Catholic FAQ

Latest Threads
newest posts

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

Thread Tools Search Thread Display
Old Nov 9, '12, 2:16 pm
Trial Membership
Join Date: November 9, 2012
Posts: 1
Religion: Catholic
Send a message via AIM to JJDILLONUSA
Default Being sinless, how could Jesus understand what sinning is like?

I know I should know this but upon reflection, if I knew it before I do not know it now.

Here's the question:

Mary was born without sin to conceive Jesus.
Jesus was born without sin.
He was both 100% human and 100% God.

He lived his entire life experiencing life as Man. The bible says he was tempted by the devil in the desert. I am not sure if that means he really considered the tempting offers or not. If Jesus has never experienced sin, the regret, the struggle of trying to rid yourself of the sin.. ie the act of repentance. How can it be said that he has experienced all of what it means to be a human. I am not saying that he would need to fall and commit every sin known to man to understand this. It just seems to me that he would have had to commit at least one sin at sometime in order say he "understands what it means to be human". And if he did.. then what was the need of Mary to be conceived without sin?

Any help would be appreciated.
Old Nov 9, '12, 3:51 pm
Fr. Vincent Serpa Fr. Vincent Serpa is offline
Catholic Answers Apologist
Join Date: May 4, 2004
Posts: 4,764


You are assuming that sinning is essential to being human. But this is not the case. The human race was created to be without sin. Adam and Eve were MORE human before they sinned. Sin makes us less human; not more human.

As for feeling the effects of sin; while Jesus did not sin, He felt the effects of the sins of all of us. He felt more effects than we do. Besides, He designed us and understands what it is to be human much more than we do. Do you honestly think that there is anything we know that God doesn’t know? I think not.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist


Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
8781Meet and talk,talk talk
Last by: I_am_learning
5662CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: Vim71
4618Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: RJB
4510Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: DesertSister62
4295Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: Amiciel
4044OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: DevoteC
3752Poems and Reflections
Last by: roseo64
3254Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: helena kon
3232For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: roseo64
3071CLEAN jokes (because we need to laugh)
Last by: Purgatory Pete

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 7:41 am.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.