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  • “The Only Intelligible Explanation of the Incarnation”—A. T. Robertson on the Virgin Birth of Christ

    12/29/2013 2:44:54 PM PST · by rhema · 5 replies
    Albert Mohler ^ | December 27, 2013 | Albert Mohler
    The Christmas season comes each year with the expected flurry of media attention to the biblical accounts of Christ’s conception and birth. The general thrust of the secular media is often incredulity toward the fact that so many people still believe the Bible’s accounts to be true. This year, the Pew Research Center released a report on Christmas Day indicating that almost 75% of the American people affirm belief in the virgin birth of Christ. Meanwhile, the Public Religion Research Institute found markedly lower levels of belief, with just under half affirming the historical accuracy of the biblical accounts. The...
  • Did Mary have a bunch of kids? Mary's perpetual virginity before, during and after Jesus' birth

    12/09/2012 2:05:12 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 175 replies
    Catholic Bridge ^ | David MacDonald
  • THE VIRGIN BIRTH: A MYSTERY TO BE CRIED ALOUD

    12/08/2012 7:18:22 AM PST · by HarleyD · 51 replies
    Reformed Perspectives ^ | 2002 | John Hartog III, TH.D.
    Reprinted by permission of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary's Faith Pulpit, December, 1999. The virgin birth refers to Mary's miraculous conception of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, without any male participation, so that, though the birth process was not unlike that of other humans, Mary was still a virgin when Jesus was born. This Biblical doctrine should be distinguished from the Roman Catholic tenets of Mary's immaculate conception and her perpetual virginity (Erickson, 179). The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception According to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was "preserved free from all stain of original sin"...
  • Pope Benedict calls Virgin birth "unequivocal" truth in new book

    12/02/2012 8:35:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/03/2012 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict published the last part of his trilogy on the life of Jesus on Tuesday, delivering an early childhood narrative which strongly reaffirms the doctrine of the virgin birth as an "unequivocal" truth of faith. In the book, 137 pages in its English version, Benedict also urges his readers to stop seeing God as someone who limits personal freedom. "The Infancy Narratives - Jesus of Nazareth" will be published around the world in some 20 languages. It goes on sale on Wednesday. It is bound to be another international bestseller like the previous volumes. The...
  • The Virgin Birth! [Lds refrain from repudiating Mormon leaders' comments re: Christ's conception]

    12/20/2011 7:38:01 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    Mormon Outreach.org ^ | April 2002 | Rocky Hulse
    In the early months of 2002 the opinion pages of the local Iowa newspapers had many letters to the editors attacking my integrity and impugning my motives. It’s interesting to note that the documented quotes the writers of these letters we incensed about are not being challenged; but instead only non-rational appeals in an argumentum ad hominem (“an argument against the person” and not against the ideas he is presenting). Only one letter has attempted to repudiate the quotes and that was only for a single source. The writer objected to our position that the Mormon Church denies the “virgin...
  • The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ: All or Nothing

    12/20/2011 7:06:16 AM PST · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    John Ankerberg Show ^ | 2011 | John Weldon
    Some of the most brilliant people who have ever lived have believed in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and, in one sense, over half the world accepts it today. "The answer to that question would explain history for me." – Atheist Larry King on his show's 25th anniversary (June 5, 2010), on whether Jesus was virgin born. Some of the most brilliant people who have ever lived have believed in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and, in one sense, over half the world accepts it today.[1] Its historicity is equal to that of any declaration in the Gospels.[2]...
  • Virgin Birth—or Prophetic Slip?

    05/08/2011 4:01:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 55 replies
    Virgin Birth—or Prophetic Slip? by  A.P. Staff One of the first miracles recorded in the New Testament is the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. According to Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah prophesied about the virgin birth in Isaiah 7:14. However, some in the scholarly community (particularly those within the atheistic and agnostic segments) deny that Isaiah was prophesying about a virgin birth. Isaiah 7:14 reads as follows in three separate translations: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (ASV, emp. added). Therefore the Lord himself...
  • Must We Believe the Virgin Birth?

    12/23/2010 9:59:34 AM PST · by wmfights · 113 replies · 2+ views
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | December 22, 2010 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    In one of his columns for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof once pointed to belief in the Virgin Birth as evidence that conservative Christians are “less intellectual.” Are we saddled with an untenable doctrine? Is belief in the Virgin Birth really necessary? Kristof is absolutely aghast that so many Americans believe in the Virgin Birth. “The faith in the Virgin Birth reflects the way American Christianity is becoming less intellectual and more mystical over time,” he explains, and the percentage of Americans who believe in the Virgin Birth “actually rose five points in the latest poll.” Yikes! Is this...
  • Does Mormonism Teach That God the Father Physically Begat the Son?

