For that reason the holy child shall be called the son of God

The following verse if often quoted in defense of Jesus being the son of God because of the virginal conception.

Luke 1:35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.

However, if you read this verse in context you discover a couple of problems with it as somehow it doesn’t fit into the context.

Luke 1:
30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy child shall be called the son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Are we to believe that the angel had just announced that Messiah will be born to her and rather than leaping for joy her greatest concern is…

… how to fall pregnant?

When she already had a husband? (more…)

He shall be called the son of God – for what reason

Anthony Buzzard’s (and hence the Restoration Fellowship’s) position of retaining the virgin birth doctrine hangs largely on this single verse.

Luke 1:35
The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy child shall be called the son of God.

However, if we read this verse in context we discover a couple of problems with it as somehow it doesn’t fit into the context. (more…)

Nazarenes and Ebionites – and their beliefs

There is no complete agreement among scholars regarding these groups of Jewish followers of Jesus. From the Church fathers we can gather some ideas regarding their beliefs and practices. It appears that the early Jewish believers were known by both these names, but from the third century they became two distinct groups, with the Nazarenes adopting a more orthodox doctrine, but the Ebionites either adopted or retained a quite non-orthodox one.

Let’s consider some of these quotes. (more…)

Sin Nature – or lack of training in righteousness?

The idea of some kind of sin nature – along with many other ideas – was developed throughout the latter part of the early centuries. Spare me from digging out the “when”, you can find plenty of info on Google if you dig hard enough.

The JewFAQ has a very good article about what Jews think about human nature. Here is the link, read “The Dual Nature” portion:

http://www.jewfaq.org/human.htm (more…)

Virgin Mary’s Question – a quiz for you

Here is a puzzle you may want to think about.

In Judaism in effect betrothal was already a marriage, but without moving in together. If such couples wanted to break up, they had to go through the process of divorce.

Jews take bearing children very seriously because they believe it is their duty to fulfill the command “go forth and multiply”, indeed, having less than two children is considered sin for a Jewish family. Thus, the very hope of every Jewish women is having children, a number of them.

Now, knowing this we stand perplexed at Mary’s question. (more…)