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O, the answer is very super... May God bless u...
03.08.2014 17:49
La Moldavia e' piena di belle donne,ma non mi pare che,al di fuori di un ristretto numero c he praticano la prostituzione,si possa parlare di un paese di puttane. Certo,io che sono italiano,devo riscontrare un diverso approccio co n i problemi del sesso.Non bisogna pero' dimenticare che,da quando esiste il mondo,esiste questa forma di commercio,che attraverso i secoli era mascherata da necessita' reali.
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Mark 10:5-6 It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote this law, Jesus replied. But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? DO NOT BE DECEIVED; Neither the sexual immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Matthew 4:17 From that time began to preach, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near." 1 Corinthians 6:11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
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Thank you Vasile for explaining God's word. God bless you. From Savio in India
01.06.2014 09:10
The bible wasn't written by a pagan king, but was written by Pagans.
20.04.2014 18:34
it is the reading, meditating on and application of gods word in our lives that provides the opportunity for finding purpose, truth and salvation. Not merely reading it. The history of the bible shows it is the most printed book in the last 600 years but not the most widely read, sadly. Religious dogma has replaced truth of gods word, ritual and tradition. So obtain a good translation, read and seek to understand by letting the bible explain itself. Review key things because you will begin to understand who we are, why we need help and the consequences of not reaching out for that help now. Read, listen to gods word, obey and apply his principles then you will be blessed
30.03.2014 11:39
I wonder, if we can see signs of the Apocalypse coming, not only in social turmoil but in the natural world's decadence, Why is the church still encouraging women to have children? If we see millions of children without homes, How can it be good to encourage people to reproduce instead of adopting?
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What does the Bible say about Virgin Mary?

1 sep 2009 | ora 18.39 Society | Priest Vasile Filat

Icoana Maicii Domnului de la Bărboi

Question:

I have a question about the faith and veneration at a very high level the Orthodox Christians do with regard to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Why do they consider that she was virgin until death and that she rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Why do they consider that she had no children and that Jesus’ brothers were either disciples or children of Joseph from his first marriage after which he remained a widower? After all, in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke there are mentioned the moments when the brothers together with Mary came to Jesus to call Him out? And how do they venerate the “Mother of the Lord” almost like God, when the Old Testament says that God is a jealous One and He does not want His glory to be given to anyone? Why is it not written very exactly in the Bible if Mary had other children besides Jesus or not? Thanks in advance for your response which I will wait with great pleasure.

After the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus to heaven many started to write different works, that claimed to be holy writings. But in the Church, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, there were recognized as inspired by God only 27 canonical books that were included in the New Testament. In addition, there were many writings which came into conflict with the canonical books because of their content. These writings were called “apocrypha”, i.e. hidden writings. They have given rise to many heresies and discussions during the entire history of the Christian Church. Recently, Dan Brown has used some of these writings and wrote the book “DaVinci’s Code” to attack the Christian faith.

True Christians, who have chosen to follow the healthy doctrine of Jesus Christ, have set as the foundation of their faith the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, I will answer your question only based on what is written in the Scripture, more specifically in the New Testament, where there are stories about Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Was Mary ever-virgin?

The term “ever-virgin” means that Mary remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus Christ just as she was a virgin until His birth and this also implies that she has never have intimate relations with her husband Joseph and she did not give birth to other children. Let’s see what the Bible says in this regard.

We find the first story in the Gospel of Matthew:

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ”BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)(NASB)

So, Mary was pregnant before she live with Joseph, that is before she had intimate relations with him and Joseph kept her virgin until she gave birth to a Son.

Has Mary given birth to other children after Jesus?

Also in the Gospel of Matthew, we are told the following:

He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” (Matthew 13:54-56)(NASB)

So, Jesus had brothers and sisters and the Scripture does not say that it was something unusual in their family, that Joseph would have been married before, that brothers of Jesus were his children from his first marriage, or that they were the cousins of Jesus. Instead, people saw in Jesus and in their family nothing unusual than others. That is why they were astonished at his doctrine.

About the resurrection and ascension of Virgin Mary

There is no specific indication about such events, as the resurrection and ascension of Mary in the New Testament.

How have the Apostles acted?

In the New Testament writings we do not find the apostles or the early church to venerate the Mother of the Lord, or to say that her person was a substantial part of their worship. If it were so, they could not overlook this practice that is widespread today.

Virgin Mary urges us to obey her Son

When she was at the wedding in Cana and the wine gave up, Jesus’ mother told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Certainly that it remains her most important message for all people of all times. To do our utmost to know the Lord Jesus and do everything He says. God help us so.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru

This article has been translated into the following languages​​:
  1. Ce spune Biblia despre Maica Domnului? (ROMÂNĂ)
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