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Isn’t it blasphemy to call Mary the “Mother of God”?

Full Question

Why do you Catholics call Mary “the Mother of God?” That’s blasphemy, not to mention logical suicide! If Mary were really God’s mother then her mother would be the “Grandmother of God.”

Answer

We call Mary the “Mother of God” because that’s exactly what she is. To understand why this is true let’s back up a step and consider who and what her son, Jesus Christ, is.

Since his Incarnation Jesus has had two natures, divine and human. These natures are completely united (meaning he is completely God and completely human). The technical word for this is the hypostatic union.

Although Jesus has two natures, he is only one Person–God–the Second Person of the Trinity. For this reason Jesus is properly called the “God-Man.” (By the term nature we mean what Jesus is; by the term Person we mean who he is.)

Since the Son born to Mary is a single Person (and that Person is God) with two natures, Mary can rightly be called the Mother of God. The Person she’s the mother of is God–he’s not, strictly and philosophically speaking, a human person, as we are.

This doesn’t mean that Mary existed before God (which is an impossibility). She is a human person with a human nature. She existed before Jesus’ human nature was created.

Here’s another way to look at it. A woman can’t be the mother merely of a nature. She can only be the mother of a person who possesses a nature. When a child is conceived he is a person, not just a nature.

The same is true of Jesus, or else he would be two persons in addition to having two natures. Since Mary is the mother not of Jesus’ human nature but of Jesus the God-Man, a divine Person, she is rightly called the Mother of God.










27 comments

  1. Shirley Reply

    The word of God beautifully addresses this in Luke 1:26-35. With the explanation above & the Gospel, I pray you enjoy your holidays with new awareness. God bless!

  2. Alan Reply

    it is a great blasphemy… see you in judgement day to see what a great sin you have done…

    1. Loca Reply

      Praying…

    2. MarMay Reply

      Alan…if anyone ever insults your own mother, I’m sure you can relate to how Jesus feels when you degrade His Holy Mother. And if you have no love for your own mother, then none of this means anything to you. O Mother of Good Counsel, pray for Alan!

  3. Ronald Reply

    Is the nature of human not to have the same point of view but to some points we have to compromise and view in different prospective.

  4. MC Reply

    As a Roman Catholic we are taught that Jesus so loved his dearly and beloved mother. She was the chosen to be HIS mother. Mary intercedes through our prayers. She is the mother of Jesus!!

    1. kino Reply

      God created Mary and all things, how can Mary is the mother of God? Not even one of the Apotles teach us about the term “mother of God”, only a pagan lier do. Isn’t more appropriate to say mother of Jesus (in flesh)? You blasphemous hypocrites! teaching people the wrong way. You even know that there’s only one mediator to God and that is Jesus, you even know that Jesus is the only way to the Father (God). Teaching human doctrine.

      Matthew: 12. 48. He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49. Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

      Matthew: 15. 8. “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'” – JESUS

      YOU ARE BLESSED IF YOU OBEY GOD

      Luke: 11. 27. As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” 28. He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

      2 John: 1. 9a. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have GOD;

      Matthew: 6. 7. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. – Jesus

      John: 14. 13. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 15. – Jesus

      #If you love me, obey my Commandments – Jesus

  5. Noel David Reply

    Every woman who gives birth to a child is the mother of that child without any doubt…. Therefore Mary who gave birth to the Child named Jesus – is the mother of Jesus. And since Jesus is God without an iota of doubt – the woman who bore Him and gave Him birth – automatically becomes the Mother of God…. To believe that Mary gave birth to a human being who later became God is certainly untrue and illogical….

  6. long live the Queen! Reply

    It takes only a little bit of common sense to understand this truth. Mary is the Mother of Jesus. Jesus is God. Therefore, Mary is the Mother of God. Please don’t play stupid because of your manmade heretical religion! Only the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth… obviously.

  7. bale tshipo Reply

    It is clear

  8. christel Reply

    Mother Mary is the mother of God since Jesus is God himself.

  9. Tito Reply

    Much better if you read the Holy Bible when Jesus himself declared that He is a man.He is the Saviour, Redeemer and the way to the Father

  10. noble Reply

    In the beginning was the word n the word was with God n the word was God .Jn1:1 Mother Mary gave birth to this word made man, so mary is the mother of JESUS ,the word that was n is God. Mary is the mother of Jesus , man n God.

