March 04, 2018
As we continue our thoughts from "Did Jesus Just Happen", I want to cover one more aspect of why some do not believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
There are many who object the idea of the Virgin Birth of Jesus because similar claims are made by Greek mythology for certain gods and goddesses.
There are numerous stories of miraculous birth in connection with heathen gods and leaders, such as Alexander the Great (son of a serpent who had relations with his mother); Caesar Augustus (son of a god who visited his mother while asleep); Hercules (son of a beautiful woman by Jupiter who took the form of her husband for a while); Achilles (son of a sea nymph); Gautama Buddha (son of a woman by a white elephant with six tusks).
These and many other stories come to us out of mythology.
Though all of them are stories of unusual births, they are vastly different from the story of the birth of Jesus by the Virgin Mary. There is a moral and ethical value in the account of Jesus's birth, which is not true of the other stories. Then, too, there is the exclusive use of human instrumentality in the Birth of Jesus; whereas in the stories of mythology there is the ghastly use of serpents, elephants and sea nymphs. The fact that these stories do exist does not prove the story of Jesus's birth to be untrue
There are some reasons for believing that the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ is a fact. I will deal with one aspect this week. In turning to the positive side, the reasons for believing in the Virgin Birth of Christ may not be so numerous, but they are sufficient and convincing to tall who will to all who will face up to the facts in sincerity. I will mention one this week as stated. First, I believe in the Virgin Birth because it was foretold by the Prophets. In spite of the attacks of critics I believe that the Prophet Isaiah (7:14) was definitely pointing to the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. As I have already pointed out, Matthew at least so interpreted this passage. There are no other direct reference to a virgin birth for the coming Messiah, and yet the very tone of all the prophecies concerning Christ impresses me with the idea of a miraculous coming. It is significant that seven hundred years before His coming the prophet should speak of the manner of His coming into the world, through the virgin.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor