Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Was the Virgin Birth Necessary? Why was the Virgin Birth So Important? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview

Was the Virgin Birth Necessary? Why was the Virgin Birth So Important? The person who asks these questions typically falls into one of two groups:
  1. The person doubts that the virgin birth took place.
  2. The person wants a better understanding of the virgin birth.
To the first group that doubts that the virgin birth took place, an explanation of the necessity and importance of the virgin birth probably won't convince you to believe in it. If you doubt that the virgin birth took place, your problem does not lie in the virgin birth itself; rather, your problem lies with the authority of the Bible— and ultimately God Himself. It's most likely that anyone in this first group flatly denies Christianity. But to the supposed Christian who doubts the virgin birth, consider this:

The atheist's logic, though it certainly starts on a totally faulty foundation, is correct. The atheist says, "There is no higher power and consequently there is nothing supernatural. Therefore there are no miracles, which means that the way in which the virgin birth occurred in the Bible is impossible." But to someone who believes in God, to state that God exists and therefore the virgin birth is an impossibility makes no logical sense. If God exists, the supernatural exists. If God exists, all things are possible.

The second group is a more diverse group. Anyone, whether a Christian or not, might desire a better understanding of the virgin birth in order to get a better grasp of Christianity. However, it must be pointed out that only to the Christian will this information have any deep value or meaning. Because, for the Christian, knowledge isn't the end, it's the means to a greater end— worship of the Most High God. For the Christian, the virgin birth is the beginning of the unwrapping of God's great plan for salvation. But to the person who isn't a Christian, the virgin birth, at the very most, is the beginning of a nice moral (and, for the most part, historically inaccurate) story.

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Was the Virgin Birth Necessary? Why was the Virgin Birth So Important? (Part 2)
The Virgin Birth - Matthew 1:18
Isaiah's Prophecy: It's Fulfillment (Part 1) - Matthew 1:22-23
Jesus' Purpose: To Save His People From Their Sins (Part 1) - Matthew 1:21
Joseph's Dilemma - Matthew 1:19


  1. Hey I've followed you on twitter for a while, but this is the first time I've check out your blog. I'm loving it. Can't wait for part two!

  2. Thanks!
    And part two has just been posted.

  3. Is a belief in the virgin birth a requisite to salvation or is it the belief in the Lordship of Christ? I cannot find anywhere in scripture where the early church made such a belief a part of God's salvation plan (See: Romans 10:9 & 10, Ephesians 2:8 & 9). It is acceptance of God's grace through Christ.

    In all of the early and later Christian Testaments the grace emphasis is on his crucifixion and not his conception. It is a belief in the power of the cross! Anything outside of that belief places humanistic efforts and credits upon the "messiah-ship" of our Savior.

    1. No, it's not a requisite to salvation. But if a person is a Christian, he/she is going to believe in the virgin birth because it is a clear teaching in Scripture.