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According to the Christian mythology, Jesus Christ, a very important character in Christianity, was born to a virgin mother. The first mention of the virgin birth in the Bible occurs in the Gospel of Matthew, which was written over 70 years after the supposed birth.[1]


[edit] The story

The Gospel of Matthew 1:20-23 (KJV) reads;

But while he (Joseph) thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
—Isaiah 7:14-Deception In The Name Of Jesus[2]

One of the more remarkable aspects of the virgin birth is the belief in the Perpetual Virginity of Mary held by some Christian religions. The believers of this doctrine hold that Mary not only was a virgin when she conceived, but she continued to be a virgin after giving birth and for the rest of her life despite delivering Jesus with siblings[3]. As said by Rufus in the film Dogma: "The nature of God and the Virgin Mary, those are leaps of faith. But to believe a married couple never got down? Well, that's just plain gullibility."

Another theory hypothesis is that a Roman soldier called Pantera was the father of Jesus.

If any of these stories is true, it's pretty cool how Joseph took it all in stride.

Importantly, the original Jewish texts (the alleged prophecies) referred to the mother as almah (young woman), as opposed to bethulah (virgin). Using corrupted translations containing the incorrectly placed Greek word "parthenos" (virgin), the Greek-speaking New Testament writers unknowingly contrived their stories to fall in line with this error. Thus we have myth built upon error from a previous myth.

[edit] Immaculate conception

Virginal Conception should not be confused with Immaculate Conception (or the Immaculate Reception for that matter). The doctrine of Immaculate Conception arose because the question was asked how Christ could be born of a woman who would inevitably be tainted with original sin. In order to get round the problem the church decreed that Mary herself was immaculately conceived - without original sin - and this allowed Christ to be born without original sin. (It is not clear how Mary's parents avoided original sin or why an omnipotent God did not make more exceptions, though.)

[edit] Contradictions

There is a contradiction inherent in this myth, because the Bible also states that Jesus was a "direct" descendant of King David through the male line.[4] Obviously, if God was the father, this is impossible, or at least nonsensical to the point of comedy.

Additionally, it is worth noting that Matthew and Luke's claim of the virgin birth is inconsistent with how, in the Book of Mark, Jesus' family called his ministry crazy [5]. You would think Mary and Joseph would remember something so significant as an angel telling them they were picked to raise God's kid.

[edit] Special conception in other religions

Okay, let's go into a little more detail and try to figure out if a pattern is emerging here. [6]

[edit] Greek mythology

  • Leda: Leda's father was the Aetolian king Thestius. The story goes that Zeus, the dude with the lightening bolts and thunder clouds, admired Leda very much. So, like any randy god, he took the form of a swan and seduced her. Ew. Anyway, the result of this celestial gettin' down were two eggs. From these eggs hatched Helen of Troy, Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. Technically, this isn't virgin birth since Zeus physically did the deed, but the sentiment is more or less the same, although termed 'miraculous birth.'
  • Perseus: Son of Danae, who was locked away in a room while a child and impregnated by Zeus (busy fella, that Zeus) in the form of a shower of gold (no, really).
  • Zeus would later impregnate Alcmene by disguising himself as her husband Amphitryon (grandson of Perseus. Seriously, Zeus had no sense of shame). The child, Heracles, would later perform many great deeds including bringing one person back from the dead. Heracles eventually died painfully as a result of treachery and ascended to godhood. Nope, never heard about anyone like that.
  • Hephaestus: According to some accounts, the goddess Hera was so annoyed at how Athena had sprung forth from Zeus' head that she conceived Hephaestus without the aid of a man, by force of will alone. Apparently, it didn't go so well, as she threw him off Mount Olympus after seeing his ugly face. Hephaestus is the only Greek god who is lame.

[edit] Hinduism

The idea of a miraculous conception is common in Hindu scripture.

  • Krishna descended directly into the womb of his mother, Devaki.
  • Avatars of the god, living in the Human realm descend into human women's wombs, i.e., without intercourse.
  • Karna: Was the result of Queen Kunti asking the god Surya for a child, without taking Kunti's virginity, just before she married King Pandu.
  • The Pandavas: Brahmin laid a curse upon King Pandu, telling him not to touch either of his two wives sexually or he'd die. Queen Kunti, ever resourceful, simply asked the other gods to give her and her co-wife children. The gods gave them the Pandavas.

[edit] Egyptian mythology

  • The popular idea that Horus was born of a virgin Isis is confounded by the fact that Herodotus records that the Egyptians believed that Isis was impregnated by having intercourse with the spirit of the dead Osiris. However Herodotus also stated this:

"The relation between the Egyptian Isis and the Greek Io was probably this, that Phoenicians in early times had carried to Argos the worship of the moon, under the symbol of a heifer, or a woman with heifer's horns. The symbol itself and the name of lo, which is Coptic for the moon…the origin of it was forgotten, and the invention of the Greek mythologists supplied its place by the legend of an Argive princess, beloved by Jupiter, turned by him into a heifer, and driven through Phoenicia into Egypt, where she became the goddess Isis."[7]

  • A century earlier Aeschylus in his Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound stated "Again and again in the night, visions would appear to me (Io) in my room and entice me with seductive words: "O blessed maiden, why do you remain a virgin for so long when it is possible for you to achieve the greatest of marriages?" It is important here to remember that Ancient Greek did not have a separate word for virginity, the concept was intrinsically connected with the unmarried woman, the parthenos.
  • "my divinity is adored throughout all the world in divers manners, in variable customs and in many names, for the Phrygians call me the mother of the Gods: the Athenians, Minerva: the Cyprians, Venus: the Candians, Diana: the Sicilians, Proserpina: the Eleusians, Ceres: some Juno, others Bellona, other Hecate: and principally the Ethiopians which dwell in the Orient, and the Egyptians which are excellent in all kind of ancient doctrine, and by their proper ceremonies accustom to worship me, do call me Queen Isis." (Apuleius (2nd century CE) The Golden Ass or Metamorphoses)
  • Hestia, Athena, Artemis and Hecate were all virgin goddesses in Greek mythology.
  • "In the most remote age it appears that Osiris, Isis, Horus, and Set were all independent and unconnected deities, belonging probably to different tribes. Isis was a virgin goddess at Buto in the Delta, Horus came to be worshiped with her,..."[8]

So in reality, depending on the group, Isis was worshiped as a virgin goddess before the time of Christ.

[edit] Finnish and Karelian mythology

  • Marjatta: while herding, she eats a lingonberry and becomes pregnant. She gives birth to a boy who will grow up to be the king of Karelia.

[edit] Conclusions

These are just a few examples. But they do all have one or two things in common.

Women have no say in the matter of whether or not they wish to bear the children. They are the playthings of gods, victims of celestial rape, commanded to bear the offspring of supernatural beings simply because those beings are supernatural. In cases where the women do have a say, it is portrayed as them scheming for their own gain.

[edit] Parthenogenesis

Parthenogenesis is a form of asexual reproduction where growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization. This phenomenon is not naturally observed in mammals (although it has been artificially induced in rabbits). In animals using the XY chromosome system, parthenogenesis always results in female offspring.

[edit] External links

[edit] Footnotes

  1. New Advent
  2. Isaiah 7:14-Deception In The Name Of Jesus
  3. Did Jesus Have Brothers and Sisters?
  4. apocalipsis.org (via Archive.org)
  5. 3:21,31-34
  6. Child of the Holy Spirit
  7. Kenrick. John (1841) The Egypt of Herodotus. B. Fellowes p. 64.
  8. Progress (1897) - Volume 3 - University Association Page 382
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