Well, it's a Catholic term, kinda misleading, should be called 'The Virgin Pregnancy' of Mary. Meiosis and polar body, splitting of the chromosomes, so who provides the other 26? In normal conception, the man's sperm. But here it's a miracle, so those chromosomes are provided by the Holy Spirit, per Luke 1:35.
Some Christians are very uncomfortable just accepting it's a miracle. But if God, then well He does miracles
, believe it or not. So the alternative 'natural' explanations (like parthenogenesis
) for how a virgin can conceive and bear a child, are not claimed by Scripture. It's accepted prima facie
or not, that's one's own prerogative.
That she was unmarried and a virgin at the time, made the pregnancy a scandal. Therefore, news would spread like wildfire. Even by John 8 when the Lord was teaching, He was dogged by it, the Pharisees calling him in essence 'illegitimate', for of course it's impossible to believe His Birth was as foretold in Scripture, a miracle (presume you know the passages, if not, let me know). Waiting 2000 years for a promised event, and it occurs, won't exactly engender immediate acceptance, naturlich
So the Catholics kinda didn't understand Bible very well, and somewhere along the line came up with the term 'Immaculate Conception' to claim that MARY was sinless, since they couldn't understand how Christ could be sinless at birth. Which is contradicted in her own mouth in her Magnificat, Luke 1:47, extensively covered in the Greek, see vid descriptions' pdf starting here
. All the NT meter tracks back at this speech; drives me crazy. But even in English you can tell that if she calls God her Savior, she's calling herself a sinner. So no, MARY didn't need to be immaculate. But then, they couldn't see the chromosomes splitting, could they. What else would the Catholics do, but guess?
So: It's kinda funny, how the 'Life of Mary' book explains it all. My copy is from Cardinal Stritch , part of the Catholic Library of Devotion, not a public book but very commonly given to and among Catholics, so maybe your local parish has a copy. I show my personal set (given to me by a family member), in a video, here
. Youtube counterpart is here
Sorry the vids are so grainy. I had to place the Catholic books on my flatbed scanner, and the photos are kinda wonky. But I have the books if there's something in them you want to know.
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