The Catholic Church is the pillar and foundation of truth. So say the Scriptures (1 Tim 3:15).
You assume I am on this site to overthrow or contradict anything Catholic. No I am not. I take time on this site to expound the scriptures in light of any doctrine or tradition. The term “first born” can be used as an idiom if you want it to, but the one who opened the womb, did so first.
The point here is that the New Testament was written 2000 years ago in a language that you don’t understand in a culture that you aren’t familiar with. And apparently, you don’t care to consider any of that. You want to interpret the Word in your fashion, regardless of how the authors meant it to be understood.
And, to them, the term “firstborn” had nothing to do with how many children were born.
But this Matthew 1 passage is not rocket science. The term can be compared with other uses throughout scripture and it implies the exact same thing. The context of Matthew 1:25 was all about his earthly and human family where Joseph did not have sexual relations with Mary UNTIL she brought forth her FIRST BORN Son…
Again, even today, if you speak to Jews, they use the word “until” differently than do we. You want to insist that it must mean what you claim. But it doesn’t. You just want to read into Scripture, your misunderstanding.
The notion that these other children were brothers and sisters in the spiritual family of God, or that they were cousins, is highly unconvincing to any un-bias student of scripture because of the context in which they rest.
You’re not an un-biased student of Scripture. You are highly biased in the protestant traditions.
But, again, I don’t want to rehash this.
If you keep bringing them up, we’re going to rehash it.
I know it doesn’t really matter to you anyway. It has already been decreed as a revelation from God.
By the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church wrote the New Testament and selected the books of the Old Testament to produce the Bible. Whether you like it or not.