You asked: How did Mary get pregnant if she was a virgin and who
Thanks for your note to us here at TruthBook about Mary. To answer
your question, I will be using the teachings of The
Urantia Book, which is the focus of our website, but with a special
emphasis on Jesus.
If Mary was a virgin, it would be very difficult to imagine how she
might become pregnant with a child who was truly human. All human
beings are conceived in only one way - and that is to have sexual
relations. But traditional church teachings would have us believe that
Mary somehow became pregnant without having sex. And then these
teachings go on to have us believe that Jesus was a truly human baby.
If we use our God-given minds, we may find this teaching very difficut
to understand and accept, even though most of us grew up being told
that it is the truth.
In PART IV of The Urantia Book, the Life and
Teachings of Jesus - we discover that far from being a virgin, Mary
was a young women who enjoyed a normal married life with her husband,
Joseph. They engaged in normal relations after their marriage, and the
first child that was conceived was Jesus. This event was accompanied by
a supernatural visitation by Gabriel, who
informed Mary that this child, conceived only the day before, was to
be the Deliverer. And we are told that this visitation by Gabriel was
the only supernatural occurrance connected with Jesus' conception and
birth. In other words, Jesus was conceived and was born much the same
as you or me.
If Jesus was truly one of us - a true human being - there was no
other way for him to come into the world than in the normal way -
through sexual relations of Mary and Joseph;
otherwise, he would not have been truly human. Jesus possessed all of
the physical genetic inheritances of his earth parents - parents who
were specifically chosen by Gabriel for this
But - how did it happen that Jesus was also divine? How was this
miracle acheived? The authors of the book admit that even they are
intrigued by this, and cannot explain it. In This section of the book, we read:
120:4.5 Urantia mortals have varying concepts of the
miraculous, but to us who live as citizens of the local universe there
are few miracles, and of these by far the most intriguing are the
incarnational bestowals of the Paradise Sons. The appearance in and on
your world, by apparently natural processes, of a divine Son, we regard
as a miracle—the operation of universal laws beyond our understanding.
Jesus of Nazareth was a miraculous person.
120:4.6 In and through all this extraordinary experience, God the
Father chose to manifest himself as he always does—in the usual way—in
the normal, natural, and dependable way of divine acting.
Mary and Joseph went on to create quite a large family - nine
children in all. But Jesus was the eldest.
If you follow some of the links I have given you in this reply,
you may be confused by the term that they use for Jesus - Michael - the
universe title for this Son of God. But if you
follow this link, that will be explained better, and will help you
to grasp the true nature and identity of this miraculous God/man.
Even though this may seem to be heresy to those who believe in the
virginity of Mary, it really does make good sense, I think you'll
agree. Knowing this truth about the conception of Jesus allows all
human beings to claim Jesus as their own - a truly human brother, and
one who lived a life that all human beings can strive to emulate. That
he was also divine only adds to his charm and attractiveness, as he
spent his life revealing the loving nature of the heavenly Father to
our creature eyes. And through the study of his life, we appreciate and
love him even more, knowing that he truly is our elder brother who
understands us because he IS one of us.
129:4.7 And this was his true and
supreme purpose. He did not come down to live on Urantia as the perfect
and detailed example for any child or adult, any man or woman, in that
age or any other. True it is, indeed, that in his full, rich,
beautiful, and noble life we may all find much that is exquisitely
exemplary, divinely inspiring, but this is because he lived a true and
genuinely human life. Jesus did not live his life on earth in order to
set an example for all other human beings to copy. He lived this life
in the flesh by the same mercy ministry that you all may live your
lives on earth; and as he lived his mortal life in his day and as
he was, so did he thereby set the example for all of us thus
to live our lives in our day and as we are. You may not aspire
to live his life, but you can resolve to live your lives even
as, and by the same means that, he lived his. Jesus may not be the
technical and detailed example for all the mortals of all ages on all
the realms of this local universe, but he is everlastingly the
inspiration and guide of all Paradise pilgrims from the worlds of
initial ascension up through a universe of universes and on through
Havona to Paradise. Jesus is the new and living way from man
to God, from the partial to the perfect, from the earthly to the
heavenly, from time to eternity.
Thanks again for your note to Truthook; I hope this reply has been
helpful - and I hope that you'll be inspired to read even more of The
Urantia Book, a modern revelation of truth mandated by God and gifted
to our world.