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7 Reasons to Believe in Mary’s Ever Virginity

Did Mary have other Children? Did Jesus have biological brothers?

These questions are important to many, but especially important to those who are on their way to joining/re-joining the Catholic Church.

Because of the copious amount of historical and Biblical evidence to prove that Mary remained a virgin many begin asking, “why does it even matter?” So here are seven of the reasons it is important.

1. Just as Jesus’ tomb remained empty as a silent witness to his resurrection, so Mary’s uterus remained empty as a silent witness to his virginal conception. In other words, the Holy Spirit would be a tough act to follow.

2. It is a display by Mary of her gratitude to God, who chose her among all women (Luke 1:42) to bear the Son of Man.

3. Mary is the Ark of the Covenant (Revelation 11:19-12:2) and as such, is/was the dwelling place of God, Jesus. To place something ordinary would lessen/dishonor the contents Mary was created to hold, as the Ark was to remain pure (see 2 Sam. 6:1-9, Ex. 25:10, Num. 4:15).

4. Mary was given to God at an early age. Her parents, who were childless into their old age, presented Mary to the High Priest in thanksgiving, to be dedicated to God. It would show dishonor and no gratitude to the gift from God that she was.

5. If it is true, then it is a witness to the holy and unblemished truth that the Catholic Church has kept.

6. It gives Catholics more cause to hold her in a very high esteem and example to Christians dedicating their lives and hearts to God.

7. It is a perfect example of the destructive fruits of Christians who hold the Bible alone as their authority and believe they have the right and ability to be its sole interpreter.

This is no small subject, or “spine-issue”, that would otherwise be unimportant to a Christian. Today more than any other, because of our divided status from Protestants, the truth about Mary is a top reason many hold back from Catholicism. Because Catholics give Mary such a high level of devotion, many Protestants see her as their primary road block. Not only that, but the narrative of Mary having other children and Jesus having siblings would give cause to condemn many narratives and preaching points that Evangelicals hear and use during their life and ministry. To bring such a narrative down would tear down many walls in their fortress of Biblical interpretation.

It was for me and is for many a divisive topic, the perpetual virginity of Mary, but it is also one that unites and binds Catholics. As Mary was conceived without sin, bore the Christ, and became his first follower, she becomes our highest example to follow among the saints. She is in a league of her own and to stain and deconstruct her honor also dishonors her family, of which Jesus is the most affected.

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To read about Mary and her perpetual virginity:

Mary: Ever Virgin – Catholic Answers
The Case for Mary’s Perpetual Virginity – Tim Staples
Mary as the Ark – St. Peter’s List
Why We Believe in the Perpetual Virginity of Mary – Mark Shea

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  • Christian LeBlanc

    I think the simple fact of Mary being overshadowed in Luke shows she was not available for bearing other children.

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  • Deacon Nathan Allen

    I think the strongest argument from Scripture is Mary’s reaction itself to the Annunciation. There are many ‘annunciations’ in Scripture, all types pointing to THE Annunciation: e.g., Sarah, Rebecca, Samson’s mother, Hannah the mother of Samuel, and Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist. In all those cases, the heretofore childless woman is told she is going to have a son who will be important in the salvation of Israel. All of these births take place in the ordinary course of human reproduction. But Mary’s reaction to the Angel is instructive, and makes no sense unless she intended to remain a virgin all her life despite the fact that she is betrothed to Joseph. After all, the the idea that a young woman engaged to be married might expect in due course to have a son is not exceptional; in the ordinary course, it’s something we should expect — unless she intended to remain a virgin even after her wedding. Mary’s reaction itself implies her firm resolution of perpetual virginity.

    • Shaun McAfee

      Great Comment Dcn. Thank you for the visit.

  • Guest

    In the New Testament, there is no mention of the papacy, worship/adoration of Mary (or the immaculate conception of Mary, the perpetual virginity of Mary, the assumption of Mary, or Mary as co-redemptrix and mediatrix), petitioning saints in heaven for their prayers, apostolic succession, the ordinances of the church functioning as sacraments, infant baptism, confession of sin to a priest, purgatory, indulgences, or the equal authority of church tradition and Scripture. The death, ressurection and ascension of Jesus Christ is not the true origin of Catholicism.

    • Jewel Atkins

      One of the hobbies I have is playing Logic Puzzles. They come in magazine form, and the way you build your mental acuity is by deductive reasoning. As a Protestant, I, like you, only went by what was revealed in Scripture as being the WHOLE story, but by using deductive reasoning, one can easily determine a fact by what is not observably present in the story. By eliminating the known and the unknown, we can deduce the truth. When Christ spoke to His mother from the Cross, He bequeathed her to John, and not to anyone in His family. What the problem you have is that you assume all Truth is ONLY contained in the scriptures (Put together by the Catholic Church, you are so welcome). By the way, all the sacraments have their basis in the Sacred Scriptures. Logic and continuity of history beyond the pages of the sacred texts are also helpful.

  • Jewel Atkins

    The clincher for the perpetual virginity of Mary for me, as a convert, was the Crucifixion. She stood with a few other women, and John. There were no other family members mentioned at all as being present. Wouldn’t his own siblings have come to witness the unjust murder by state of their older brother?
    Also consider this: Cain and Abel. Jacob and Esau. Joseph and his brothers. Is there any doubt that having God as your older brother might have caused no end of jealousy and strife? It makes no sense that Christ would have lived an incognito life among his own siblings, while BOTH HIS PARENTS KNEW THE TRUTH – along with an aunt, a cousin, and a gaggle of wise men and shepherds.
    You can almost hear the others saying how unfair it is that JESUS gets away with everything…well dear, that’s because He is Lord. Go clean your room.