On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary
Is Mary, the Theotokos, Perpetually a Virgin?
by Petros Theodoros Presbeftes
Since the inception of the Church of Christ in 33 AD, the
Holy Tradition has always held that Mary, the Mother of God is Perpetually
Virgin. And this dogma was not challenged for over 300 years, until a
Roman Citizen, known as Helvidius, in 380 A.D., maintained that the
mention in the Gospels of the "sisters" and "brethren" of our Lord was proof
that the Blessed Virgin had subsequent children with Joseph. He supported
his mistaken opinion by the writings of Tertullian and Victorinus. The Blessed
Jerome, wrote a response to Helvidius, pointing out the errors of the theory
espousing the opinion that Mary the Mother of our Lord had had children
after birthing Jesus, the Christ Child. Jerome's arguments are persuasive
and successfully defeat Helvidius' erroneous contentions.
All Christians continued to hold to the Dogma of the
Perpetual Virginity of Mary until at least the 18th century, when the "Age of
Enlightenment" among the Protestant followers revived the erroneous doctrines
that Mary was:
1) merely the Mother of Jesus, and
2) that the Virgin Mary had birthed other children with
Yet, today, many denominations of Christian Churches do not
accept the dogma of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, nor that Mary, the Mother
of Jesus, the Christ, is to be called the Mother of God even though she birthed
Jesus, the Christ.
Why is this so?
Why is there this division among "christians" who profess
their "faith"? Could it be that Satan is at work again among the
heterodox? What do you think?
Who is Correct?
Of course, it is easy for this servant of Christ to say that the Early
Christians are correct, since that is the belief and dogma held by the Holy
Orthodox Church, but who is truly correct about this matter? If we look at
the logic of the situation for a moment, the truth will make itself plainly
Jesus is the Christ, the Person of Son of God in the One God Head
For those who sustain the conclusion that Mary is merely the Mother of
Jesus, problems develop by also holding to the dogma for which most "christians"
can agree: Jesus is the Christ. And, if we accept that Jesus is the
Christ, then Jesus, the Christ, must also be the Son of God, the Person of the
One God Head. So, therefore, since Jesus, the Christ, is Eternally God and
is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore: What do you think Jesus,
the Christ, was at his birth by Mary? The answer is obvious: Jesus
was still God at that instant in time. This means that Mary birthed God
when she birthed Jesus, the Christ, because Jesus, the Christ, is God.
Therefore, Mary is properly to be called the Mother of God, or as the Greek term
synonymously coins, the Theotokos (the Birth-Giver of God.) By coining
this attribution upon Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Christ, we DO NOT mean to
infer that Mary is God herself!
Who is the Father of Jesus, the Christ?
To answer the question concerning whether, or not, the Theotokos is
perpetually a virgin, we must study God, and the Holy Scriptures. When we
do, we will come to the proper conclusion. The Holy Scripture tells us
that God is Holy and that by the term Holy, God is DEFINED as a SUPREMELY
PERFECT BEING WHO IS WITHOUT SIN. We are told by the Archangel Gabriel
that Mary, the Theotokos, was to be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit of God and
that she would at that time conceive and bear a Son, whom she should name Jesus,
Who is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. From this description, we
can deduce, logically, that the Father of Jesus, the Christ, is the Holy Spirit
of God, a Person of the One God Head, a Member of the Holy Triune God.
What follows from this information: that the Father of Jesus, the Christ, is
the Holy Spirit of God?
It follows that, in order for Mary to have taken part in this spectacular
event, that the Holy Spirit cleansed her of all sin and made her Holy from that
point onward. In order to stay Holy, the Most Holy Theotokos would not be
permitted to have children with another man for the remaining duration of her
life, because in accordance with the Ten Commandments of God: Thou shalt not
Further Evidence of the Perpetual Virginity of the Most Holy Theotokos:
Jesus, the Christ, is the Only-Begotten Son of God both in Heaven and on Earth
Holy Scripture makes it clear that Jesus, the Christ, is the Only-Begotten
Son of God. If Jesus is TRULY the ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, then the MOST
HOLY THEOTOKOS REMAINED EVER-VIRGIN. This is true, because, if she had
birthed other children after Jesus, then Jesus could no longer be known as the
Only-Begotten Son of God. But, praise God, the Most Holy Theotokos is
Perpetually a Virgin and Jesus is IN FACT the ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.
Further Evidence of the Perpetual Virginity of the Most Holy Theotokos
"When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he
loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!" ( "Then saith he to the
disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his
own home." (G
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Gospel of
Matthew, Chapter 25, Verse 40)
I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the
It is Time to Trust God's Headship Through Jesus Christ and be United with
the ONE True Body of Christ
The One, Holy, Universal, and Apostolic Church has stood the test of time.
Since 33 A.D., it has not deviated from the principles and dogma espoused by our
Lord Jesus Christ. It has remained steadfast under the direction of Jesus
Christ, by the move of the Holy Spirit of God under the authority of God the
Father. All Grace, coming from God, comes through the Holy Spirit.
You, who are Orthodox Christians know this truth. Have you shared it with
others? But, you who are not Orthodox are now opening your mind to the
truth, and you are consequently being set free from the snares of Satan, and
being loosed from the traps of the Evil One, the great Deceiver. Don't
fall for Satan's lies any longer. Be joined with the Holy Orthodox Church,
the Church that can say, with Truth, that it is the Undivided Church of Christ,
established by Christ Jesus for our salvation, and which is the rightful
successor in interest to the Holy Priesthood established by God in Old Testament
Times. My Jewish Brethren, come and be sanctified by God's Holy Priesthood
and receive your Gift from God: the Salvation of your soul and Eternal Life with
God is yours, when you do this faithfully all your life long.
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the
Communion of the Good and Life-Creating Holy Spirit of God be with you all.
+Brother Petros Theodoros Presbeftes
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