4 Things You Need to Know about Mary’s Perpetual Virginity
“He was conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit and Born of the Virgin Mary.” We profess Mary’s virginity when we recite the Apostle’s Creed on Sunday masses, when we pray the Rosary of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, etc. But, why is Mary’s virginity so important? Four things:
(1) REJECTING MARY’S VIRGINITY MEANS REJECTING THE BIBLE
Isaiah, Matthew, and Luke wrote about the virgin birth as you can see in below texts. Those who reject this doctrine simply lack reverence and belief in the Bible (the Word of God). Three verses in the Bible stating Mary’s virginity:
Matthew 1:22-23. “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (King James Version)
Isaiah 7:14. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (King James Version)
Luke 1:26-27. “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin‘s name was Mary.” (King James Version)
(2) REJECTING MARY’S VIRGINITY MEANS REJECTING JESUS AS THE CHRIST
Mary as virgin is a doctrine that every Christian should accept because Jesus as the Messiah or Savior was prophesied to be “born of a virgin”. If Christians deny the virginity of Mary then they also deny the person and mission of Jesus as their Savior. The child born of the virgin is the second person of the Holy Trinity who will redeem us from the darkness of sin and death.
Isaiah 9:6. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (King James Version)
Galatians 4:4-5. “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (King James Version)
(3) REJECTING MARY’S VIRGINITY DEMEANS THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
If Mary is not virgin, then Jesus’s birth could have happened with an intervention of a man which contradicts the Bible and discredits the power of (God) the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 states that before Mary and Joseph came together, Mary was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 1:20, the angel told Joseph not to fear to take Mary as his wife because the child conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
(4) MARY IS VIRGIN BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE BIRTH OF JESUS
Some will say that Mary was virgin only before Jesus’s birth, after all, the Jesus had to go through her birth canal and that would make her not virgin any longer. This contradicts the dictionaries in the world. Virginity means “the state of never having had sex” (Cambridge) or “the state of never having had sexual intercourse” (Oxford). Virginity is not about giving birth but about engaging in sexual activity.
Did Jesus really go through the normal birth? Probably, or probably not! The Bible does not say so. However, what is important is that it was God who put Jesus in Mary’s womb and it was also God who took Jesus out from Mary’s womb maintaining the same state of the virgin mother. This is a mystery our human minds may not be able to understand. But with the help of the Scriptures we will understand that with God everything is possible.
Psalms 22. The Psalmist prophesied Jesus on the cross. Many lines such as: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (v1), “I can count all my bones” (v17), and “They part my garments” (v18) obviously fulfilled this prophesy. Verse 7 states, “But thou art he (God) that took me (Jesus) out of the womb.” This clearly indicates that it was God himself who took Jesus out of Mary’s womb.
Isaiah 7:14 also confirms perpetual virginity of Mary if we just focus on the sentence construction. It can be best understood this way: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, then the virgin shall bear a son, then the virgin shall call him Immanuel.” In other words, Mary was virgin before, during and after conception, and she remains a virgin even after she bore and named her son.
Christ’s birth “did not diminish his mother’s virginal integrity but sanctified it.”CCC 499, Lumen Gentium 57
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