Why Was Jesus Born of A Virgin?

One of the most important Christian doctrines is the virgin birth, the belief that Jesus, unlike the rest of us, was born of a virgin, Mary, the husband of Joseph. Over the centuries, thousands of books have been written about this doctrine. Central to the Christian tradition, this belief is included in the Nicene Creed. Should any Christian have the misfortune of denying this doctrine, he or she would be considered a heretic.

My aim is neither to argue for nor against the validity of the doctrine. My interest lies in something more profound, something spiritual and revelatory which seems to have escaped the Church’s attention. I therefore want to share with you the real reason Jesus was born of a virgin. Regardless of your religious background, you can draw from this reflection valuable spiritual insight for your personal growth.

Let us start by getting one thing out of the way. Most people think Jesus was born of a virgin to show how different he was from the rest of us. But that misses the point. Neither the Father nor Jesus had any intention of the kind.

On the contrary, Jesus wanted us to know we are like him, and he is like us. This was his goal all along. He knew all people are made in the image and likeness of God. He knew, too, that this image is spiritual, perfect, and immutable. Unfortunately, most people operate from an incorrect self-image.

Jesus’s mission, then, was to show us how to think and act as God’s likeness. The details of his life, including the virgin birth, are not meant to suggest that he belongs to a different class of God’s likeness. God’s likeness is the same across the board, whether it’s Jesus, you, or the self-proclaimed atheist.

When God looks at us, He is literally looking at Himself, because we are His reflection and image.

Now, to the question, “Why was Jesus born of a virgin?” We will respond to this question with an equally important question: How was Adam born and who was his parent? Adam, according to the Bible, is the first human. Understanding Adam’s origin holds the key to understanding why Jesus was born of a virgin.

One thing is clear about Adam. He had no human parent. The only parent he knew was God, who is pure spirit. God alone was Adam’s mother (father). This point is crucial. Recognizing God as his only parent, Adam understood that his origin was divine, not human. He knew he was pure spirit, just like his father (mother). No mortal (i.e., flesh and blood) could qualify as Adam’s true parent.

At this point, we must emphasize that God intended the truth of Adam to be the truth of every man and woman, because everyone is ‘Adam’ in his or her own right. The ‘Adamic ideal’ lives in us all. This means our origin is divine, not human. God is the true parent of us all. The biggest mistake humans can make is to forget our divine birth and Who our true parent is.

Those we commonly refer to as our parents are, strictly speaking, temporary custodians of God’s children. This is what Jesus meant when he said, “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9, NKJV). Most people don’t know what to make of this Scripture, because it upsets conventional, unspiritual thinking. Yet, Jesus meant every word of it. The master was pointing the world back to the beginning when Adam knew God alone as his parent.

Jesus entered this world to reinstate the Adam ideal which had for so long been neglected by so many people. Hence, the Bible calls him the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). His mission was to reveal to all people their divine origin.

Everything about his life pointed to this. For example, whenever he spoke of his parent, he was referring, not to Joseph or Mary, but to God. He even got into trouble for it: “Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He [Jesus] not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18, NKJV).

When Jesus was born of a virgin, it sent a strong, clear message. His origin was exclusively divine. God was his true parent, not Joseph or Mary. And he made sure everyone knew that. The real reason Jesus chose to be born of a virgin was to eliminate all confusion about his (and our) divine origin.

The virgin birth of Jesus is the virgin birth of everyone. Here, the idea of a ‘virgin’ represents a spiritual state of consciousness in which mortals are stripped of their supposed ability to procreate. In this ‘virgin’ state, God is acknowledged as the sole, universal Parent, Agent, and Giver of life. There’s no room, then, for mortals to boast about having brought life into this world.

What we term procreation is a misnomer. No mortal ever procreates anyone. To have a child is a privilege, not a right. It’s a favor, not the reward for our effort. Moreover, it is not we who choose the child. It is the child, rather, who chooses to join us. Those we call babies are, in fact, sovereign children of God who come to us as our guests. We don’t make guests. We receive and welcome them.

