In the latest of the secular left media, the attack on the Virgin Birth is a palpable tension within mainline denominations that have completely succumbed to "enlightenment" thinking. Seeing themselves as the most educated and most wise they dismiss everything that they don't agree with by the sweep of the hand. It cannot be so they say, why? Well it just cannot happen. But this isn't where I say, faith comes in and just forget about everything else.
In a way that would be doing the same thing that they are doing, wave of the hand they go away, this isn't about a "power" thing but a "belief" thing. If it was purely about "power" I think we would've already been outdone by the powers that be. This is the point of faith, it is not fully about what we see although we see little snippets, it is about looking at the full nature of the biblical testimony and applying our faith. Matthew says, quoting Isaiah, "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel." How many times does it need to be said? 3, 4, maybe 6 times?
Why would not believing in the Virgin Birth put you outside of orthodox belief? Well that would negate Jesus' divinity, it would instantly put him in the "good man" status that everyone wants to put him in. Cults, like the Mormons, try to reconcile the Virgin Birth through absurd, backward ways like God the Father having sex with Mary. I cannot make anyone believe that Jesus was born of a Virgin, if this is the first time that you are reading something like this I would suggest reading the first couple of chapters of Matthew and doing a study of how Messiah was to come into the world.
These are the times of the year when people try to challenge the beliefs of those who truly do believe in Christmas. Funny that the phenomenon making its way around the web right now is the flash concerts of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, what would that be just singing to a good man? He is the King and he will reign forever and ever, eventually you must bow to His superior rule and kingship, either on this side of eternity or the other.
This is not simply a myth that is conjured up by the church and kept secret, it is the glorious nature of God's communication to us in real live flesh and blood. He is the Son of God and can only possibly be that through the miracle of the Virgin Birth.
(HT: Al Mohler, his are the main thoughts behind this)
...and He shall reign forever and ever!
Your boasting friend,