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Catholic View: In Defense of Nativity and Blessed Virgin Mary

It seams that the liberal media today has no better time than Christmas and Easter to attack and ridicule the essence of the Christian values and beliefs. Some of the programming is intentionally pointed against the core Catholic beliefs as well.

While during the Easter time, most of the attacks are centered and revolved around what Catholics believe about Jesus Christ. This Christmas season our Most Holy Mary, the Mother of God is at center of media rage. It may very well be due to the release of movie Nativity. In this article we will attempt to shed a light, from a Catholic prospective, against some accusations.

First is very common one. You may hear on the TV that Blessed Mary was not really a virgin, that it was not part of Christian belief until about year 300 A.D., and that it was a "catholic invention".

Unfortunately the above statements are very shallow and a closer look into the Bible can reveal entirely different picture. In order to do so we must take into account the nativity description from the Gospel of Saint Matthew. Since he was writing his gospel mainly for a Jewish reader, in the verse 23 of the 1st chapter of his Gospel he quotes from the prophet Isaiah:

Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel (which means, God with us). (Isaiah 7:1)

The question is why did Matthew chooses to use this particular prophecy to introduces Jesus to his readers? Is it maybe that, being born of a virgin was an important "identifier" for the Messiah?

There is also tendency to show that the birth of Christ did not really happened as it is described in the bible. This claim is based on seemingly different account of Nativity by Saint Luke, who provided more descriptive story about Jesus' birth and events surrounding it. All three gospels of Saints Matthew , Mark and Luke, make up what is known as Synoptic, which from Greek means "with one eye", Gospels. Therefore these Gospel should be seen and understood as complimenting each other and not contradicting. Are we to claim that we know better what happened 2000 years ago? On what basis? Because we are so advance? It makes better sense to give the benefit of the doubt to the people who where remote from the birth of Christ less than 100 years, rather than to people who are remote from the events more that 2000 years.

Eugenia Brown is a writer for Everything Catholic!- website that promotes products from Ingatius Press, a Catholic Publisher. There you can find books and literature on variety of topics including Mother of God.

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