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The virgin birth is not the birth of a virgin or her so-called immaculate conception. Mary was not perfectly sinless as a certain religion claimed. The Virgin Birth refers only to the birth of Jesus Christ by Virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, without a human father. The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ was foretold by the prophet, “Therefore, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Look, a virgin will conceive and bear a son and call His name Emmanuel.”
(Isa 7:14) Sign in Hebrew is 'owth which means a portent of good omen, a miraculous sign; – it occurs about 79 times in the Old Testament. Emmanuel in Hebrew is `Immanuw'el which means "God with us" or "with us is God" – it occurs only 2 times in the Old Testament. This is the definition of Incarnation; God came to be with men. “Now all this took place so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Look, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and they will call His name Emmanuel, which means God with us.” (Mat 1:22-23) It is important to know that prophecy is what the Lord spoke through His prophet. So the birth of Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. Virgin in Greek is parthenos which means a marriageable maiden, an unmarried girl who has never had sexual intercourse with a man; - it occurs 14 times in the New Testament. A virgin by definition is not only an unmarried young woman; a virgin is a young woman who has never had sexual intercourse with man. A virgin is definitely an unmarried woman, but an unmarried woman may not be a virgin. In some countries, unmarried young women are still virgins; in other societies, many of them are no longer virgins. In some secular society, boys and girls have sex as young as 10 years old. Another example, one third of all births in America are illegitimate. Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit and it took place just as God spoke through His prophet.
There is no nation on earth which has more deviant, demonic, diabolical, deceitful, deceptive, dirty and devilish claims, doctrines, beliefs, rumors, ideologies, and lies than the United States of America. Currently there were some women who claimed they were virgins and they got pregnant without having sexual intercourse with men. Apparently these women claimed to be like virgin Mary. The Bible makes it clear liars will go to Hell. It is not worthwhile to dwell on liars of infinite varieties. Before the virgin birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God through the virgin Mary, it never happened before. After the virgin birth of Christ, it never happened after and will never happen again. The Roman Catholic Church teaches a false doctrine called Virgin Mary in perpetuity is self-defeating. That was not true. According to the Bible, after the birth of Jesus, Mary had sex with Joseph and bore several children.
Mat 13:55-56,“Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”
Mar 6:3,“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us? And they took offense at Him.” The Bible mentions the names of Mary’s other four sons, namely James, Joseph, Simon and Judas. Mary also bore at least two daughters although their names were not mentioned. Once I told a Filipino woman (a Catholic) who worked at the same place with me that after Jesus was born, Mary lived a normal life with her husband Joseph and had at least 6 children; and so the Catholic teaching was false and she was surprised. In the history of mankind, there was only one virgin Mary who gave birth to Jesus Christ the Son of God. There had never been before, it had never been after, and it will never happen again.
virgin birth of Jesus Christ signifies two cardinal doctrines of Christianity
namely the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ. The Humanity of Christ means
He was sinless, the Righteous, the Perfect Man – God manifested in human form
Luk 2:10-11,“But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” This was fulfilled the prophecy of Isa 9:6,“For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
1. Before they came together.
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened like this: When His mother Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.” (Mat 1:18) To come together in Greek is synerchomai which means to cohabit conjugally, come together in the sense of sexual union; - it occurs about 32 times in the New Testament. The historical fact was that Mary became pregnant before she and Joseph cohabited as husband and wife.
Luk 1:17, “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
John the Baptist was a forerunner before Jesus to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
2. How can this be?
When the angel Gabriel brought the news to Mary, she was troubled and asked: “How can this be since I am still a virgin?” (Luk 1:34) Virgin in Greek is parthenos which means an unmarried girl, a maiden who has not known a man in the sexual sense; - it occurs about 14 times in the New Testament. Even Mary did not believe a virgin could be pregnant without sexual intercourse with a man. To her this was impossible. How can this be? A pure virgin like Mary expressed her deepest concern and feelings. One thing was sure: Mary was still a virgin when Jesus was conceived in her womb and she did not have sex with a man. Of course the explanation of the angel put her fears to rest. What is impossible with nature is possible with the God of nature.
