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    January 17, 2012 | 366 Comments

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    Catholics believe that Mary is “the Mother of God,” a co-mediator with Jesus, herself sinless and virgin born. They even believe that she ascended to heaven. What do the Scriptures say?

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    Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line:  There is no question that there are many issues that divide Catholic and Protestant, and that we deeply differ on the position of Mary. Let us then exalt and preach Jesus: crucified, risen, exalted, and coming again!

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    Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: There is no question that there are many issues that divide Catholic and Protestant, and that we deeply differ on the position of Mary. Let us then exalt and preach Jesus: crucified, risen, exalted, and coming again!

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    366 Responses to “Is Mary Really the “Mother of God”?”

    1. Bo
      September 18th, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

      Sheila,

      Should I be encouraged or blessed by your talking about me. Your claims come from being offended and are not true and righteous judgment. If you want to talk to me that is fine. But I resent being talked about esp. in such a defamatory way. Like rockypath 1 responding the way he does, my supposed arrogance may be in response to those of your ilk that attack me. But of course you will see no arrogance and attack in your posts.

      You wrote:
      “And I know how infuriating Bo can be and I firmly believe he’s adopting the same attitude that the priests of Jesus day did—”come not near me for I am holier than you.”

      Nothing of the sort is in my mind or heart. I insist that you do not discuss me…except with me. And maybe an apology to me is in order here. Think about it.

      You wrote:
      ” I do believe we should interact without spiteful words, especially since we will all give an account of them. And, yes, I’m preaching to myself! 🙂 ”

      Great! Practice Christian charity then.

      Shalom

    2. Bo
      September 18th, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

      Sheila,

      If you would stop judging by the outward appearance and read you would know that I just copied and pasted my previous posts to rockypath 1 for the purpose of showing his accusation to be false and to show those that care to read how wrong his doctrine is.

    3. Bo
      September 18th, 2014 @ 1:40 pm

      Sheila,

      And it only took about 5 or 10 minutes, not a year, a month, a day or an hour. Do you ever wonder if you emotions get in your way of accepting truth?

    4. Bo
      September 18th, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      Sheila,

      You wrote:
      “I need to return to the other thread and then move on to pursue those things that may actually bear some fruit for the Kingdom by saving lost souls who don’t already know Jesus.”

      Do you think that the above sounds arrogant?

    5. b.j.stone
      September 18th, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

      Christians, Catholics alike. Born twice INTO THEIR FAITH. We must include reformers, even reformers of the reformers of Universalists be twice born into ‘THE’ faith, as to ‘their’ unique faith in a ‘jesus of their own choice’, from ‘angel from heaven’ interpretation of Torah. SAME with ‘Messianic Jewish ‘reformers’, also ‘reformers of reformers’ of JESUS also as their Messiah of ISRAEL of Abraham. The resurrection of ALL is the salvation of ALL, including ALL the born twice IN THIS EARTH. THE DISCUSSION BY NICK at night with REAL MESSIAH is about heavenly things, SUCH AS ‘birth FROM ABOVE’.

    6. Sheila
      September 18th, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

      Bo,

      I didn’t mean for my taking the Gospel to others who don’t already know Jesus as being arrogant. Just stating my intent.

      I’ve not said anything that I haven’t said to you before. You’ve given me a job of sweeping floors in the Kingdom. That’s okay, I’ll gladly clean floors as they’re made of precious gems, clear as crystal and someone has to do it. 🙂

      You know I believe you’re in error and that’s why I care enough to dispute you. My point was we can be honest without being brutal. Agreed?

    7. b.j.stone
      September 18th, 2014 @ 10:49 pm

      Charity is AGAPE in New testament. AGAPE is speaking TRUTH in love, not ‘phileo ‘ which comes thru ‘loss of FIRST ‘AGAPE’, when first becoming truly ‘born again’, but NOT TO BE CONFUSED with NEW BIRTH from above WHICH MUST REMAIN in “AGAPE”

    8. rockypath1
      September 19th, 2014 @ 8:57 am

      Shiela,

      I am certainly too broadbrushing but I have been shocked by the volume of incredible and disheartening anti-Catholic Youtube posting. My real tactic is to draw awareness to this so that it can be addressed by those in the broader evangelical assembly.

      My apologies for my ungenerous posting. They grieve me at times also, very much. Part of it is a legitimate sense of injustice but another significant part of it pig-headed pride and frustration. And the latter are just not good enough.

      I will get back to you a little more on this early next week.

