I was asked for verses etc. that prove the virginity of mary after Jesus’ birth and for the immaculate conception. here is what he wrote back after I gave him Luthers words and some scriptures.
Please help me respond to this in a loving way.
"This is all very interesting but I believe there is possible error by all (including Luther) except the true word. I want to know truth so I searched the word myself and found Mary mentioned very little relative to others. Jesus at one time even seemed to disrespect here when someone mentioned Mary as his mother and he refuted it to a degree.
Luke 11: 27-28 (As Jesus was saying these things a woman in the crowd called out,“Blessed in the mother who gave you birth and nursed you”. He replied,“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it”.
Romans 3:9-13 (There is no one righteous, not even one; All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good.)
In reading this I feel I cannot believe anything other than what it states.
Please show me scripture that supports Mary being perfect. I put little stock in the writings by any great man because all have sinned.
I know she was favored but many were favored by the Father. I also believe she was a virgin but wonder about after the birth of Jesus. It would be hard to stay married with a husband and stay celibate. Even though Luther said some wonderful things about Mary doesn’t replace the confidence I get from hearing the word. I need to see proof in the word. I want the Word to tell me that she is without sin and that there were two people that walked the earth without sin.
I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you I’m just hungry for the truth."