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Is Mary a Pagan god or the               Mother of God?  

Have you ever noticed how many times Exodus 20:4-5 is quoted and used against Mary's role in Christianity? After all Exodus 20:4-5 is speaking against graven images and isn't a photo or a statue of Mary an image as well. And so, what is wrong with this you might ask? When verses 4 and 5 are quoted they are leaving out verse 3 (the context), which tells us that these are not any and ALL images, but images of

other gods, "you shall have no other gods before me" (Ex. 20:4-5). Mary does not qualify because she is not another Pagan God in competition with the one true God, but the Mother of the one true God (Jesus). And it is Mary who says, "my soul magnifies the Lord, and my Spirit rejoices in God my Savior" (Lk. 1:46-47). Pagan gods do not magnify the Lord; however, Jesus' Mother Mary does.

And so, when the antagonists of orthodox Christianity use Exodus 20:4-5 against Mary and the other followers of Jesus, they are using the Bible out of context by ignoring verse 3. 

Mary is not another Pagan god in competition with the one true God! She is the Mother of God (Jesus)!

The adversaries of Mary and her role in the Gospels are making Mary into a god. They have in effect made her an enemy of Jesus by using a verse of the Bible that has to do with Pagan gods and applying this verse to Mary. What’s the harm in this?  When some Evangelicals see that their tradition is embracing this type of intellectual dishonesty, some leave Christianity altogether. Still, there are many wonderful Evangelicals out there, who after seeing the Bible taken out of context by their tradition, have made their journey home to the Catholic Church.

An Evangelical friend claimed that Mary is not the Mother of God (Jesus). And so, I asked her this question. "If Mary is not the Mother of God (Jesus) then at what point after the birth of Jesus, did He become God?" She never answered the question; however, she did say that Mary is the Mother of Jesus, who is God. Her intellectual honesty was somewhat lacking because when she said that Mary is the Mother of Jesus, who is God, this is simply another way of saying that Mary is the Mother of God (Jesus).

When Mary was pregnant with the Christ child, she visited Elizabeth, who claimed that Mary is the Mother of God.

"And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord [Jesus] should come to me" (Lk. 1:43).

Why do some Protestants oppose Mary as Mother of God when it is so explicit in the Bible, that she is?  They do so in order to invent a false argument against the Church.  Somehow, the Church must be wrong or they must consider becoming Catholic because they know that the Protestant reformers were in fact Catholic and the history of the Church is Catholic. Becoming Catholic is unthinkable to them because it goes against every thing they have been taught in their tradition. 

The argument coming from their tradition says that “Mary cannot be the Mother of God because Jesus existed before Mary.” Here they have a half truth, because Jesus did in fact exist before Mary; in fact, He always existed “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (Jn. 8:58). Their failure is in their conclusion. They are concluding that because Jesus, existed before Mary, she cannot be the Mother of God.

There is no chapter or verse that says Mary cannot be the Mother of God.  This is a conclusion that is not in the Bible, but comes from their tradition.

Since they are insisting on a conclusion that is not in the Bible, their “Bible Alone” concept fails once more for the sake of their tradition. 

When Jesus was born of Mary, she did not give birth to a partial Jesus.  Mary gave birth to a full Jesus who was both fully God and fully man. The Church, Bible and early Church Fathers refer to Jesus as Mother of God. 

On one occasion, I was listening to the Baptist radio station in the Milwaukee area and the commentator referred to Fr. Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, as that “great holy man of God.” And so, what did this great holy man of God have to say about Mary? Was she the Mother of God or not? Fr. Martin Luther says and I quote, "St. Paul says 'God sent his Son born of a woman. These words which I hold for true, really sustain quite firmly that,

Mary is the Mother of God" (Martin Luther's Works, vol 7, pg 592).

The rejection of Mary as Mother of God came later in the history of Protestant Reformation. Mary as Mother of God is not accepted by some of the more extreme Protestant elements such as the Jehovah’s Witness, 7th Day Adventist, Mormon and some other churches. These same groups do not necessarily see Fr. Martin Luther as a great holy man of God. Many of them see Luther as a heretic and claim that he is equally as bad as the Catholic Church.

It must be remembered that the earliest Protestant Reformers (especially Fr. Martin Luther) held Jesus’ mother Mary in extremely high regard. The Church being consistent with the Bible and the early Church Fathers officially affirmed Mary as “Mother of God” in the 5th century at the Council of Ephesus in the year 431.

In the fourth century there was a presbyter by the name of Arius who denied the divinity of Christ. Jesus, according to Arius, was created; He had a beginning and was liable to sin. This was a heresy called Arianism.

The more extreme Protestant groups of today do have something in common with Arius. The Arians in the history of the Church would not have believed in Mary as “Mother of God” because this title affirms the fact that Jesus is God. You cannot call Mary “Mother of God” without Jesus being God. It is not that Protestant groups of today are all Arian. Most of them do believe in the divinity of Jesus. However, if they wish to show a group, in the history of the Church, who would not see Mary as the Mother of God, they will have to point to the Arians who denied that Jesus is God.

Calling Mary “Mother of God” affirms that Jesus is God. Mary affirmed God her savior in the Bible. She said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Lk. 1:46-47). It is fitting that a title of Mary affirms God as well.

For those who want further information on this topic please click on the article below, written by Catholic answers; Mary: Mother of God.  This article also covers many citations by the early Church Fathers, who refer to Mary as the Mother of God.