One of the biggest obstacles to Protestants coming to understand the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is their insistence that Romans 3:23 has no exceptions besides Jesus. How many times have they naively quoted this verse, as if it were the last word on the subject?
Protestants need to understand that Biblical "alls" tend to be hyperbolic. Using the principle of "letting Scripture interpret Scripture," we see that there are exceptions to every Biblical "all," and Scripture and logic both say so.
Hebrews 9:27: Says we all die "once". So how do Enoch and Elijah go straight to Heaven without dying? And what about the widow's son Elijah resurrected, the man who rose again after his corpse touched Elisha's bones, Jairus' daughter, and Lazarus?
1 Sam 4:5 When the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded.
Let's get this straight: The moment the Ark was back, everyone in Israel instantly knew it, shouted for joy, and the rest of the world wondered what the noise was?
1 Sam 7:5 Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you."
Everyone in Israel dropped what they were doing and went to Mizpah. Yeah. Right.
Matthew 2:3: Was ALL Jerusalem really as disturbed by Christ's birth as King Herod?
Matthew 3:5 & Mark 1:5 say ALL of Jerusalem and Judea came out to receive baptism by John the Baptist. Would this include the Pharisees, Saducees, the High Priest, King Herod, Pilate, and the Roman garrison?
Obviously, "all" doesn't always mean "all" the way modern Protestants interpret it. Each of the Bible's "alls" have at least a few exceptions.
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