Tuesday, August 02, 2005more like immaculate deception...
491 Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, "full of grace" through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: "The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin."
And there you have it. The first example of how adding to the Holy Scripture messes everything up. The Truth of the Scriptures when supplemented by TRADITIONS becomes a lie; and the statement above, taken from the "Roman Catholic Catechism" is a perfect example of this.
Note, when a Romanist speaks of the Immaculate Conception, he speaks of MARY (not Jesus) being born without sin; totally free from the taint of the original sin. So Romanism will have us believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was born sinlessly perfect. For 1800 years of church history, not a word of this was known, and then BOOM! Just like that, Pope Pius IX shows up and announces to everyone this important "revelation". Where in the Bible did "old Pius" get this "revelation" from? Nowhere, there simply isn't any passage that remotely comes close to such a view.
Now, while there is no part of Scripture that supports this view of Mary's sinless state, there is plenty of Scripture which contradicts it:
"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." (Romans 5:17-19)
By the offence of Adam, ALL WERE MADE SINNERS AND PLACED UNDER JUDGEMENT. The only exception is the ONE who was righteous and obedient (as in zero sin), in the Scripture above makes it quite clear that the ONE is Jesus, not Mary.
"And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." (Luke 1:46-47)
In no uncertain terms, Mary acknowledges her sinfulness in the above verse. If she was sinlessly perfect, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD SHE NEED A SAVIOUR FOR? Mary rejoiced in the God of her salvation, for the Lord had saved her from her sin, just as he has saved me and all other saints past, present and future.
So without Biblical support for the "immaculate conception", but rather the Bible clearly rejects it, how could it be that so many Romanists believe the heresy? One word: pope. You see, Romanism is one solid heresy built on top of another. The TRADITIONS begets the PAPACY, and the PAPACY begets A WHOLE LOT OF NONSENSE. Simply put, millions of Romanists have received the teaching of the "immaculate conception" because a man in Rome said so.
Now here's the thing: it is clear from history that the papacy has done and decreed TERRIBLE things. For example:
"Furthermore, renewing the sacred canons, we command both diocesan bishops and secular powers to prohibit in every way Jews and other infidels from having Christians, male or female, in their households and service, or as nurses of their children; and Christians from joining with them in festivities, marriages, banquets or baths, or in much conversation, and from taking them as doctors or agents of marriages or officially appointed mediators of other contracts. They should not be given other public offices, or admitted to any academic degrees, or allowed to have on lease lands or other ecclesiastical rents. They are to be forbidden to buy ecclesiastical books, chalices, crosses and other ornaments of churches under pain of the loss of the object, or to accept them in pledge under pain of the loss of the money that they lent. They are to be compelled, under severe penalties, to wear some garment whereby they can be clearly distinguished from Christians. In order to prevent too much intercourse, they should be made to dwell in areas, in the cities and towns, which are apart from the dwellings of Christians and as far distant as possible from churches. On Sundays and other solemn festivals they should not dare to have their shops open or to work in public." (Pope Eugenius IV, Decree of 1442)
I could have put the name Adolf Hitler at the end of that quote and it would have TOTALLY fit.
So back to "the thing": if a pope could have been so wicked... so wrong... what guarantee have we that this "immaculate conception" is accurate? It was a pope who decreed the above statement, and it was a pope that decreed the "doctrine" of the "immaculate conception". Ask yourselves: how much faith does this office deserve? Most intelligent people don't care to hear anything Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Baker have to say because they were found out. Their wicked deeds destroyed their credibility, and justly so. SO WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD ANYONE BELIEVE THE PAPACY?
Don't believe the nonsense of the "immaculate conception" my friends. Turn to the Word of God, not the wicked words of men. Think about it... when you follow what God says, can you really go wrong?