We have just reviewed and studied (and will continue to do so) the pagan-originated Nicene-Constantinopolitan Trinity Creed, authorized and approved by the bishops of the [eventual] Roman Catholic Church and the Roman Emperor.
The Christian world, along with the Roman Catholic Church's adherents, has just had another "birthday celebration" for Jesus, whether or not evidence continues to be sought as to the actual date of Jesus' birth. While the majority stresses the significance of the actual physical birth more than anything else, there are those who justify the celebration [to go along with the Roman Catholic Church tradition] by emphasizing God's purpose and design for sending His Son to this earth.
So, how many non-Catholics sang Christmas songs that promote the Roman Catholic idea of "The Virgin Mary" as the TITLE of the earthly mother of Jesus? What about "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy"?
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
And they say that His name is Jesus...
Did Jesus address his mother ordinarily or with reverence?
What about Jesus' own brothers and sisters in the flesh? That apparently destroys the RCC doctrine of the PERPETUAL virginity of "God's Mother."
Just as the Roman Catholic Church itself is an ever-evolving religious-political organization [political: in that "The Vatican" has its ambassadors to other nations and vice-versa; cf. "the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See"], many of its man-made doctrines are also evolutionary in nature.
About the Virgin Mary, Mother of God:[/color]
[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]If "Father, Son and Mother of God" is not another Roman Catholic Church Trinity, then, perhaps, the original man-made Trinity Creed should add ANOTHER PERSON -- "The Virgin Mary, The Mother of God" -- and have the Creed RENAMED appropriately.[/color][color=#000000" size="3" face="times]By the early years of the 2nd century the idea of the Virgin as the ideal woman began to grow. First, it was said of her that she was a virgin mother. Next, she became a permanent virgin, making it necessary to transform the biblically mentioned brothers and sisters of Jesus into half-siblings or cousins. Next the church fathers claimed for her the status of being a postpartum virgin which caused the hierarchy of the church to go through intellectual gymnastics to prove that the hymen of the Virgin Mary had not been ruptured even during Jesus birth. Then someone found a text in Ezekiel (Chapter 44:1) which suggested that when "the gates of the city were closed only the Lord could go in and out." Without either shame or apology that verse, written about 800 years before the birth of Jesus, was said to demonstrate that Jesus could be born without disturbing the gates of his mothers womb.
Next in the 19th century the Virgin was declared to be immaculately conceived. Even her own birth was now said to have been miraculous. The stain of human sin found in the myth of the fall of humanity (in the Garden of Eden) was not allowed to touch her. Finally in the 20th century, literally at the dawn of the space age, Mary was proclaimed to have bodily ascended into heaven. This new doctrine was based on the fact that no one knew her place of burial. The reason, the Roman Catholic church's leadership suggested, was that she had never died. [cf. Catholic Answers Forums] [/color]