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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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Bender

God became Man in order that, dying, he might atone for our sins, and win us the graces normally necessary to the attainment of salvation.

I wonder -- if Adam and Eve had never sinned, if all of mankind was still totally innocent, even frolicking fancy free in the Garden (with no shame), would God still have become man?

Certainly He would not do so for salvation purposes, but would there be another reason?

It seems to me that He would have. Salvation is not the only reason for Emmanuel, God with us. It seems that He because man also because He loves us and wanted to join us to Him more fully. Pope Benedict speaks of the Annunciation as a marriage proposal. There is something in that -- that Jesus wanted to "marry" humanity, God wanted to establish, not merely a parental relationship with us, but a spousal relationship as well, two become one, wholly apart from the issue of salvation.

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