    12/19/2010 8:28:11 AM PST · by Colofornian · 119 replies
    Alpha and Omega Ministries ^ | 2005-2006 | James White
    any modern Mormons are unaware of the teaching of their own Church regarding the physical parentage of Jesus Christ. As startling and offensive as it sounds, Mormon leaders have consistently taught that Jesus Christ was physically begotten by God the Father, who they teach possesses a physical body. When Christians point out this blasphemous teaching, many LDS are quick to deny that their Church has ever taught such a thing. Other LDS, including scholars at Brigham Young University, dismiss this teaching as "nineteenth century speculation," and do all they can to distance themselves from the many plain statements given below....
  • Female Boas can Asexually Reproduce

    11/05/2010 9:08:10 AM PDT · by null and void · 21 replies
     New evidence shows that boa constrictors can reproduce without sex. But one boa constrictor had babies asexually and the old-fashioned way. Her sexually produced snake (left) is shown beside one of the asexually produced females (right).   Courtesy of Sharon Moore In a finding that upends decades of scientific theory on reptile reproduction, researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that female boa constrictors can squeeze out babies without mating. More strikingly, the finding shows that the babies produced from this asexual reproduction have attributes previously believed to be impossible. Large litters of all-female babies produced by the...
  • Snake gives 'virgin birth' to extraordinary babies

    11/03/2010 12:26:15 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 3 November 2010 | By Matt Walker
    A female boa constrictor snake has given birth to two litters of extraordinary offspring. Evidence suggests the mother snake has had multiple virgin births, producing 22 baby snakes that have no father. More than that, the genetic make-up of the baby snakes is unlike any previously recorded among vertebrates, the group which includes almost all animals with a backbone. Details are published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. Virgin births do occur among animals. Many invertebrates, such as insects, can produce offspring asexually, without ever having mated. They usually do this by cloning themselves, producing genetically identical offspring. But...
  • Did Mary retain her virginal integrity while giving birth to Jesus?

    10/06/2010 7:56:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 354 replies
    Catholic Bridge ^ | David MacDonald
    Overall, Catholics liked the movie "The Nativity" but had several problems with it. For one thing they changed Scripture during the closing of the movie. On the screen they flashed the Bible passage from Luke 1:46-54. But they left out the words "for me" from middle of the sentence "The Lord has done great things for me, and Holy is his name." I don't think they should have taken that out of the Word of God, without using any elypses to show they skipped it. Another issue with the movie is they showed Mary screaming and pushing in pain as...
  • Mary, the Mother of God (a defense)

    01/02/2010 3:07:57 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 1,961+ views
    cerc ^ | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    I was visiting an inner-city church one day and in the vestibule some graffiti was written on the wall which said, "Catholics, God has no mother," obviously referring to Mary's title as "Mother of God." How does one respond to such an objections? To understand the title, "Mother of God," we must first clearly understand Mary's role as mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the incarnation of our Lord: Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Cf. Lk 1: 26-38 and Mt 1: 18-25.) Through her, Jesus Christ — second person of...
  • Redefining the Virgin Birth: Mormonism's Teaching Concerning the Natural Conception of Jesus

    09/28/2009 8:15:53 PM PDT · by delacoert · 127 replies · 1,963+ views
    Mormonism Research Ministry ^ | Bill McKeever and Aaron Shafovaloff
    You might think that the Mormon people celebrate Christmas like a good Christian denomination would. But a doctrinal issue broods over the Mormon people, a historic issue that prevents many Mormons from appreciating the Christian meaning of Christmas. Indeed, it is an issue that prevents Mormons from having a saving relationship with the real Jesus Christ. Just who is that Jesus in the manger? How was he conceived? And what kind of salvation does he freely offer to those who want eternal life and the forgiveness of sins?One of the fundamental tenets of Christianity is that Christ was born of...
  • When Did Belief in the Virgin Birth Begin?

