My question is regarding Mary. At Mathew 13:55,56 says there that Jesus had brothers and sisters.
Also at Galatians 1:19 Paul says that James was the brother of Jesus.
Isn’t then the Bible the word of God? Thus it shows to us that yes Mary was virgin up to Jesus birth and thereafter had children with Joseph. Jesus was brought up in a normal family..
So according with the biblical evidence why Catholic Church still believes that Mary remained virgin in all her lifetime.
Please could you answer me.
The first point you always have to remember is that when you read the Bible you are reading a translation from the original languages. In the case of the New Testament the original language it was written in was ancient Greek ( a bit different than modern Greek) Anytime you translate a word from one language to another some of the meaning with be lost or altered. When you look up a word in a dictionary it will often give you multiple meanings of a word, with the first listed as the most used.
This is the case with the wording of the phrase: Jesus brothers and sisters. The Greek word also means relatives, close relations, cousins. We often describe people who are very close to us as a brother or a sister even though they are not a blood relative. So based on the meaning of the original word it is hard to say if these brothers and sisters of Jesus were full blood siblings. Another explanation is that Joseph may have been widowed and had children with his first wife, its why he is often depicted in art as being much older than Mary. So the brothers and sisters could have been step siblings. Alternatively they could have been children Mary and Joseph took in after their parents died. The point is that from the actual text you can not prove or disprove that Mary had other children with Joseph.
Therefore you have to consider other evidence, namely that the tradition of the Church from the first centuries held that Mary remained a virgin and that this has been consistently held through the centuries. Also it would seem odd that if Mary had other biological children why did Jesus entrust her from the Cross to John the Apostle and not one of the “brothers and sisters of Jesus”.? This doesn’t mean that Jesus was not raised in the normal way by his parents. Mary would have followed all the practices of a first century parent and a good Jewish mother in raising her son and whatever other children she may have had in her care.