- Oct 11, 2003
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- Middle Earth
His Holiness Pope Shenouda appears to contradict what you present as Coptic tradition on the Immaculate Conception.Mardukm said:
"The Divine nature (God the Word) was united with the human nature which He took of the Virgin Mary
by the action of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit purified and sanctified the Virgin's womb so that
the Child to whom she gave birth would inherit nothing of the original sin; the flesh formed of
her blood was united with the Only-Begotten Son. This Unity took place from the first moment of
the Holy Pregnancy in the Virgin's womb. As a result of the unity of both natures-the Divine and
the human-inside the Virgin's womb, one nature was formed out of both: "The One Nature of God
the Incarnate Logos" as St. Cyril called it.
"The Nature of Christ"
Note what the Pope is saying. That the Virgin's womb was not purified and sanctified until the time when she conceived the Lord. Note that she was purifed at that time so that Christ would not inherit anything of original sin, something which it is clear affected her until this time of cleansing when the incarnation took place.