The Incarnation and other Issues
- The fact is that mary was essential in giving of her substance and humanity to Christ in her womb. If not mary then whoever else other then her that God might have chosen.According to scripture (Hebrews 2 puts it really well) apart from Christ being made like unto men..He could not have been a perfect atoning sacrifice for us...and in order to made like unto us He had to become a man and that by way of conception and birth in marys womb...take her out of the picture and we have no salvation. He HAD OF COMPLETE NECESSITY to be born of a woman. God did not become a pre-existant fetus before hoping into her womb and using her for an incubator. He was CONCEIVED n her womb and became incarnate through her and by her as God had decreed and planned before the foundation of the world.Leviticus 17:11 from memory also is one of many scriptural citations talking of the importance of the forgiveness of sin through the shedding of blood. Apart from the virgin birth, reception of the human nature from the substance of a jewish woman named mary, there is no shedding of blood and no salvation. The Eucharist is also BODY and BLOOD and testifies to the importance of the Incarnation...which is why simply making the eucharistic presence a 'SPIRITUAL' presence could be rather well argued as a mixing and confounding of the Two Natures.The Incarnation is alot more then just a non-essential or a way in which we 'relate' better to Christ although that is absolutely true.God BECAME man through marys womb, by and through her and i would point out that pretty much all protestant confessions agree...is she just another vessel?What other Godly woman was ever the Mother of God or a Shrine in which He took on Our Nature in order to fully save us?Why did she say all generations will call me blessed?she is, God blessed her socks off and us through her. Sorry for the diatribe, its late i tend to ramble:)brett<><----- Original Message -----From: Dan LeamingSent: Friday, April 27, 2001 5:01 PMTo: TraditionalDogmatics@yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: [TraditionalDogmatics] reply to Mr. SolaThank you for clarifing Don's statement for me.Why is the incarnation so important to apologetics? I completely understand how important the incarnation is to the Christian faith. How God became very man and very God in the same being, it is not a problem for me and it does not in the least offend me. In fact it is more of a comfort to me, to know that my LORD and Savior knows exactly how I feel as a human, both emotionally and physically. He was able to live a life without sin. But to place ones aplogetic foundation upon the incarnation is not wise. Why do we know what we know? Do we know what we know thru the incarnation of Christ, no. Do we know what we know thru Mary, no. Do we know what we know from the tradition of man, in around of bout way. Do we know what we know because God has revealed Himself thru special revelation to the men who wrote the Bible, yes. Do we know what we know because of God's omniscience, yes. That is why I don't place my doctrine or apologetics in the incarnation. Yes I respect Mary, but what is so different about Mary than the rest of humanity. Mary was just another vessle that God used to glorify Himself, there was nothing special about her. She obeyed God, thats all.
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- I don't deny that the incarnation is a critical part of the Christian
faith, but again who is Mary. Yes she is blessed among women, and
thats it. She is just like any other woman. I don't understand why
you keep going on about Mary for.