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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Mother of God

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio writes a short but very informative piece about the controversy that is still generated by the Catholic and Orthodox dogma of Mary as the Mother of God (in Greek: Theotokos or "God-bearer". If you are one of those who squirm at this title, or know people who would, then please read this piece. As with any spiritual reading, please ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and reveal the truth to you before you start reading. After a thoughtful and prayerful reflection, please consider the implications of this dogma:

God the Son united Himself with a human nature forever. Humanity and divinity were so closely bound together in Jesus, son of Mary, that they could never be separated again. Everything that would be done by the son of Mary would be the act both of God and of man. So indeed it would be right to say that a man raised Lazarus from the dead and commanded the wind and waves, that God was born that first Christmas day and that, on Good Friday, God died.

And please consider the implications of rejecting this dogma:

It would mean that God had not really embraced our humanity so as to become human. Rather, the humanity of Christ is hermetically sealed off from the divinity, as if Jesus were two persons, as if human nature were so distasteful that God, in Christ, had to keep it at arm's distance. ...

[Did God] just come and borrow a human body and drive it around for awhile, ascend back to heaven, and discard it like an old car[?]

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