“… the virgin shall conceive …”
— Isaiah 7:14
Have you ever heard of a white crow? I sure haven’t seen one, but that doesn’t mean that one doesn’t or couldn’t exist.
Many people view the Virgin Birth as a white crow. They say that Jesus couldn’t possibly have been born of a virgin, just because that type of birth had never happened before and hasn’t happened since. But the Bible teaches that Jesus was conceived in a miraculous and supernatural manner; the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary, conceiving within her Jesus Christ, making Him both God and human.
We can understand that unbelievers would attack and ridicule this doctrine. With no Biblical knowledge, they can dismiss this assertion as mythical and not historical. But sometimes the attacks come from within the Church, and when this happens, we have a much more serious problem. In this case, wolves in sheep’s clothing attempt to deceive the masses.
What would happen to our faith if the Virgin Birth were a myth or hoax? What consequences must follow? To begin with, Jesus would have been an illegitimate child. If this were the case, then the angel lied to Mary when he said, “The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Mary would not be blessed among women, but rather unchaste and immoral, despised and outcast by her culture.
If Jesus had been born of humans, He Himself would have been only human, not divine. And without His divinity, He could never be our redeemer. He couldn’t save anyone. He would have no power to forgive sin, and Christianity would be a fraud. Even God Himself would be a liar, for He said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
The issue of the Virgin Birth is no fine point of theology; it lies at the very heart of our faith, because it asserts Jesus’ true nature. He is indeed the virgin-born Son of God.