posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 11:07 AM
reply to post by sk0rpi0n
Mary doesn't play anywhere near the role in Protestant churches that she does for the Catholics, and Mariology was one of the things that I struggled
with when I decided to convert. I understand it better, now, but still would hesitate to say that I think it matters all that much.
Yes, Catholics use the term "Mother of God", directly in the intercessory prayer "Hail Mary"
Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen
This title doesn't mean that she pre-existed Jesus, it's just a reference to the fact that she carried him in her womb and provided the DNA for his
Some of the other, non-Biblical, claims about Mary that I have a little better understanding of now are the Immaculate Conception, the belief that
Mary was born without Original Sin -- theorized by the Catholic church because God could not exist in a sinful place, and the Assumption of Mary
(which, ironically, is celebrated tomorrow.) The Assumption is taught because, unlike pretty much everyone else at the time, no relics exist of Mary
- no tomb, no mention of her dying - and it seems a bit weird that she would just kind of disappear, unless she did.
Like I said, I'm not sure what to think of all that, but I respect Mary for what she did for us, and I'll let the rest of it slide for
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