    09/21/2009 4:50:40 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 34 replies · 946+ views
    In the study of law one of the most important subjects is evidence. One of the reasons why so few have arrived at a truth in which they believe absolutely is that they have forgotten the importance of proof. Evidence is one of the important divisions of theology. No belief can be accepted without proof or a "motive of credibility." One might say that the greatest skeptics are the Christians, for they will not believe in the Resurrection until they see the crucified and dead Man arise from the grave by the Power of God Himself. One could take any...
  • Science vs. Scripture: An Open Response to Dr. John Ankerberg

    02/05/2009 8:10:48 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,757+ views
    ICR ^ | February 4, 2009 | Institute for Creation Research
    In January 2009, ICR received a copy of a recent ministry letter published by television personality Dr. John Ankerberg. For many years, Dr. Ankerberg has skillfully tackled tough issues related to the church, society, the Middle East, and other topics of interest to believers. Christians everywhere need to be informed, challenged, and also taught sound doctrine—there is no substitute for the Bible. However, the January letter from Dr. Ankerberg’s television ministry reveals a dangerous trend toward subjugating the accuracy, understandability, and authority of the Bible to the foolish musings of men—namely, scientists who deny that God’s revelation in the book...
  • 'Virgin Mary' gives birth to Jesus

    12/26/2008 4:09:01 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 910+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 26, 2008
    Virgin Maria Huarcaya, 20, delivered the 7.7 pound (3.5 kg) boy in the early hours of Christmas Day at the central maternity hospital in the capital Lima, according to Peru's state news agency. She then named him Jesus Emanuel. But in a further twist, the baby's father, Adolfo Jorge Huamani, 24, is a carpenter. Struck by the coincidence, Peruvians were quick to make Biblical comparisons. "Two thousand years later the story of Bethlehem is relived," read the headline about the birth in El Comercio, the leading newspaper in Peru, which is a predominantly Roman Catholic country. The boy's father said:...
  • Obama to be outed by Mossad?

    11/19/2008 12:42:23 PM PST · by Homer the Hun · 61 replies · 3,647+ views
    confidential ^ | 11/19/08 | Homer the Hun
    ATTTN BLOGGERS: Obama to be outed by Mossad? - RUMOR VALIDATION OR CONTROL ALERT I am very eager to get some validation or followup on the below quoted information. I am also hoping that I am not compromising intelligence. I belong to AFIO and I am sensitive to such matters so I will be quick to remove this post if asked to do so by a legitimate authority. In August I received a curious email. As a XXXXXX that covers international politics with a focus on Mideast affairs, XXX XXXXX gets a fair share of baseless tips and phony rumors....
  • Scientists: Hammerhead has 'Virgin Birth' in Zoo's Shark Tank

    05/23/2007 11:21:54 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 1,598+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 23, 2007 | David Fleshler
    Scientists: Hammerhead has 'virgin birth' in zoo's shark tank By David Fleshler South Florida Sun-Sentinel May 23, 2007 A hammerhead shark captured in Florida Bay gave birth without sex, according to scientists who said they used genetic analysis to account for the mysterious appearance of a pup in a tank of female sharks. The research was to be published today in the British journal Biology Letters. The phenomenon, known among biologists as a "virgin birth," had been observed before among some snakes, lizards and birds, but never a shark, the scientists say. The issue arose in late 2001 at a...
  • Virgin dragon to give birth in holiday season (It's a Woodland Critter Christmas)

    12/20/2006 11:47:20 AM PST · by mmmRamen · 36 replies · 2,124+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/20/2006 | Maria Cheng
    CHESTER, England - As Christmas approaches, a virgin mother is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her offspring. She’s Flora, the Komodo dragon. In an evolutionary twist, Flora has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. It would seem the timing is auspicious: The seven baby Komodo dragons are due this festive season.
  • The Miraculous Virgin Birth (Catholic Caucus - Orthodox Also Welcome)

    12/12/2006 7:35:27 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 56 replies · 1,222+ views
    Cornell Society for a Good Time ^ | 12/12/2006 | "Clara"
    The Miraculous Virgin BirthI've been reading a little bit about the Virgin Birth, in light of the discussions provoked recently by the new Nativity movie. I have not seen the movie yet, but I have for a long time been interested in questions concerning the Virgin Birth, and so this new flash of interest in the topic intrigued me. The question I have been pondering concerns the degree to which Our Lord was miraculously born. There is a long and formidable tradition of people who say that he was not born in the natural way. The early Fathers seem mostly...
  • Born of A Virgin? An Episcopal Priest Shares Her Doubts

    12/27/2005 8:40:05 AM PST · by sionnsar · 48 replies · 1,335+ views
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 12/24/2005 | Albert Mohler
    Chloe Breyer serves an Episcopal priest at St. Mary's Manhattanville Church in West Harlem, New York. She is the daughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and author of The Close, a reflection on her first year at General Theological Seminary in New York City. She is urbane, witty, and articulate. What she is not, however, is theologically orthodox -- a point she makes painfully clear in "The Earthly Father--What if Mary Wasn't a Virgin?," published December 22, 2005 at the on-line magazine, Slate. "At Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of God's only son," Ms. Breyer notes. "Some...
  • The Earthly Father: What if Mary wasn't a virgin?

