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Question 298

Morning Father my question to you is Jesus had brothers James, Joses, Simon and Judas the idea of the perpetual virginity of Mary is in contradiction to the plain meaning of the bible? What are your thoughts on this ? 

 

Answer to Question 298

 

According to Orthodox and Roman Catholic tradition Joseph, the husband of Mary and Anna her mother were brother and sister, which means that Joseph was Maryís uncle. Joseph was an old man and a widower. His previous marriage to a woman named Salome produced six children, four boys and two girls. By law these were Jesusí step brothers and sisters and Maryís step children. The names of the step brothers are mentioned in the Gospels as James, Joses, Simon, and Judas. (Matth. 13: 54-55) One of Josephís daughters whose name was also Salome was married to Zebedee and was the mother of the brothers James and John the Theologian, thus again by law Jesus was their uncle. Of the step brothers James is known as James the Lordís brother. Jude or Judus who was also an Apostle (not Iscariot the traitor), in his general Epistle of Jude, calls himself Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James. He could have called himself Jude the Lordís brother just as James did, but he chose not to out of humility and shame, believing that he was unworthy of such a honourable title, because he did not believe in Christ the Lord at the very beginning.   Joseph did not know Mary in the marital sense. Mary was a virgin before during and after giving birth. How she remained a virgin after giving birth is beyond our understanding and that is why it is called a mystery. With our human logic some things do not make sense, but if God can create the whole universe with just a simple divine thought, then it was no great feat for him to keep intact the seal of Maryís virginity.

 

Another member

Ok I'm going a bit controversial here, but how could anybody know in those days that Mary did in fact keep her seal after giving birth? It's an impossible assumption as she must have been examined to confirm that fact? Surely? No?

 

Reply

You're using human logic. For me it all makes sense because my logic tells me there are questions that my mind cannot understand but at the same time I believe that all things are possible with God.