I received an email from a reader asking me if it mattered or not whether Jesus was born of a virgin. Apparently this person, while looking for a new church home for their family had been investigating some churches in the area when the “pastor” asked his rather large congregation if they would still follow Christ if He wasn’t born of a virgin……
Seems like a fair question right?
I suppose a case could be made that the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus Christ found in New Testament Canon might be 3rd generation “fish stories” containing exaggerated stories and is really nothing more then a narrative……the same case could be made for Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus Numbers and Deuteronomy as well….more narratives written WAY after the fact……
OK…..but what about the words of Paul concerning the Scriptures;
2Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Ah, so Paul says ALL Scripture is God-breathed which means He wrote those “fish stories”……..fish stories like this one below;
Gen 3:15 NKJV
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
Women don’t have seeds now do they? So where did this ”seed” come from then?
Luke 1:26-37 NKJV
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”
I know the above is quite a “fish story” and as far fetched as the above story may sound, if you believe what Paul stated about the Scriptures being God-breathed then this is how it happened and this must be accepted by faith (Hebrews 11:1). What I’ve provided above is only a sample of what I can provide in defense of the Virgin Birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
There are some teachers within professing Christianity today, while they don’t come right out and say it, would attempt to have you question the virgin birth as “not important” or merely write it off as a “fish story” that really isn’t that important but the texts I’ve provided clearly state otherwise.
So, to answer my readers question I would emphatically state that it DOES MATTER that Jesus was born of a virgin because without a virgin birth Jesus can’t possibly be the Christ, the Son of the Living God and 2000 years of Christianity is nothing more then a “fish story”……a fish story each of us has bought hook line and sinker, and no, I wouldn’t follow Jesus if He wasn’t born of a virgin……..would you?