Virgin Birth

(Sherin Chacko Paulose) #1

Hi all, I was reading a news article about the recent airstikes by India on terror camps in a Pakistan where the impact of the strike was being challenged. The writer made this statement: If Mary can give a virgin birth, then the assumption that 260 terrorists being killed in the strikes is also true. It’s not about reason and facts, it all about faith.

I was intrigued by the challenge of the writer and hence the question: How do we explain the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus?

(SeanO) #2

@sherinsame What specifically are you wondering about the virgin birth? It was a miraculous event.

Matthew 1:18 - This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

Here is a passage where C. S. Lewis makes it clear that the people back then were just as aware of how miraculous such an event was as we are today:

You will hear people say, ‘The early Christians believed that Christ was the son of a virgin, but we know that this is a scientific impossibility’. Such people seem to have an idea that belief in miracles arose at a period when men were so ignorant of the course of nature that they did not perceive a miracle to be contrary to it. A moment’s thought shows this to be nonsense: and the story of the Virgin Birth is a particularly striking example. When St Joseph discovered that his fiancée was going to have a baby, he not unnaturally decided to repudiate her. Why? Because he knew just as well as any modern gynecologist that in the ordinary course of nature women do not have babies unless they have lain with men. No doubt the modern gynecologist knows several things about birth and begetting which St Joseph did not know. But those things do not concern the main point–that a virgin birth is contrary to the course of nature. And St Joseph obviously knew that. In any sense in which it is true to say now, ‘The thing is scientifically impossible’, he would have said the same: the thing always was, and was always known to be, impossible unless the regular processes of nature were, in this particular case, being over-ruled or supplemented by something from beyond nature. When St Joseph finally accepted the view that his fiancée’s pregnancy was due not to unchastity but to a miracle, he accepted the miracle as something contrary to the known order of nature. All records of miracles teach the same thing. —CS Lewis (from, Miracles )

(Sherin Chacko Paulose) #3

@SeanO Thanks for your response. Lewis’s explanation really helps. My question was how to explain the virgin birth to a sceptic. I’m fully convinced about it.

(Matt Western) #4

Vince Vitale suggests that everyone believes in a virgin birth. Quite interesting to ponder… :slight_smile: