Chapabel wrote:Nothing in the Bible teaches Mary was sinless.
Chapabel wrote:The only way Mary could have been born sinless would require God to be her Father as well.
Mary's Father, Her spiritual one, and the most important. And, there are verses in the Bible that point to Mary being without sin;
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel". (Isaiah 7:14)
The following passage is from the Douay–Rheims translation. Luke 1:28 uses the Greek word (κεχαριτωμενη) "kecharitōmenē" which Saint Jerome translated into Latin as "Gratia Plena". The correct English translation of the Greek and Latin is "full of grace"; "And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace
, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women". (Luke 1:28)
"Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me
; and holy is his name". (Luke 1:48-49)
"And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour
". (Luke 1:46-47)
In Isaiah 7:14 we read Mary is called a "virgin", but that term does not only refer to an individual who has refrained from sexual intercourse. It also means "an absolutely chaste young woman", and one of the definitions of "chaste" is "pure in thought and act". Another definition for "virgin" is "a person who is inexperienced in a usually specified sphere of activity". Therefore, I would argue that Isaiah 7:14 refers to Mary not only being sexually inactive, but also a person who was pure in thought/action i.e. without sin.
In regards to Luke 1:28, Grace gives light and knowledge to the soul. Original sin and the mortal one removes Grace. If Mary had original sin, and committed personal sins, then She couldn't have been full
of God's Grace at the same time.
As for Luke 1:46-49, Mary clearly states God did great things to her, and a couple of those was making Her the Mother of God, as well as preserving Her from the stain of original sin, and its consequences, before her conception, etc. Not because She did anything to deserve it, rather He wanted it so, knowing She was to be The Mother of God. Due to Her immaculate soul, and natural good faithful will, She did not even commit personal sins throughout Her life. She had to be such a way so as to carry/raise The Son of God who's perfect. So, She was
redeemed by the Graces of God, but in a special way -- by anticipation.
To conclude, I suggest reading Exodus 25. God gave Moses detailed instruction in regards to the creation of the Ark that was to carry His written word. How much more care and attention would He give to Mary, the Ark who would carry His Son, the Savior of world, and His Word made flesh?
Food for thought.