Born of a virgin? Really?

The doctrine of the virgin birth claims that Jesus was conceived in Mary without the involvement of a human father. Muslims believe this to be true. According to Newsweek, 79% of all Americans believe Christ was born of a virgin, without a human father. John Calvin declared that Jesus, “was pleased to be conceived miraculously in the Virgin’s womb.” Billy Graham states that Christ was “born of a virgin”. But, does it matter?
 
Some people believe in Christ but not the virgin birth. Somehow turning water to wine or raising the dead is fine, but, being born of a virgin is difficult. If His exit (rising from the dead and ascending to Heaven) is miraculous, why would His entrance be any less?
 
Nearly 800 years before Jesus was born, Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” In order to fulfill prophecy, Christ had to be born of a virgin. If He was not born of a virgin He was not the Savior of man.
 
The Old Testament foretold that the Messiah would be born to a virgin and in Matthew and Luke the Bible confirms that indeed Jesus was born of a virgin. The Bible is the literal, infallible word of God. To deny the virgin birth is to deny the perfection of God and His Word. If the Creator of the Universe desired to be born to a virgin, and says that He was, then it is true. Merry Christmas!

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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