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This CARM article title "Did Mary Have Other Children?" presents the affirmative.
It quotes from Psalm 69:4-9
"Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies, What I did not steal, I then have to restore. O God, it is Thou who dost know my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from Thee. May those who wait for Thee not be ashamed through me, O Lord God of hosts; May those who seek Thee not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,Because for Thy sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face. I have become estranged from *my brothers, and an alien to *my mothers sons. For zeal for Thy house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach Thee have fallen on me."
Matt Slick (the author of the article) goes on to say:
Well, people may say whatever they want. There is a movie coming out that say that Jesus was gay. You may whatever you want. So, I do not join into protests for I would be promoting the movie, as controversy feeds the audience. And I have got no patience to refute all the opinions of people. Nor the time.
But it does not mean that what people say, because they say, it is right.
Simply told, I would say that guy is wrong. Why? Because we, Catholics are right. Period. That is my way of dealing with all the questioning.
And if we are wrong. It is a bet. We will see one day, after death who is right and who is wrong.
Now, the arguments presented are very poor. He does not seem to be able to realize how was education 2000 years ago. Even today. I have a black friends from Africa who talks about his cousins as brothers. Actually, no one was educated, he says, by their parents. It was the whole village that took care of every kid. I know another female friend of mine who was educated in Spain in a village. She entered every house as it was hers and had lunch and dinner at whatever place she deemed fit. All the kids were the same.
And we have a good proof of it when Joseph and Mary were coming from Jerusalem, it took them, believe me, they were in the same group, it took them 1 1/2 days to discover that Jesus was not with the group. Can you imagine this situation with today's society?
The man did not see that?
And there is Tradition. The Church for 2000 years interpreted that way. I am not going to believe a recent arrival who just discovers I do not know what.
Anyhow, is this worth the fight? Isnt it more important to feed the Somalian People, to stop the wars, to make peace, to keep the environment than to try to discover things in the midst of fog!
If God wanted, I would not care less if Mary was or was not a Virgin, had one or many children. I do not know why he makes such a fuss of this Catholic Position.
The question is that God wanted it Mary to be Our Beloved Virgin Mother of the Son of God and, sorry, Matt Slick, you are no God. In 1000 years You and I will be forgotten but not the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.