Well, I was corrected by a Romanian priest about the Theotokos meaning Mother of God, and that in theology one must be very exact, which is true. He did not specify whether he agreed with the Mother of God title or not, however.
I do not know Ancient Greek, or modern for that matter, so I’m trying to understand the connotations of the language. Being bilingual I am aware that some concepts do not translate to another language because the people who speak it simply do not have that concept in their minds, therefore cannot ‘name’ it or speak of it, and another ‘close’ way must be found to convey the message losing accuracy.
I wanted to ensure that all Orthodox, as all Catholics, believe in Mary as the Mother of God, since we know that some Protestants do not believe it, which seems a theological ‘problem’ in my mind, since most Protestants believe in the Trinity and the ‘fully man/fully divine’ natures of Jesus. I just don’t get how to do this without agreeing that Mary is the Mother of God?
And, no, not only mothers give birth to offspring in the natural world, some species are born out of males [seahorses, for example]; or are placed into a nest to be born by ‘cracking’ an egg; or given to the father to incubate [penguins], which means at the moment of birth, they see the father as opposed to the mother. Making hasty assumptions is not accurate even in the natural world, much less in the spiritual one!
I just wanted to make sure that I am not writing an article to inform people by giving them incorrect info about the Orthodox. My intention in including the East, rather than simply speak of the Latin Rite, was not only ecumenical in the sense of being inclusive of two very closely related Christian traditions [Catholic & Orthodox], but of also letting Protestants know that it is not only the Roman Catholics that hold these views.
Many times, I find that some Evangelicals, for example, believe that the Roman Catholics ‘made things up recently,’ but when I mention that not really, these views are from the 3, 4, or 7 c., AND all Catholics and all Orthodox believe them, that they [recent Christian traditions post-Reformation] are actually the minority NOT believing them, they are sincerely surprised and a little puzzled…
I wonder if some of you also find this to be the case? [especially in regards to the Sacraments and Mary]. Just wondering…:shrug: