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Was Christ Born of the Virgin Mary? (1 of 12)
Series: Twelve Great Questions About Christ
Clarence E. Macartney
From the beginning, the Christian Church held the doctrine of the supernatural conception and Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ to be a true and essential portion of the faith once delivered unto the saints. To unbelief in all of its forms this doctrine has always been offensive. As early as the third century we find the opponents of Christianity centering their attack upon the narratives of the Virgin Birth, and from age to age, men who hate the Christian religion and wish that it were driven out of the world have bitterly assailed this doctrine of catholic Christianity. There is therefore nothing strange in the present day revival of the ancient assaults upon the Virgin Birth. The only new and strange thing about this old enmity is the kind of men who make the attack. Formerly, it was made by non-Christians and anti-Christians-men outside the Church. But now we find men in the Church saying of the Virgin Birth of our Lord practically what Ingersoll, Haeckel, Paine, Voltaire, Celsus and Cerinthus said. Many declare that the credibility and significance of Christianity are in no way affected by the doctrine of the Virgin Birth, and some go so far as to say that the doctrine is a stumbling block to faith, and puts a barrier between Jesus and the race, and that narratives of the Virgin Birth in the Gospels arose in much the same way as the old legends and myths about the supernatural births of famous personages of the pagan world.
That such utterances as these should be made by men inside the Christian Church, and by men solemnly ordained to proclaim to the world the Gospel of Christ, shows the necessity of reaffirming the doctrine of the manner of the Incarnation, and reviewing those impregnable grounds upon which the Church has received and held this truth for so many ages.
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