[quote="SighGuy, post:11, topic:335702"]
I appreciate that you are trying to spread understanding-- but unfortunately the real lack of understanding is caused by a shift away from the Church and teachings.
Almost no person, even (as far as I'm aware) the original Protestant fathers, believed such heresy as that [the argument that Mary had children other than Jesus]. However, after years of being away from Church teaching, people began to see with inexperienced eyes and believe these heresies about the Virgin Mother of God.
The people most suited to understanding the Greek text, those being the Church fathers, unanimously agreed on what the text did and did not mean. It is through the inexperienced eyes of modern readers who lack guidance that we misinterpret these words to mean something else.
I won't go too far into it, but one simple example is this: Lot and Abraham are not brothers. Why, then, is Lot called Abraham's brother? Does calling one Jesus' brother make him his literal brother?
Please look into a Catholic (heck, even Orthodox) article enumerating the many reasons that Mary was a Virgin and the misapplied and unfortunate theology that plagues modern generations.
I have never thought Lot to be Abraham's brother as my text refers to him as his nephew.
As far as church fathers go, if their name is not on the foundation of the walls in the new Jerusalem than they are not qualified to be called church fathers. It is the apostles who planted the church and the doctrine is contained in the Holy scripture.
2 Timothy 4: 2-4 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Romans 14:22-23 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[a]
Believe what you believe, but make sure it is right before God or you will be condemned. May the grace of God be with you. p.s. Sorry for being off topic but it had to be addressed.