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How/why did Mary find grace with God?

I thought that all humans after the sin of Adam and Eve, fell from grace and had to earn it back through salvation, so how did she become an exemption?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:36 PM on Jan. 29, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Grace can't be earned, it is given. She was redeemed by Christ but in a special way at the time of her conception, she was the vessel of the living God. The angel recognizes this when he greets her with "Mary, full of Grace".

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • There is a book that was rejected from the bible because it had no real reason to be there. But it talks about the birth and childhood of Mary. In this book it talks about Mary's parents. They were elderly and childless even though they wanted a child. God sent them Mary. SHE was special from before she was born... Or so the story goes.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:50 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • The angel recognizes this when he greets her with "Mary, full of Grace".

    doesnt "full of Grace" mean she already had it?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:58 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • thank you sabrina, do you know the name of the book?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:59 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • The writing about Mary and her parents is found in the Infancy Gospel of James (aka The Protevangelion of James)

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 1:31 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • doesnt "full of Grace" mean she already had it?


    Yep - she was conceived with it which is why the angel greeter her with the Greek term kekaritomene -  a perfect passive participle of charitoo, meaning "to fill or endow with grace." Since this term is in the perfect tense, it indicates that Mary was graced in the past but with continuing effects in the present. So, the grace Mary enjoyed was not a result of the angel’s visit.  For Catholics we believe it extended over the whole of her life, from conception onward. She was in a state of sanctifying grace from the first moment of her existence.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 1:36 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • erin is right it was the Infancy Gospel of James... Sorry, I didn't come back sooner to answer. But she got it.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 3:22 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • how do we know that this book is real? and not the work of the devil?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:15 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • how do we know that this book is real? and not the work of the devil?


    What do you mean by "real"?  It's real in that it was written - in fact there are several different copies of the text available.  It's not a writing inspired by God like the Bible is, but that doesn't mean it it's the work of the devil.  Think about how many different books today are written about Jesus - some good, some not so good.  So like most writings the Infacy Gospel of James has some good and some bad parts.  There are imaginative parts that embellihsments, but it's still a valuable sources of historical information because they reveal to us the beliefs of the period,

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 4:56 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • how do we know that this book is real? and not the work of the devil?

    couldn't the same be said of the bible?
    Koukla12905

    Answer by Koukla12905 at 9:25 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

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