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The Perpetual Virginity of Mary

Jul 6, 2024    Joseph Pittano

Mary, the mother of Jesus, gave birth to Jesus while she was still a virgin. I have never disputed this biblical miracle. It is a fact and in fact, a primary doctrine of the truth I love. Jesus was not born of Adam. He was unique in this among all of humanity since Adam. In that he has no earthly father, the curse of Adam was not binding over him. His being virgin born is crucial to his personhood as Messiah. The question of perpetual virginity, however, is not a question of Jesus’ birth. The question of it is did Mary ever consummate her marriage to Joseph? Did she have intercourse with her husband after Jesus was born? Or, did she have other children with Joseph after Jesus was born? This isn’t just a Roman Catholic Doctrine. Many non-Catholics have affirmed the perpetual virginity of Mary. Are they right to?


Everyone except those distributing it laments the sad near deification of Mary in Rome these days. But Romanists are not the only ones who’ve espoused the idea that Mary never had any other children other than Jesus. Many Protestants and others have also held the view that Mary remained a virgin her whole life. I do not dare condemn anyone on this. All Christians affirm that Mary was a virgin when she miraculously conceived the Son of God in her womb. All Christians agree that she was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus. Some Christians believe that she never had any other children with her husband Joseph afterward. Other Christians believe that she did. Some condemn others who don’t hold to their group’s developed ideas on Mary. Today, we’ll take a deep dive into Perpetual Virginity (PV). We’ll look at the pertinent Bible passages (see list below), we’ll look at the languages a bit, we’ll look to history and what some have said about it (please remember that my references are by no means exhaustive). Is PV something we must divide over? Some say yes. What about you? Let’s talk about it. I will go beyond PV a little bit to talk about Mariology/Mariolatry as a whole, but I’ll come back to PV throughout. X personalities mentioned in the video who’ve brought this matter to my attention recently: @buzzsaws1990, @jeff_palouse, @calvinrobinson, @jjco42, and @oliverburdick (who posted the OP we responded to). Bible verses examined in this video in the order examined: Luke 1:26-35; Matthew 13:55–56; Galatians 1:19; Acts 1:12-14; Matthew 1:24–25; Luke 14:12; Matthew 4:21; Luke 11:27-28; Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 2:22-24; Luke 1:46-47; John 2:5.


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