Men and women of the Bible



Mary is the mother of God




The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the mother of God: ‘Called in the Gospels "the mother of Jesus", Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as "the mother of my Lord".[144] In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly "Mother of God" (Theotokos)’ (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 495).




We can call Mary ‘the mother of Jesus’ but we can’t call her ‘the mother of God’ because no one called her in that way in the days of Jesus nor in the days of the apostles. Mary was just a creature of God. Of course she was chosen by God to give birth to the Son of God, however you should keep in mind that the Word which was made flesh, that is, the Son of God, was with God and was God before God created all things, therefore even before Mary was born, and even before the Son of God was born, according to the flesh, of Mary, for He was with God the Father before the foundation of the world. Moreover you should keep in mind that since all things were made through the Word, Mary also was created through the Word thus she can’t be called ‘the mother of God’ but she must be called ‘the mother of Jesus’. We may even call her ‘the mother of our Lord’, for that’s how Elizabeth called Mary, but we can’t call her ‘the mother of God’ because no one called her in that way while Jesus was on earth, nor after He was taken up into heaven. Luke, who wrote the Acts of the apostles, calls Mary ‘the mother of Jesus” (Acts 1:14 – NKJV), even though he believed that Jesus was God, therefore we ought to follow the example of Luke. To call Mary ‘the mother of God’ is wrong, because in this way one exalts Mary above all other creatures, and leads people to believe that Mary was the mother of the Creator, while she was just “the maidservant of the Lord” (Luke 1:38 – NKJV). No wonder that in the Roman Catholic Church Mary is regarded as a sort of Goddess who is all-powerful like the Son of God, or rather, more powerful than Him. And no wonder that the Roman Catholics worship Mary and pray continually to her thinking that she can do anything for them.

To sum up, even though Jesus was the Word made flesh, and thus, God with us, we must call Mary ‘the mother of Jesus’ or at most ‘the mother of our Lord’, but far be it from us to call her ‘the mother of God’ for that’s not a name given to her by the Scripture.