The Virgin Birth

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The Virgin Birth

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The Virgin Birth

The Virgin Birth

Scientific Explanation?

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Artificial Insemination

Artificial insemination has created the latest debate about virgin pregnancy. Scientists have said that they are neither confirming nor denying the story of the virgin birth, and that they are not saying this is how Mary was impregnated by any means; they are simply stating that with artificial insemination, it is possible for a virgin to be impregnated and have a child.

The virgin birth of Jesus is the belief that Jesus was conceived in the womb of a virgin girl named Mary by the Holy Spirit. The virgin birth was universally accepted by the 2nd century and remains a basic article of belief in most churches. Certain churches do not believe in a virgin birth, but in an immaculate conception which states that Jesus was conceived in the natural way but free from original sin. The virgin birth is also different from the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary, the belief that Mary stayed a virgin for her whole life. The birth of Jesus appears in two gospels: the Gospel of Matthew, and the Gospel of Luke. Luke focuses on Mary, while Matthew centers on Joseph. In both accounts Jesus is conceived without a human father.

The important thing to remember when thinking about the virgin birth is that when a man and woman conceive a child, they both contribute chromosomes towards the child's genetic makeup. Let's all think back to anatomy. A woman has two X chromosomes, a male usually has an X and a Y (there are rare cases of other combinations). When the child is conceived, the woman donates an X and the male donates either his X or his Y. This determines the sex of the child. Jesus was a male, therefore he would have to have a male to donate that Y chromosome. Right? Wrong. A group of Italian scientists began researching the possibility of parthenogenesis, or virgin birth, and decided that if Jesus were really born unto a virgin he would have to have two X chromosomes. They conducted a DNA analysis of the blood on the Shroud of Turin and the Cloth of Oviedo. Their discovery was that the blood found on the pieces of linen were in fact the blood of a male with two X chromosomes!

- http://www.shroud.com/- http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/- http://www.city-data.com/- http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/

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Shroud of Turin: A linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man and is said to have been wrapped around Jesus' body

Cloth of Oviedo: A smaller linen cloth that is said to have been used to cover and clean Jesus' face


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