Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Perpetual Virginity of Mary and the Supernatural Birth of Jesus: Roman Catholic Doctrine

What most people do not understand about the Roman Catholic doctrine of Mary's perpetual virginity is that they also teach that Jesus was born supernaturally and not naturally so that Mary's virginity would remain intact after childbirth. Needless to say this smacks of gnosticism and undermines the true humanity of Jesus. The following quote is not from an official Roman Catholic link but is Roman Catholic nevertheless and shows that I am not making this up:

The significance of Mary’s virginity during birth is understood when we ponder the whole incarnational and sacramental economy: in Jesus, God who is Spirit, is united with our human flesh. There is no dualism between matter and spirit in Catholicism; rather, the physical manifests the spiritual. Jesus as a visible human being manifests the invisible God. In continuity with this sacramental logic, Mary’s virginity during child birth, through the miraculous passage of the baby Jesus through the womb of Mary, without violating her integrity [which is parallel to His passage from the tomb through the stone without breaking the sealed grave], manifests the virginity of her heart which was given to God alone. [From: Perpetual Virginity of Our Lady].

Another proof for this comes from the New Advent website, which is Roman Catholic as well:

* . . . that the supernatural influence of the Holy Ghost extended to the birth of Jesus Christ, not merely preserving Mary's integrity, but also causing Christ's birth or external generation to reflect his eternal birth from the Father in this, that "the Light from Light" proceeded from his mother's womb as a light shed on the world; that the "power of the Most High" passed through the barriers of nature without injuring them; that "the body of the Word" formed by the Holy Ghost penetrated another body after the manner of spirits. [The Virgin Birth in Catholic Theology].


Katie Donohoue said...

I am a born again Catholic. Why is it heresey to beleive that Jesus was born naturally of the Virgin Mary, but Almighty God purposed her to remain ever virgin by keeping the hymen intact? Please stop arguing over minut-
ia and let us come together as Christians.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Jesus was not born "supernaturally". If he were born "naturally," then the hymen is not intact and Mary is not a virgin after the birth. Secondly, Mary is a woman of faith who believes God and is therefore favored of God because of her faith. She was not immaculately conceived in her mother's womb. This is not Scriptural. She is not "full of grace" or "co-redeemer" with Jesus. She is not the queen of heaven or to be venerated or prayed to. She is a creature and Scripture forbids the veneration of anyone except God. This is heresy.

I might point out numberous other Roman Catholic "heresies," including righteousness as being infused rather than imputed on a legal basis. Salvation is by faith alone through Christ alone and it is to be rejected if anyone says that faith plus works justifies anyone now or ever. Therefore, the Roman Catholic Church is an apostate church until it repents and returns to Holy Scripture as the final authority.

Soli Deo Gloria!


Charlie J. Ray said...

From: Hugh McCann
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2009 11:45 AM
To: Charlie Ray
Subject: RE: Mary's Perpetual Virginity hooey

Hooey of the first order:

QUOTEThe rather commonplace and often repeated objections that Jesus had brothers and sisters or that St. Mark and the New Testament Epistles knew nothing of the virginal conception are answered succintly in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In regard to passages such as Mk 3:31-35; 6:3; 1 Cor. 9:5; Gal. 1:19, which speak of brothers of Jesus, the Catechism teaches, “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, whom St. Matthew significantly calls “the other Mary” (Mt. 13:55; 28:1; cf. Mt. 27:56). They are close relations of Jesus, according to an Old Testament expression. END QUOTE

Blind guides, these.

Note Mk 3:31 = There came then his (Christ's) brethren and his (Christ's) mother, and, standing without, sent unto him (Christ), calling him (Christ).

How absurd and blind are the Mariolaters! Mark clearly says it is Jesus' mother Mary!

And 6:3 = Is not this (Jesus) the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his (Christ's) sisters here with us? And they were offended at him (Christ).


I'll praise thy name, even for thy truth,
And kindness of thy love;
For thou thy word hast magnified
All thy great name above.
Psalm 138:2 (Scottish Psalter)

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