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Our readers asked:

Was Mary always sinless?

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Answers:

Catholic teaching states that Mary was conceived without original sin and that she also remained sinless her entire life. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “Mary benefited first of all and uniquely from Christ’s victory over sin: she was preserved from all stain of original sin and by a special grace of God committed no sin of any kind during her whole earthly life.” (CCC 411) The Church believes that because she was the mother of a sinless son, Mary was given the special privilege of being forever free from sin herself: “To become the mother of the Savior, Mary was ‘enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.’” (CCC 490)

 
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The Author : Ginny Kubitz Moyer
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of the award-winning book Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at randomactsofmomness.com.
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  • PAUL DEAN

    The idea of Mary being sinless is what is known as a cult tradition not a Scriptural doctrine. There is virtually no information on Marys character or attributes other than that she found FAVOR with God. But many other Biblical figures found FAVOR with God and it is recorded they recorded acts of murder and adultery such as MOSES and KING DAVID. Matthew 1:25 records that Joseph and Mary were in fact husband and wife and CONSUMATED their marriage AFTER JESUS’ birth. It states that they held off consumating their marriage until Mary gave birth to Jesus. Therefore, Mary did NOT remain a virgin. According to Jewish law if you did not have sex you were not married and Joseph and Mary would have been forbidden to live together. ANOTHER CULT TRADITION of the catholic church destroyed by Scripture. There isnt a SINGLE reference to MARY after the Day of Pentecost. The Apostles never honored her nor instructed other to honor her. To the Apostles she was just another servant of the Lord. In fact, in Luke 1 Mary calls herself a servant of the Lord. In LUKE 1: 27 & 28 Jesus is preaching and speaking on the subject of demon possession when a woman in the crowd interrupts him & says ‘Blessed is the woman who gave birth to you’ & Jesus responded ‘On the CONTRARY (in Hebrew the word is ADERABA’) ON THE CONTRARY BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORDS OF GOD AND OBEY THEM! In the Jewish Bible which is the closest translation we have today the TRANSLATORS made a note saying ‘NOTICE JESUS REFUSAL TO ALLOW HIS MOTHER TO BE VENERATED’

    The catholic church has created a MARY CULT which has no Scriptural validity but can be traced back to Roman mysticism. When Constantine made Christianity legal he had to tweak it to make it acceptable to those practicing Roman mysticism and worshiping Roman gods. The Romans had a QUEEN OF THE HEAVENS who was the Roman counterpart to the GREEK GODDESS. They replace this GODDESS with MARY. And so centuries of an ANCIENT CULT continued on in a new brand of ROMAN CHRISTIANITY. This has happened in many cultures. When voodoo came to New Orleans it blended with Christianity and today there are churches in Louisiana that practice VOODOO and CHRISTIANITY together. Its cultural blending HOWEVER IT IS NOT SCRIPTURAL. Jesus said NO ONE BUT THE FATHER IN HEAVEN IS GOOD (including Himself in that statement) Jesus instructed His disciples to PRAY TO THEIR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. In ACTS The APOSTLES AND THEIR COMPANY LIFTED UP THEIR VOICES AND PRAYED TO GOD.

    PRAYER IS ONLY TO THE FATHER. MARY WAS NO MORE THAN A SERVANT USED TO PERFORM A FUNCTION. Just as Moses and David were. No more. No less. She was blessed to be chosen to give birth to Christ. But she gave birth to the man Jesus. The anointed Christ came from His FATHER IN HEAVEN not MARY.

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