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Perpetual virginity of Mary disproved by the Bible | The Gospel Truth

Perpetual virginity of Mary disproved by the Bible

12/09/2010

The Catholic Church, amongst others, teach a doctrine called “The Perpetual virginity of Mary”. This is defined in the Catholic Encylopedia as: “The dogma which teaches that the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ was a virgin before, during, and after the conception and birth of her Divine Son.” So if this were true then Mary could not have no other children other than Jesus Christ.

Mary had other sons apart from Jesus

“…And she brought forth her firstborn son…” Luke 2 v.7

The term “firstborn” implies that there was more to come. Otherwise it would  surely say “her one and only son”. There were indeed other sons and daughters which Mary had. These were the literal brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ:

“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?” Matthew 13:55-56

“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” Acts 1:14

So then – Jesus had brothers and sisters. If we read the word of God then at face value we can see the error in believing in the “Perpectual virginity” of Mary.

Some argue that these passages refer to the cousins of Jesus or half siblings through another marriage of Joseph. These are flimsy arguments and can readily be disproved beyond any shadow of a doubt.

“I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.” Psalm 69:8-9

This Psalm is prophetic of Jesus. We know this because it is quoted as such in John 2:17 after Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple we read:

“And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.” John 2:17

The “me” then in Psalm 69:8-9 pointed to Jesus Christ. The one who would be alien to his “mothers children”.

Its absolutely clear then that his mother, Mary, had children.

A normal married life

Mary and Joseph lived a normal married life as husband and wife. We can see this clearly by looking at this verse:

“And (Joseph) knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.” Matthew 1:25

So after Jesus was born then Joseph did indeed know Mary his wife – proving that the Bible teaches that Mary was not a “perpetual” virgin.