Was Jesus a Virgin?
The Christian doctrine of Jesus’ virgin birth states that Jesus was conceived by his mother, Mary, through the power of the Holy Spirit and without se*ual intercourse.
This is a question that has vexed Christians for centuries. While the Holy Spirit and Mary were both capable of birthing a son, the doctrine of perpetual vi*ginity has been challenged by many. In this article, I discuss the doctrine of perpetual vi*ginity and the role of Isaiah’s prophecy in the story. In addition, I discuss how Joseph’s sinful nature was passed down to Jesus.
Mary’s continual vi*ginity
While most Protestants do not consider Mary’s continual vi*ginity a point of controversy, the early Church Fathers did. The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes St. Augustine in this regard. According to him, Mary was a vi*gin throughout her life: she conceived, gave birth to, and nursed her Son at her breast. But this is not all Mary did for Jesus.
Another reason that Christians believe in Mary’s continued vi*ginity because it proves Jesus is the Son of God. While the Holy Spirit conceived Mary, Jesus never conceived or sinned. Though Jesus was tempted during His earthly life, He never succumbed to sin. He is God in the flesh and never sinned. Although He was tempted in the desert and other places, He remained faithful to his Father.
The Christian doctrine of perpetual vi*ginity is based on the belief that Mary was a virgin both before and after she gave birth to the Messiah. Some Protestants find this objection objectionable and do not believe Mary was a perpetual virgin. Further, Protestants cannot find any historical precedent for Mary being a perpetual virgin. The Bible says that Jesus had brothers and sisters. Therefore, Protestants reject the perpetual vi*ginity of Mary.
Isaiah’s prophecy about the birth of Jesus was fulfilled during a time when Israel was suffering under the Roman Empire. Therefore, the name of Jesus, Immanuel, is taken from this verse and refers to his virgin birth. Moreover, Isaiah’s prophecy about the virgin birth of Jesus is considered to be a messianic prophecy.
In Isaiah’s prophecy, a certain young woman would become pregnant during the time of Isaiah and King Ahaz. While the supposedly miraculous birth of Jesus took place over five hundred years later, the prophecy would have been of little relevance to Ahaz, whose reign was coming to an end. In fact, Isaiah’s prophecy would have made little sense if the baby Jesus was already five hundred and sixty years old.
The word ‘virgin’ is used in modern Hebrew to refer to a young woman who has never had sex with a man. While Isaiah’s wife, Mary, was a virgin before he was conceived, Matthew explains that Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus. Furthermore, the physical conception of Jesus was a sign for the Jews that God would deliver them from the Assyrians.
The Church Fathers’ doctrine of perpetual vi*ginity
The Church Fathers’ doctrine of perpetual vir*inty is a view that Christ’s mother Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus. This view was not disputed by the early Church but was later adopted as the standard Catholic view. It argues that Mary never had sexual intercourse and thus had no sin nature, unlike the child that inherits this nature during the sex act.
The early Church Fathers established the doctrine of perpetual vi*ginity, starting as early as the third century. Pope Siricius of Rome, for example, affirmed the doctrine that Mary was a perpetual virgin when she was conceived. Other church fathers affirmed this belief, including St. Athanasius and Epiphanius. The doctrine of perpetual vi*ginity was affirmed by the 3rd and 4th centuries, as the Roman Catholic church began to emerge.
One of the arguments for this position is the idea that Mary cannot be married. In other words, the apostle of Christ did not command her to be a perpetual virgin. vi*ginity is an expression of God’s grace. The apostle of Christ never forced the man to fly against nature. Under this doctrine, men were not forced to be perpetually married. However, it was the prevailing view of the time.