3. Joseph was thinking to divorce Mary privately.
When Joseph saw Mary was pregnant, he was thinking to divorce her privately because he did not want to publicly shame her. He thought she had sex with another man. One thing was clear: Joseph did not have sex with Mary, that was why he wanted to divorce her privately. However, an angel of the Lord explained to Joseph that the pregnancy of Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit. See Mat 1:18-24. “Joseph did not have sex with her until she gave birth to her firstborn son; and he called His name JESUS.” (Mat1:25) Jesus in Greek is Iēsous which means "Jehovah is salvation", the Savior of mankind; – it occurs about 975 times in the New Testament. Jesus is Yĕhowshuwa` in Hebrew which means Jehovah is salvation or Savior; - it occurs about 218 times in the Old Testament.
4. Conceived by the Holy Spirit.
How could a virgin be pregnant without sex? The birth of Jesus Christ was a supernatural act. The angel explained to Joseph, “… for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Mat 1:20) To conceive in Greek is gennaō which means to beget, procreate, to be born, become the father of; - it occurs about 97 times in the New Testament. Angel Gabriel explained to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” (Luk 1:35) To come upon in Greek is eperchomai which means to supervene, influence, approach, and overtake; – it occurs about 10 times in the New Testament. The fact that the Holy Spirit supervened in the conception of Jesus by virgin Mary indicates it was not the natural process of event; it was something supernatural in nature. The Bible does not explain how the Holy Spirit influenced the conception of Jesus in the womb of a virgin. To overshadow in Greek is episkiazo which means to cover with preternatural influence or exert with creative energy; – it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. The conception of Jesus is beyond scientific explanation, just as God is beyond scientific explanation. The most intelligent man on earth cannot understand how the Holy Spirit came upon Mary to make her pregnant. The wisest man under the sun cannot understand how the power of the Most High overshadowed Mary. One thing is certain: The conception of Jesus Christ was holy and immaculate because it was not the natural result of sexual union between a man and a woman tainted by sin. The conception of Jesus was holy not because Mary was immaculate, but because it was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The conception of Jesus was sinless. The birth of Jesus Christ was holy because He was born without sin. This never happened in history before and will never happen again.
Joseph did not have sex with Mary until Jesus was born; therefore Jesus was not a son of Joseph. When Jesus was twelve years old, He said to Joseph and Mary: “Why did you look for Me?" Don’t you know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luk 2:49) As a matter of fact, Jesus had a human mother without a human father. No other human being was ever in such a unique situation. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. See Jhn 3:16. “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, (and we saw His glory, as the glory of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” (Jhn 1:14) Word in Greek is logos which means utterance, speech, meaning, reason, the Divine Expression – it occurs about. Flesh in Greek is sarx which means the body (as opposed to the soul or spirit), carnal existence, human nature, the physical nature of man; – it occurs about 151 times in the New Testament. To become in Greek is ginomai which means to cause to be, to come into being, to come into existence; – it occurs about 678 times in the New Testament. This Scripture succinctly explains the meaning of Incarnation, that is, God became
Since Jesus Christ was God Incarnate, was Mary the mother of God? Absolutely not! The question implies ignorance about God. God does not and could not have a mother. A God who had a mother chronologically cannot be God. Mary has been referred to in the Bible as “the mother of my Lord” (Luk 1:43), “Jesus’ mother” (Jhn 2:1), and “the mother of Jesus” (Act 1:14); but never as “the mother of God.” Why is there such a distinction? Here are some fundamental reasons:
A. Blessed among women.
“And the angel came to her and said to her: Hail, you who are highly favored, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.” (Luk 1:28) Highly favored in Greek is charitoō which means to be endowed with special honor, to be treated graciously, to be honored with blessings; – it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Although Mary was highly favored in the sight of God and blessed among women, this does not mean that Mary was divine or sinless. Mary was not the mother of God as Roman Catholic Church teaches. God does not have a mother. If God has a mother, then he is not God. The Word became flesh through the physical instrument of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary so that the conception of Jesus Christ was holy and not tainted by sin. Mary was the mother of Jesus refers to His humanity only, for God could not have a mother. Before Mary was, Jesus Christ is. God by definition is the Self-Existent Eternal Being. If God had a mother, than the mother of God existed before God. No one existed before God, from eternity to eternity God is ONE and ONLY.
