We must believe in the Virgin Birth.

~ R. Albert Mohler, Jr.[1]

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A New York Times columnist disparaged Christians for their belief in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, whose Incarnation we celebrate at Christmas. He wrote:

The faith in the Virgin Birth reflects the way American Christianity is becoming less intellectual and more mystical over time…

~ Nicholas Kristof[2]

Did you catch that? He asserted that Christians are less intellectual and more mystical than he because we disagree with his skepticism. This cynic indicated that this tenet of the Christian faith – the Virgin Birth, or the Incarnation of God the Son in human flesh – was so impossible that only the more stupid could believe it.

His affront failed to acknowledge that …

These men and women of whom I speak aren’t Christians. They’re atheists and agnostics. They oppose belief in any deity. The academic circles that Mr. Kristof most likely esteems consider these same proponents of virginal birth to be the wisest of the wise. The cream of the crop among leaders with his same anti-Christian agenda.

  • These virgin-birth believers represent every field of science.

Evolutionists. Darwinists. Physicists. Chemists. Biologists. Geneticists. Cosmologists. Anthropologists. Mathematicians. Historians. Philosophers.

Every field of science.

  • And, again, they’re not Christians – they’re atheists.

The virgin birth that they believe in is what they espouse as spontaneous generation. They believe that life spontaneously erupted from non-life – or in simple terms, a virgin birth.

  • It requires faith to believe in a virgin birth.

Just ask some of these best-known scientists. Here is what some of them have said:


One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are – as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.

~ George Wald, Harvard University biochemist, and Nobel Laureate, 1954


The reasonable view was to believe in spontaneous generation; the only alternative, to believe in a single, primary act of supernatural creation. There is no third position. For this reason many scientists a century ago chose to regard the belief in spontaneous generation as a “philosophical necessity”… Most modern biologists, having reviewed with satisfaction the downfall of the spontaneous generation hypothesis, yet unwilling to accept the alternative belief in special creation, are left with nothing…

I concede the spontaneous generation of life to be “impossible.”[4]

~ George Wald

Life began three and a half billion years ago, necessarily about as simple as it could be, because life arose spontaneously from the organic compounds in the primeval oceans.[5]

~ Stephen Jay Gould, Harvard University, paleontologist, evolutionary biologist

We can assume that somehow in the primeval soup we got collections of molecules that became self-replicating; and I don’t think we need any miraculous or mysterious [explanation].[6]

~ Peter Singer, Princeton University, bioethics and moral philosopher, leading atheist


. . . the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.[7]

~ Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge, theoretical physicist and cosmologist

  • It requires more faith to believe in a natural than a supernatural virgin birth.

George Wald made a correct assessment. People either believe in a Creator, or they have to believe in the virgin birth of nature. There’s no other alternative.

Even more, there’s no scientific evidence that substantiates the virgin birth of nature, called spontaneous generation, can or did occur. The reverse is actually true: scientific evidence exists from the days of Louis Pasteur that prove spontaneous generation can’t occur. And yet scientists still believe in it simply because they can’t (and won’t) acknowledge a Sovereign Creator God.

Everyone this has a choice: believe in the virgin birth of nature or believe in a Creator. Each position requires us to place faith in the one we choose.

  • I believe in the virgin birth wrought by God.

If God can create the universe, He can cause a virgin to carry the Christ Child. If He can bring about the Incarnation of the Messiah, then He can redeem those who place their trust in His redemptive work. If God exists (and I know He does), He can certainly rise from the dead. If He can rise from the dead, then I know I can believe in the Eternal Life He offers to those who call upon Him for salvation and Lordship.

  • That’s why I believe in the virgin birth of Christ.

I don’t believe in the atheistic spontaneous generation theory, which science has already debunked. And it takes less faith for me to believe in all-sovereign Lord who is willing and capable of sending a Redeemer via a virgin birth.

  • The wisest of mankind still seek Him.

The wisest scientists of Jesus’ day – the Magi – also believed in this Savior. That’s why they traversed across hazardous terrain to worship at His feet.

And today those who are truly wise will do the same.


So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

~ Matthew 1:22-23, NKJV


In which virgin birth will you place your faith?


[1] R. Albert Mohler, Jr, “Must We Believe in the Virgin Birth?” 12/22/2010, http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/12/22/must-we-believe-the-virgin-birth-4/, retrieved on 12/04/2013.

[2] Nicholas D. Kristof, “Believe It, or Not,” The New York Times, 08/15/2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/15/opinion/believe-it-or-not.html, retrieved 12/07/2013.

[3] Vince Vitale, “Which Virgin Birth?”, January 03, 2013, http://www.rzim.org/a-slice-of-infinity/which-virgin-birth/, retrieved on 12/04/2013.

[4] George Wald, “The Origin of Life,” Scientific American August, 1954: 44, 47.

[5] “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” November 26, 1996, retrieved 12/07/2013.

[6] Peter Singer, “Is There a God?” Melbourne, Australia. 21 July 2011.

[7] Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design (New York: Bantam, 2010), 180.