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.


rwp_47's picture

The real question is: Isn't God scientifically impossible? Isn't that really the question? Why beat around the bush talking about questioning a supernatural childbirth?

And what a ridiculous question that is really ... its asking isn't a supernatural being scientifically impossible? Well obviously he is! Science is the study of the natural (as opposed to the supernatural). Only the physical world can be studied by the human mind thru the five senses (that's what science is). Nothing supernatural can be understood in this way.

The only way human beings can learn anything about the supernatural is by revelation. The supernatural has to be revealed to us. The human mind by itself is the wrong tool for the job of the mining of supernatural information.

Isn't a fundamental law of thermodynamics that matter is but another form of energy and that they cannot be created or destroyed but only transformed from one to another? Consequently the laws of science say creation is scientifically impossible. Do you believe that?

But I have to warn you ... no scientific theory has ever lasted over 400 years. Inevitably they are proved wrong by new information. So probably the most certain thing there is would be that if a scientific theory says something then you can conclude that its wrong ... just as all scientific theories have always proved to be wrong.

Take it from Ecclesiastes:8:17 ... "Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. "

Jesus did not have a human father. The supernatural Creator was his father. its really just that simple. That's the revelation from the supernatural. You either believe it ... or you don't.

Bottom line ... the only way you can know anything about the supernatural is if the supernatural supernaturally reveals it to you. Except for that ... the only thing you can know is the natural ... and you're probably going to get that wrong too ... at least if scientific theories are any guide.

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