Sorry, guess it slipped my mind. You see, I was basically just told by a Protestant that my mother did not give birth to me, Michael, but rather gave birth to my nature. Kinda shocking, really. I mean, we always hear statements like, “Oh, little Jimmy was born two weeks ago! He’s so cute!” and no one bats an eye. Anyone who makes such a claim is under the impression that when a mother gives birth to a child, she gives birth, whole and entire, to the person of the child.That’s not to say she’s responsible for everything which is the child’s, like his soul, but still, she gives birth to the person, right?
Aaaaand then we meet the people (Protestants) who say that mothers give birth to natures only. They never say it this way, or indeed they never say it regarding the whole of humanity, but they say it about one person, and if it applies to this single person, it can apply to all. This person is Jesus Christ, the most important person ever.
The central claim of (most of) Christianity is that God took to Himself a human nature like ours, being born of a woman and everything. Essentially, anything about us that makes us human applied to Him.
Fair enough. But this is where Protestants have trouble: Catholics and Orthodox say that since Jesus is God Incarnate and Mary is His mother, she can rightly be called the “mother of God”.
“But!” Protestants object. “If Mary is God’s mother, doesn’t that mean she had to exist before God? And wouldn’t that make her equal with God, or even *gasp* GREATER THAN GOD? Therefore, she can only be the mother of His human nature.”
A few points: although, in our way of thinking, mothers must pre-exist their children, that is not actually true. Mothers need only exist before their children are conceived, and that is the case with Jesus. And Mary being the mother of God, the second Person of the Trinity, does not mean that she is somehow responsible for His receiving the Divine Nature. He had it from eternity from the Father, without any humanity. Then, at a specific point in time, He assumed a human nature. Since the person born is God the Son, and no one would dare say anyone else is a child by nature only (precisely because no one else is), Mary is, we can rightly say, the mother of God the Son.