Careless Talk

By Marlin Kilpatrick

Mr. Roy Moore, a political candidate who is running for a Senate seat, representing the state of Alabama, may be in political trouble. Several women have come forward alleging that Mr. Moore made unwelcome sexual advances toward them in their younger years, while he was in his 30’s. The Internet (nor anywhere else) is not the place to determine Moore’s guilt or innocence; that will be determined in a court of law, as it should be. However, a claim by Alabama’s state auditor, Jim Ziegler, obviously in an effort to defend Moore, is patently false.

According to the Washington Examiner, Mr. Zeigler, on Thursday, November 9, 2017, said, “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.” One would think that an auditor, who must be careful with numbers, would be more careful with his words. One is made to wonder where Mr. Zeigler obtained his information. He surely didn’t get it from the Bible!

Mary’s husband, Joseph, was not the biological father of Jesus. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. Some 750 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah foretold how a virgin would conceive and give birth to a son (Isa. 7:14; 9:6). This birth would be a “sign,” thus signifying the arrival of the coming Messiah. The pregnancy of a 1st century Jewish girl would not necessarily be a “sign.” There were many 1st century Jewish girls who became pregnant, but this long awaited pregnancy would be unique. Jesus’s mother was a virgin, both before and after his birth (cf. Mt.1:18-20; Lu. 1:34).

According to the Bible, an angel appeared unto Mary and said, “…the Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (cf. Lu. 1:35). Only after Joseph and Mary engaged in sexual relations, did Mary become like all other married women.

The Bible does not disclose Mary’s age, when Jesus was born. She is simply referred to as a virgin. The virgin birth of Jesus is the focal point of biblical authenticity; this is why many critics of the Bible scoff at the nature of His birth by denying the miraculous element of divine revelation. One cannot accept the truthfulness of the Scriptures by denying the virgin birth of Jesus. Think about it.