The Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity And Bodily Ascension Of The Virgin Mary: Biblical Facts Or Whimsical Fantasy?

Some traditional beliefs about the Virgin Mary need biblical examination to ascertain their veracity. From the Scriptures, we understand Mary was a highly favoured and blessed virgin who was chosen by God’s grace to be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. She conceived supernaturally, without sexual intercourse, to give birth to Jesus, thus fulfilling centuries-old prophecies concerning the virgin birth of Immanuel (the Word of God made flesh). The virgin birth was simply a miracle of divine creation and fertilisation of original gametes, and transfer of the resulting embryo into the Virgin Mary’s womb. Thus, as a surrogate mother, Mary’s gamete was not involved in the reproductive process, making Jesus’ DNA original and unique, with no genetic inheritance from any progeny. Jesus was indeed a new creation and the beginning of a new order, who bypassed the normal reproductive mechanism and the original sin resident in every human gamete.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (NKJV).

Luke 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

Luke 1:27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

Luke 1:28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

Luke 1:29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.

Luke 1:30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Luke 1:31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

Luke 1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

Luke 1:33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Luke 1:38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her (NKJV).

Because Jesus was without original sin, Roman Catholics would have us believe Mary also was immaculately conceived and free from original sin. They equally postulate that Mary remained a perpetual virgin, even after giving birth to Jesus, and did not have other children. In addition to the above dogmas concerning Mary, Catholic theologians further teach that Mary did not experience physical death, but ascended bodily to heaven (the Assumption). How do these doctrines about Mary fare in the light of the Bible? We shall carefully examine the Scriptures to determine the truthfulness of these Marian dogmas.

To start with, was Mary immaculately conceived? Was she born without original sin? Well, there’s no Scripture that describes Mary as being without original sin, just as there’s absolutely no portion of the Bible that portrays her as being immaculately conceived. Rather, from the evidence of Scriptures alone (which impute original sin to all descendants of Adam), Mary was conceived in iniquity and born a sinner, like all men and women after the fall. There’s only one person in the entire Bible who was prophesied and documented to be immaculately conceived and without sin, and that’s the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible is emphatic in describing all men and women who came through Adam as having fallen in Adam. If Mary was an exception to this natural lot of fallen humanity, no doubt the Scriptures would have documented this exceptional fact. If Mary was conceived without sin, it would have been a miracle worthy of note in the scriptures, like that of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was prophesied centuries before it happened, and was unambiguously confirmed in the Scriptures when it occurred. Such a fantastic and supernatural event couldn’t have been left to the realm of human conjecture. That not a single verse of Scripture hints at Mary’s immaculate conception and lack of original sin simply means it’s not biblical fact. We must have strong Scriptural evidence to admit such supernatural accounts about anyone. Otherwise, it’s just what it is—pure myth and fantasy!

Psalms 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me (NIV).

Job 14:1 “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.

Job 14:2 They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.

Job 14:3 Do you fix your eye on them? Will you bring them before you for judgment?

Job 14:4 Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!

Job 14:5 A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed (NIV).

Job 15:14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?

Job 15:15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,

Job 15:16 how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt, who drink up evil like water! (NIV).

Job 25:4 How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?

Job 25:5 If even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in his eyes,

Job 25:6 how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot — a human being, who is only a worm!” (NIV).

Romans 3:9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.

Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NIV).

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned —

Romans 5:13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law.

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

Romans 5:15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

Romans 5:16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

Romans 5:18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.

Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous (NIV).

Next, did Mary remain a virgin till the end of her life on earth? Does the Scripture teach that Mary never had other children besides Jesus? The answer to both questions, according to the Bible, is an emphatic ‘NO’! The Scripture plainly reveals that Mary was married to Joseph, and after the birth of Jesus, had sexual relations with her husband and had other children apart from Jesus. In his account concerning the birth of Jesus, Matthew tells us that upon being assured by an angel that Mary’s pregnancy was from the Holy Spirit, Joseph halted his plan to divorce his betrothed bride Mary, and took her as his wife, but had no carnal knowledge of her until she gave birth to Jesus. The implication of this is clear—after Mary had given birth to Jesus, Joseph began to have sexual relations with her, being her lawful husband. And Scripture clearly recorded the fact that Mary had other children apart from Jesus, sons and daughters, some of whom were mentioned by name in the Bible! The apostle James (who later became the leader of the church in Jerusalem and who wrote the epistle that bears his name) and Jude (who wrote the book of Jude) are among those documented in the Scriptures as being brothers of Jesus. Thus, the doctrine of Mary remaining a perpetual virgin, even after giving birth to Jesus, is just a myth—and a fantastical one at that! It has no basis in Scripture and is actually anti-Scriptural!

Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, but before they married, she learned she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 1:19 Because Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a good man, he did not want to disgrace her in public, so he planned to divorce her secretly.

Matthew 1:20 While Joseph thought about these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:22 All this happened to bring about what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.”

