Monday, December 25, 2023

Mary's Sinlessness : Biblical Study by the Dimond Brothers, Footnoted by Myself

Their Excellent video:

Mary's Sinlessness: A Biblical Documentary | 29 Aug 2015

My footnotes:

Five years ago:

Before starting to Watch, would you agree that once She is identified as the woman of Genesis 3:15 it is settled?

"enmities" = complete enmity
complete enmity against Satan = no slavery under Satan
no slavery under Satan = at the very least neither original nor mortal sin, no state of sin
BUT since we are talking complete enmity
since venial sin is a slackness in the service of God
therefore not even venial sin.

Now check Luke 1, She had no idea what enemy of Israel She could have completely defeated as long as Gabriel spoke only of Her, but got it immediately once Elisabeth added "the fruit of thy womb" which makes the match with Genesis 3:15 very perfect.

Note, "blessed among women" with an added qualification referred to exactly two women, she who killed Sisera and she who killed Holophernes.

Now check Cana and Calvary in Gospel according to St John = She is both places called "Woman" by Her Son. He says She is the Woman of Genesis 3:15. And perhaps even of Apocalypse 12, since, while He spoke before revealing that, St John wrote the Gospel after Patmos, after the Apocalypse.

Christmas Day 2023:

4:59 Will you also deal with Mary being the only individual woman (excluding collectives like Church = Bride etc) in the New Testament, and the fifth in an entire Bible to be called blessed, the third to be called blessed among women, and that the two previous "blessed among women ..." (with resctrictions), pretty much like today Adar Ben Simon, a heroine who died October 7, after saving lots of others, who is not participating in the agression on Gaza), has had people say "may her name be a blessing" are women having:
  • saved Israelites
  • by defeating a terrible enemy of Israel
  • and this only after doing so?

Like the only Sisera and Holophernes She could have utterly defeated is Satan, and the one way in which She could do this was by being utterly sinless?

6:06 "Are we to conclude that all believers are without original sin?"
Collectively, and once they are believers, individually, yes.

Original sin is washed away in Baptism.

It's interesting that Svendsen (a patrilinear Dane, a Swede with surname of same etymology would be a Svensson) called his book "Who Is My Mother?"

Our Lord in the passage He alluded to did obviously not say that Mary sinning was not His Mother, but that Mary was Sinless and therefore part of His Church, and not of the family crowd She was physically surrounded by.

Apart from thus comforting Her about any qualms She could have had standing among Her stepsons who wanted to treat Jesus as demon-possessed, He also confirmed Her priority.

She knew She was Mother of God with a high degree of probability since the angels words, but wanted confirmation. But She discovered Her sinlessness when Elisabeth's greeting, echoing the angel's, made Her realise who was Her Sisera or Holophernes. She was happier about being sinless, about always pleasing the Father, than about being Mother of God. And God on that occasion 30 + years later confirmed that priority.

9:10 Noting that John McArthur very effectively in that moment distanced himself from the heresy of declarative only justice, which was Luther's schtick.

Has he effectively or only nominally back-paddled on that?

Obviously, as he basically holds Luther in the position of a Church Father, he is interested in nominal back-paddling on that .... but has it been effective?

13:37 Yes, "Justification Lie" video has John McArthur on the thumbnail, so arguably, he has nominally or verbally agreed with Luther on some occasion.

14:14 Before even the Conception of Jesus Christ, equally valid about Her "killing of Sisera" alias defeating Satan.

Why? Because verse 31 says, when the words were spoken, Mary had not yet become the Mother of God. God the Son was not yet Incarnate.

24:54 And, obviously, if She had neither Original or Concupiscence, nor Mortal, She could not have venial either.

As She discovered from the words of St. Elisabeth Cohen, Her cousin.

28:05 A 17th C. Lutheran or Calvinist would however have agreed not just with the Catholic idea that an unbaptised person is excluded from glory, independently of whether still born infants of Christian parents can receive baptism by the desire of their parents, but they would in some cases even exaggerate that idea to say everyone in Hell suffers equally, and that would include those dying without either baptism or personal sins.

So much of the Classic Protestantism involved inhuman distortions of Christian doctrine, that a reaction drove away most Protestants even further from Christianity.

37:24 While this description is correct, the phrase "blessed among women" by itself, as applied in verse 28 by the angel, and repeated by Elisabeth in verse 42, carries a connotation of a female heroine, one utterly defeating a dangerous enemy of the people of God.

The form given by Elisabeth adds to this parallel the parallel of Genesis 3:15, which is when Our Lady discovered that She was already in Her previous life victorious over Satan = i e perfectly pleasing to God, perfectly without sin.

37:41 Indeed.
Slavery is one opposite of enmity, precisely as friendship is a fuller one.

One can be a slave of Satan and not his friend, like the robber on the right side just prior to converting and asking for forgiveness, or one can be his friend too, like Antichrist will be, but both involve sin, and sinning involves slavery to Satan.

Since slavery is an opposite of enmity, this means God had put Our Lady out of reach of sinning.

Ponam inimicitias (and inimicitias = plural of enmity, Hebrew figure of speech for full enmity) ... that was the promise. Mary the fulfilment.

As I am happy to know since reading Heinz-Lothar Barth, Ipsa conteret.

He also argues, and the "blessed among women" parallel to Jael and Judith also argue for a reading that "She [the woman] shall crush thy head" ...

I am reading Challoner's comment:

[15] "She shall crush": Ipsa, the woman; so divers of the fathers read this place, conformably to the Latin: others read it ipsum, viz., the seed. The sense is the same: for it is by her seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman crushes the serpent's head.

Indeed, but that already before being His mother.

46:23 If you do a search on Ave in the Vulgate section of drbo, 8 verses come up. The last two might or might not inspire you to refuse to greet me, but the other six are very germain to the subject.

Ave Rabbi, Ave rex Iudaeorum, Ave Rabbi, Ave rex Iudaeorum, Ave gratia plena, Ave rex Iudaeorum.

This parallelism is basically saying that the Blessed Virgin has a share in Her Son's teaching authority, which makes Her martellus omnium haeresium.

46:23 I think this parallelism actually can even show She was already Queen and teacher of angels.

Even if "ave Rabbi" was said in mockery and hypocrisy, Jesus had in fact been in external social fact the Rabbi of Judas Ischariot for some time.

The angels, without such hypocrisy had been watching Mary for the proper way for a creature to serve God.

They had been serving God for close to 5200 years, they had never sinned, they had opposed Satan's sin, but they still accepted Her as their teacher in Holiness. And as having defeated Satan even more than St. Michael had done back then. Obviously, by no other act of Her than by being sinless.

54:15 Would you agree, speaking of DNA, that:
  • Eve was genetically a clone of Adam, but his Y-chromosome was taken away and the X chromosome doubled
  • Christ was genetically a clone of Mary, but one X chromosome was taken away and replaced with Adam's Y-chromosome?

59:18 This was the best sermon on κεχαριτωμένη since I heard Brother Caesarius Cavallin, OSB back then Lutheran, since then a convert, when I was a teen.

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