Mary  |  Sinless

Roman Catholicism attempts to build its parallels of Mary to Jesus by first establishing that Mary was with out sin, just as was the Lord Jesus Christ.  This claim is the basis for many of the other dogmas regarding Mary.  It is therefore necessary to compare these teachings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church with the truth found in the Holy Bible.

The Catechism Says:

#493 “By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.”

#966 “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin…”

The Bible Says:

Romans 3:23  All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,

Hebrews 7:26  For such an high priest [Jesus] became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. 

I John 3:5And ye know that he [Jesus] was manifested to take away our sins; andin himis no sin.

The Catechism Says:

#491 “…The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”

The Bible Says:

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Hebrews 4:15  For we have not an high priest [Jesus] which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.



God is called “Savior,” as He saves His people from sin.  All mankind from Adam onward have sinned and the judgment of this sin is death.  It is for this very fact that we need a savior.  Even the mother of the Lord had need of her Savior and would have been spiritually lost without Him.  Mary was a sinner and by God’s grace embraced her Savior.  She rejoices in that joy which she had in common with all believers, that she had a true Savior. 

Mary’s position is seen also in the following scriptures.  First, Mary acknowledged herself to be a saved sinner.  “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior….’” (Luke 1:46-47).  Then both Joseph and Mary offered a sin offering according to the law of God.  [Joseph and Mary came to Jerusalem] “to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” (Luke 2:24).  If Mary was without sin, there would have been no need to offer up a pair of birds as a sacrifice to the Lord.

We can all thank the Lord that Mary was and is truly “blessed among women”; however, we know that she was not blessed as equal to the Lord Jesus Christ.  For the Word of God proclaims, “I am the Lord; that I my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8)