Skeptics have often stated that it is impossible for a virgin to give birth to a child. While it would be a scientific anomaly to give birth while a virgin, it is not a scientific impossibility. This has been known to happen in nature, although it is rare. When it does happen, all offspring are female, since the female has two One of the two sex chromosomes, carried by males (1 copy) and females (2 copies) in mammals.X chromosomes, so that the offspring inherit, also, two One of the two sex chromosomes, carried by males (1 copy) and females (2 copies) in mammals.X chromosomes. However, it could be possible in humans for a woman to give birth to a male. The way that it could happen is if the woman had both an One of the two sex chromosomes, carried by males (1 copy) and females (2 copies) in mammals.X chromosome and One of the two sex chromosomes that determines maleness in mammals, carried and passed down from males to males.Y chromosome, which occurs in 1 in 5 million women. So, this possibility cannot be completely ruled out as impossible.
Of course, the Bible describes the virgin birth as a miracle that resulted from the action of the Holy Spirit.1 We don't know exactly what was involved, but it would probably require at least some genetic source from the Holy Spirit.
Regardless of the method by which Jesus was conceived, it would have been very risky to document and claim that He was born of a virgin. In the Middle East there were "honor killings" for women who conceived out of wedlock, so to speak of a virgin birth was extremely dishonorable. In fact, the Bible alludes to some disparaging remarks made by the opponents of Jesus.2 In addition, if you look at the anti-Christian literature at the time, much of it focused on this aspect of Christianity. This makes one wonder why, if Christians were just making up a religion, they say something that would offend virtually everybody in the Middle East. It makes no sense to make up something offensive, unless it were true.
- The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
- Then they asked him, "Where is your father?" "You do not know me or my Father," Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also." (John 8:19)
Last Modified December 15, 2005