By Sis. Sandy w/Tracy
Comparison between "Catechism of the Catholic Church"
(published in 1995 by Doubleday, 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036)
and the Bible -- the Authorized King James Version of 1611
|Mary Remained a Virgin
"Mary remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin." (Pg. 143, #510)
"And so the liturgy of the Church celebrates Mary as Aeiparthenos, the 'Ever-virgin." (Pg. 141, #499)
|Mary Had Relations with Her Husband Joseph
(a) Joseph had relations with his wife Mary after her firstborn son, Jesus, was born.
"And knew her not TILL she had brought forth her FIRSTBORN son:" -Matt. 1:25
(b)We are never told in the Bible that Mary took the vow of virginity. The marriage bed is God's will for married couples (Genesis 1:28; 2:21-24). Mary, by allowing Joseph to marry her, would have committed treachery and poured contempt upon the holy covenant of marriage if she had withheld herself from him. The Bible says Joseph and Mary had at least six (6) children which were the Lord's half brothers and sisters. Yet the Catholic religion has even tried to pervert that. Please see below.
|Mary Had No Children But Jesus
"The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary. In fact James and Joseph, 'brothers of Jesus' are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ..." (Pg. 141, #500)
|Mary Birthed at Least Six Other Children
"Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? AND HIS BRETHREN, James, Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And HIS SISTERS, are they not all with us? -Matt. 13:55-56
However, Romanism tries to explain away these scriptures by saying that the Mary spoken of is not the same Mary, the mother of earthly Jesus. But that won't work. The Scripture plainly refers to JESUS (Mark 6:1-4) teaching in the synagogue, and they in the synagogue call Mary his mother, and then start naming her children!
(b) Prophecy in the Old Testament concerning Jesus confirms that Mary had other children:
"I am become a stranger unto MY BRETHREN, and an alien unto MY MOTHER'S CHILDREN." -Psalm 69:8
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