[quote="Marybeloved, post:6, topic:264155"]
But that article merely misrepresents the Catholic teaching and then explains the Orthodox belief against that caricature that has nothing to do with the actual catholic teaching.
I was wondering how they answer the questions I asked per Orthodox teaching, on its own, not against the Catholic teaching (which is always thoroughly misrepresented) without the usual polemical comparisons.
Was the Theotokos conceived in a state of Grace? Was she filled with Grace throughout her existence?
I'm only looking for an Orthodox position that does not need to present itself *against *another, and just teaches the Orthodox faith. Just the Orthodox answers to those questions, not a comparison with Catholicism- that's what I'm looking for.
WOW...Must be rough being an unreliable newbie around here.
From Orthodox Wiki:
Most Orthodox reject the dogma of the Immaculate Conception as unnecessary. Because Orthodoxy does not see ancestral sin as an inheritance of guilt or a stain, there is no reason for the miraculous removal of either. Nonetheless, Orthodox tradition does hold that the Theotokos remained free of personal sin, a belief shared with some reformers such as Martin Luther.