Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Virgin Birth - The Most Important Miracle in all Scripture

Old Adam and New Adam

I could start this post with a statement from faith or from science but the end result would be agreement. By faith we trust the Bible to be the word of God, His divinely inspired communication to mankind. In the Scriptures we read these passages:

1 Cor 15:39
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.

1 Cor 15:45-48
45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— 

Genesis 5:3
When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.
 
Scientists have discovered that the Y chromosome carried only by males has remained essentially unchanged from the very beginning. There have been small mutations that characterize some branches off of the original but every male living on earth for all time from the original Adam carries a common characteristic, the Y chromosome.  
 
Look at this National Geographic Special Report: http://press.nationalgeographic.com/2005/04/13/ibm-launch-landmark-genographic-project/. 

This project resulted in a DVD Special Report called National Geographic - DNA Mysteries Search For Adam (http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/product/241/3063/128.html)

Here is an excerpt from the series. Pay special attention to the two and a half minute section 3:30 to about 4:48.




The study goes on to conclude that the original Adam lived in Africa. The whole over 1 hour documentary is worth watching but has to make some assumptions to come to that conclusion.

This is why the virgin birth is so important in our theology and christology today. Jesus had no human father and therefore was a completely new man, a new Adam. He did not carry the (sinful) Y chromosome passed on from father to father, generation to generation. This is why he could be a perfect and sinless sacrifice.

The human race was diseased with sin (Romans 5:12). Jesus sacrifice was the perfect atonement for sin and His incarnation as fully man and fully God is the most significant miracle in all of Scripture.

zoe perissos

All scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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