Men and women of the Bible



Mary was born without sin



The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary was conceived without sin, that is to say, she was born sinless. Here 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, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.[Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus]





“All have sinned” (Romans 3:23), Paul says, and thus among that ‘all’ is also Mary because sin through Adam entered into the world and passed upon all men. Paul says also that through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation (Romans 5:18).

That Mary was born with sin was confirmed by Mary herself when in the song she sang unto God, while she was staying at the house of Zechariah, she recognized that God was her Saviour: hear her words: “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:46-47). If she were born without sin and lived a sinless life – as Roman Catholics claim - how could she call God her Saviour? Don’t you think that if she had been without sin and lived a sinless life she would not have called God her Saviour?’

But there is another biblical proof that confirms what we are saying, which is the sacrifice that Joseph and Mary offered in the temple when they presented the child Jesus to the Lord, as it is written: “And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:22-24); in that one of those animals offered to God was offered for the sin of Mary, for according to the law of Moses it was in that way that the iniquity of the woman (who had given birth to a child) had to be expiated. Here is what the Law says with regard to what the woman had to offer when the days of her purification were fulfilled: “And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female. And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean” (Leviticus 12:6-8). As for Mary, since she was poor, were offered two turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now I ask you this question: ‘If Mary had been without sin, don’t you think she would not have needed to offer that sin offering?’ Therefore, the fact that she offered a sin offering confirms that she was not born without sin and also that she did sin during her life.

One more thing, the apostle John, who knew personally Jesus Christ, in his first epistle says: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1.8). Therefore, no believer could say at that time, that he or she had no sin, and we are sure that Mary, the mother of Jesus, never said such a think. I think that Roman Catholics, by saying that Mary was born without sin and lived a sinless life, make God a liar, for His Word states that only Jesus was born without sin because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and only Him lived a sinless life. Therefore, we believe only in the Immaculate Conception of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The so called Immaculate Conception of Mary is a lie conceived by the devil and through that lie the devil keeps many people attached to the cult of Mary, which is idolatry in God’s sight.