The scandal of the Incarnation is that God inhabits imperfection!!
A provoking thought from Stephen Hill:
“We must believe that God is happy to indwell sinners. Mary became pregnant with the Fullness of the Godhead. This is a scandal and an offence to the religious mind!
The Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was ‘invented’ to get around this scandal. For those who don’t know, the Immaculate Conception is NOT about the conception of Jesus: it is about the conception of Mary.
The question was asked: How can Mary conceive and carry Jesus if she is a sinner too? That was offensive so the Church at the time had to find a way around that. This is what they did. Establish a new idea that Mary was born without sin.
Do you believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus? That is up to you: I am not here to argue with you.
If your answer is this, however: “No, I do not believe that the Virgin Mary was sinless” then you MUST accept by faith that God is pleased to unite with a sinful person.
How about you then? Can you become spiritually pregnant with Christ? What disqualifies you? It cannot be your own weakness and brokenness or the fact that you sin!
The scandal of the Incarnation is that God inhabits imperfection!!”