THE ORTHODOX TRUTH
OF THE VIRGIN MARY
FALSE PAPAL DOGMA
“THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION”
The Orthodox Church honors with great exaltation and glory the Holy Virgin Theotokos because she is beloved, and having willingly contributed everything, especially her Son for our salvation. The Church has always praises her ascetic and hesychastic life in the temple from three years of age to puberty. She never committed any sin nor did she ever stray from the Lord’s commandments, for she was sinless in all her actions. However, we do not attempt to honor her popishly with false declarations regarding her birth, for she was born from a father and mother as all men are born, not without sin as the Popes falsely dogmatized. It is through birthgiving that the propatorical (not original) sin is transmitted from generation to generation. The only one who did not inherit the propatorical sin was Jesus Christ, for He was born without seed of man. However it is a fact that the Virgin’s father is Joachim. Whom no one can deny, carried the propatorical sin. The Church has never dogmatized or considered her to have been conceived without sin like her Son Jesus Christ, the only sinless one, for she was born naturally of Joachim and Anna whom God had joined together in matrimony, and He gave them Mary as an only child in their elderly years, and they in turn gave her to God according to their vow.
The Roman Catholic Church before it tumbled into the papacy never dogmatized that the Virgin Mary was sinless, and even after it became the papacy, all the way to the year 1853 they never claimed that Mary was conceived of Anna sinlessly. Yet they did this in 1854. Not knowing what they were doing, they declared her to be freed of original sin while in her mother’s womb, with the fabricated claim that this was a doctrine revealed by God. This took place during the reign of Pope Pius IX, the same Pope who through clever manipulation established another papal dogma, that popes were infallible. Both of these dogmas are not Christian but papal for they are untrue..
PAPACY DECLARES THAT THE VIRGIN MARY
WAS CONCEIVED AND BORN WITHOUT SIN
Claiming that they were honoring the Virgin Mary, the papacy actually ended up dishonoring her and denying her of genuine virtue. They invented a falsehood saying that the Virgin became sinless while in her mother’s womb and was born without sin. But the Latins are not able to comprehend what they have done The truth is that the Virgin voluntarily lived a virtuous life and she fasted, prayed and her ascetic life was genuine and holy and not contrived. She was a true ascetic and is the mother of ascetics.
Freedom is a main attribute given to all men by God, if we did not have freedom we would be like slaves or servants only able to obey but not to freely choose, for faithful slaves and servants must do as commanded. However, without freedom to choose good or evil, man no longer is how God created him. Adam and Eve sinned, not because of freedom but from misuse of that freedom, and their disobedience of the law of life and death.
The Virgin from the beginning remained free, to choose good or evil and always chose the good. God would never take away her precious freedom, which she used faultlessly. The Virgin Mary, according to the Latin pseudo-dogma, had no choice whatever between good and evil, for they say, “God rendered her sinless in her mother’s womb." Therefore the Latins, in denying the propatorical sin rob her of her freedom, they also deny her virtue, her choice of what to do or not do. She would not have a choice to do different if she was under compulsion, being forced to do only good by her “sinlessness.” According to the papal dogma, God changed her and made her different than all human beings, for rendering her sinless, she could not sin according to their idea.
Adam and Eve were without sin until the fall, but through them sin entered the entire human race, and no one could escape as it is passed on through birth from a man and woman. God does not give both freedom and sinlessness to anyone Sinlessness is a choice coming from freedom, not something endowed by God. Freedom presupposes the ability to make one’s own choice, good or bad.
The Orthodox Church has always glorified Jesus Christ as the only sinless one. Papal dogma, proclaiming the Virgin as sinless before birth also denies the exclusive sinless birth of Jesus Christ. For only He who is born of God is free from sin,being born without the seed of man of the sinless Virgin, He alone is free from sin.
The papacy dishonors the Virgin by denying her personal virtuous efforts in her preparation in the temple as a young child, where she progressed in learning and acquiring knowledge, in prayer life, in fasting and being filled with grace she drew nearer to God. She lived an pure ascetic life being fed and taught by angels. Such a lifestyle and her choices, even though she carried the propatorical sin, empowered her to never commit any sin of her own volition. The claim of the papacy that she was born sinless, unable to sin, robs her of her struggle and ascetic life!
The conclusion is that the Virgin did not need Christ, for they claim that she being rendered sinless did not carry the inclination to sin or the propatorical sin. The question is not that she was sinless in her behavior, because the Church has always believed that she is the all-pure undefiled Virgin. We know that the cleansing of sin comes from God alone through His Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who sanctifies the waters of baptism, and the newly baptized is anointed with “the seal of the of Holy Spirit.”`The Virgin was cleansed of the propatorical sin by the Holy Spirit that came upon her, as recorded in Holy Scripture.
Gabriel the archangel was sent to a virgin espoused to Joseph whose name was Mary. He spoke these words to her: “Rejoice Full of Grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast about in her mind what matter of greeting this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not Mary, for you have found grace with God. And behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call Him Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give Him the throne of His father David, and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end."
Then Mary said unto the angel, "How shall this be seeing I do not know a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, "the Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you, therefore that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. And behold, your cousin Elizabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold, the handmaiden of the Lord; be it to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:26 -38).
When the Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin, the propatorical sin immediately was eliminated/ and she conceived sinlessly. The Logos of God by indwelling in the Virgin’s womb, took on our human nature, and thus became Jesus Christ, the Godman. “You shall call his name Jesus.” Having given birth to God in the flesh, the Virgin now has become the Theotokos. The Virgin was not bound by a Latin-contrived sinlessness, for she was always a free girl and woman, not a slave, and she freely accepted and fulfilled the Lord’s words.
The Ever-virgin Mary sang her story to Elizabeth in these immortal words: “My soul magnified the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the humility of His handmaiden, for behold, from this time on all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty has done great things to me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is upon those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He has sent away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy; as He spoke to our father, to Abraham, and to his posterity forever.”