In addition to the virgin birth, there’s another fact about Jesus which sheds more light on the current subject. The Gospel according to Luke gives us an account of Jesus’s genealogy. The account starts with Joseph (the supposed father of Jesus) and traces the genealogy all the way to Adam.

Interestingly, Luke does not stop with Adam, the first man. In fact, the last line of the genealogy reads, “the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God” (Luke 3:38). The common theme is sonship. At the very end of the genealogy is God. This means one thing. Together with Jesus, our lineage is divine, not human; spiritual, not material. We trace our ancestry, not to a mortal parent, but to Infinite Spirit, God. The genealogy of Jesus is the genealogy of every man and woman.

In sum, where you trace your origin determines your identity, and your identity shapes your destiny. If you trace your origin to a mortal (biological) parent, you’ll suffer the fate of mortals: limitation, confusion, and decay. If, however, you trace your origin to a Divine Father (Mother), as Jesus did (as we all should), you’ll reap the fruit of divinity: endless peace, harmony, and vitality.

A change in origin is a change in destiny.

To know yourself as emanating, not from a mortal parent, but from eternal Spirit, is the end of mortal slavery and the beginning of heavenly bliss. Adjust your self-image today. Embrace your divine origin.

Love & Light

Ogoe

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Live Now, Not Later

There’s no life waiting for you after death. If you want to live, this is it. This is your chance. Make the most of the life you’re given. If you think there’s a better life waiting for you after death, you’re missing out on life. Life is eternal, and hence cannot be interrupted. So, choose to live now.

There’s nothing beyond death. As Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Death is not a stepping stone to Life, immortality and bliss” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 203).

Life is all there is. There’s nothing before or after life. There’s nothing now but life. Life is the only reality there is. You’re experiencing life right now. There’s nothing special better than this waiting for you somewhere past the grave. Your current state of consciousness is what makes you think there’s ‘another’ life elsewhere. Any experience ‘elsewhere’ is but a different state of understanding and awareness of the one life.

If you live this life well, you’ll set yourself up for a greater expression of life. But this greater expression of life isn’t ‘another’ life. It’s but the same life, the only difference being the degree of your awareness of this one life. Therefore, you need to live now. There’s no ‘other’ life waiting for you.

 Just as there’s one God, so there is but one life. The quality of life you experience is based on your level of personal spiritual evolution. As brother Paul wrote, we go from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Glory (which means life) is all there is. There’s no room for non-glory, just as there’s no room for non-life. You cannot go from non-glory to glory nor from glory to non-glory.

 Similarly, you can go from life to life, based on your degree of spiritual understanding and the capacity of your consciousness. You cannot, however, go from life to death and back to life again. When Jesus ‘died,’ He was conscious the entire time. There’s not a single moment when Jesus lost consciousness of being alive. As the Scripture affirms, “it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24, NKJV).

This is true, for life is eternal and cannot be interrupted. Hence, the life in Jesus could not be interrupted by death. This is true of every man and woman, for the life in Jesus is the same life pulsating in everyone and everything in the entire Universe. There’s no other life.

Elsewhere in the Bible, this principle (from life to life, from glory to glory) is put another way. It says we’ve received “grace for grace” (John 1:16). Grace here, as with glory, means life. Again, you can go from grace to grace, but never from grace to non-grace nor vice versa. This means you can grow in grace, evolving from one degree of awareness of grace to a greater degree. Grace is all there is. Grace is what was, what is, and what shall be.

 If you’re a believer in life, you cannot be a believer in death. You must make up your mind, for you cannot serve two masters. The biggest illusion ever to afflict humans is the idea of death, and this illusion is self-imposed. But the truth is, life is all there is. Life is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Death is not part of this cosmic equation.

Therefore, live your best life now. If you want to be happy, be happy now. If you want to be peaceful, be peaceful now. If you want to be healthy, be healthy now. Don’t wait for health after the grave. Health is now. If you want to be loving, be loving now.

