Minnesota State Prof Claims the Virgin Mary Didn’t Give Consent
“suggested that God may have acted in a ‘predatory’ manner”
This professor obviously wants everyone to get into the Christmas spirit, higher education style.
Campus Reform reports:
Prof: Virgin Mary didn’t give consent
A Minnesota professor suggested in a series of tweets that the Virgin Mary did not consent to the conception of Jesus Christ and suggested that God may have acted in a “predatory” manner.
Minnesota State University, Mankato psychology professor and sex therapist Dr. Eric Sprankle critiqued the story of the Virgin Mary in a tweet Monday, suggesting that the Virgin Mary did not consent to being impregnated by God.
“The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays,” Sprankle said.
Another Twitter user called the professor’s claim into question, noting that the Bible states that the Virgin Mary did, indeed, agree to God’s plan for her.
“The biblical god regularly punished disobedience,” Sprankle rebutted. “The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying ‘no’ negates her ‘yes.’ To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”
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Have you ever noticed how the Left (progressives) when it comes to something with which they want to malign, ridicule, or mock Christianity (Judaism as well, although in this case we are obviously dealing with Christian belief) will be fine with adopting a literal interpretation of a biblical text. Yet, when it comes to a clear admonition, such as homosexuality, they will fine every reason under the sun why it ain’t so.
Also, 5 will get you 20 that on a different day you would probably find this same professor arguing that there was no virgin birth, that Mary and Joseph had had sexual relations.
Her theology isn’t even correct. Mary said: “Be it done to me according to your word.” She consented to her place in the divine plan.
This is how they selective interpret what they are looking to find in Scripture, not what it teaches. Both the Gospel and Luke tell of the virgin birth, the work of the Holy Spirit. It is in Luke’s account that Mary explicitly gives her consent.
It’s unfortunate that there are those who she teaches who will take her words to heart. And, any students challenging her most likely would be admonished in some way.
Yes, but that was after.
But the whole question makes no sense. Assuming you believe in the whole story (which, not being Christian, I obviously don’t), He’s GOD. Our Maker, Lord, and Master. He has the right to do as He likes and He doesn’t need our consent. “For by coercion you are formed, by coercion you are born, by coercion you live, by coercion you die, and by coercion you will give an accounting before the King, the King of kings, the Holy One Blessed be He.”
It was not after. We had the reading from the Gospel of Luke just yesterday:
“”Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.”
Notice the word “will” which means it hasn’t happened yet.
Later she clearly gives consent for what is to happen to her:
“Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.””
Since the persons who wrote the story weren’t anywhere in the neighborhood at the time, they are repeating what they were told … by other people who weren’t there either. That makes the entire thing hearsay and thus suspect. But, as the editor of The Shinbone Star noted “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” And so they did, and still do.
Mary’s answer to the professor: The Magnificat:
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
Guess you had to be there.
Our freedom to choose God and put him first in our lives runs much deeper than what happens here on earth. As part of God’s divine plan, he gave us our agency while we were his spirit children: some chose to follow Christ and continue to use that agency here on earth, and others did not (Lucifer among them), and Lucifer was cast out with those that followed him. Lucifer wanted to command and control us (the origin of Communism and Socialism) and he became Satan, who still desires to control us, to our destruction.
Now, we’ve come to earth and have physical bodies, but that freedom to choose remains. God’s greatest desire is that we obey his commandments. When we use our agency to choose to do HIS will and not ours, he can make more of us than we ever could. Ergo, God selected Mary to give birth to Christ, and she didn’t just agree, she went all in. That is the ultimate consent.