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Speaking of Mary, how did she live a sinless life?

So according to catholic doctrine, Mary led a sinless life. So if Mary never sinned- why wasn't she the sacrificial lamb? Why would she need a saviour? I have been told that the source of authority for catholics is the scriptures and tradition but that tradition or doctrine will never sctually conflict scripture.

Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Galatians 3:22 says But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

This seems contradictory to me. What do you think?

By the way- this isn't bashing or snarky- this is just discussing religious beliefs on a religion and beliefs forum. =)


Asked by natural.mama at 8:53 PM on Jun. 10, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The Bible does not say that Mary lived a sinless life. The only sinless life ever lived was Jesus', according to Scripture.

    Answer by NannyB. at 8:55 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • I agree NannyB. But our catholic brethren states that nothing in catholicism contradicts scripture. I have just given 2 contradictions here.

    Answer by natural.mama at 8:57 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • Mary did not live a sinless life. The only person to ever live a sinless life s Jesus.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:57 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • amen- anon 57

    Answer by natural.mama at 8:58 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • This is where Yahweh's spirit will help anyone discern the truth, form lies. He is the only one who can do so. Blessings..

    Answer by Daphna28 at 9:38 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • from lies! Dang typos! Blessings..

    Answer by Daphna28 at 9:39 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • Here is a link for those who would like a true synopis of what the Church truly teaches about Mary and living with out sin.

    I hope it helps answer the question. I know it does a better job than i could lol

    Answer by ArmyWifeMomof3 at 9:42 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • Suppose a man falls into a deep pit, and someone reaches down to pull him out. The man has been "saved" from the pit. Now imagine a woman walking along, and she too is about to topple into the pit, but at the very moment that she is to fall in, someone holds her back and prevents her. She too has been saved from the pit, but in an even better way: She was not simply taken out of the pit, she was prevented from getting stained by the mud in the first place. This is the illustration Christians have used for a thousand years to explain how Mary was saved by Christ. More can be read on


    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 9:54 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • Mary was not sinless.. only Jesus was sinless. She needed salvation the same as the rest.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 PM on Jun. 10, 2010

  • If in the OT the temple and those who went behind the curtain to speak to him where the Ark was needed to purified before. Then why would God pick an impure or sinful woman? By her bending to God's will was she saved. She is the perfect example of giving in completely to His will. Yes she questioned but in the end she accepted. Christ was the new Covenant and Mary was the Ark. Even Calvin and Martin Luther believed this the first Protestant reformers.


    Answer by oldermomof5 at 9:18 AM on Jun. 11, 2010