    12/26/2005 4:14:15 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 126 replies · 2,011+ views
    Slate ^ | Dec. 22, 2005 | The Rev. Chloe Breyer
    Can Jesus be the son of God and Joseph? At Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of God's only son. Some believers, however, wonder if Jesus Christ is God's son only. The ancient "illegitimacy tradition" and its modern proponents propose that Jesus may have had a human father. That idea upsets one of the central mysteries of the Christian faith—the virgin conception. But it's entirely in keeping with more essential tenets: Jesus' role as the Messiah, and God's love for the poor and downtrodden. What's more, the illegitimacy tradition responds to many strange utterances about Jesus' birth in the Scriptures themselves....
  • 'Virgin conception' first for UK

    09/10/2005 3:20:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 848+ views
    BBC ^ | September 9, 2005 | Jonathan Amos
    Human embryos created using a so-called "virgin conception" technique have been made in the UK for the first time. The Roslin Institute, which also cloned Dolly the sheep, reported the so-called parthenotes at a Dublin conference. They are made by stimulating a human egg to start dividing like an embryo without the addition of any genetic material from a male sperm cell. The Edinburgh team has so far created six parthenotes to the stage at which they would hope to mine stem cells. "At the moment we have not managed to get stem cells from these embryos but that...
  • Most Americans Believe in Literal Virgin Birth - NEWSWEEK POLL

    12/24/2004 12:32:58 PM PST · by PatriotEdition · 31 replies · 809+ views
    Dec. 5 - Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe that, as the Bible says, Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, without a human father, according to a new NEWSWEEK poll on beliefs about Jesus. Sixty-seven percent say they believe that the entire story of Christmas—the Virgin Birth, the angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the Star of Bethlehem and the Wise Men from the East—is historically accurate. Twenty-four percent of Americans believe the story of Christmas is a theological invention written to affirm faith in Jesus Christ, the poll shows. In general, say 55 percent of those polled, every word...
  • Houses of Worship: Cover Story -- Time and Newsweek put the Gospels to the test.

    12/10/2004 5:37:56 AM PST · by OESY · 23 replies · 981+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2004 | GEORGE SIM JOHNSTON
    The newsweeklies discovered long ago that Jesus Christ sells magazines. So it is not surprising to find him on the covers of Time and Newsweek a few weeks before Christmas.... What are we to make of the Gospel accounts of the Nativity? For a Christian, of course, they are true, an article of faith. But faith does not preclude looking at them as historical and literary documents.... Since the late 18th century, there has been a scholarly assault on the four Gospels, and some of the "experts' quoted by Time and Newsweek are simply bringing up the rear of this...
  • On the Incarnation of the Word

    11/28/2004 2:25:22 PM PST · by telder1 · 168+ views
    New Advent ^ | Long Time Ago: Church Fathers | Athanasius
    Come now, Macarius (worthy of that name), and true lover of Christ, let us follow up the faith of our religion, and set forth also what relates to the Word's becoming Man, and to His divine Appearing amongst us, which Jews traduce and Greeks laugh to scorn, but we worship; in order that, all the more for the seeming low estate of the Word, your piety toward Him may be increased and multiplied. For the more He is mocked among the unbelieving, the more witness does He give of His own Godhead; inasmuch as He not only Himself demonstrates as...
  • Muslims publish 'Jesus' ad

    03/24/2004 5:27:13 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 31 replies · 553+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 24, 2004 | WorldNetDaily
    Muslims publish 'Jesus' ad Campaign seeks to change hearts and minds of Americans Posted: March 24, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com A controversial Islamic lobby group has published an ad in California newspapers seeking to win acceptance with the message that Muslims "respect and revere Jesus" as do Christians. The ad by the Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is headlined "More In Common Than You Think," with a photograph of the old city of Jerusalem. CAIR has launched an advertising campaign called "Islam in America," which in the wake of tensions resulting...
  • When Will Jesus Return?

    12/23/2003 7:44:58 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 125 replies · 379+ views
    WND.com ^ | 12-23-03 | Farah, Joseph
    When will Jesus return? Posted: December 23, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness. From then on and forevermore. ..." Isaiah 9:6-7 (NASB) As we celebrate the birth...
  • QUESTION #53

    02/14/2003 1:14:07 PM PST · by Commander8 · 1 replies · 86+ views
    The Answer Book ^ | 1989 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp
    QUESTION: Should we make an issue out of Bible translations? ANSWER: Only if you believe anything OUT of it.