B. The maid of the Lord.
“And Mary said: Look, the maid of the Lord…” (Luk 1:38) Maid in Greek is doulē which means a female slave (involuntarily or voluntarily), handmaid or bondmaid; it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. If Mary was the maid of the Lord, how could she be the mother of God? No mother would call herself the maid of her son. Mary knew perfectly the divine origin of her Son Jesus.
C. My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
“And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”
(Luk 1:46-47) To magnify in Greek is megalynō which means to make or declare great, to esteem or extol highly; – it occurs 8 times in the New Testament. To rejoice in Greek is agalliaō which means to leap much for joy, exult exceedingly, to be overjoyed; - it occurs 11 times in the New Testament. Savior in Greek is sōtēr which means a deliverer, preserver; - it occurs 24 times in the New Testament. Interestingly, the word “Savior” used by Mary is the same word used by the angel in Luk 2:
5. The same is My brother, sister, and mother.
“For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, the same is My brother, sister, and mother.”
(Mat 12:50) Jesus Christ puts obedience to the will of God as the basis of spiritual relationship. Jesus Christ makes it clear that a woman who does the will of God is the same like His sister or mother! Notice Christ did not say father. There is only one Father who is in heaven. On the cross Jesus told Mary and John that they were mother and son.
Jhn 19:26-27, “When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.”
The disciple whom Jesus loved was John. Jesus said to John, Behold your mother Mary. So John took Mary into his own household. The Lord Jesus committed His mother to be taken care by His beloved disciple John.
6. Mary was not a virgin in perpetuity.
A certain religion teaches that Mary is a virgin in perpetuity. However, the Bible teaches that Mary was a virgin before the birth of Jesus. After the birth of Jesus, Joseph had sexual relations with Mary as husband and wife. As a result of the union, Joseph and Mary had several children. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers, James, Joses, Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us?...”
(Mat 13:55-56) No, Jesus was not the carpenter’s son, for the carpenter knew it, and Mary knew it. When the author cited the Scripture to a Catholic woman, she was so surprised to learn the first time that Mary bore several children after Jesus. Clearly, a woman who had sexual relations with her husband and bore several sons and daughters could not remain a virgin in perpetuity. The absurdity of such a doctrine by a certain religion that Mary is the perpetual virgin is self-evident.
7. Mary is no mediator between God and men.
A certain religion teaches falsely that Mary is the mediator between God and men. From the Biblical point of view, this is a damnable heresy. A heresy is doctrinal departure from the revealed truth. Since Mary was a sinner and a human, she could not be the mediator between God and men. The Bible unmistakably teaches that Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and men. “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself as a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Tim 2:5-6) Mediator in Greek is mesitēs which means a go-between, middle man, intermediary, reconciler or intercessor, arbitrator, one who intervenes between two; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. It is un-Scriptural to pray to Mary, and to worship Mary is committing idolatry. The fact that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary does not promote Mary to a divine status. Although Mary was the mother of our Lord, Mary does not have any power to confer blessings on anyone. It is significant to know that after Jesus’ Ascension, Mary was mentioned only once in the Bible.
Act 1:14, “These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Mary the mother of Jesus and His brothers and all other disciples and the women were with one mind continually devoting themselves to prayer.
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is indicative of the holy conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit, not the immaculate conception of Mary.
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is the good news that God became Man in order to save sinners from eternal death in hell. When Christ was born, hope was born because Christ brings hope to the world. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. God offers eternal life to any ones who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
A Catholic priest wrote, “If Christmas is the season opener, Easter is the Super Bowl.” God does not recognize the Super Bowl; Super Bowl is nothing to God.
