Seeking Light From Darkness

While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. - Matthew 12:46-50

A Roman Catholic pseudo-apologist attempted to argue in support of an RCC dogma by presenting an apologetic he had lifted intact from one of those RCC pre-canned apologetics pages that are scattered across the World Wide Web like empty beer cans along the side of the Interstate. In common with those beer cans, the article was empty of content, being filled with nothing more valuable than short quotes taken from the work of early writers without regard to context or validity.

The copier was attempting to prove that the Catholic variant of Mary was/is the mother of God. And, of course, it is quite possible that this is the case. There are a lot of Christians, myself included, who are convinced that the Catholic Jesus and his earth-goddess mother are none other than the ancient Assyrian earth mother goddess and her husband/son with new names.

In support of his point, this pseudo-apologist used a copy and paste response that included a ton of quotations from early church fathers and others. The article called on the thoughts of men whose names are on the lips of everyone, such as Gregory the Wonderworker, Ephraim the Syrian, Vincent of Lerins and Peter of Alexandria, all of whom lived and wrote in the third and fourth centuries.

I never cease to wonder at the willingness of Roman Catholics to accept without reservation the thoughts of men who died centuries ago when those thoughts can be interpreted, correctly or not, to conform with what is convenient to RCC theology du jour or dreams of hegemony. These same people seem unwilling to trust the written revelation of God Himself unless it is filtered through the mindss of men whose only credentials are their claims to be protected from doctrinal error by the Holy Spirit. Yet when a Christian attempts to reach out to them with the Gospel truth, acknowledging that he also seeks the guidance of the Holy Spirit in his studies, the Catholic reacts with scorn.

In order to respond to the canned Catholic 'apologetic' that was posted and then removed from the board, I conducted a fanciful mini-survey of men and women whose opinions I value seeking support for the biblical position that Mary was not the Mother of God. What follows are selected results fo that survey, which are at least as valid as any of those proposed by Early Church Fathers:

Marcus the Bagger, who works at a local supermarket, but studies Scripture during his off time: "The biblical Mary was a vessel chosen by Almighty God to participate in the incarnation of the Word."

Mildred the Cable Installer: "God is eternal. All three persons of the Godhead are eternal. If Mary were truly the mother of God as Catholics claim, then she would have to be more eternal than God, in order that eternal Him be born of more eternal her. And if she were more eternal than God, then who fathered the eternal God she allegedly gave birth to? The Catholic fiction does not hold up to logic, much less Scripture."

Mike the Milkman: "Mary, a human being born in time, as the mother of God? You have got to be joking. God is eternal. How could an eternal being ever be the offspring of someone whose birth date was a fixed event in time? I think those Catholics must be inhaling too much incense smoke."

Millicent of Big Spring: "God had no mother, nor any father. God has always been and will always be. Those Catholic theologians are trying to build a theology around a fantasy based on a misunderstanding of an error. Scripture, that compilation of canonical writings that make up the Christian Bible, speaks often of the Son of God, but not once of the mother of God. As far as I am concerned, if a doctrinal claim cannot be supported from the Scriptures, it is not trustworthy."

Catholics claim that Mary is the mother of God and draw support from the allegedly infallible Extraordinary Magisterium and from a fictional unity of assent on the part of church fathers. Over the centuries that this heresy has been maturing, honest students of church history can see a gradual re-assignment of Divine power and authority from the various Persons of the Godhead to the Catholic Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, in RCC dogma and doctrine.

With the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and drawing support from the Scriptures, and with the unanimous consent of my selection of modern day thinkers, I declare, infallibly of course, that biblical Mary was used by God as the agent by which the prophecies relating to the incarnation of the Logos would be fulfilled. That she was blessed by being called to this purpose is beyond question. That she is to be remembered for her role in carrying out this special blessing likewise is beyond question. That she is the mother of God and to be worshipped as deity is not worthy of consideration.

The truth is in the Scriptures, not the fantasies of men, ancient or modern. Seek it there.

Home | Mariology | Catholic Stuff | PTG Forum