You mentioned that Virgin Mary was conceived wihout sin or without knowing a man. Mary’s birth then was, as you mentioned, exactly as the birth of our Lord and Savior, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps you misunderstood. Mary was conceived without sin, but she had a human mother and a human father (we call them Saints Anne and Joachim), unlike Jesus, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Where in the Bible can we read about the Holy conception of Virgin Mary?
We can’t, at least not directly. Not everything we believe is contained in the Bible. The Bible itself tells us that it does not contain everything we are to believe:
But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25)
We Catholics know that our faith is based not only on the Bible, but on these three sources:
*]sacred Scripture (the Bible);
*]sacred Tradition (the faith that has been handed on from the apostles):[/LIST]
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
*]and the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church). Christ gave His authority to Peter and his successors, and Christ, who is Truth, will always remain with the Catholic Church:
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I willl give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven … (Matthew 16:18-19)
Christ gave us a Church to teach and guide us. (Remember, too, that the Church existed before the New Testament was written down. So clearly, our faith can be based on Tradition in addition to the Bible.)
Notwithstanding that the protestant church deny’s the holy conception of our Holy Mother Mary.
Do you remember how in the Old Testament (Exodus) God gave the Israelites detailed instructions on how to construct the Ark of the Covenant, a special, ornate gold box to contain His word in the tablets of the law? If God took such care to prepare a vessel for His written word, how much more care must He have taken to prepare a vessel (Mary) for His living Word (Jesus)? A mother stained by sin would just not do to contain the God of the universe!
Furthermore, the protestants also deny that Mary kept her virginity throughout her life, and according to the Bible in the book of Mathew chapter 1 verse 25, we read that Joseph did not know mary until she conceived Jesus. This statement implies that Joseph knew Mary after she conceived Jesus.
“Until” doesn’t have to mean that it changes afterward. When a mother tells her children, “Behave yourselves until I get home,” does that mean it’s okay for them to be bad when she returns? Besides, Mary is the spouse of the Holy Spirit, and Joseph was a just man. He would not presume to have sexual relations with the spouse of the Holy Spirit.
In addition, all protestants insist that Jesus had four brothers
When they say this, they are referring to Matthew 13:55:
And are not his brethren James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
The word “brethren” (or “brothers”) was used in the original language to mean different degrees of relationship, for example, cousins. We know that two of these, James and Joseph, were sons of another Mary (“Mary the mother of James and Joseph” mentioned in Matthew 27:56). Also, when dying on the cross, Jesus entrusted His mother to the care of Saint John:
Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:27)
If Jesus had brothers, they would have been responsible for her care.
Both Adam and Eve could have lived so many years in the garden … One can say that they lived thousands of years since death never prevailed while they were in the garden. One can olso assume that they lived a very short period of time which kept Adam from knowing Eve. This later assumption can be easily proven to be illogical and stupid deduction, and consequently show complete ignorance about the holy state in which Adam and Eve lived in the garden.
I’m not sure why it would be an illogical and stupid assumption. Besides, I don’t think we need to worry too much about the logistics. We don’t know exactly the timing of things that happened with Adam and Eve. And it’s not too important. The Bible is not an exact history; it teaches spiritual truths. (If you notice, there are two accounts of creation in Genesis, and things happen in different orders in the two stories.) The truth we are meant to learn is that God created our original parents, that they chose to sin, and that their sin affects all of us.
In addition, all protestants insist … that Mary died a normal death and was in need of salvation like any other person in this world.
Yes, absolutely, Mary was in need of salvation like any other person. She says so herself:
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior. (Luke 1:47)
But there is more than one way that God can save us. Let’s say that a person is about to fall into a filthy pit. Someone else is coming along and wants to help. There are two ways the person can be “saved”:
*]The passerby can extend a hand into the pit and help the person out after he has fallen in, and help him get cleaned up.
*]The passerby can warn the person before he ever falls into the pit, preventing the accident in the first place.
Jesus saves most of us in the first way: He removes our sin after we have already incurred it. He saved Mary in the second way, by preventing her from incurring the guilt of sin in the first place.
I hope this helps!