  11. Mario Simonelli Reply

    Mary is not the mother of God: because that implies that she created God, God is a profession and you cannot create a profession. Jesus is also a priest, an advocate, the saviour of humanity. He is a King, He is God. He is the Holy Spirit. Yes she has given birth to His body, which is a primordial act, She has been blessed to be used in that privileged manner. But you would not make Queen the mother of one who has been declared King. We need to differentiate between jesus the man and the profession He inherited from His Father. We read in Acts 2:33-36, “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this, which you both see and hear.
    34 “For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,
    35 Until I make thine enemies a footstool for thy feet.’”
    36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ this Jesus whom you crucified.”

    1. Luke Reply

      So. Many. Heretical. Statements….

      Let’s just break it down, line by line:

      Mary IS the Mother of God, she HAS to be, to state otherwise would be to separate Jesus’ humanity from his divinity (which has been argued before, and proven wrong), and that’s just not the case. It means Elizabeth is mistaken when she asks “how is this, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)

      It means that the angel is wrong when he tells Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High…the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” (Luke 1:31-32, 35)

      I doubt you will find many people who agree that God is a ‘profession.’ I’m not sure what you mean by that. Because a profession can certainly be created. That word is a noun… and nouns can be created.

      You’re right in saying Christ is a priest, an advocate, and the savior. He is King, He is God… but He is NOT the Holy Spirit. He can’t be, the whole concept of the Trinity gets thrown out by advocating that. The Triune God exists as three Persons in one Deity. That’s pretty central to Christianity. There’s not much of a discussion to be had on the Theotokos if we disagree on the Trinity.

      I’m not sure if I follow your logic on not making Queen the mother of he who is King. The position of “the Queen-mother” is as old as the concept of monarchy itself. And Christ does not have to be declared King, He holds that right by birth into the line of David. We know for sure that Joseph is of that line, and at the very least Mary has married into the royal household (she may be Davidic herself, it’s not clear).

      And as far as differentiating between “…jesus the man and the profession He inherited…”… … you just can’t do that. It’s impossible. Scripture is full of verses pointing out the divinity of Christ, and his humanity comes to us from his mother. Indeed, the passage you use for your point helps point to the divinity of Jesus. The Greek words used for Lord and Christ are both divine in use.

      1. Luke Reply

        A woman does not have to have been married to the king in order to be the Queen Mother, as the reigning king can elevate his own mother to this position regardless of her status. In Chronicles, we see Solomon bow down to and give his mother due honor, even setting her a throne beside his, this, the same woman that bowed before David, is bowed to by her son.

        Again, Mary has to be the Mother of God, otherwise you are saying Jesus is not God.

        Your second line… is Arianism… pure and simple. Jesus was not created, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh.”

        Jesus the man is Jesus, the second person of the divine Trinity in the flesh, consubstantial with the Father and the Spirit through all eternity.

        Your third point… I have two children, and was there when my wife gave birth to them… I don’t think your argument there is valid. Joseph and Mary were alone, and I’m sure Joseph had a little bit to do with the birthing process.

        No argument, Mary is the highest of all blessed persons. I don’t think you offend Christ when you hold his mother with the same regard that he did.

    2. Dona Reply

      Mother Mary is mother of god
      God has revealed it small children and hidden from too knowledge people they are too smart to understand

  12. joedzingeleski Reply

    I was once asked this question by a deacon of another protestant religious group and my answer was, do you love your mother. of course, his answer was yes. then I asked him if I went to your mother and asked her to implore with you to grant me a favor, would you be more willing to grant me that favor because your mother asked you to grant me that favor, his answer was of course, that he may be influenced to grant me my favor because his mother spoke for me. so I told him, that is one reason we ask mary to implore our god to grant us such favors, since the bible story of the angel visiting mary to proclaim her to bring jesus into our world, we venerate her as being the mother of jesus, the son of god, as in the trinity, god, son of god and the holy spirit.

