The doctrine of “original sin.” Churches that teach original sin teach that every newly conceived soul is blemished with the sin of Adam and Eve. Thus they argue that every body is born depraved, i.e. sinful, and already in a lost condition. This doctrine turns Paul’s “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” into something more like, “for all have inherited sin and are short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). This false position fails to explain why Adam and Eve sinned if it takes a “darkened and sinful mind” to sin against God. So how does this apply to the virgin Mary and Jesus?
Catholics believe that Mary was born without spot or blemish: hence, “the Immaculate Conception.” The Catholic Church’s position on the virgin Mary is part of a long evolution of thought. Catholics believe that in order for Jesus to have been without sin (original sin), Mary would also have to have been without sin (original sin). Catholic’s decreed that Mary must have been given special grace when she was conceived so that her parent’s sin was not passed on to her. The Catholic Encyclopedia explains:
“In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, of 8 December, 1854, Pius IX [The Pope] pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary “in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.”
It took 1850 years for the Catholic Church to make it official that Mary was preserved-unflawed and unblemished-from the stain of original sin. There is a type of equality in the Catholic Church between Jesus and Mary: Jesus did not sin and Mary was born without sin and remained a perpetual virgin; Mary was not distracted by the flesh. Their false teaching on Mary continues with the idea that she remained a “perpetual virgin” as they deny that Mary had brothers and sisters for Jesus through Joseph. Of course, the Gospels show otherwise.
Catholics hold this doctrine without solid evidence from Scripture. In their own words: “No direct or categorical and stringent proof of the dogma can be brought forward from Scripture.” To most Bible believers, such an admission as having “no direct or categorical and stringent proof…” would mean scrapping the whole idea: but not so for Catholics. The Catholic Church believes “original sin” is passed on to all children. Believing this led to the doctrine of the “Immaculate Conception” of Mary.
The Catholic Church relies upon a couple of verses to support their doctrine of Mary. Genesis 3:15 and Luke 1:28 forms the primary text of support for the “Immaculate Conception” of Mary. In the Genesis passage, God first speaks of the redemption of man through Christ, and the defeat of Satan. In this passage, God says there will be enmity between “you” (serpent) and “the woman” (Eve), and between “your seed” [devil’s seed, DM] and “her seed” (the same ‘her’ as before, Eve). The next verse makes it clear that Eve is the woman when it warns that her punishment would be “…pain in childbirth” (Gen. 3:16). But Catholics decided that Mary is the woman in question. They must argue backwards that since “her seed” is most likely Jesus Christ, then the mother of Jesus is the woman in question. But the context doesn’t allow that. We may reason that Jesus is the seed in question because the Bible points to Christ as victor over Satan, but there is no doubt that Eve, and not Mary, is the subject in question.
Catholics argue that only the sinless perfection of Mary explains the enmity between her and the Devil. The other passage, Luke 1:28, says that Mary was “full of grace.” There is no Believer who doubts that Mary was a godly and virtuous woman; but this verse does not elevate Mary above human nature. Investigate for yourself. Study Genesis 3:16 and Luke 1:28 and answer if you think Mary was born different than any other. There is no Scriptural evidence for the “Immaculate Conception” of Mary. It is therefore a maculate, blemished, and stained doctrine of Mary that they hold to.