The conception and birth of Mary and of Jesus

Many people mix up the term Immaculate Conception with the Virgin Conception of Jesus, here we unpack this common misunderstanding.

Begotten (not made) (specifically Jesus)

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Begotten (not made) (specifically Jesus). A term that affirms the divinity of Christ, in that he was not made human but took on human form.

See also: Beget / Begat

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Conceived (by the Holy Spirit)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Conceived (by the Holy Spirit). The conception of Jesus, in Mary’s womb, without sexual intercourse, leading to what’s known as the Virgin Birth of Jesus.

It is a common mistaken belief that the term Immaculate Conception refers to the Virgin Mary conceiving Jesus without having sexual intercourse. However, the term Immaculate Conception in fact refers to Mary herself having been born free from original sin.

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Immaculate Conception

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Immaculate Conception. This is the belief, taught in some churches, that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin. It is a common mistaken belief that the term Immaculate Conception refers to the Virgin Mary conceiving Jesus without having sexual intercourse. However, that is known as the Virgin Conception of Jesus, whereas Immaculate Conception is in fact referring to Mary herself having been born free from original sin.

In 2003, referring to Mary’s Immaculate Conception, Pope John Paul II said “Chosen in advance to be the Mother of the incarnate Word, Mary is at the same time the first-fruits of his redeeming action. The grace of Christ the Redeemer acted in her in anticipation, preserving her from original sin and from any contagion of guilt.

In 1904 Pope Pius X said “…to the Christian intelligence the idea is unthinkable that the flesh of Christ, holy, stainless, innocent, was formed in the womb of Mary of a flesh which had ever, if only for the briefest moment, contracted any stain.

See also: Original Sin and Virgin Conception of Jesus

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Original Sin

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Original Sin. The inherently corrupt and sinful state of humankind, as a consequence of Adam and Eve’s disobedience (eating fruit from “the tree of the knowledge of good and bad”).

Bible references include: Genesis 3:6 and Psalms 51:5

See also: Immaculate Conception and Sin and Flesh (Sinful state) and Transgression

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Virgin Conception of Jesus

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Virgin Conception of Jesus. The conception of Jesus, in Mary’s womb, without sexual intercourse, leading to what’s known as the Virgin Birth of Jesus.

It is a common mistaken belief that the term Immaculate Conception refers to the Virgin Mary conceiving Jesus without having sexual intercourse. However, the term Immaculate Conception in fact refers to Mary herself having been born free from original sin.

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