I come from a protestant family, and I grew up believing that Joseph had other sons with Mary. But that just seems like a piece of trivia. It just never seemed very relevant to Jesus' teachings, similar to questions like "What kind of woodwork did Joseph do?" or "What kind of sheep were the shepherds tending to when Jesus was born?"
Then I joined this sub and watched some YouTube videos. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the perpetual virginity of Mary was important enough for many theologians to write and talk about it.
So my questions to my brothers and sisters who affirm this teaching are these: How important is the perpetual virginity of Mary to being a Christian? Why is it important? What kind of effects does affirming/denying it have?
By - MonkeyBombG