- There are many people who have only one child that continue to have maritals. Let the example even be a couple that cannot produce children that adopt one child...
You say that this doctrine cannot be explicitly or unequivocally proven, yet how is it that one has reached the conclusions that they've reached? If it's not necessarily inferred from the text, how do you go about defending it? Secondary sources? This Thomistic reasoning is not very strong.
- Jesus gave his mother to the care of the Apostle John instead of His supposed "brothers"
- Jesus is referred to as "the" son of Mary, not "a" son of Mary
- at a time when you would most expect to hear of Jesus' brothers -- when Mary and Joseph lose Jesus on the way back from celebrating the Passover -- they are not mentioned.
- What do you mean by "reasonably"?
- 1. So? For arguments sake I'm going to give you that Mary didn't have any more children. Let's see though if this requires that she remained a virgin. How do you infer from the text (reasonably or necessarily) that because Yeshua put Mary in the care of John that therefore she and Joseph never had relations?
- 2. So? Where are you referring to? But let's say that this means that because of this that therefore he was the only son. Luke gives an account of the genealogy of his family. I will post it in full:
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Are we to assume that all these are the only sons? But we know that to not be the case don't we. Adam did have other children didn't he?
- But again...let's say that He was...how does it necessarily/reasonably follow that she remained a virgin?
- 3. So? Argument from Silence.
I realize that, by itself, it doesn't prove anything, but other curious facts are already painting the picture that Jesus had no siblings and that Mary intended to remain a virgin, and so this becomes another interesting occurrence that would cause one to reasonably infer that Jesus was indeed the only son of Mary.
- Define Christocentric.
- Define singularity.
How can some rocks, some bread, and a piece of wood make the Ark of the Covenant so holy that Uzzah was stuck down by God for simply trying to keep it from falling in the mud, yet our Almighty Lord and Creator of all things can BECOME MAN in the womb of Mary and Joseph can still have sex with her whenever he wants? I think that defies every pious sentiment that every first-century Jew ever felt. As a Catholic, I happen to share that sentiment.
- I can assure that because of Total Depravity (which clearly you reject), Mary's womb was just as sin stained as ours.
- The rest of this post is just pure speculation. It may sound good...but it's findings aren't from scripture and must therefore be rejected.