SemperReformada -Going back to Greek language to understand the term, you know, the one that was inspired by the Holy Spirit, is intellectual dishonesty and duplicitous but arguing from typology, which has no set rules, isn’t? :shrug:
Your point is interesting but nevertheless invalidated because to suggest interpetiation of “a word” is of equal or greater than Thee GOD, and the necessary attributes of Thee God
is not plausible. God is everytging good perfectly, and so must be the “God-man” born of the Holy Spirit and Mary. Inorder for this to be fact; Mary to had to be perfected and was through the merits of her son Jesus.
Just how far should we take the Mary - Ark of the Covenant comparison? For example, I don’t recall anyone in the NT touching Mary and being struck dead (Uzzah 2Sam 6). There are no set rules for this kind of thing so one could read into the text literally anything one wants to.
Heb.9: 1 Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain stood a tent* called the Holy of Holies***, 4 having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
6 These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people. **By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary is not yet opened as long as the outer tent ** is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, but deal only with food and drink and various ablutions, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, **how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living **God
In the example you use above I note that the ark itself isn’t constructed entirely from “pure” materials (did the wood of the ark have some small faults?) but that some of the items are either made from or overlayed with pure gold. What are we to make of this? Are we forced to jump to the conclusion that Mary must have been sinless because the ark of the covenant had some furniture and other objects made or overlayed with pure gold? Pure sophistry.
My suggestion to phatcatholic would be to find a Catholic scholar to deal with the Greek if that’s what the argument boils down to. While I find the ark of the covenant-Mary typology interesting, I don’t believe one should start making dogmas based off typology. It’s been a long time since I read the actual wording of the dogma but will check it out again because I am curious to know if the decree mentions the ark-Mary typology.
***2676 This twofold movement of prayer to Mary has found a privileged expression in the Ave Maria:
Hail Mary [or Rejoice, Mary]: the greeting of the angel Gabriel opens this prayer. It is God himself who, through his angel as intermediary, greets Mary. Our prayer dares to take up this greeting to Mary with the regard God had for the lowliness of his humble servant and to exult in the joy he finds in her.
Full of grace, the Lord is with thee:* These two phrases of the angel’s greeting shed light on one another. Mary is full of grace because the Lord is with her. The grace with which she is filled is the presence of him who is the source of all grace. “Rejoice O Daughter of Jerusalem the Lord your God is in your midst.” Mary, in whom the Lord himself has just made his dwelling, is the daughter of Zion in person, the ark of the covenant, the place where the glory of the Lord dwells. She is “the dwelling of God . . . with men.” Full of grace, Mary is wholly given over to him who has come to dwell in her and whom she is about to give to the world.
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. After the angel’s greeting, we make Elizabeth’s greeting our own. “Filled with the Holy Spirit,” Elizabeth is the first in the long succession of generations who have called Mary “blessed.” "Blessed is she who believed. . . . " Mary is “blessed among women” because she believed in the fulfillment of the Lord’s word. Abraham. because of his faith, became a blessing for all the nations of the earth. Mary, because of her faith, became the mother of believers, through whom all nations of the earth receive him who is God’s own blessing: Jesus, the “fruit of thy womb.”
My suggestion to phatcatholic would be to find a Catholic scholar or apologist trained in the Greek language and consult with them.
I did just that see what the CHURCH teaches above