Isn't the virgin birth scientifically impossible?

The Bible claims that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin - but isn't that impossible? Doesn't that prove the account in the Bible is wrong?


The Bible says, "Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus…' Then Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I do not know a man?' And the angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God'" (Luke:1:30-31, 34-35).

So, yes—the virgin birth as recorded in the Bible is scientifically impossible.

A lot of things God does are scientifically impossible, but that has yet to stop Him. He's parted seas (Exodus:14:21), stopped the sun in the sky (Joshua:10:12-14), turned water into wine (John:2:6-11), raised people from the dead (John:11:39-45) and defied the laws of physics in perhaps a thousand other ways—one of which being Mary's conception of Jesus without ever having had sexual intercourse (Matthew:1:18-23).

Something that's very important to understand in dealing with the Bible is that an event being described as "scientifically impossible" or just generally implausible doesn't matter when we're talking about the God who created the entire universe by calling it into existence. "Impossible" is not a valid argument against God having done something, since "with God all things are possible" (Mark:10:27).

So, yes, the virgin birth is scientifically impossible. But the real question to consider is, "When has the impossible ever stopped God?"

For more understanding about the life of Jesus Christ, please read our booklet "Jesus Christ: The Real Story" .

richard nellis

richard nellis's picture

A virgin birth is not impossible. It has happened many times in a controled environment with sharks in aquarium tanks. A shark alone in a tank for an extended period of time has given birth. If a shark can do it why not a human?


dziwczyna's picture

I was expecting to hear some probably scientific explanation, but was plesantly surprised with your answer. We don't have to explain everything that God does or has done. If we did, how could we have faith?


seymour's picture

A virgin giving birth in these modern times is totally possible.It just proves GOD is 2 thousand years ahead of modern science since he did it before we even conceived it.

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