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I have heard the title "Mother of God" in connection with the so-called "Hail Mary" prayer that is recited by Catholics.

However, I have never heard this term used in any Protestant setting. (I'm not sure whether or not it is used in Orthodox settings or any other traditions.) Why, then, do Protestants not use this title that appears to be so common in Catholicism?

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I know this was answered a long time ago, but I just want to mention that the Orthodox also refer to Mary in this way. Theotokos in Greek literally means "Birth-giver of God", as well as Bohoroditza in Russian. Both of these terms are widely used in their respective Orthodox groups. –  Bobo Aug 16 '13 at 21:54

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At its most basic level, Protestants believe Mary merely to be the earthly mother of Jesus - not the eternal mother of "God." To imply that she had a role in creating that which is divine with Him seems an overreach. This is not to say that Jesus is not God, but Mary's role is as a vehicle for the incarnation, not the means by which the Godhood was made. To believe otherwise would unnecessarily elevate her above mere mortals.

This is not imply she is not "blessed among women," nor that she was not the vessel through which God incarnated and dwelt among us. But to stress the motherhood of that which is God within Jesus (and no, I do not mean to imply a Nestorian, no-hypostatic union Jesus - he is fully God and fully Man) - that motherhood denotes a role in creation, and that is not possible.

That "Creation" would fly in the face of John 1:2, of course - for Jesus was not created. Jesus was incarnated, meaning that his existence and personhood indwelt man, but was not created "by the will of man or by the flesh." Motherhood denotes a much greater role in the creation of the child[1] than incarnation would suggest.

Finally, Calvin suggests that Mary's role as mother was only earthly:

Opponents of the aforementioned view of Calvin's mariology point out that, in his writings, Calvin never explicitly refers to Mary as the 'Mother of God'. Moreover, Calvin's comments on Mary as the mother of Elizabeth's Lord, may be understood to mean that, in Calvin's view, Mary was mother of the Lord only while he was on earth. Proponents of this view have cited Calvin's commentary on John 19:26, from which it has been argued that Calvin considered the mother-son relationship between Mary and Jesus to have ceased at Jesus’ death. In this scheme, Christ, as he was dying on the cross, appointed his disciple John to take his place as Mary's son, so that he himself might henceforth take his rightful place at the Father's right hand in heaven.

Once John was beheld as "your son," Mary was now the mother of John, not Jesus.


Notes

  1. I was about to say "she does contribute genetic material for example," when I realized that there is nothing to suggest she didn't. That said, genetics were an unknown science at the time of the incarnation, and as such it is anachronistic to require a knowledge thereof when these titles were being decided. The point is that Mary did not make God in the same way a mother "makes" her baby.

  2. To be fair, Luther did call her mother of God, but the formulation seems much Roman Catholic as anything.

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I am a Baptist and I think it is obvious that she begot the Incarnate Son with 2 natures the Divine and Human

Every woman begot her son not only his body but also his spirit

And God the Word incarnated in her so logicly she gave birth the inalcatnation of god

If we look for some verses in the holy book we see

Elizabeth told Mary "Mather of my Lord"

Her son is Immanuel in Isaiah and Mathew

The angel told Mary that her holy begotten son is Son of God

In Isaiah this begotten son is Mighty God

I do not say, of course, that the word of God took the beginning of his existence in body of the Virgin, but the Word exists was from immemoriality, Bible says, "In the beginning was the Word", the birth of his Son was in the eternal with the Father and the birth of another time frame from the bowels of the Virgin Mary.

"But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law" Galatians 4:4

Here we see his son is born indecating to (Divinity)

I dont have a problem with this title, but also Mary is a human being.

Wherever the word "Lord" came competent in Christ the word cames like "KURIOS".

Is the meaning of the "Lord" is for human or theological title?

in 1Cor 8: 5-6 is clear that is a Divine meaning, and the text witch taken from Psalm 110 "The Lord said unto my Lord", if we go back to Psalm 110 to know that is a Divine meaning as he is seated at the right of the Lord , "your young men will come to you like dew from the morning's womb". so he is eternal , and "Priest forever"

So the title of "Lord Jesus," is a theological title.

Elizabeth said "mother of my Lord".

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Thank you for your effort and advice ... GOD bless you –  Tariq May 27 at 19:21

The needed information is this: that Mary was chosen by God to be the vessel for The Messiah's INCARNATION. In my view, she was the mother of Jesus flesh, BUT BY NO MEANS AND IN NO WAY the mother or the source of His deity. This IS a very real human story, factual, historical and ALSO spiritual. Let's get back to Jesus and His our Father, God our ONLY Source.

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