Mary

Did Mary (Jesus’ mother) “really” think she had God growing inside of her? Was it God or are the catholics confused?

Mary’s cousin Elizabeth “really” thought Mary had God growing inside of her. Mary did not disagree, but in fact rejoiced in God her savior.

Lk 1:43But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

“my lord” or “lord” I dont think means or ment God at that time:shrug: . “my lord” has been used in very different ways.

Yes, Jesus is ‘really’ God, second Person of the Trinity (Three Divine Persons in One God). It is a great mystery.

No, Catholics are not ‘confused’. We received this great teaching from God nearly 2000 years in Christ’s Incarnation, Life, Death and Resurrection. But the foreshadowing of this great Redemption was put forth in the Old Testament of the Bible as well. Christ is and was the Jewish “Messiah” whom the prophets foretold.

He is both fully human AND fully God. Again, a great mystery which is called the “hypostatic union”.

I recommend you read some of the excellent works found right here in the CA Library. Here is one: Mary, Mother of God. catholic.com/library/Mary_Mother_of_God.asp

It should help.

Actually you need to go back to the original text to know what they were saying. For instance in this case they referenced Lord as Adonai. Which is one of the Jewish names of God. So they were in fact saying it was God. Often in hebrew they replace YHWH or Jehovah with Adonai. I hope that helps.

Well said. :thumbsup:

One would think that a visit from the Angel Gabriel would be enough for Mary to know what was happening!
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10 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
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to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
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And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you."
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But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
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Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
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Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
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He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, 11 and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
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and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
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But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” 12
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And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
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And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived 13 a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
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for nothing will be impossible for God."
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Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. >>
usccb.org/nab/bible/luke/luke1.htm

Well, then look at the use of the word Lord – by Elizabeth – in that particular chapter of Luke i.e. vs’ 43 & 45.

*vs 43: But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

vs 45: Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.*

What kind of “Lord” passed on things to Mary that were in fact fulfilled? I can only think of one. The One that Mary found favor with of course. (See vs. 30)

What Lord were you thinking of?

I prefer to address her as the Blessed Mother thank you and no, it is not the Catholics who are confused about the Blessed Mother, but the 30,000 denominations who are.
We revere her and honor her as the mother of Christ.

“It” was a person, and not an “it”.

She really did think, correctly, that her child was God, though I’m sure she had no idea what that meant, as that information wold have literally blown the mind of a simple person of the time.

It would almost certainly blow the mind of someone today, for goodness sakes! :slight_smile:

I don’t think that any of the Protestant Denominations are confused about the idea that Jesus was God and Mary gave birth to The Christ. If you read the OP’s profile she is leaning towards Islam, which would teach Christ is not really the Lord.

I’m convinced they see Protestants under their beds at night.

yes, for the Jews Lord was the word used when the scriptures were spoken, because they did not pronounce the name of God. Lord definitely meant God.

What is funny is this thread had nothing to do with Protestants. Yet for some reason the need to say something against Protestants was brought up. Kinda like lets attract flies with vinegar.

Still as I stated earlier if you go back to the original language the word Lord in this sentence was translated from the word Adonai… which is exclusively a reference to God. You would never refer to an earthly king as Adonai.

Agreed. We have to remember, too, that the angel specifically told Mary that the child she was to have would be the Son of God.

"No child comes into this world without being at the time of his birth touched by Satan, and because of this touch the child utters a cry. Mary and her Son have been exempted from this touch." - Abu Huraira, Mohammad’s commentator.

***"Therefore the Lord himself *will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:14

("The Virgin Mary, being obedient to his word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God" -Against Heresies, 5:19:1 [A.D. 189]).

"And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth." - John 1:14

[FONT=Arial]*"The virgin birth is an underlying assumption of everything the Bible says about Jesus. To throw out the virgin birth is to reject Christ’s deity, the accuracy and authority of Scripture, and a host of other related doctrines that are the heart of the Christian faith. No issue is more important than the virgin birth to our understanding of who Jesus is. If we deny Jesus is God, we have denied the very essence of Christianity." *- John F. MacArthur, Jr. [/FONT]

"No child comes into this world without being at the time of his birth touched by Satan, and because of this touch the child utters a cry. Mary and her Son have been exempted from this touch." - Abu Huraira, Mohammad’s narrator.

***"Therefore the Lord himself *will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:14

("The Virgin Mary, being obedient to his word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God" -Against Heresies, 5:19:1 [A.D. 189]).

"And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth." - John 1:14

[FONT=Arial]*"The virgin birth is an underlying assumption of everything the Bible says about Jesus. To throw out the virgin birth is to reject Christ’s deity, the accuracy and authority of Scripture, and a host of other related doctrines that are the heart of the Christian faith. No issue is more important than the virgin birth to our understanding of who Jesus is. If we deny Jesus is God, we have denied the very essence of Christianity." *- John F. MacArthur, Jr. [/FONT]

Truely there is only One Lord and that is Jesus Christ Son of God.
Elizabeth knew exactly as did John in the womb of Elizabeth, both knew that it was Jesus Son of God, whom himself being God in Mary’s womb.

Ufamtobie

However in Sacred Scripture it is “Lord” not “lord” it is significant that the word “Lord” is capitalized. Meaning Lord as in God.

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