her. Holy is the Lord's
Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Luke 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in
the imagination of their hearts.
Luke 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of
Luke 1:53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent
Luke 1:54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
Luke 1:55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
Luke 1:56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her
Nowhere does Mary pronounce that she is without sin. She glorifies the Lord.
She acknowledges that God is her Savior. She is joyous that all generations
shall call her blessed. Notice that she does not state, "All generations shall
worship me." She calls the Lord holy, not herself. She acknowledges the
Lord's mercy to Israel and to Abraham and his seed forever.
According to the Mosaic Law in Leviticus 12, every mother that gave birth,
either a male or female, had to offer sacrifices to God: one as a burnt offering,
and one as a sin offering.
Luke 2:22-24 And when the days of her purification according to the law of
Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the
Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb
shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which
is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
Let's See What Happens When Mary and Joseph found
Jesus teaching in the Temple:
Luk 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto
him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought
Luk 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I
must be about my Father's business?
Luk 2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
This alone proves that Mary did not fully understand the mission that Jesus
was to fulfill. Not much is mentioned about Mary in Scripture and I believe the
Holy Ghost did this for a very good reason. We are to worship The Lord and
to read about Jesus, not anyone else. Jesus is worthy of the highest praise...
not Mary or Joseph or anyone else!
The Bible says that Mary pondered many things inside her heart clearly
indicating that she did not understand. Mary knew to listen to Jesus and we
see that from the following text:
John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and
the mother of Jesus was there: Notice it does not say "Mother of God"
John 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
John 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him,
They have no wine.
John 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine
hour is not yet come.
Jesus did not address Mary as "mother" but as "woman." Mary was the
mother of Jesus, not the Mother of God.
Jesus, as God, the Word in John 1:1, had no beginning. He has always been the
Second Person of the Godhead/ Trinity. Jesus is the Creator. He is God. He
never had a beginning. Jesus, as flesh/man, had a beginning. The Bible says in
John, chapter 1, "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." This is why
Mary is addressed in the Bible as the "mother of Jesus" and not the mother of
This is why Jesus called her "woman" and not "mother." He, being fully God
and fully man could not call her "mother." For Jesus had no beginning as God
and He is God in flesh. His flesh had a beginning, and Mary gave birth to Him.
Jesus, as God, His Deity, had no beginning.
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Before Abraham was, I am.
JESUS IS CALLED THE MIGHTY GOD:
Isaiah 9:6-7 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the
throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with
judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the
LORD of hosts will perform this."
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The name Immanuel means, "God with us." God became man. The Word (the
Preincarnate Christ) became flesh and dwelt among us.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing
made that was made.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is
in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
GOD ALONE HEARS PRAYERS:
We are to pray to the Father in Jesus' name. Nowhere in the Bible does it even
remotely suggest that we should ever pray to another. God alone can only hear
and answer prayer. He is NOT too busy to hear your prayers, as some who
pray to Mary would have you to believe. The LORD wants us to pray to Him
alone. The Bible forbids the prayers to anyone except the LORD.
Psalm 5:2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto
thee will I pray.
Psalm 140:6 I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my
supplications, O LORD.
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
John 14:13-14 [Jesus said] "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will
I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my
name, I will do it."
John 15:16 [Jesus said] Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and
ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may
give it you.
John 16:23-24 [Jesus said] And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will
give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall
receive, that your joy may be full.
Matt 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou
hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which
seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
Here we have a wonderful passage of Scripture. "Whatsoever He saith unto
you, do it." That is what we as Christians should be doing. God speaks to us
through His Word. We can read the Scriptures and understand God's plan for
our lives. We can read the words of Jesus and find comfort and guidance for
every circumstance. Jesus alone has the power to forgive sins. What Jesus says,
we should do.
SINCE MARY WAS JESUS' MOTHER, IS MARY OUR
John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by,
whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
John 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that
hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
I have heard Catholics argue that this means that Mary is our mother too.
Jesus, as the eldest son or firstborn, was making provisions for Mary. The
eldest son was to care for the mother and assume headship over the house
once the father passed away. Because Jesus' brethren were not believers yet,
he entrusted the care of Mary into the hands of John, the beloved apostle. The
apostle John was with Jesus from the beginning of Jesus' earthly ministry. He
could properly see to it that Mary was cared for not only physically but also
spiritually. Remember that the Lord is always concerned about our spiritual
well being. For Mary to go back to her unbelieving children would have been
spiritually detrimental. The only other place Mary is mentioned in the New
Testament is in the Book of Acts, where she is included with the 120 in the
Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost.
So is Mary supposed to be our mother too? No. But the Bible does name a
mother for us in Scripture. The Apostle Paul wrote under the inspiration of the
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
IS MARY OUR INTERCESSOR?
No, the Bible says that Jesus is our Intercessor.
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather,
that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh
intercession for us.
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that
come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The Bible also states the Holy Spirit is interceding for us:
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not
what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for
us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
IS MARY CO-MEDIATOR?
No. The Bible says that Jesus is our Mediator. Jesus is the ONLY Mediator.
1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus;
Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much
also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by
means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first
testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of
sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
IS MARY CO-REDEEMER?
No. The Bible clearly states that there is no Savior but the Lord. Nowhere in
Scripture does it remotely suggest that Mary is co-redemptrix or that she hears
prayers or that she is without sin. The Bible mentions very little of her. God
deserves all praise! There is no redeemer but the Lord. God will not share His
glory with another.
Isaiah 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from
the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the
heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Hosea 13:4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt
know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Phil 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Act 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour,
for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Luke 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Mary, herself, acknowledged God as her Savior. Should not we do the same?
We are to worship the Lord and Him only.
In the book of Revelation 19:10, we have John, the Apostle, wanting to
worship an angel and here is what is said:
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not:
I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
What Does the Bible Say About the Queen of Heaven?
Only one chapter speaks of the queen of heaven. It is a passage of judgement
upon those who worship her:
Jer 44:4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and
sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.
Jer 44:7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of
Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from
you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to
Jer 44:15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense
unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all
the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah,
Jer 44:16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the
LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.
Jer 44:17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own
mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink
offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our
princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we
plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
Jer 44:18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to
pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been
consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Jer 44:19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out
drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out
drink offerings unto her, without our men?
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and
they are they which testify of me.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to
me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and
shall go in and out, and find pasture.
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me
should not abide in darkness.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in
him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest
God ALONE can only hear and answer prayers. God ALONE is to be
worshipped and adored. The Bible forbids the worship of idols, people, and
created beings. The Lord Jesus alone paid the price for our sin. Jesus is worthy
of the highest praise! In the Book of Revelation, the only adoration recorded is
that to God for He alone can only receive adoration and blessing:
Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and
under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I
saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth
upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
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