Matthew 1:24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the Lord’s angel had told him to do. Joseph took Mary as his wife,

Matthew 1:25 but he did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to the son. And Joseph named him Jesus (NCV).

Matthew 13:53 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.

Matthew 13:54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?

Matthew 13:55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?

Matthew 13:56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”

Matthew 13:57 So they were offended at Him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”

Matthew 13:58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief (NKJV).

Matthew 12:46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.

Matthew 12:47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”

Matthew 12:48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”

Matthew 12:49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!

Matthew 12:50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (NKJV).

John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.

John 7:2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.

John 7:3 His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing.

John 7:4 For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”

John 7:5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

John 7:6 Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

John 7:8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.”

John 7:9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee (NKJV).

The Acts 1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.

The Acts 1:13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James.

The Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers (NKJV).

1 Corinthians 9:3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me.

1 Corinthians 9:4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink?

1 Corinthians 9:5 Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas ? (NIV).

Galatians 1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.

Galatians 1:19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother (NKJV).

Jude 1:1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: (NKJV).

Finally, let’s turn to the issue of the assumption. Did Mary ascend bodily into heaven, like Enoch and Elijah, without tasting death? Is the assumption of Mary Scriptural fact or whimsical fantasy? Once again, we’ll have to revert to the Scriptures to answer these questions. The end of all humans is described in the book of Genesis following the fall—physical death. Thus, every man born of woman has died since Adam, with just two exceptions. Because the natural end of all humans on earth is physical death, anyone exempted from this terminal process is actually an exceptional case and is clearly mentioned in the Scriptures. Anyone not dying physically is extraordinary and an extreme exception to the common lot of all men. Therefore, such exceptions are clearly recorded in the Scriptures. The case of Enoch is so described in the book of Genesis. He’s recorded to have been translated bodily to heaven, and did not taste death. Elijah too, who defied physical death, was clearly described as ascending to heaven in a chariot of fire. Though Jesus died physically, he resurrected three days later, and thereafter ascended bodily to heaven. His ascension was witnessed by many and recorded in the Scriptures. In the book of Revelation, the two witnesses during the tribulation would be martyred but would rise from the dead and ascend bodily to heaven. Thus, every case of bodily ascension to heaven that occured among humans was recorded in the Scriptures. If Mary was spared physical death and ascended bodily to heaven, like the Roman Catholics claim, it would have been recorded in the Scriptures, like the cases cited above. But, nowhere in the Scriptures do we have such a record. Because there is no record of the assumption of Mary, we can safely conclude that it did not happen. Mary, like everyone born in sin, needed to be saved from the original sin. Jesus did not accord her any special privileges during his earthly ministry, when the issues of salvation and eternal life were involved. We see him rebuking her when she showed excessive concern about his whereabout when he remained behind in the temple to go about his heavenly father’s business. We see Jesus pointing out those who hear and obey God’s word as his true mother and siblings, directly putting spiritual ties to him above fleshly ones. When someone called the breasts that suckled him blessed, Jesus rather pointed as more blessed those who hear the word of God and practise it. As far as Jesus was concerned, physical ties of kinship to him did not warrant any special privileges in God’s kingdom. Knowing or being related to Jesus in the flesh does not amount to anything. All his kith and kin, including Mary, had to know him spiritually to be saved. Thus, we see Mary gathering in obedience with the rest of the disciples, after Christ’s ascension, to receive the Holy Spirit. She was given no special privileges of bypassing this process which is essential for every believer. If Mary needed to tarry with the other disciples, as Jesus commanded, in order to receive the Holy Spirit, what makes anyone think God would wave the ultimate end of all mankind for her, and take her up bodily to heaven, without dying? Mary was just a handmaid of the Lord! She was a sinner like all other humans that needed to be saved by grace. She needed to tarry and be filled with the Holy Spirit like anyone else, after being saved. Thus, the idea of Mary ascending bodily to heaven without physical death is pure fantasy unknown to Scriptures!

Genesis 2:15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

Genesis 2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

Genesis 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (NKJV).

Genesis 3:17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ’You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.

Genesis 3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.

Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (NIV).

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Romans 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God (NIV).

2 Kings 2:1 When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.

2 Kings 2:2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

2 Kings 2:3 The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.”

2 Kings 2:4 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” And he replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

2 Kings 2:5 The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”

2 Kings 2:6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.

2 Kings 2:7 Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan.

2 Kings 2:8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

2 Kings 2:9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

2 Kings 2:10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours —otherwise, it will not.”

2 Kings 2:11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.

2 Kings 2:12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two (NIV).

Revelation 11:1 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.

Revelation 11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.

Revelation 11:5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.

Revelation 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.

Revelation 11:7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.

Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Revelation 11:9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.

Revelation 11:10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 11:11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

Revelation 11:12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them (NKJV).

St. Luke 2:41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.

St. Luke 2:42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.

St. Luke 2:43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.

St. Luke 2:44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.