    9. b.j.stone
      September 19th, 2014 @ 10:16 am

      Do we really know Paul’s message ? re: Mary ?
      Mary also needs resurrection, as we ALL, IN THE FLESH. Resurrection ‘order’ granted unto Mary, her ‘standing up again’ IN THE FLESH, in very same likeness of also her very parents, all of same “partaking” of very same ‘sinful flesh’ of both that of first Adam’s ‘Eve’ (mother of all natural living soul hidden within, “REAL BODY”, real PERSONAGE, which gives all those now birthed in this tiny FOOTSTOOL, since ‘Eve’, she taken from ‘side’ of first resurrected Adam, THIS very promise unto resurrection, NOT as before of all those who died ‘in WORLD that “THEN” was’ from which first Adam came, who were awaiting their final ETERNAL JUDGEMENT from just ‘one death’ ONLY, from which first Adam came first into his being first of only TWO ADAMS, ONE YET TO COME FROM THE BIRTH from Mary, resurrection as LAST ADAM, on this same tiny FOOTSTOOL of dirt) yet ALL of first Adam along with ‘Eve’, AND included this ‘birth’ of Mary’s FIRST BORN SON unto this very same likeness of very same “partaking” in very same ‘sinful flesh’ of first Adam & Eve’s FALL from GRACE, Mary, the ‘mother’ of the LORD OF GLORY, gave birth to the MAN from HEAVEN, WHO once being in very bosom of F-ther, BEFORE being found in her lowly ‘estate’ bosom she received from her own ‘earthly’ father, and from also her own ‘earthly’ mother’s father (both named Joseph, from the royal line of king David from Jacob’s son ‘Judah’s’ tribe) yet out in the place people, all said “can anything, ever, good come out from outlaying City Nazareth on border of Samaria ?”
      She also was about 13 yrs. given in betrothal to ‘hired carpenter’ by her father who was NOT from Abraham’s Isaac, but in order to work on Nazareth’s Temple, he must take ‘name’ of her father Joseph, awaiting (as in extreme outlying cities away from Judea, 1 full year, before considered consummated in marriage, not only to youthful Mary, also consummated ‘in marriage’ to the faith of Mary’s father’s faith, and her mother’s faith in ISRAEL’S teachings, Torah containing ISRAEL’s LAWS concerning any Temple no matter what City being built or necessary being repaired as was of this ‘lowly village’ of once called ‘City of Nazareth’). Mary BECAME the mother of the ONCE already previously birthed by same HOLY SPIRIT who overshadowed her, HAVING BEEN IN HEAVEN ‘EQUAL’ TO THE F-THER OF WHOSE BOSOM HE CAME FORTH FROM before ‘lowly Mary’s.

    10. Sheila
      September 19th, 2014 @ 11:14 am

      Rockypath,

      You’re fine–I can tell! There’s much anti-Catholic rhetoric out there and with the web it’s too easy to remain anonymous and post very ugly hit and run comments.

    11. Bo
      September 19th, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

      Sheila,

      You wrote:
      “You know I believe you’re in error and that’s why I care enough to dispute you. My point was we can be honest without being brutal. Agreed?”

      I think that you have slandered me to someone else. Speaking directly to me with intensity is fine. Gossiping and spreading evil reports is not fine.

      I would like you to confess and repent. Here is the post that you seem to want to ignore:

      Post 351

      Sheila,

      Should I be encouraged or blessed by your talking about me. Your claims come from being offended and are not true and righteous judgment. If you want to talk to me that is fine. But I resent being talked about esp. in such a defamatory way. Like rockypath 1 responding the way he does, my supposed arrogance may be in response to those of your ilk that attack me. But of course you will see no arrogance and attack in your posts.

      You wrote:
      “And I know how infuriating Bo can be and I firmly believe he’s adopting the same attitude that the priests of Jesus day did—”come not near me for I am holier than you.”

      Nothing of the sort is in my mind or heart. I insist that you do not discuss me…except with me. And maybe an apology to me is in order here. Think about it.

      You wrote:
      ” I do believe we should interact without spiteful words, especially since we will all give an account of them. And, yes, I’m preaching to myself! 🙂 ”

      Great! Practice Christian charity then.

      Shalom”

    12. Sheila
      September 20th, 2014 @ 12:17 am

      Bo,

      I see I’ve hurt your feelings, not intentionally, but, nonetheless I have. I just assumed you wouldn’t be bothered by it, but, I was wrong. Are you infuriating at times? You are, and I’ve mentioned it to you before. Even when I say that, I think of you as a brother that bugs me to death, but, that I still care for. I am sorry for thinking you would have just sent a wise crack back at me like you usually do.

      I enjoy interacting on Dr. Brown’s blog and listening to his programs. He has a way of lifting others up and I get a lot of encouragement from his shows. I enjoy testing my understanding of Scripture with others as it keeps me studying and learning.

      I just won’t be able to interact if strife is the order of the day. I have a natural tendency to come to the aid of others and when I see discord I want to right it. I guess it backfired on me this time and for that I apologize.

      Thanks.

    13. Ray
      September 20th, 2014 @ 10:29 am

      We sure can use some real presence of the Lord’s body and blood here, well some more of it anyway.
      It seems that some are getting present…and accounted for, and to whatever extent it’s so, they will be healed.

    14. b.j.stone
      September 20th, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

      Jesus took aside the murmuring disciples (about drinking blood, HIS blood, eating flesh, HIS flesh)”what if YE shall see the Son of man ascend up where HE was before ?”. Doesn’t that give a clue that HE was not speaking about the blood, bones and flesh HE had already received from Mary (Miriam) very same ‘likeness’ of very same ‘sinful flesh’ of Miriam, from Adam, Adam’s ‘Eve’ (mother of all NATURAL living soul hidden within BODIES to be separated entirely from the ‘outer TENT’ of HIS also TEMPORAL flesh?

    15. Michael lofton
      November 29th, 2014 @ 10:25 am

      Dr. Brown. I am a Catholic and a former protestant charismatic. I also practiced Judaism as a child. I use to kisten to your show all the time. I would love to talk to you about why you are not a catholic. If interested, please contact me at cmichaellofton@gmail.com. anyone else may feel free to do so as well.

    16. Vernalee
      September 29th, 2015 @ 8:29 pm

      MARY IS NOT THE MOTHER OF JESUS’ BODY ONLY! “Jesus is not merely a man who “had God within Him,” nor is He a man who “manifested the God principle.” He is God in flesh, second person of the Trinity.” IT’S CALLED THE HYPOSTATIC UNION. YOU CAN’T SEPARATE THEM. MARY IS THE MOTHER OF JESUS, THE WHOLE JESUS! MUST OF BEEN AWESOME! https://carm.org/jesus-two-natures

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