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Ten Reasons to Believe God Became a Man

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  1. Lesson One
    A Virgin Conceived
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    1 Assessment
  2. Lesson Two
    A Star Was Born
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    1 Assessment
  3. Lesson Three
    Angels Appeared
    5 Activities
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    1 Assessment
  4. Lesson Four
    Wise Men Worshipped
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    1 Assessment
  5. Lesson Five
    Jesus Claimed To Be One With God
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    1 Assessment
  6. Lesson Six
    Isaiah Saw A God-Man
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    1 Assessment
  7. Lesson Seven
    Jesus' Friends Saw More Than A Man
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    1 Assessment
  8. Lesson Eight
    Jesus' Enemies Accused Him Of Blasphemy
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    1 Assessment
  9. Lesson Nine
    Jesus' Miracles Were Acts Of God
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    1 Assessment
  10. Lesson Ten
    Jesus' Departure Was Greater Than His Birth
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    1 Assessment
  11. Course Wrap-Up
    Course Completion
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Overview and Objectives

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Lesson Overview

If Mary was telling the truth, her baby had no human father. She claimed an angel appeared to her and told her she would conceive a son by God’s Spirit. Then he said that this child, whom she was to name Jesus, would be the Son of God. If Mary was lying, the night of Jesus’ birth was not holy, and the only thing that was silent was the truth. But how can we know? How can we take seriously the kind of story that usually deserves laughs of disbelief? The answer is in what followed. If there were no witnesses and no evidence, we could ignore Mary’s claims. If her Son’s life were the same as any other life, her claim of a virgin birth would be the easiest of all stories to dismiss.

Lesson Objectives

When you complete this lesson, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain the various meanings of the Hebrew word for virgin and the significance of each.
  • Understand the roles of Isaiah, Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, and the Holy Spirit in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
  • Discern why supernatural assumptions are at the center of the virgin-birth controversy.
  • Provide key biblical arguments for the deity of Christ based on reading Who Is This Man Who Says He’s God?
Personal Reflection

As you proceed through this lesson have the following question in mind.
Why do you think that the idea of a virgin conceiving and bearing a child is so difficult for a secular thinker? Do you believe in the possibility of a virgin birth? If so, explain why you hold this view.