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Catholic apologetics QUESTION from robert f. walters March 8, 2000 I was recently asked if God could perform the Immaculate Conception (I.E., have The Virgin Mary Born without sin) why then was Jesus sacrifice on the Cross necessary? Why didn't God just create a way for everyone to be without sin?
I answered that it had something to do with Mary being without sin in light of the Sacrifice of the cross, as Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the World....
What would a better answer, be? Any help would be great.
God Bless!
Raphael Francis Walters
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on March 17, 2000 Dear Mr. Walters:
Why didn't God just create a way for everyone to be without sin?
He did. Adam and Eve were created without sin.
But unless human beings were to be mere animals or robots or slaves, God also gave us free will.
Free will caused Adam and Eve to sin and to bring sin into the world.
Mary was, by a singular act of grace, preserved from the stain of original sin, but the merits of Jesus. Nevertheless, even though protected from original sin, Mary still had free will and she freely gave herself to God when St. Gabriel announced to her God's intentions.
God did create people without sin, those people (Adam and Eve) chose sin from their free will causing all of mankind to Fall, and thus God, in His great love, provided a way for people in their free will to come back to Him -- He provided the way through the Immaculate Conception of Mary which prepared her to be the unblemished tabernacle for the Son of God who would died for us and take away the sin of the world.
God is a great God. He loves us so much that He respects our decisions, and He loves us so much that he provides us a way to return to Him when we decide against Him.
He loves us so much that He makes lemonade out of the lemons we make of our lives.
Great is our God!
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