  13. Luke Reply

    Mario, if you had ‘dared’ to call your Mother “woman” and she hit you with a broom, then you’re using the word wrong. “Woman” is a poor word to use when translating from the Hebrew, b/c the actual word that Christ would have spoken from the Cross (not in Greek, mind you) better translates as “dearest Madam” or, in other words, a term of the highest respect.

    If I met someone whose love for the Blessed Mother distracted from their true mission of the Cross of Christ, then that person is in need of correction, too. Mary herself would be very disappointed, as her role is to bring us all closer to her Son. “Do whatever he tells you.” And really, who did the will of the Father better than his most precious handmaiden?

    The Church proclaimed Mary the Mother of God at the Council of Ephesus in A.D. 431, and the earliest proof in written form we have of prayers asking Mary to pray for us and to intercede for us before the throne of God come from nearly 100 years earlier.

    Your responses on this topic are loaded with the heresies of Arius and Nestorius, both of which were condemned multiple times (A.D. 325, 381, 431, 451) by the mid 5th century.

    And as far as glorifying Mary, we do little more than the Angel of the Lord did, when it said “Hail, full of Grace! The Lord is with you.”

    1. Luke Reply

      It’s Hebrew/Aramaic, I don’t pretend to think that translations and meanings of words and phrases from 2000 years ago and 1000s of miles correspond very well. All I’ve know is that the serious research I’ve seen on the topic states that when Jesus uses that specific phrasing, it is the most endearing way for a 1st c. Jewish man to speak to his mother.

      Do you know why the Church had to have a council in Ephesus in 431? The Patriarch of Constantinople, Nestorius, was spreading a teaching that stated the two natures of Christ were in conflict, and wanted to change the long held title of Mary from Theotokos (God-bearer) to Christotokos (Christ-bearer). The Emperor, Theodosius II, called for a council to be held, and chose Ephesus as the location to give his guy Nestorius a bit of a home field advantage, given that his main opposition was from Cyril of Alexandria (and you’ll notice that many of the early Church councils were held in the east, since that’s where every demographic of the Roman Empire skewed (and the West was in a mess during this time)).

      The council sided with Cyril, who was also backed by Pope Celestine I, that the ancient title (earliest surviving example of use comes from Antioch (in A.D. 60)) of Theotokos (which, again, translates as: God-bearer, Birth-Giver of God, the one who gives birth to God, Mother of God, etc…) was to still be held by the Blessed Virgin, since Christ’s two natures, Human and Divine, were in harmony with each other.

      You see Mario, the Church has a long history of teaching something since forever, but not formally defining it until the challenge to that teaching becomes great or serious enough for a formal proclamation on the issue. This was just such an issue. Ephesus is also a popular council site due to it having been the home of our Blessed Mother while being cared for by St. John.

      A good Catholic puts his faith in the Magisterium for interpretations of Scripture, and that was one of Nestorius’ problems, he didn’t trust in the Church’s teaching on the issue, sought those who gave him one that he thought made more sense (and one that came from a very literalist interpretation of the Scriptures), and caused enough problems that the Roman Emperor had to call a council to settle the issue. And when the council ruled, the Emperor sided with the Church rather than the man he had hand-picked to be Archbishop of Constantinople.

      Also, to your point about Artemis… you know the Goths destroyed the temple around A.D. 280…Theososius I (the last man to rule over a united Roman Empire) made Christianity the official state religion (and outlawed others) with the Edict of Thessalonica in late Feb/early March of A.D. 380. And if you knew much about Church history, local Christian lay people and religious weren’t very tolerant of other religions.

      Let me give you a quote from an inscription found at the temple site when it was rediscovered in the late 19th c. “Destroying the delusive image of the demon Artemis, Demeas has erected this symbol of Truth, the God that drives away idols, and the Cross of priests, deathless and victorious sign of Christ.”

      It’s also believed that the Romans used parts of the ruined structure in the construction of Hagia Sophia in the early 6th c.

      So no, I think you are very wrong in your belief that the Universal Church came to a conclusion to placate a few pagans that may have still been hanging out in 5th century Ephesus. Sorry this response is as long as it is.

      1. Luke Reply

        Mario, we are now getting quite off the topic of the original question in the article above. I will do my best to address what you’ve said, then I will conclude with one last response to why it’s ok to call Mary the Mother of God.

