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Monday, December 23, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Luke 1:26-38(NASB)
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." 34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 "For nothing will be impossible with God." 38 And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
There's been plenty of bloggage over the weekend over a survey that had 27% of British Anglican priests saying that they didn't believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus. Given the decay in orthodox faith in Britain, that stat's not that surprising. Bene Diction and Jason Steffans both gave that piece a once-over. Such beliefs show both a distrust in the Bible and a distrust in the reality of the supernatural. Even back when I was a generic theist and didn't buy into Jesus' atoning death, I had little problem accepting the Virgin Birth. Let's go back to the basic concept of God; this is the Guy who created the universe from bupkis. He is in the miracle business. If He wants to do a little supernatural reproductive biology, God can. Idle thought-what would Jesus' DNA had looked like? There's some genetic engineering for ya. The believer who will have to rely on Mary having some hanky-panky or rape in order to conceive has a small God. Not only is he throwing out whole passages of the Bible as fables that we tell the kiddies to shield them from the ugly truth, he's discounting God's supernatural, transcendent nature. Could the Messiah have been a normal kid, procreated in the natural way? If God wanted it that way, yes, but he had planted the prophecy that the Messiah would be born of a virgin. So we add a third indictment of God, that He's not able to call His shots. However, let's not let the Euroweenies spoil our fun. I got to see my nephew (he'll turn 3 months on Christmas day, a bit old for the part) Tyler play Jesus in the Singing Christmas Tree production that his church puts on yesterday; check it out in future years if you're within road-trip distance of Midland, it's very well done. He’s following in his older sister's footsteps from six Christmases ago. Jessica got "demoted" to a dancing angel. The idea that Mary conceived out of some pre-marital escapades is designed to take away Jesus divinity and his sacrifice for us all;it would also be designed to ruin a fun parent.

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