There are three changes in Christian Theology: (1) texts are added (2) deleted or (3) mistranslated & interpreted Bible verses; leading to pagan views and Greek mythology being woven into the tapestry of Christianity. A special thanks to Carrie at website novirginbirth.com for letting me know about the 3rd reality.
The existence of ALL SPECIES became an earthly reality when God created the 1st set of species during the 6thdays of creation. God commands His creation to reproduce after its own kind. Mankind can’t ask God to intervene into procreation because males and females are totally responsible to create sons and daughters (unless you have a pagan or Greek mythology mindset).
My conception and birth is just as miraculous as a virgin birth, simply because God is doing the miracle and His miracles DO NOT HAVE any degree of difficulty. Jesus could have come into this world full grown like Adam & Eve (but Mary couldn’t claim Jesus as her son if that were the case).
Humanity gets their Messiah in the fulfillment of the Covenant that God had with King David and Bathsheba. Jesus is the Messiah and is only related to King David if Joseph is his father. If Jesus doesn’t have Joseph DNA, then he is not a fulfillment of God’s Covenant that God has with David and Bathsheba; and he is not in the family tree of Joseph or King David.
Jesus being 100 % human means he ate, slept, worked at a job, went to the bathroom, desired female relationships, got married, had sex and a child, which is NORMAL and makes him JUST LIKE US in every way. Whatever it is moral, ethically and spiritually legal for me to do on earth, Jesus can ALSO experience. His marriage bed would be undefiled if he is married.
God does not have a body. But Jesus got his body DNA directly from Joseph & Mary, but this happened only because Adam & Eve and ALL THEIR DESCENDANTS created Joseph & Mary who gave existence and life to Jesus. God didn’t put a human created spirit inside of Jesus. God put His own Spirit inside the body of Jesus and that is why Jesus never sinned. Therefore there is no need for a pagan or Greek Mythology virgin birth story in our Christian Bible.
Mary saw two miracles in her life (1) her cousin Elizabeth 88 years old getting pregnant by her 99-year-old husband; which is akin to the non-virgin conception and birth of Isaac and (2) Zechariah not being able to speak for 9 months until he says his son’s name is John. Mary knows that the Jewish Messiah is begotten or conceived by a blood relative of King David.
All humankind is formed from the seed of a man within his mother’s womb. Mary was a virgin when she met Joseph. Joseph wasn’t a Pharisee or a Sadducee but an Essene Jew. Joseph married Mary and after Joseph gets Mary pregnant, he had a right to put her away privately (divorce her if she can’t get pregnant or he doesn’t really love her. But since he loved her, he wanted a permanent relationship with her. Joseph as an Essene believed that God’s blessings of a companion, spiritual and emotional oneness, and a family of children and grandchildren etc. are a greater blessing than sexual pleasure. So, after Joseph gets his loving wife pregnant Joseph abstains from marital intercourse in order to show God and Mary his love for her is more important than sex, for every wife knows they are being used as a sex object during sex. But the Bible says, women by nature have a desire to please their husbands. If I get married, I have not desire to follow in Joseph’s footsteps and have a faithful Essene faith in dealing with my wife. I have an example of Joseph to show me that I need to MAKE SURE my wife knows my love for her is real and is more of a BLESSING to me than what youthful lust offers.
The faith and love that Joseph and Mary had for God were exhibited in how they loved each other more than they loved sexual pleasure which God wants all husbands and wives to understand the 1,000’s of non-sexual ways to love our mates. The Bible tells husbands and wives to abstain from sexual pleasure for a brief time-frame (for prayer and fasting) but to have sex regularly and not defraud or cause their mate to be tempted to commit adultery with someone else.
Mary is not pregnant with Jesus at the time the angel Gabriel is talking to her. Gabriel encourages Mary that the miracle that Zechariah and Elizabeth are expecting in John the Baptist birth is proof that the Messiah The Christ that the Jews are looking for will be born to “David the King” by way of his father Joseph.
The website Jewsforjudaism.org explains that Isaiah prophesied to King Ahaz in Isaiah 7:14 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel”. The child spoken about is “Maher-shalal-hash-baz” who is born to Isaiah’s wife. King Ahaz was given a sign that God will destroy the enemies of Ahaz (but not 560 years later at the birth of Jesus). His wife is a “Young woman” and not a virgin, and it was common for a biblical personality to have names that include God in part of their names. Isaiah’s other son was Shear-jashub which means “The remnant shall return”. Which means that the throne of David will not be overthrown. The events in Joseph’s day and Isaiah day are connected but the messages are not interchangeable and they are not speaking to or about the same audience.
