The following articles are related to the topic of MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS

The Alleged Perpetual Virginity of Mary

A few months ago, the world was stunned by the report of a limestone ossuary (bone box), discovered in Jerusalem, bearing the inscription, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."A number of prominent scholars believe this box once contained the bones of James, half-brother of Jesus, who is so prominently mentioned in the New Testament (cf. Mt. 13:55-56; Acts 15:13ff; ... read more »

What About Catholicism’s Ideas About Mary?

"Why do some religions place such great attention upon Mary, the mother of Jesus?Is this justified?" Mary was a Hebrew maiden who was chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Her miraculous conception of the Savior was prophesied in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14; cf. Matthew 1:22-23). Mary certainly was worthy of honor as a godly Jewish woman (see ... read more »

False Teaching Regarding Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, has been given an exceptional amount of coverage of late by the news media. A recent feature article in the Birmingham Post-Herald contains this headline: "More Catholics turning to Mary" (March 24, 2001, p. D7). The following statement is made subsequently: "Through the centuries, the role of Mary in the Catholic Church has continued ... read more »

Did Mary, Jesus’ Mother, Ever Sin?

"A friend of mine teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, never committed a sin. Would you comment on this?" The Catholic Church teaches two errors with reference to Mary's alleged sinlessness: - It argues that the mother of Jesus was conceived "immaculately," i.e., she did not inherit, as others supposedly do, the guilt of Adam's "original sin." - The ... read more »

Modernism and the Virgin Birth of Christ

John Dominic Crossan is no stranger to those who are familiar with modern attacks against the Bible. Crossan, a professor at DePaul University, has served as co-chair of the infamous Jesus Seminar-a conglomerate of infidelic, self-styled "intellectuals" who aim to create a "Bible" that conforms to their own faithlessness. Crossan, who has been called "the greatest scholar alive on the ... read more »

Matthew’s Account of the Virgin Birth

Just who was Jesus of Nazareth? Was he "the fruit of an adulterous union of Mary with a certain soldier whose name was Pantheras" as the pagan philosopher, Celsus charged? Was he the natural son of Joseph as German theologian, Adolf Harnack suggested? Or was he, in fact, precisely who he claimed to be, the divine Son of God? In ... read more »

Is the “Virgin Birth” of Jesus Grounded in Paganism?

"A friend says that the Bible account of Jesus' virgin birth is a mere 'myth' that New Testament writers borrowed from the literature of ancient paganism. He says there were many virgin-birth stories, and that the ones in the Gospel accounts are no different from the others. Can you comment on this?" The "pagan myth" charge, relative to the birth ... read more »

Did Isaiah Prophesy the Virgin Birth of Christ?

"Does Isaiah 7:14 contain a prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ? Some suggest that Isaiah's statement refers to a 'young woman' (not necessarily a 'virgin') of his day, who would conceive and give birth to a child, and that this event would be a sign to Hezekiah. It is then further said that Matthew took that text and ... read more »

Do the Events at Cana Justify the Worship of Mary?

"In John 2, at the wedding feast of Cana, Mary asked Jesus for a favor and he complied. Does that not show her power over him and hence justify the praise and worship of her?" Such a conclusion is a vast "stretch," far beyond the bounds of both scripture and logic. Let us give consideration to the following factors. Mary ... read more »

Isaiah 7:14 – Did Isaiah Prophesy the Virgin Birth of Christ?

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isa. 7:14). Of whom speaketh the prophet?Some, of liberal persuasion, argue that the Hebrew term almah does not mean a virgin, and that this passage refers to some "young married woman known to Isaiah" (Willis, 161). ... read more »