Question:

I do not recite Hail Mary nor do I agree with it. But I talked to a person and we came to the topic of Hail Mary.

I pointed out that "Mother of God" is never seen in the Bible and expressed an inappropriate meaning. He stated that Elizabeth called Mary "mother of my Lord" and since "my Lord" refers to God, Mary can be called "Mother of God".

What do you have to say about this?

Answer:

Mary is never called the Mother of God in the Scriptures. She is the mother of Jesus (John 2:1) and she is called the mother of my Lord by Elizabeth (Luke 1:43), but both of these phrases refer to Jesus while he was here on earth.

Jesus is God (John 1:1) and as God, he pre-existed the world (John 8:58). For Mary to be the Mother of God she would have to pre-exist her son, which cannot be true. She existed on earth before Jesus came to earth to take on human flesh, but she did not pre-exist Jesus. Therefore, the title “Mother of God” is not proper to apply to a human woman.

Mary was blessed to have been chosen to bear the Son of God (Luke 1:43). It was a special honor, but it doesn’t afford her any special status (Luke 11:27-28).

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