So true, and a great point, the dang.
With this verse alone, the centuries of teaching that Mary was sinless from her birth and throughout her life is shown to be in error.
We must pity those that place their eternal destiny in the hands of sinners, and not the spotless Lamb of glory, the Lord Jesus Christ who repeated the Old Testament promise, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18) when he proclaimed to the crowd, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
The pope is correct in saying that the gospel must be proclaimed, but the troubling truth of this verse in Galatians causes me to ponder which gospel he is speaking of . . .
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9).
It is also a pity that a thread of this magnitude is being ignored. The topic has direct bearing upon the question of where Catholics will spend their eternity; and whether that decision is based on the “Thus saith the Lord” of God’s Word or the dictates of a fellow sinner, no matter how religious that man might be.
If I had one disappointment with FreeRepublic, it is that so many fine threads are quickly lost in the multitudes of other topics and buried in the pile.