Rom 1:4,“Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.” The resurrection of Jesus does prove His divinity. It is not the day that matters, not the church’s liturgical calendar that matters; it is the Word of God that matters. It is silly to argue whether Easter is more important than Christmas or vice versa.
Rom 14:5-6,“One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.” Gal 4:10-11,“You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, lest I have labored over you in vain.” The Roman Catholic Church has many man-made doctrines and traditions of men which are not in the Bible. The Bible never says the Christmas season lasts 12 days or the Easter season lasts 50 days.
What Catholic theologians and scholars say are unimportant. The Gospel of John does not mention the birth of Jesus because the Gospel presents Jesus as the Word, and the Word was God. God certainly did not have a birth day, for God is Self-Existent and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting. Catholics are wrong to believe that Mary remained a virgin her entire life. Mary was a virgin because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Certainly Jesus was not the carpenter’s son; Jesus was the Son of God.
Mat 1:18,“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was conceived before Joseph and Mary came together (had sex). How could Mary remained a virgin in perpetuity when she and Joseph came together and produced sons and daughters?
Mat 13:55-56,“Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
Mar 3:31,“Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.” The Bible does not say how many children Mary had with Joseph, we are told they had 4 sons and daughters, not knowing how many daughters and without giving names of their daughters. There is no Christmas Mass, midnight or not. Mass was a Catholic invention, contrary to the Bible. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for sinners was once and for all, it is not going to be repeated or re-enacted. The Bible teaches about the Lord’s Supper, to remember the death of Jesus Christ.
Would you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? No matter who you are, and no matter where you are, would you do it now?
