[quote=Tantum ergo]Additionally, in regards to the “why didn’t He create us all to be sinless”, I detect a note (deliberate or unconscious) of what I call the “entitlement” syndrome…
…We should be asking not, “why didn’t God make us sinless”–putting ourselves ABOVE God by daring to think or imply that OUR way is BETTER THAN HIS!!!–but “why aren’t I making myself sinless”–by doing His will, being sorry for our sins, loving our fellow creatures, and actively doing the very hard work of trying to sin less AND to, if you will, “saint” more. IMO.
God made us, God redeemed us. . .now it’s time for us to do our share, being thankful for our redemption, sorry for our sins, recognizing that even if we strive to do everything perfectly it’s still only what we SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF DOING EVERY DAY.
Instead of moaning that God is a big ol’ meanie for not making us all holders of a “Get into Heaven free” card. . .or thinking that even if we were created sinless we’d be perfect. Adam and Eve would have a lot to say about that, now wouldn’t they?
This post ROCKS. I especially like the following:
We should be asking not, “why didn’t God make us sinless”–putting ourselves ABOVE God by daring to think or imply that OUR way is BETTER THAN HIS!!!–but “why aren’t I making myself sinless”–by doing His will, being sorry for our sins, loving our fellow creatures, and actively doing the very hard work of trying to sin less AND to, if you will, “saint” more.
Mainly because this was the VERY thinking that got Adam and Eve in trouble in the first place.
And further…Adam and Eve were given these graces. They were for all intents and purposes, PERFECT. They had perfect reason-over-temptation and they were IN the presence of God. Even so, they still choose to determine their thoughts and their opinions were as important or more important than God’s. This disobedience shredded any relationship between them and God that would EVER be possible- seperating mankind from his God.
Why doesn’t it make sense for God to provide us with His gifts when we freely discern our want and need, and ask Him for them?
We know Mary was granted her purity and gifted her Graces directly from the sacrifice of Jesus. Mary was Full of Grace- but she still needed to accept her duties to bear the Son of God- which she obviously did. As Tantum Ergo so wonderfully stated, she was to be the new Eve in the plan to reunite Heaven and mankind; Jesus was obviously the new Adam.
Both these people had to be equipped to handle temptation and the extraordinary torture and emotional strain that they were to endure- God saw fit to give them Gifts to be more able to completely accept his assistance through these terrible tasks. Their duties were profound- they needed profound intervention.
I guess I would ask you a question in turn Orion, and others who feel the effects of the “entitlement syndrome” -
How do we know that God hasn’t sought fit to bestow these Graces (upon conception) on other individuals besides Mary?
For one thing, we are called to avoid examining the souls of our fellow man. That is a task assigned to God alone. Those who would seek to prove Fullness of Grace in an individual, and record it for all to know, would be treading on heretical ground.
And I do not believe that those who are Full of Grace, (even if they know it) go tooting their own horn because of it.
I submit to you that God DOES offer His Graces in different ways/amounts to different people based on His Will, and the knowledge He alone has to how those gifts will be utilized.
Orion, I do understand your question, and pray that you find enlightenment. I do advise you to read the entries in the Catholic Encyclopedia on these terms and follow the above threads. There have been others who have the same basic question that you have. “If one, why not all?” And there have been many knowledgeable posts answering many aspects of this question.
Though you have already spoken your desire to not hear just “Because”, sometimes that is what we must hear to let go and have Trust and Faith. As children, we faced this a lot with our parents. As we grew physically and emotionally we were given the opportunity to have more insight. I believe this is a perfect analogy to our spiritual growth and our Father/Child relationship with God. Sometimes “because” is all we are equipped to understand.