Tarry for the Nonce

December 8, 2005

“Do Whatever He Tells You”

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 4:27 pm

Tim Schwarzenberger sent me a link to the Catholic Answers tract on the Immaculate Conception which highlights some common misunderstandings.

I hadn’t quite recognized the interesting timing of this issue, but . . .

A month or so ago, I stopped by a Protestant Bible study on my way home from work and as soon as I walked in the door, I was asked whether the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception declared that Mary was the product of a virginal birth. I answered as appropriate and the Bible study continued on its merry way . . .

Last Sunday, I was surprised to find that my answer had won a “bet” between the leader of the Bible study and an ex-Catholic in attendance. The ex-Catholic had been correct on the point and, as a result, she, her husband, and I were all being treated to a Tuesday night dinner by the Bible study leader. Inevitably, the doctrine was challenged again during dinner and I was asked why Catholics don’t believe in Luke 1:47 (which we do) and why we think Mary ascended into heaven (which we don’t.) It’s all so frustrating sometimes – especially when I am dismissed as being too young to understand, which is ridiculous. I wish I could figure out where the misconceptions arose so that I could address them at their origin – as can be done with the KJV arguments – but it’s nigh impossible. Ah, well.

In any case, today Catholics celebrate something amazing and a doctrine of great inspiration, hope and joy. So, hail, kecharitomene! Please pray for us.

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3 Comments

  1. What is the real difference between Assumption and Ascension? Is Ascension by one’s own power, and Assumption is by the power of God?

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 8, 2005 @ 5:14 pm

  2. Yes.

    Comment by laura — December 8, 2005 @ 6:25 pm

  3. Wow, I’m good. I looked it up after I posted that, just to be sure… So, in a round-about way… Christ Ascended by Assumption, eh… get it… Christ being God and all… Or would it be Assumpted by Ascension? hmm…

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 9, 2005 @ 12:58 am


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