Mary had to watch her Son be crucified. Perhaps, only a mother could fully even begin to grasp what it would feel like to see her son go through something like that. Jesus died for the sins of the world. St. John, the beloved Apostle, is no exception to the sinners that Jesus died for. Yet, in Mary’s obedient love for God who wills for all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), Mary was still willing to show love for John, even knowing that John’s sins were what were causing her Son to have to endure such agony. She is truly the Mother of Mercy, that even though we crucified her Son, she still intercedes for us from Heaven.
The Catholic Church believes that Mary remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus. Many evangelical protestants will claim that such a claim is unscriptural, but the Bible never mentions Mary baring any other children, nor does it refer to anyone else as being a son of Mary, other than in the adoptive sense of the Apostle John, (John 19:26) and, arguably, where all true believers are referred to as Mary’s offspring in Revelation 12:17. Yes, brothers of Jesus are mentioned, but in Aramaic, the terms, “brother,” and “cousin” are the same. Also, the so-called, “brothers” of Jesus could have been Joseph’s children from a previous marriage, or even adopted children. Jesus even refers to the apostles as “brothers,” in John 20:17. The John 20:17 use of the term “brother,” is likely the same way that the term “brother” is to be understood in relation to James as used in Galatians 1:19, although it is possible that he may have been a cousin. If James was literally the “brother” of Jesus, then why did Jesus leave Mary with John? The argument that James was a nonbeliever at the time would be Scripturally unsupportable, as there is nothing in Scripture that indicates a later conversion of James, but rather a strong implication that James was a believer from the start, as he is even acknowledged as a “pillar” of the Church in Galatians 2:9.
Also, why in Luke 1:34 would Mary say, “I do not know man” to the angel Gabriel’s proclamation in Luke 1:31-33, if she intended to have sex after marrying Joseph? Note that Gabriel’s proclamation is in the future tense, so “I do not know man,” would not make sense in a future tense context, if she intended to “know man” in the future.
The other Catholic doctrine about Mary is the belief that she was assumed up to Heaven, by God’s Power, not her own, in a similar manner to Elijah, and as some believe, Enoch. Many evangelical protestants will say that this is also unbiblical. The Bible doesn’t record Mary dying and being buried anywhere, however, nor does history. There is nowhere in the world that claims to possess Mary’s tomb. If such a location existed, surely Catholics from around the world would make pilgrimages to it. Yet, no such place exists, because Mary was assumed into Heaven. Where does the Bible say that? Again, the false doctrine of Sola-Scriptura becomes a stumbling block to Protestants accepting the fullness of Christianity. Was the doctrine of the Glorious Assumption a money making scam? If that was the Church’s intention, then they would have invented a false tomb of Mary and charged money to view it. This doctrine actually prevents the Church from ever trying to pull off such a scandalous act. Is it pagan? Paganism would have had her ascend to Heaven by her own power, not by God’s. Does it help the Church gain power or prestige? Again, this doctrine becomes a stumbling block to Protestants accepting Catholicism (on the grounds that Scripture doesn’t mention it), and also requires reaching out in faith, so that could not be the intention. Again, like with the Immaculate Conception, we must therefore conclude that the Glorious Assumption is also true as the Church teaches and has taught it to be since it occurred.
Now, one may ask, if this doctrine is so important, why doesn’t the Bible mention it. Well, there are two reasons. The first reason is that the majority of the New Testament was written before this happened. The second, and more significant reason, however, is, that nowhere does the Bible claim to clearly spell out all the essential elements of Christianity. Such thinking is heresy.
Well, I hope that clears things up for you. If any CATHOLIC finds anything erroneous about anything I said, please correct me.