Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Mary is the Theotokos

In his sermon this Lord's day, the pastor denied that Mary is the 'Mother of God.' He explained that Mary was the mother of our Lord's humanity.

While we must rightly oppose the abuse of the term 'Mother of God' by Roman Catholics and while 'God-bearer' is a more literal translation of the greek theological term, Theotokos, I do get irritated when evangelicals make a straight denial that Mary is the 'Mother of God.'

We believe that Christ's human and divine natures are joined in one person. They cannot be separated. That is why we are able to say that Jesus is God.

If you say that only Christ's human nature was born of Mary, then you are unable to consistently say that Jesus is God. Jesus of Nazareth is that man who was born of Mary. In Him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead.


Nissa Annakindt said...

Any post that uses the word 'Theotokos' in a sentence gets my attention. Very interesting point.

Celestial Fundie said...


You are a Catholic? So presumably you are keen on the idea of the mother of our Lord being the Theotokos.