From the Catholics:There
can be no doubt as to the Church's teaching and as to the existence of
an early Christian tradition maintaining the
perpetual virginity of our Blessed Lady and the virgin birth of Jesus
doctrine: The consequences of this hypo- static union of the two
natures in Christ are the coinherence of human and divine nature, the communicatio
idiomatum, the natural sonship
of Christ's humanity, one worship of the two natures in Christ,
deifica- tion of Christ's human nature, Christ's double knowledge
and power (however, attributed to one person), Christ's abso- lute
unsinfulness, and the Mother of God being truly Theotokos and
Virgin before, during, and after she gave birth to the only-begotten
Son of God.
Baptists: Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as
Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin
Calvin: The Son of God descended miraculously from heaven, yet
without abandoning heaven; was pleased to be conceived miraculously in
the Virgin's womb, to live on the earth, and hang upon the cross, and
yet always filled the world as from the beginning.
Christ, who was born of a virgin, walked among us and showed us what
the Father is like.
stories in the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke are mythical, as
is the virgin birth of Jesus described there. Another false doctrine,
that of original sin, required this one. If sin came into the world through Adam and
spread to all men, then, in
Adam, all die (Rom. 5:12f, I Cor. 15:22). If
Jesus was of the seed of Adam, sin spread to him and he, also,
died! This would not do! Besides, the pagan's had their
virgin-born dieties so the early Christians also
needed one to compete. The signs of falsehood are manifold, and include
the many contradictions between Luke's and
Matthew's versions, and with the known facts of history. Most revealing
is the reliance, in Matt.
1:23, on Isaiah 7:14 as a prophecy of the virgin birth.
The Hebrew word in Isaiah is ALMA, which does not mean "virgin"
but a girl old enough to marry. If this doctrine were
TRUE , Jesus
must have taught it, for he specified that we receive all Truth from
words: If you abide in my word, . . . you will know the truth (John 8:31,32). A
doctrine he does not teach is not Truth. He confirms this here:
have given them your word ... your word is truth
(Jn.17: 14,17) Still not convinced? Listen
again to him: But you be looking; I have foretold
you everything (Mk.13:23).
convinced? -all that I have heard from my Father I
have made known to you (John
15:15), and For
the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing
(Jn.5:20). What therefore I speak, just as the
father has spoken to me, thusly I speak (Jn.12:50).
Jesus of Nazareth was not virgin born. He
tells us that 80 times in the gospels, 30 in Matthew alone. For example:
even the son of man did not
come to be served (Mk.10: 45). Yes, Jesus calls
himself son of
man.This identifies him with
foretold in Dan. 7:13: ...with the
clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man . . .. But
there is more to it, for if he was not a son of man,
then he was lying when he said so. In Truth, a son of man is
required to be man to lead men to the Father, thus Jesus is the son of
man. The Greek OT has ANTHROPOS
for ADAM (in Gen. 1). Jesus
spoke of himself as the son of
ANTHROPOS in the Greek NT, or the
son of Adam! The true gospel according to Jesus requires that he
be a son of Adam, whereas the false gospel of
Paul demands that he not be a
son of Adam. Then how are we
to explain this: For
I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of
him who sent me (Jn.6:38)?
Jesus, the son of man, come from heaven? Listen:No one has ascended into
heaven but he who descended
from heaven, the son of man
(Jn.3:13). Jesus, the son of man, was received
heaven where he received the eternal Word directly from the Father, who
then sent him back to the earth, still the son of man, to sow it in
men's hearts. His Ascension later into heaven was not his first trip as
son of man -- nor his last!