I’ve been having a discussion with several Protestants lately, and they have been saying that Mary was never crucial to our Redemption, that she never had a choice whether to accept to be the mother of God. They don’t see how Mary could have had any impact on the Redmption, and even if she could have declined, that God could have “picked” someone else? Could you help me out? Also, we’ve been discussing salvation and Purgatory, and how our sins are permanently washed away by the blood of Jesus and I quoted one of the articles from catholic.com. Here’s a response they gave me.
I have a real problem with people who feel that God chooses who is saved and that we play no part in accepting him as our savior. To anyone who feels that God chooses who is saved and we don’t have a choice in the matter, answer me this, 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. So, if God wants all people to come to repentance, and it is he that chooses who is saved and we can’t refuse salvation, then why isn’t everyone saved since he is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”?