Man and Sin
I believe and
I confess that God created man neither mortal nor immortal, but capable of choosing
between two states, as St. John of Damascus teaches us (Exposition of the Orthodox
Book II, chap. 30). Man's bad choice and ill use of his free will caused
his nature to be defiled by sin and become mortal. Human nature's defilement and
alienation from God are caused by sin which entered into the world through a single
man, Adam. Baptism in the true Church liberates us from the effects of sin and
enables us to "work" for our salvation. Yet, even as after the Lord's Resurrection
both the memory of His sufferings and also the marks of these sufferings were
preserved in a material manner, so also after our Baptism does our nature preserve
our weakness, in that it has received only the betrothal of the Divine adoption
which shall be realized only at the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Nevertheless, our regeneration by Baptism is just as real as our Saviour's Resurrection.
The Most Holy Virgin Mary was born with the same nature as ours. She could not
of Herself have maintained the state in which the Archangel found Her on the day
of the Annunciation, because She also, like all of us, had need of God's Grace.
God is the Saviour of the Virgin not only because He purified Her, but also because
by Divine Grace and Her will She was protected from a state of personal sin.
|Added: Aug 29, 2010
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