I was recently corrected by a fellow blogger because I used the term “Immaculate Conception” in an erroneous way. I always thought the term referred to Jesus’ conception, but it turns out that it refers to the false teaching that Mary was conceived without original sin. My bad.
(As noted on the Sorry, but Mary can’t save you post, there is no biblical justification for Mary being sinless and plenty demonstrating that despite her unique role and great example she was a sinner in need of a Savior just like us. If Mary “had” to be sinless, as many commenters claimed, then by that reasoning her parents had to have been sinless as well, and their parents, and so on. And if she could have been sinless through some other means, then of course that could have applied to Jesus as well. If you need more please read that thread. I don’t want to replay that discussion here.)
But back to my mistake . . . there are a few takeaways from this experience.
Important life lesson: If you become sure that you are wrong about something then the best thing to do is quickly concede that point. It is an effective strategy at work and at home. Don’t let pride get in the way. It just makes you look bad.
The person who corrected me was factual, polite and discreet, taking the time to gently correct me via email. A comment on the blog would have been fine, but I appreciated his extra effort and friendly tone. I let him know that I sincerely appreciated the correction. I would have hated to continue using the term in error, so what he did was the loving, Christian thing.
Also, it is fun to point out to my critics that I’m not the rigid, dogmatic fundy they like to pretend I am. You see, if you show me legitimate evidence that my views are wrong I will gladly change them.
It is just that I’ve exhaustively studied issues like abortion, oxymoronic “same sex marriage,” what the Bible teaches about human sexuality, the divinity of Jesus, the fact of Jesus’ resurrection, the exclusivity of Jesus, etc. and am extremely confident that the facts support my views. Is it possible, in a hyper-technical sense, that I could be wrong on any of those topics? I suppose so, but the evidence just isn’t there to demonstrate that.
But under no circumstance can they claim I’m not correctable. I seriously doubt that they’ll be correctable on their false view that I’m not. Abandoning life in Stereotype Land is just too hard for some people
Speaking of immaculate things, I do have faith in the Immaculate Reception and the Immaculate Interception. Go Steelers!