However, the idea God would deny due benevolence of marital intimacy to this godly married couple is beyond the pale. In this case, there is no necessary implication that Joseph and Mary had sexual contact or other children after Jesus. There is no scripture that I know of that refers to a previous marriage by Joseph or the existence of any children. Hence her befuddlement at the announcement that she was to bear a child. This is not some whimsical notion. But this is to overlook what the Trinity teaches us about what it means to be a person — that who we are as persons is defined, in part, by the relationship we have to other persons.
Mary, Ever Virgin?
Besides, true or not, such belief is not a condition of salvation. Prayer, however, must be. Certainly, no man will ever raise a question on this subject, except from curiosity; and no man will obstinately keep up the argument, except from an extreme fondness for disputation. By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our discussion guidelines. Was Mary a perpetual virgin? As a final proof that Christ had brothers and sisters, let us read of the prophecy concerning Christ in Psalms No smoke and mirrors here.
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Calvin understood that brothers of Christ were his relatives cousins and this is in line with what Catholics believe. We all know the Church has created mythos to fit the situation. One of the contributors admits that "Most remarkable to modern Protestants is the Reformers' almost universal acceptance of Mary's continuing virginity, and their widespread reluctance to declare Mary a sinner". There is no evidence that Paul had Mary and Joseph in mind when he wrote 1 Corinthians 7: Although he did not make it an article of faith, Luther said of the doctrine of the Assumption: Marshall Pickering, , pp. The point is that the letters of Paul were originally written in Greek.
I do not reject this; but another conjecture is no less probable, that Christ wanted to show that now that He has completed the course of human life, He puts off the condition in which He has lived and enters into the heavenly kingdom where He will rule over angels and men. Mundabor July 3, at 9: It has been written about and spoken about by quite a few Catholics, and I have personally heard some very well-known apologists state it as true as well. But what does the Bible clearly and explicitly say? And he also points out that the "until" of Matt. It was part of who Mary was as a person, and who she was always destined to be. He regarded any opposition to this doctrine as "pure defiance",  and consequently denied any notion of Mary as a participant in the mystery of salvation.