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The Virgin Birth & Modern Skepticism

mary.mother.of.jesus.01The very notion of a virgin giving birth to a child seems preposterous. Certain scientists have speculated that it might be possible through the accidental fusion of two egg cells. At least with other creatures it is known that it can happen in nature, but as an extremely rare occurrence. However, should it happen, the offspring would always be female. Without the contribution of the male chromosome, the child can never be a boy. This forces us to acknowledge that Mary’s motherhood is of an entirely different quality than any before or after her. God makes the impossible possible.

Along with the resurrection and the many miracles of Jesus, Mary’s virginal motherhood is mocked by atheists and those who are unable to accept the possibility of supernatural intervention. Although they would insist that they are rationalists who will only believe what can be scientifically verified, many of these same critics subscribe to various theories or assumptions in science which currently defy observational and/or mathematical verification. Just look at all the competing string theories— they cannot all be right. They have created a new faith for themselves, and one which will not spare their lives. Our faith is based upon the testimony of ancient witnesses and a personal relationship with Jesus. We also know the maternal intercession of Mary.