The Virgin Birth | 3
The Virgin Birth |3
- ”And Jacob begat Joseph and Joseph begat Iesous” (Ferrar group of Miniscules)
- Greek manuscripts coded o, f 13, I 547m, it, a, b, c, d, g, k, q all give this reading: “Joseph to whom was betrothed Mary the virgin, begot Jesus who is called Christ.”
- Luke’s Gospel has a scribal addition to obfuscate these facts: “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being [as was supposed] the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli…the son of David…the son of Judah…the son of God” (Luke 3:23,31,33,38). The brackets aren’t part of the text and is an obvious editorial remark akin to how the KJV supplies italics to help bring meaning. It’s an obvious bias.
Son of God?
So how can we call Jesus the son of God if he isn't born of a virgin? After all, Luke's Gospel says, in chapter 1 verse 35, "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon
thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore
also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son
Before we consider some additional evidence to the contrary, let's briefly define what "son of God" means. The Trinitarian and Modalist will claim the term proves Jesus is either "God the Son" (the "second person of the Trinity") or "God." However, we can see how Jesus defines it. Matthew 26:63,64 says,
But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, "Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
Jesus agrees with his accusers as to who he identified himself as: the Christ, i.e. the son of God. This shows us that "Messiah" ("Christ") is a synonym for "Son of God." That's the true meaning of the term as Jesus intended for everyone to understand it. The trouble is that his own people refused to recognize that fact and put him to death, falsely accusing him of blasphemy!
So it is correct to call Jesus the "son of God" or "Messiah," but when was he made to be such? We now look at the counter-evidence. The Gospel of the Ebionites.
It's only because of redactions, interpolations, and miss-translations, as well as persecutions, that the Virgin Birth view won favor and is now considered the "orthodox" position. However, this view gives too much credence to doctrines that are hazardous (immaculate conception; perpetual virginity; sinlessness of Mary; the assumption of Mary; the preexistence of Christ; the deity of Christ--all of which are fantastical, Gnostic myths based on paganism). The truth is that Jesus was born of completely natural means, but he was made the son of God, the Messiah, by YHWH at the baptism.