Over the last seven weeks, this theology class has discussed several topics that have been very insightful and helpful in my Christian walk. I have learned many new things and have also gone deeper in my understanding of the things I already knew. In this paper, I would like to discuss three topics that I found to be the most interesting. The topics that will be discussed are as follows: Did Jesus need to be born of a virgin? If a person is a Christian, does it matter how they live their life? And what can your local church do to better communicate God’s love to your community? Section One
Did Jesus need to be born of a virgin? The miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is nothing short of a miracle. It is one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith. His birth was predicted in Isaiah 7:14 which states, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah is stating here that is birth would come about through a virgin whose name is Mary. But why was it so important that she be a virgin? First of all, it was important because if he was not born of a virgin, He would not have been sinless. It was required of Jesus to be sinless in order to save us from our sins. If He was born of human parents, He would have inherited the sin nature. Romans 5:12 states,” Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.” The only way to come into the world without having this sin nature would be to born of a virgin and be conceived by the Holy Spirit. Secondly, it was important because Jesus’ purpose on earth was to become the sacrifice for our sins. This sacrifice was to be without blemish. If Jesus was born of human parents he would not have been without the blemish of sin on his life. Lastly, it was important because it proves the accuracy of the Scripture. There are many passages in the...
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