Saturday, October 23, 2010

Does Mormonism teach that Jesus was Born of a Virgin?

In Christianity, whether we read the Old Testament, or the New Testament  one these is clear, a Messiah is prophesied to redeem a people for Himself. This is true if we look in the Old Testament as a foreshadow of what is to come, and how this person will come, and what He will accomplish, and it is also true in the New Testament as we see Jesus Christ as the ultimate fulfillment of all that was written of Him from the prophets of old. What is even more remarkable is that we are not just told that a king will come, but we are told specific things about this king such as where he is born, how he will be treated, and even his death. 

These prophecies include but are not limited to: 

  • The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem  
  • The Messiah would be born of a virgin  
  • The Messiah would be a descendent of King David 
  • The Messiah would be rejected 
  • The Messiah would be from the tribe of Judah 
  • The Messiah would be preceded by a messenger  
  • The Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a donkey  
  • The Messiah would be betrayed by a friend  
  • The Messiah would have His hands and feet pierced  
  • The Messiah would have his garments gambled over by casting lots  
  • The Messiah would not have any bones broken  
  • The Messiah would be ressurected  
  • The Messiah would ascend to the Father

In fact there are over 400 direct prophecies in the Old Testament alone that the Messiah must fulfill, which Jesus being the only Son of God, does. 

These fulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament are proofs that Jesus was and is who He claimed to be, the Son of God. In fact, if you look at what the probability of one man fulfilling just 8 of the prophecies surrounding Jesus of Nazareth, you get a number 1 in 10 to the 17th power.
That is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000

This shows how carefully the birth, life, and death of Christ was orchestrated by God, and how amazingly accurate His word has been kept, a great defense to those who claim His Holy Word has been corrupted. Truly it is incomprehensible that our God loves us so much, He would send His Son to die on this earth for our redemption. 

However, what if Jesus did not fulfill all of these prophecies? What it Jesus was not born in Bethlehem, what if He was not crucified? What If Jesus failed to be born of a virgin? Would He still be Messiah? Could He be? Truly His life would have been amazing, but would He still be the promised Messiah from the Old Testament?

The answer is simple, absolutely not. If Jesus did not fulfill every prophecy written of Him, then we are still waiting for our Messiah. Otherwise, God is a liar, for it was He who moved the prophets of old to write the prophetic signs to watch for, and the specific prophecies surrounding the birth, life, and death of Jesus. 

So when we see Mormon doctrinal teachings such as this, we need to understand that the Mormon concept of God is completely contrary to the Biblical teaching, and they have put their faith in a false God:

"Now, remember from this time forth, and forever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 51).

“And Christ was born into the world as the literal Son of this Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real, and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father. There is nothing figurative about his paternity; he was begotten, conceived and born in the normal and natural course of events,...Christ is the Son of Man, meaning that his Father (the Eternal God!) is a Holy Man.” Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p. 742 

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the most literal sense. The body in which He performed His mission in the flesh was sired by that same Holy Being we worship as God our Eternal Father. Jesus was not the son of Joseph, nor was He begotten by the Holy Ghost. He is the Son of the Eternal Father!" President Ezra Taft Benson, Come Unto Christ, p. 4 

"Now we are told in scriptures that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God in the flesh. Well, now for the benefit of the older ones, how are children begotten? I answer just as Jesus Christ was begotten of his father ... Jesus is the only person who had our Heavenly Father as the father of his body." Prophet Joseph F. Smith, Family Home Evening Manual, 1972, pp.125,126 

"The man Joseph, the husband of Mary, did not, that we know of, have more than one wife, but Mary the wife of Joseph had another husband." Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 11:268

Now obviously as we read through these teachings, we see a myriad of problems, but for this post we will stick to the virgin birth. If these doctrines are real, than Jesus can in no way be the Messiah, and is disqualified from being the Son of God. Not only this, we are left with a Jesus who is a product of incest, and adultery on the part of both Mary and God, who would then be a sinner, and again, not God. So what does the Bible teach us regarding the conception of Mary?

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Luke 1:35 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.

Matthew 1:22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

As Norman Geisler said, "The spiritual danger of believing a lie is even more serious - it has eternal consequences! To die while believing in the Jesus of ... Mormonism is to die believing in a counterfeit Jesus who preaches a counterfeit gospel which yields a counterfeit salvation (which, in fact, is no salvation at all)."

For the Mormon to believe that Jesus was not born of a virgin, but through a sexual relationship between God the Father and Mary is to believe in a counterfeit Jesus, who is not the foretold Son of God, and who preaches a counterfeit Gospel, which finally, yields a counterfeit salvation.

We end up with a Jesus who was not born of a virgin, a God who had a sexual relationship with His own daughter, as Mormonism teaches we are literally the offspring of God, which results in incest. Not only this, Mormonism teaches God has a wife, so this would make God an adulterer, and Mary was betrothed to Joseph which would make her an adulterer as well. In short, we end up with Jesus as the product of an adulterous incestual relationship between God the Father and His own creation, and in the process, nullifying the prophecies needing fulfillment for the Son to be the Messiah. 

I pray you will take some time to search through the Bible regarding the miraculous birth of Jesus, and why the Mormon concept of the virgin birth is a lie with eternal consequences if it is believed!


Thank you for this letter to the Mormons Jamie. I pray someone will read this, understand the truth and come away from the lies and deception in the lds church.