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A Baptist Friend Asks: The Bible Says “All have sinned” so how can Mary be Immaculate?

A Southern Baptist writes:

I am a Southern  Baptist who has a lot of respect for the Catholic faith. The Immaculate Conception is a hard concept for me. Does it also include the belief that Mary never sinned? How does that pass muster with Rom. 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God?” It seems like Paul would have noted the one exception here in Mary if that were the case.

 From my limited studies, I think Catholics have a very good argument for their position regarding the Eucharist. But wasn’t it several centuries before this concept of Mary arose in the Church?

 Dear Friend: yours is a good question. From the early centuries, Mary was considered the All Holy One and considered as without sin. Rom 3:23 is a general statement but does not mention exceptions to the rule. For example, Jesus was a man without sin, therefore an exception.

 The New Adam (Jesus) is without sin. From the 1st century Mary has been viewed as the New Eve. It would be appropriate, actually proper, that the New Eve be without sin also.

Those who die before the age of reason, or who are mentally deficient are also exceptions. Job could even be called an exception if you take God’s report of him literally (Job 1:8).

Romans is also discussing that it is not only the Gentiles that have sinned but also the Jews. All can be a collective of peoples. “You Jews think you are righteous because you are of Abraham? You think only the Gentiles are in sin. No, all have sinned, Gentile and Jew alike”

This is born out in Psalm 14 from where Rom 3:9 (parallel passage to Rom 3:23) is quoted. Here is says, Psalm 14:2–3 “The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any that act wisely, that seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one.”

Yet immediately following we find that God has his righteous. Psalm 14:5–6 “There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. You would confound the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge.”

As a Baptist I used to use the Bible often for proof-texts and sound bites. Scripture is much more subtle than that. It is our tradition, whether Baptist, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, etc., that guides us in our approach to Scripture. The real question is, which tradition will you allow to direct your interpretation and study? I chose the tradition that was practiced from the first century until today – which is Catholic.

Wish I had more time. I warn you (tongue in cheek) that if you want to stay Baptist you are asking dangerous questions and dancing very close to the fire 🙂

You will find helpful writings on this matter here, especially the short explanation on the radio of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption.

The Boy Identifies as a Walrus

I love it when someone stares right back at the lunatic Left and says it like it is.

Matt Walsh has written a children’s book that sold out in 6 hours on Amazon.

This young boy decides he is really a walrus and everyone around him struggles to understand and accept the boy’s new chosen identity.

It is a satire on the LGBT movement and the gender confusion that many liberals have fallen for. It needs to be mocked and debunked.

Enjoy this short interview with the author and buy these books for your kids and grandkids.

Married 45 Years Today

Today my wife Janet and I celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. It seems like a long time ago and yet it seems like yesterday. There’s no doubt in my mind it was the best decision I ever made in life.

We never dreamed when we started out to 21 and 19 years old that we end up 45 years later with four great kids and 19 grandkids.

I love being able to say I’ve only loved one woman in my whole life 🙂

And today…

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