Mariolatry

“Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?””(Matthew 13:55-56). It can be a rather earth-shattering shock for some religious people to stumble across this verse, having been taught all of their life that Mary is the “Mother of God” and that, after she had Jesus, she remained a perpetual virgin the rest of her life. However, it is just not true, despite some traditions to the contrary.

With a bit of research into the Bible, one finds too many scriptures in the Word of God that contradict these doctrines. For instance, Matthew reveals in his Gospel that Jesus not only had earthly, physical brothers. Likewise, John even reveals that, during Jesus’ ministry, His brothers did not believe that He was actually the Son of God (John 7:5). We do know, however, that after His resurrection at least one brother did (Galatians 1:19) and was influential in the Jerusalem church (Acts 15:13). In fact, many Bible scholars believe that it was this very same brother of Jesus who wrote the epistle that bears his name: James.

The point, of course, is that Mary does not deserve the unwarranted and unauthorized title of “co-matrix” or “mother of God”; she is neither. It is extremely dangerous and misleading for a Christian to elevate any human, even the mother of Jesus (Mary) to the level of God; no human deserves such a position. Only Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1:1ff) and no one else comes close, not even His dearly beloved mother. Further, she gave birth to a fleshly being; Jesus was God from the beginning (again, John 1:1ff). Jesus gave up His heavenly state to don a fleshly body but existed as God prior to that, was God in the flesh and, after the resurrection, returned to God as God in a resurrected body; Jesus was never not God (cf. Philippians 2:5ff). Mary never was God, equal to God or the mother of God.

A Christian does not worship Mary; she was blessed (Luke 1:28), but not that blessed.

JDS