        Even in the Greek, the word used is to describe a high respect for the female subject of the sentence. It is the same word that Christ uses from the Cross when giving his mother to the beloved disciple. We can be sure that Jesus loved and honored his mother as the Law, and the Prophets, and the Psalmist proscribed.

        And forgive me if I seem doubtful of your trust in the Holy Spirit. I do not doubt the Spirit, but I’d give you more credit if what you’re saying was more in line with what the Spirit revealed and taught to us through Peter, Paul, Linus, Cletus Ignatius, Polycarp, Augustine, Jerome, Cyril, Methodius, Clement, Irenaeus, Basil, James, John, Damasus, Athanasius, Ambrose, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine, Teresa, Therese, Raymond, Gregory, Leo, etc…on down through to John Paul II, Benedict XVI, etc. You claim to be Catholic, I do as well, but what you say doesn’t mesh with what it means to be Catholic, and with what Catholic teaching teaches. Forgive me if I put more merit into what these holy men and women have done and said than to what you say.

        I do believe the Scriptures have been given to us with understanding, and those who have the understanding, have received it from above, and faithfully passed on their understanding over the course of ecclesial history. I have seen translations of the text that say what you are saying, specifically on your bit about Galatians, but your very next sentence… you are saying that Paul is wrong… I think you are missing his point.

        Anyway, I would be happy to check out your book, and if it carries the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimatur I might even buy it and add it to my shelves. But I’m not sure what you mean by “your church” and “‘Magisterium'” since we are both Catholics, we are part of the same Church. And the Magisterium is the collective teaching and authority of the Church, handed down from Peter and the Apostles to their successors, the bishops, specifically those who are in communion with the bishop of Peter’s See, the Pope. I’d like to believe that those bishops who are truly in union with the Papacy would gladly give way for Christ, b/c I can only imagine how hard it must be to be a human being trying to guide a divine institution.

        So to wrap up, it is entirely acceptable to call Mary the Mother of God, because it has everything, everything to do with who Jesus is, rather than who Mary is. This title was formally defined when the teaching of the disunion of the two natures of Christ was being spread by a prominent churchman named Nestorius. The original answer to the original question explains all of that very nicely. Remember, as Catholics, adoration and worship is meant for God alone, but veneration of his holy servants is helpful for us, and one of Mary’s roles is to help us all become closer to her mighty Son. If you do come across someone who seems to have issues with that, it’s ok. A gentle correction is in order, and the confusion is quickly cleared up. Some people just don’t know better, say they were never taught any of this, and hold on to some small superstitions. A quick and kind lesson never hurts.

        1. Luke Reply

          Mario, by whose authority do you hold the works of Scripture to be canonical?

          If Jesus is not God from the beginning, and I mean the very beginning, then why did he bother to come at all? A non-divine savior is of no use to anybody.

          Fellow readers, if you do manage to get this far down, please know that none of what Mario says comes close to the official teachings of the Catholic Church (which he claims to be a member of). He twists the very translation of the Holy Writ to his own words, and interprets them to his own fashion. He claimed to be from Australia, and says he has a book published, and to that end, I have written letters to Cardinal Pell and Archbishop Fisher of Sydney informing them of a man who claims catholicity, but does not follow the Church.

          Mario, please know that I am finished with this particular conversation. The original answer at the top of the page is doctrinally and dogmatically sound, in full accord with the 2000 year catechesis of the Catholic Church.

          Whatever the digital equivalent of shaking the dust from my feet may be, I do that now.

  14. catstclair12000 Reply

    There are only a two ways in which Mary would not be the mother of God: if Jesus was a fraud or if she was not Jesus’ mother. If Jesus is true God and true Man, she is the Mother of God.

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  16. Mark H Reply

    – Mary is the mother of Jesus
    – Jesus is God
    – Mary is the Mother of God

    QED

  17. Joseph Reply

    i am a non catholic !! but this makes sense

  18. Henriette Mbimenyuy Reply

    do not argue until you loose your faith in the process. it is when one knows so much that he begins to shy away from the truth. protestants do study the bible and most have seen all the evident that Mary is the mother of God. may be if they believe they will become Catholics and lost their benefits

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