The Virgin Birth

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.-Jude 3 One popular Christian author and pastor summarizes the idea of viewing doctrine (teaching) and specifically the virgin birth, the following way:What if tomorrow someone digs up definitive proof that Jesus had a real, earthly, biological father named Larry, and archeologists find Larry’s tomb and do DNA samples and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the virgin birth was really just a bit of mythologizing the Gospel writers threw in to appeal to the followers of the Mithra and Dionysian religious cults that were hugely popular at the time of Jesus, whose gods had virgin births? But what if, as you study the origin of the word “virgin” you discover that the word “virgin” in the gospel of Matthew actually comes from the book of Isaiah, and then you find out that in the Hebrew language at that time, the word “virgin” could mean several things. And what if you discover that in the first century being “born of a virgin” also referred to a child whose mother became pregnant the first time she had intercourse? What if that spring [doctrine] were seriously questioned? Could a person keep on jumping? Could a person still love God? Could you still be a Christian? Is the way of Jesus still the best possible way to live? Or does the whole thing fall apart?  This sounds different than what the Bible says:Luke writes a letter to his friend and begins it telling him how time and detail he took to make sure he had his facts right

“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account… that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught”  (Luke 1:1-4).

Halfway through the chapter, an angel appears to Mary and tells her she will have a child.  Her response?  She says, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34).  The angel of GOD responds “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy- the Son of God  (Luke 1:35).Son of God above indicates that Jesus is God’s Son, or God is one of Jesus’s parents (ie: Father).   Jesus’ disciple Matthew also found the virgin birth of Jesus miraculous and important enough to tell us (see Matthew 1:18-25). Isaiah prophesies how Jesus will come into the world hundreds of years before: “behold, the virgin shall conceive…” (Isaiah 7:14). From the fourth century, the church had a unified statement of truths about God the Christian faith called the Nicene Creed.  This has been endorsed by all different denominations of Christians since.  It has defined who God has revealed himself as- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   The virgin birth is both taught clearly in the Bible and upheld historically.  Doing away with it obscures the way God came into this world and lived as a man.  It is not open to negotiation.

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