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In order for Jesus Christ to be born, certain key players had to be in place. One was a young virgin who would be obedient to the calling from God and another was the presence of the Holy Spirit.
"This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 1:18)
This may seem impossible in the eyes of the world, but bear in mind that the Holy Spirit was present in the beginning and breathed over creation..."the earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters." (Genesis 1:2)
Long ago, Old Testament prophets foretold the coming of a Savior and a shining star on high led some wise men to the humble manger of a newborn king. But the greatest miracle of all is God reaching down to earth to offer to mankind the free gift of salvation through His son, Jesus Christ. The child who came to save leaves his mark on the world each christmas as a reminder of the great love the Father has for us all.
Matthew 1 says: 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. ----------- this means that Mary and Joseph were engaged but the Holy Spirit planted the seed in Mary's womb to become pregnant. They did not have a sexual union. Jesus had to be perfect and sin free to be our savior. We must accept it by faith or else choose not to believe it. It is our choice. ALL Bibles should teach the same thing.
There is only one bible that tells you the truth, and that the original one. You can't trust someone else to tell you what the bible says in a different bible, because they change the words of the bible and the bible says not to do that. and the bible says Jesus was born by Mary (just a normal woman) in a stable (or barn). You can even watch "Charlie brown Christmas" and it will tell you.
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Great question.. The canonical gospels of Luke and Matthew both describe Jesus as born in Bethlehem in Judea, to a virgin mother. In the Gospel of Luke account, Joseph and Mary travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census, and Jesus is born there and laid in a manger. Angels proclaim him a savior for all people, and shepherds come to adore him. In the Matthew account, astronomers follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the King of the Jews. King Herod orders the massacre of all the boys less than two years old in Bethlehem, but the family flees to Egypt and later settles in Nazareth. Many scholars view the two narratives as non-historical and contradictory. Other traditional Christian scholars maintain that the two accounts do not contradict each other, pointing to the similarities between them. Some scholars view the discussion of historicity as secondary, given that gospels were primarily written as theological documents rather than chronological timelines.