God, Science and the Virgin birth
December 15, 2005
The angel said to Mary, “Behold, you will conceive and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” Then Mary asked, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy child shall be called the Son of God.” Is this 2,000-year-old tale fact or fiction? Modern science helps answer this question. Take the phenomenon of the expanding universe for example. This phenomenon was anticipated by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and later confirmed through observation by astronomer Edwin Hubble. Studies of the expanding universe point to a beginning. In the beginning, the interdependent components of space, time, and matter came into being. There was nothing. Then BANG! Everything. Wait a minute. Science, the Law of Causality specifically, says that everything that comes to be must have a cause. The key point here is that according to an abundance of scientific evidence, the universe had a beginning, so it must have a cause – and that cause must be something outside the universe itself. Moreover, whatever or whomever the First Cause is, observations from nature require the First Cause to be self-existent, timeless, nonspatial, infinite, incredibly powerful, personal, and highly intelligent. Science paints this picture – not the Bible, but the Bible gives the First Cause a name. Our science cries out for a creator; the Bible gives us God.Now what does this have to do with the virgin birth? Well, just as the wonder of the universe cries for a Creator, so the design and complexity of life looks for a Life-giver. Biology calls for the question; the Bible responds with the same answer, “God.” Moreover, it is not at all difficult to believe that the giver of all life triggered a special life, the holy child called the Son of God. There is more, much more. Those interested in these subjects will not want to miss Dr. Frank Turek’s presentation on Jan. 22 in Frisco. Some of the information in this article comes from the book he co-authored with Dr. Norman Geisler, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.”I don’t have enough faith to be one either.Dwight George writes from his home in Frisco. He is an ordained minister. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.