East of Eden wrote:
Huh? Where does it say Mary had sexual relations with an angel?
Sorry. I should have called the angel a procurer, rather than a pimp.
PROCURER = Someone (in this case, an angel) who obtains a woman as a prostitute for another person. In this case, for God.
Unless you call every IVF clinic and surrogate mother program we have now 'brothels.'
JohnPaul, that's the thing about the VIRGIN birth. No sex...and prostitution is about SEX, not about procreation. If MEN had not, for hundreds of thousands of years, divorced the two (probably so that they could justify rape and getting their jollies without feeling responsible for the probable resulting offspring) perhaps it would be different, but it wasn't then, and it's not now.
Mary gave birth to the Son of God. She was not procured for sex.
Personally, I don't know what is sadder: that people separate the two, debase the sex and honor the birth (unless of course the birth comes from illicit sex, and then it's all HER fault), or that erudite, intelligent and usually civil people will 'go there.'
The thing is, if you want to be blunt (and it seems that you do), the angel was, at most, an intermediary for surrogate motherhood...something that nowadays we do NOT equate with procurers, pimps and prostitutes. In fact, no prostitute would be accepted into any program I know about.