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处女生育不是处女的出生或她所谓完美无暇出生的概念。玛利亚不是一个某些宗教声称完全无罪的。处女生只是指基督耶稣的母亲玛利亚是由圣灵怀孕生子, 无人的父亲。耶稣基督的处女诞生是根据先知的预言，“因此，主 自 己 要 给 你 们 一 个 兆 头 ， 必 有 童 女 怀 孕 生 子 ， 给 他 起 名 叫 以 马 内 利 。 （ 就 是 神 与 我 们 同 在 的 意 思 ）。”（以 赛 亚 书7:14）在希伯来文'owth意味着一个好先兆, 一个神迹; - 它发生在旧约79次。在希伯来文以 马 内 利是`Immanuw'el，这意味着 “神与我们” 或 “神与我们同在” - 它在旧约出现2次。 这是道成肉身的定义: 神成为人。 “这 一 切 的 事 成 就，是 要 应 验 主 借 先 知 所 说 的 话, 必 有 童 女， 怀 孕 生 子， 人 要 称 他 的 名 为 以 马 内 利 。 （ 以 马 内 利 翻 出 来， 就 是 神 与 我 们 同 在 。 ）。”（马 太 福 音1:22-23） 重要的是要知道什么是上帝的预言, 是通过他的先知发言。因此，耶稣基督诞生是圣经预言的实现。在希腊文处女是parthenos，这意味着一个未结婚少女，未婚的女孩从来没有与一个男人性交; - 它是发生在新约14次。按定义处女不仅是一个未婚的年轻女子，一个处女是一个 年轻的女子从未与男人性交。处女绝对是一个未婚女子，而是一个未婚女子可能不是一个处女。在一些国家，未婚青年女子仍然处女; 在其他社会，其中许多已不再是处女。在某些世俗社会中，10岁的男孩和女孩已经有性行为。另一个例子，在美国出生的婴儿中有三分之一是非婚生的。玛利亚是一个童女，是由圣灵怀孕生耶稣，正如上帝通过他的先知所言。
“耶稣基督降生的事，记在下面。他母亲马利亚已经许配了约瑟，还没有迎娶，马 利 亚 就 从 圣 灵 怀 了 孕 。”（马太福音1:18）迎娶在希腊文是synerchomai这意味着同居, 性的结合; - 它在新约出现32次。历史事实如此，玛丽怀孕在她和约瑟作为丈夫和妻子同居之前。又见 路加 福 音1:17。
3。我 灵 以 神 我 的 救 主 为 乐
“马 利 亚 说，我 心 尊 主 为 大，我 灵 以 神 我 的 救 主 为 乐 。”
（路加福音1:46-47）尊为大在希腊文是megalynō即做出或宣布为大，尊崇或高度歌颂; - 在新约出现8次。以为乐在希腊文是agalliaō这意味着飞跃的多喜悦， 非常欢欣鼓舞，要欣喜若狂; - 它是在新约发生11次。在希腊文救世主是sōtēr这意味着一个拯救者，保护者; - 它在新约发生24次。有趣的是，马利亚采用的单词 “救世主” 是天使在 路加福音2:11使用了的同一个词，在原来的语言指主基督。虽然马利亚是非常特别有福的，但像其他任何人她需要的就是救世主。谁需要救主的必须是一个罪人。耶稣基督是神的儿子和世人的救主。如果上帝是马利亚的救主，她又如何能成为神的母亲？某宗教尊马利亚为大，真正的宗教尊主耶稣为大。这些认为马利亚是耶稣的母亲，所以她比耶稣更重要的是不明白神的话语，不认识耶稣基督。
“凡 遵 行 我 天 父 旨 意 的 人，就 是 我 的 弟 兄 姐 妹 和 母 亲 了 。”（马 太 福 音12:50）耶稣基督把服从上帝的意志作为属灵关系的基础。耶稣清楚地表明，一个女人遵行上帝的旨意就是像他的姐妹或母亲一样！注意，基督没有说是父亲。 因为只有一个父亲是在天堂。耶稣在十字架上告诉马利亚和约翰，他们是母亲和儿子。见 约 翰 福 音19:26-27。
某宗教教导我们，马利亚是一个永久处女。然而，圣经教导我们，马利亚是耶稣诞生前的处女。耶稣诞生后，她的丈夫约瑟曾与他的妻子马利亚有性关系。作为性交的结果，约瑟和马利亚生下好几个孩子。 “这 不 是 木 匠 的 儿 子 吗 ？ 他 母 亲 不 是 叫 马 利 亚 吗 ？他 弟 兄 们 不 是 叫 雅 各，约 西， （ 有 古 卷 作 约 瑟 ），西 门，犹 大 吗？ 他 妹 妹 们 不 是 都 在 我 们 这 里 吗？ 这 人 从 哪 里 有 这 一 切 的 事 呢 ? "（马 太 福 音13:55-56）不，耶稣不是木匠的儿子，这木匠知道这一点，马利亚也知道这一点。当笔者给一个天主教的女人列举了这经文时，她是如此惊讶地第一次得知，马利亚生耶稣后也生下好几个孩子。显然，一个女人与她丈夫发生性关系，生了几个儿女不能永久保持处女。某种宗教说，马利亚是永恒的处女是不言而喻的荒谬传说。
某宗教教虚假，说马利亚是在神和人之间的中保。从圣经的角度来看，这是一个该死的异端邪说。邪教是离开和反对启示的真理。由于马利亚是一个罪人，一个人，她不可能是神和人之间的中保。圣经无误地教导我们，耶稣基督是唯一在 神 和 人 中 间的中保。 “因 为 只 有 一 位 神， 在 神 和 人 中 间， 只 有 一 位 中 保，乃 是 降 世 为 人 的 基 督 耶 稣 。 他 舍 自 己 作 万 人 的 赎 价 。到 了 时 候， 这 事 必 证 明 出 来 。”（提 摩 太 前 书2:5-6）在希腊文中保是mesitēs这意味着一个中间人，中间调解人, 说情或仲裁员, 干预人; - 它是在新约发生6次。向马利亚祷告是不合圣经，崇拜马利亚是犯崇拜偶像。认为耶稣是童贞女马利亚所生的事实并不能促进马利亚一个神圣的地位。虽然马利亚是我们的主的母亲，马利亚并没有任何权力，赋予任何人的祝福。重要的是要知道，耶稣升天后，马利亚在圣经只提到一次。见 使 徒 行 传1:14。耶稣基督是处女诞生指示耶稣由圣灵神圣的怀孕，而不是马利亚无原罪。
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