Mary getting pregnant is a future conception that the angel is talking about. God is able to equip and empower every female to get pregnant, but it is the responsibility of human fathers to get their wives pregnant. Every wife who loves their husband ONLY WANTS their husband to be the father of their son’s or daughters. Only a female diagnosed with mental retardation or someone who has an extreme hatred for males would even consider God getting them pregnant. The Bible points out that, Mary says to Jesus in the Temple “Son, why have you done this to us? Look your father and I have sought you anxiously”, referring to Joseph.
Mary knew that Joseph was the natural father of Jesus but she also knew what the messenger said to her concerning Jesus being called the son of God. In other words, God would put his own Spirit in their first son’s body and his body would be the 1stand only Temple or Tabernacle OF FLESH that would house the
“Holy of Holies” speaking through the body that Adam/Eve and Joseph/Mary creating a place for God to dwell inside of.
After Mary gets pregnant by Joseph, Joseph and Mary refrained from sexual intercourse, in order to demonstrate that their love for each other is primarily focused or grounded in their spiritual and emotional intimacy, which is the bond that unites them in marriage; for they know sex is not the glue that holds their marriage together and makes it last a lifetime.
There is every reason to believe that Joseph and Mary, like ALL LOVING COUPLES, will participate or indulge in sexual foreplay (any sexual experiences but excluding intercourse). Otherwise, they would be in more of a brother/sister relationship, and they would have no need for them to be married.
There are no miracles done in the life of Jesus until Jesus is 30 old. Jesus tells his mother that his hour to start his ministry has not yet come. His comments were probably before sunset. After sunset is considered the next day and Jesus does the miracle of turning water into wine. This way he is obeying God and his mother. God didn’t let anyone dwell on the fact that Jesus is “Perfect” in order to protect him from those who would want to torment or tempt him to do wrong. Everyone would acknowledge that Jesus was a good child, teenager and adult. After he is 30 Jesus says “Only God is Good” and Jesus is grown and ready to be our suffering servant, Messiah and Savior of everyone made in the Image of God — which is all of humanity (without needing our good works).
Mary and Joseph know in their Jewish heritage that God has already fulfilled the Covenant He had with Abraham and Sarah. God now gives them the awareness by the messengers of God that the Covenant God made with King David and Bathsheba is A SIGN from God that the message to Mary “AND’ Joseph is PROOF that Joseph and Mary will be the parents of the MESSIAH when she says “My (her) spirit rejoices in God my (her) Savior”. In other words, God is our Savior and the body of Jesus connects us to Adam and Eve’s human race.
So that the inner Spiritual dwelling place of God is housed in a human body that is 100 % like all males; and the Spirit is 100 % DEITY and no Jew, Muslim or Christian should believe the body of Jesus is Deity. For the flesh of Jesus is blood, bone, bladder, colon etc. and is like all humans but DOES NOT reveal or define the essence of God. When Jesus said, “Before Abraham was I Am”, Jesus can ONLY BE REFERRING to God. “All the “I Am” statements in the New Testament that Jesus quotes ONLY APPLY TO God our Creator.
The human body of Jesus doesn’t exist before it is conceived and born to Mary and Joseph. There is no “Mother of God” in heaven to give Jesus existence. There is ONLY ONE GOD and He puts His Spirit in one human being that makes God more real to finite human beings, who are all made in His Image and we humans are ALREADY redeemed and saved for eternity by our loving God.
The verse that says “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow….and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…. applies to every human who has ever lived. The image of God in us is very happy to bow (submit) and very joyful to confess (proclaim) that Jesus is Lord. But God doesn’t make our sinful nature bow or confess Jesus is Lord, simply because God “Never” forces Himself on others because we have “A free will” to choose to express our thoughts, actions or speech anyway we choose.
Our sin nature offends God and is cast into hell when we die (and not our true self) because it will not submit or serve God. Telling me that God will “Force” our sinful nature to submit to God would mean that God is like a human parent that forces his daughter to “Apologize” to her brother. “Everyone” knows that her father forced her apology confession out of her. Which means that her father created an opportunity to add the sin of insincerity to her misdeeds and her blatant lie would only compound the problem. Making her stop what she is doing and giving her time to repent of her actions would be more practical.
If Jesus had of called himself the “Son of a woman”, everyone would know he is talking about Mary his mother. Jesus called himself “The son of man”. EVERYONE KNOWS and BELIEVES that Jesus came in the flesh of MARY, but ALMOST NO ONE believes that Jesus came in the FLESH OF JOSEPH.
The Bible says, “Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God”. The spirit of the Antichrist IN HUMANS does not confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh of Joseph.
P.S. Also view essay https://arthurtrafford.com/jesus-mary-magdalene-and-barabbas/