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The Nativity of Mary

The Bible and false gospels:

The Gospel of the Nativity of Mary was written in Latin. It goes over much the same ground as Pseudo-Matthew, but has many features that show a later date and a different author. This false gospel focuses more on the miraculous and daily angelic visits to Mary. It was for long-held to be the work of Jerome and from this gospel was almost entirely formed the “Golden Legend” (This book depicts the lives of the saints in both factual and fictional stories; some are ridiculous, some thoughtful, and some outrageous. The Golden Legend was the most widely read book, after the Bible, during the late Middle Ages. It was written around 1260 by Jacobus de Voragine, who was the eventual archbishop of Genoa) which largely took the place of the Scriptures in the 13th century. It was among the first books printed in some countries. Its popularity should not blind us to the fact that it was a forgery, deliberately introduced into the service of the church in the 13th century, when the worship of Mary was especially promoted in the church.

The Bible teaches us:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24 ESV)

“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” (1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV)

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 ESV)

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