Don’t wait for life after death, for you’ll find none. Make every waking moment count. God is in you right now, and in Her (or Him, if you prefer), you’ve got all the life you could possibly want. Your job is to yield to this life so it can flow freely through you.

Remember, life is now, not hereafter. Now is your day of salvation. Choose to live now.

Love & Light,

Ogoe

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Don’t Depend on Pharaoh

Joseph went to Egypt as a slave. After a few years of struggle, he found favor with Pharaoh and became a powerful leader in Egypt. Later, his whole family joined him. For several years, Egypt became a safe haven for Israel. Pharaoh loved, cuddled, and protected Israel. One day, however, a new Pharaoh ascended the throne and Israel became vulnerable. As the Scripture says, “Now there arose up a new king [Pharaoh] over Egypt, which knew not Joseph” (Exodus 1:8). Under the old Pharaoh, Israel was comfortable. Over time, Israel came to depend on Pharaoh’s friendship and generosity. They took it for granted that this situation would continue. They were wrong.

The new Pharaoh didn’t care about the long standing friendship with Joseph’s family. His priority was to put Egypt’s interests first. And as far as he was concerned, Israel’s presence posed a threat to Egypt’s security. He determined that the risk of letting Israel expand far outweighed any benefits to be gained from keeping Israel as a friend. Israel’s fortunes turned overnight. They didn’t see this coming. I won’t go into the rest of the story. There’s a key lesson here, and that’s what I want to talk to you about: Don’t depend on Pharaoh.

In the story, “Pharaoh” represents the flesh, i.e. mortal human beings as well as all human systems that are subject to change. To depend on Pharaoh means to depend on people. When people love you, give you gifts and shower praises on you, you tend to assume they’ll always be there for you. Or vice versa, when you extend love and kindness to others, you tend to assume they’ll have your back in return. Love and friendship can blind you to reality. Love itself isn’t the problem. The problem is with the mindset of the people who are in charge of expressing love.

People change. That’s the problem. But somehow, we haven’t learned our lesson. When people are kind and nice toward us, we soon forget they can, and will, change. Since the dawn of history, countless souls have been hurt and disappointed because of their dependence on other people. We come to expect, at a mostly unconscious level, that certain people, especially friends and family, will always be with us and for us. Those who think like this, and there are many who do, will soon find out the hard way. I’m here to help you, to save your heart from being broken time and again. Hopefully, you’ll open your eyes to reality once and for all. If you do, your life will become more peaceful. You’ll be happier than ever.

Understand, change is inevitable. Everyone changes, even you. It’s therefore dangerous and unwise to depend on people. Don’t fool yourself with the idea that there are exceptions. There are no exceptions. Because everyone changes, everyone is capable of letting you down, especially those you least expect. If you want a happy life, don’t depend on anyone whose name isn’t I AM THAT I AM. This includes your wife, your husband, your siblings, your relatives, your friends, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your co-workers, your pastor, your boss, even your own children.

Does this mean you should have no friends, no family, and no relationships? No, not at all. Stay connected to as many people as possible. Have all the friends you want. Enjoy family and any relationship you want, while it lasts. But in your mind and in your heart, don’t put your hope in them. It’s about your inner attitude. Open your heart to give love and to receive love. Be kind, and receive kindness when it is offered. But remember, there are no guarantees. When people are kind to you today, there’s no guarantee they’ll act the same way tomorrow.

Nothing lasts. No one lasts. Accept the reality. It’ll save you from headaches, heartaches, and confusion. Love everyone, but depend on no one. Depend on God alone, because God alone is unchanging. The worst mistake you could make in this life is to depend on human beings or human systems to support you. The reverse is true. The best decision you could make is to depend on God alone.

Learn to love yourself. Learn to support yourself. Build a life that makes you less dependent on someone or something other than God. This is your key to true happiness and true peace of mind. Remember what the Scripture says, “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm . . . Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is” (Jeremiah 17:5, 7). Every mortal is a ‘Pharaoh.’ Don’t depend on Pharaoh. Depend on your Maker.

Love & Light

Stephen

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