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The Virgin Conception

The Virgin Conception

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Published by: Christopher Peppler on Nov 16, 2008
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The Virgin Conception
Why is belief in the virgin birth of Jesus important? A virgin is one who has notexperienced sexual intercourse and so the real issue here is conception more than birth.So why then is belief in the virgin conception important? For men like James Tabor it isimportant that we
do not 
believe in the virgin birth. He claims that a Roman soldier named Pantera raped Mary. I searched the web for this rogue but only found references tohis alleged grave after ploughing through dozens of references to a heavy metal rock  band by that name! How fitting! For men like Bishop Spong it is also important not to believe in the virgin conception of Jesus because such an event would be supernaturaland such things are just not scientific! Here is the first reason why the virgin conceptionis important. God is supernatural; spiritual rebirth is supernatural; eternal life issupernatural. Christianity is not so much a learned religious or philosophical system as itis a supernatural relationship between Jesus and his disciples. To erase the supernaturalfrom the pages of the Bible is to reduce faith to knowledge, the Gospel to a philosophy,and relationship with God to a religious system. Of course we cannot understand or scientifically explain the supernatural; it is mysterious to us. God is utterly mysteriousexcept when he chooses to reveal of himself to us. The origin of life is mysterious. Howdid life start on Earth? Evolutionists cannot answer that question because the origin of life is supernatural; it is a mystery. How does human life start at the moment of conception? Doctors don’t know; it’s mysteriously supernatural. To deny the virginconception of Jesus is to open the door to a blanket denial of all that is supernatural. Toreject the supernatural is to reject God because God is supernatural.A second reason why the issue is important is that the Bible states the matter very clearly.When the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was about to become pregnant, sheresponded with “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34) To dismiss the virginconception of Jesus as myth is to compromise the integrity of the Bible. If we dismiss thevirgin conception as myth, then why not dismiss the resurrection as well? And you knowPaul wrote that ‘if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.’ (1 Corinthians 15:14)The virgin conception also has a bearing on the doctrine of the nature of the Lord JesusChrist. God the Son did not merely appear on Earth as an illusion, or a heavenly projection; he became incarnate. ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling amongus. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, fullof grace and truth.’ (John 1:14) Jesus was God-incarnate. The angel explained to Marythat, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High willovershadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)The Holy Spirit ‘fathered’ Jesus and so Jesus was fully divine. However, Jesus was born
both
of the Holy Spirit
and 
of Mary. She was not simply an incubator. She participated inthe earthly incarnation of God the Son; she was his mother in the fullest sense. Therefore,Jesus was fully human. He was fully God and fully man. Bishop Spong claims that this isunscientific, and thus unbelievable. Yet neither he, nor anyone else can explain‘scientifically’ how a sperm from a human father can combine with an egg from a womanto form, not just new cells, but a new life. Why is it so hard then to believe that the Holy

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