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When the angel told the virgin Mary about her becoming the mother of Jesus, her acceptance of God’s plan put her into a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation.  On one hand, if she would tell people the truth about the conception, she would be judged guilty of blasphemy and stoned to death. On the other hand, if she would not tell the truth about her pregnancy, she could be judged guilty of adultery and stoned to death.  Talk about a lose-lose scenario!!

What Mary was facing is still with us.  The reality of life in our space-time universe is that some dilemmas simply do not have a resolution in and during the space-time universe.  If there were not some kind of existence that exceeds what we currently have, and in which these “lose-lose” scenarios get resolved, evil simply would not be, in a final sense, done away with.  And, if evil weren’t eventually done away with, we would have to admit that evil is either co-existent with God, or perhaps even superior to God.

Who knows if Mary was thinking philosophically during the conversation with the angel.  I have my doubts that she was.  Nonetheless, her answer to Gabriel, “I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1.38) indicates that she knew her role vis a vis Jehovah, the God who had plenty of experience in doing away with evil.  Even if in our current existence it was lose-lose, ultimately it would be win-win.

 

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