Joseph’s sinful nature passed on to Jesus
Did Joseph’s sinful nature pass on to Jesus? There are several explanations for the question, but it is a myth that Joseph’s sinful nature was passed on to Jesus through his parents. The virgin birth of Jesus ensured that Jesus would be completely human without having his Father’s sinful nature. Despite Joseph being the Father of Jesus’s mother, Jesus never inherited Joseph’s sinful nature. Jesus was born in the full physical body of human flesh, and the Bible says that he fulfilled the title “Seed of the woman.” God sat in a woman’s body to condemn sin, and it was the same with the Lord.
Although the Bible does not say that Jesus’ sinful nature was passed on, it seems true. Humans are born sinful, and the original sinful nature comes from the Father. Since Adam and Eve were the first to sin, Jesus was the first human born without a sinful nature. The Bible also states that Joseph’s sinful nature was not passed on to Jesus. But we may not be so sure.
Mary’s insemination by her husband
In the Bible, God inseminated Mary by making a sp*rm cell inside an egg and allowing it to pass down the Fallopian tube to her uterus. The sp*rm cell fertilized the egg and implanted itself in the lining of her uterus. A mature egg is then released from one of Mary’s ovaries and travels down the Fallopian tube toward her uterus. When the egg reaches the uterus, the woman’s hormones are changed, and her menstrual period will be missed.
Mary was a young virgin chosen by God. Her age was unknown, but it is believed that she was between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, which is when a woman’s menstrual cycle begins. In most women, the menstrual cycle lasts about 28 days, although it varies from month to month. This is why some scholars believe Joseph may have knocked Mary up before “coming together.”
It is difficult to reconcile Mary’s feticide as a ‘v*rgin’ with her status as first-born, only-begotten, and the ‘brethren of the Lord’. Nevertheless, most Protestants do not understand the proper interpretation of “the brethren of the Lord” and their relationship to the story of Jesus’ virgin birth. Many Protestant Reformers, including Martin Luther and John Calvin, accepted the perpetual vi*ginity of Mary as a core teaching of the Bible.
However, it is difficult to deny that Mary had relations with Joseph after her marriage and that these relations were a significant part of her role as a minister of the Word. Mary indeed had sexual relations with Joseph after her marriage. Still, it is not sinful for a married woman to have intercourse with a man. Moreover, the Protoevangelium records that Joseph had already married another woman before Mary. However, Joseph remained absent throughout the adult ministry of Jesus. Thus, he is not the guardian of Mary.
In the context of the Christian faith, the Virgin Birth is very important because it shows that Jesus was the Son of God and could not be born into sin. As God in the flesh, Jesus’ virgin birth atoned for the sins of the world and rescued mankind from its sins. Mary’s vi*ginity also confirms that Jesus was the Messiah. The Jewish leaders knew the Old Testament scriptures and believed Jesus was the Messiah.
Mary’s sp*rm leakage into her mother’s womb
The origin of the Bible’s story of Mary is a mystery. Many researchers have pondered whether she had a sp*rm implant. Some scientists have theorized that Mary could have been a genetic illusion, a person with both male and female chromosomes. This would have meant that Mary would have had both male and female characteristics, and her sp*rm would have gotten into her mother’s womb. Alternatively, Mary could have suffered from ovotestes. In this condition, a woman gets a sprinkle of the Y chromosome from her Father.
Mary’s conception by Gabriel
While it is still unclear how the child was conceived, the Gospel of Luke has the most detailed account of the birth of Jesus. Luke explicitly mentions the vi*ginity of Mary, and the second time implies that the angel told Mary that a child would be born through her. The angel, Gabriel, had also given Joseph the news of the child’s conception before Mary became pregnant. Although the two accounts differ in other ways, the main point is that the baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not through sexual intimacy.
The angel Gabriel also appears to Mary, telling her that she would conceive the Son of the Highest. Gabriel is the archangel of the Lord, and thus he is an omnipotent being. He tells Mary that the Holy Spirit will conceive the Son of the Highest. This is the most important aspect of Mary’s role in salvation history. While she is a virgin, Gabriel’s omnipotence makes her pregnant.