St. Luke 2:45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

St. Luke 2:46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

St. Luke 2:47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

St. Luke 2:48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

St. Luke 2:49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

St. Luke 2:50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them (NIV).

St. Luke 11:27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

St. Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (NIV).

St. Luke 8:19 Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.

St. Luke 8:20 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”

St. Luke 8:21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” (NIV).

2 Corinthians 5:16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (NKJV).

The Acts 1:1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

The Acts 1:2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,

The Acts 1:3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

The Acts 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;

The Acts 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Acts 1:6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

The Acts 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

The Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Acts 1:9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

The Acts 1:10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,

The Acts 1:11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

The Acts 1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.

The Acts 1:13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James.

The Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers (NKJV).

In conclusion, from the evidence of Scripture alone, Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus, had nothing exceptional in her constitution, other than being a servant of the Lord who found unmerited favour with God to be chosen as the vessel to bring Immanuel to the world. Like every descendant of Adam, she was conceived in iniquity and born a sinner. She inherited original sin by virtue of being a descendant of the first Adam. Though Mary conceived Jesus as a virgin through a supernatural act of the Holy Spirit, she was married to Joseph and had sexual relations with him after the birth of Jesus. Mary thus had other children after she gave birth to Jesus, some of whom were mentioned by name in the Scriptures. Finally, Mary died physically like all other sons and daughters of Adam, and was buried, though her soul, like that of all other dead believers, is in paradise with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, awaiting the resurrection of her body at the coming of the Lord. Therefore, the dogmas that the Virgin Mary was immaculately conceived and had no original sin, that she remained a perpetual virgin after the birth of Jesus, and that she bodily ascended to heaven, without tasting physical death, are simply false and fantastical, being a figment of grossly deluded imaginations. These erroneous teachings have no basis in Scripture and are actually anti-Scriptural!

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Published by Dr. Ndubuisi E. Ojo

Dr Ojo is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a student of the Word of God, who believes firmly in the original apostolic faith as the only authentic version of Christianity, and the only legitimate basis for Christian conduct, order and doctrine.

2 thoughts on “The Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity And Bodily Ascension Of The Virgin Mary: Biblical Facts Or Whimsical Fantasy?

  1. Whoo! This is hefty reading and I’ve really just begun.
    I do want to point out though that many scriptures indicate and it is regularly taught that while I, a woman, bear the sin nature, we are merely carriers. The sin nature is passed via the father AKA men. See by one man sin came into the world and the sins of the father pass to generation etc. Therefore, His physical body could have been of her ovum and fertilized via holy spirit and still would have no sin nature with the absence of a human father. Either way, He was fully a descendant of David both through Mary as well as by the laws of adoption via stepfather(?) Joseph.
    Cannot wait until you touch upon the glossed over scripture, right there in Matthew, that Joseph did not consummate the marriage UNTIL she has given birth to Jesus.

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    1. Greetings in Jesus’ name, and many thanks for visiting and for your comment.

      It’s not in dispute that every descendant of Adam is born in sin, for in Adam all fell. Every human being born of a woman is conceived in sin and born a sinner, because sin is in everyone’s DNA, both male and female. When the scripture says ‘in Adam all sinned’, it doesn’t mean only the man can transmit sin. Adam is the head of the human race and a generic name for the first couple. Some teach that the woman does not have seed and is only a carrier who receives and incubates the man’s seed. That’s not true. The woman has her seed too. In reproduction, both male and female gametes are needed to bring about conception. And during fertilisation of gametes, there’s an equal transmission of genetic material to the offspring, from both parents: 50% of each child’s genetic material comes from the father, while the remaining half comes from the mother. And since the sin nature is in the DNA, and since the mother’s DNA is transmitted to the offspring also, the mother transmits the sinful nature to her offspring in equal proportion as the father.

      Joseph did not have sexual relations with Mary until Jesus was born, as the Scripture said, possibly for 2 reasons: to avoid any ambiguity about his paternity, and to avoid the rare but possible chance that an already pregnant woman can still get pregnant for another man if she has sex with a different partner within the same menstrual cycle (heteropaternal superfecundation). Thus, to avoid any doubt about Jesus’ paternity, it was absolutely necessary for Joseph not to relate with Mary sexually throughout her pregnancy for Jesus.

      Jesus has a rightful claim to the throne of David as his surrogate mother Mary was from the lineage of David and his adopted/foster father was a descendant of David too. Just as we’re God’s children by adoption and and have our rights of inheritance with Jesus as God’s heirs thereby, Jesus being an adopted son of Joseph is sufficient to earn him the right to the throne of David.

      And finally, when the Bible talks about children being punished for the sins of their fathers, it doesn’t mean they don’t get punished for the sins of their mothers too. Scripture always focuses on the man as the head of the family. And just as much as children are enjoined to listen to their fathers, obedience to mothers too is implied. As fathers can pass bad traits to children that can negatively affect them in life, so too can mothers.The original sin is genetically embedded in the DNA of everyone, and can be transmitted by both males and females.

      God bless you and do have a happy and prosperous new year!

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