Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Immaculate Conception

“The doctrine that the Virgin Mary, though conceived naturally, was from the moment of conception free from any original sin:” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary p. 713).

This statement can be taken two different ways: First, from the moment Mary was conceived in her mother’s womb she was free of original sin, Second, from the moment Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb she was free of original sin. In either case Mary is said to be free of original sin. In either case it is a false statement. Mary was never free of original sin.

Paul writes, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23). The, all, of course implicates Mary by including her as one of the all that have sinned. It was necessary for Mary to be saved from her sins just like everyone else who has gotten saved.

Paul writes, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God: To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:24-26). Mary was saved by faith in Jesus.

She tells Elisabeth; “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46,47). Mary acknowledges her need for a Savior in these words, indicating that she is not without sin, original or otherwise. She also indicates that she believes that Jesus is her Savior.

Thus: there is no immaculate conception.

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