How the Virgin Birth Confounds False Religions

the-incarnation-web-1360x277Jesus, born of a virgin woman, foretold in Old Testament prophecies. Jesus, sent by the Father, atoning for sin, now worshipped. Jesus is God and man. Many are prone to ask, “Well, which is it? God or man?” The similarity between people who have grown up hearing the Christmas story and those who have grown up in the shadows of other world religions is their misunderstanding of Jesus’ identity and nature. The Virgin Birth says He is both.

The following provides reason for why the Incarnation must be understood well by disciples of Jesus. The Incarnation causes disagreements about worldview, divinity, practices, and implications across the board, which warrant thoughtful dialogue.

The following beliefs discussed do not encompass the entirety of the religion. They are primarily representative of largely held views by the majority of adherents.

 

Animism

Animism takes on different forms across the globe since it is largely based on local traditions and teaching. Romans 1 provides insight that Animistic cultures have exchanged God’s clear “eternal power and divine nature” “for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” In the main of Animism, beings and forces can be manipulated for human use, but the Father sending Jesus makes a clear declaration that His mission is going to be accomplished, highlighting the inability of man and occultic divinatory powers. The Virgin Birth squares up with Animism to say God is the supreme power.

Atheism

The miracle of God in human flesh confronts the foundational Atheistic tenets of mankind is basically good and that it is impossible to know if God exists. We must ask and answer the question, “Why was Jesus born of a virgin if mankind is basically good?” The answer: we aren’t basically good. An Atheist Ethicist says, “Pure practical reason, even with a good knowledge of the facts, will not take you to morality.” She says thinking about that drives her to depression, So virgin birthing is the purest human conduit for human life. While miraculous, all must concede it is “as pure as it gets.” The historical birth and life of Jesus is not in dispute, so we must wrestle with God not existing with Jesus being Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Only two possibilities exist: God is not with us because He does not exist or God exists and is with us.

Buddhism

Buddhists principally believe people are aggregates of matter, feeling, and awareness, and the nature of Christ clearly disputes this. His birth necessitates Him Divine, which would be an impossibility if people are only the abstracts matter, feeling, and awareness. With Christ taking on flesh, the Bible speaks to Jesus’ body (Luke 2:40), a human mind (Luke 2:52), a human soul (John 12:27), human emotions (Mt 8:10, John 11:35) and human observation (Mt 13:53-58), all of which go beyond an aggregation of just matter, feelings, and awareness.

Cultural Christianity

The uniqueness of Jesus’ birth does not allow Jesus to be a functional Savior without Lordship. The undergirding thought for Cultural Christians is that the birth brings good gifts at Christmas celebrations, and His life provides good ideas for us to live by. Births of regular people who go on to be notable teachers, scholars, or philosophers may produce this type of response and following, but the birth of Jesus Christ is a different category, altogether. Only one person has been fully God and fully man. This is the most unique person of all history. Since Jesus is man, He is relatable to us. Since Jesus is God, He is authority to us. Jesus is not a menu which you pick and choose. He is all or nothing.

Hinduism

The most familiar aspect of Hinduism to most of the Western world is reincarnation–that your spirit comes back as a different being in the next life and was something different in the past life. The underlying purpose and principle of reincarnation is contradicted when Jesus is born. Reincarnating provides the human solution: the opportunity to be liberated from this life through enlightenment. Once the first human is birthed who does not need liberation or enlightenment, the whole system is thrown off. Also, His birth was not a spiritual rebirth from a former life, like everyone else’s would be according to this belief. Jesus has existed from the beginning of eternity, so He created the creation He then inhabited upon his birth.

Islam

The Qur’an teaches Jesus was born sinless of a virgin, but that Jesus could not be God’s Son because “It is not proper for God to have children.” (19:93) Another verse claims He is “above having a son.” (4:171) This misunderstanding of the Father’s relation to Mary ultimately comes from not believing Jesus is God Himself. Islam teaches prophets are men who cannot lie about God, and when Jesus is put on the spot, He says, “I AM.” The truth of Jesus is encapsulated in His Divine birth, but the Islamic view of Jesus’ nature leads Muslims to blaspheme against the power and sovereignty of God.

Judaism

In the time of Jesus, Jews awaited the Messiah, but most thought in political resurgences rather than spiritual salvation. Modern Jews refute Jesus as the Messiah their prophecies foretell. If passages like Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6-7 correlate with the New Testament Gospel accounts like Luke 1-2 or Matthew 1-2, then there is no way both Jew and Christian can be right about the Messiah. Either Jesus is the long awaited Savior, or He isn’t. His birth would be the first aspect of His life to dispute or confirm. He is either God with us and Jews need to be shown, or He is another false teacher and Christians are severely misled.
The Christian belief that Jesus came to Earth the way the Bible says He did flies in the face of relative truth and tolerating everyone’s beliefs as “good for them.” Brothers and sisters, be gracious with those that don’t agree with Scripture, but be resolved in the truth of God, and when you speak, speak of Jesus as the King–the one who separates truth from falsehood.

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