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Denzil Pinto wrote:

Hi, guys —

When we call Mary, Mother of God, it may be misinterpreted as Mary, the Mother of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, which is not true however when we call Mary, Mother of Jesus there arises no confusion.

All Christians know Jesus is God.

  • For that reason, if it is adequate to call Mary, Mother of Jesus, why then call her, Mother of God?

Denzil

  { If it is adequate to call Mary, Mother of Jesus, why then call her, Mother of God? }

Bob replied:

Denzil,

There was a debate in early Christianity about who Jesus really was, and His True Nature.

Despite many errors, by the likes of Nestorius and others, Mary was rightly given the title Theotokos, or God-bearer. It was asserted by the Church that Christ was indeed the God-Man: One Person with Two Natures, divine and human.

Simply put, Jesus Christ is God. Mary is the mother of a person, not simply a nature. While clearly Mary did not exist before Christ, nonetheless, the relationship between the two (Mary and Jesus) was forged by the Holy Spirit at the Incarnation.

Therefore, addressing Mary as Mother of God is simply recognition of who her Son is. It is more appropriate and correct to acknowledge the great significance of her role in this way.

Jesus is not just anybody, and this reality is asserted every time Mary is addressed accordingly.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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