Yes. our title is strange, but so is the article we found at the website of the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). They’re the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
Their article is one that’s been recycled for the holidays. It’s by Henry Morris (1918-2006), the grand old founder of ICR. It’s titled Creation and the Virgin Birth. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:
The incarnation of Jesus Christ is such an important doctrine of the New Testament that without it there can be no true Christianity. … But how can the one who “was God” from the beginning be the same one who “was made flesh, and dwelt among us?” … How can the infinite, eternal God become finite and temporal? Such a concept seems impossibly paradoxical, yet millions quite properly believe it to be a real and vital truth.
Most of this rather long article is old Henry’s theological answers to those questions. Theology isn’t our topic, so we’re going to skip all of that. Instead, we’ll deal with more-or-less biological issues like this:
The paradox is partially resolved, of course, when it is realized that Jesus Christ came in a body which was not of sinful flesh. His body was truly “in the flesh,” but only “in the likeness of sinful flesh”
But even this doesn’t resolve the dilemma completely, for how could His body be of flesh (carbon, hydrogen, amino acids, proteins, etc.), received by the normal process of reproduction of the flesh of his parents, without also receiving their genetic inheritance, which is exactly what makes it sinful flesh?
Assuming that sin is part of our genetic inheritance, the question is a fair one. Let’s read on:
Not only is there the problem of inherent sin, but also of inherent physical defects. Over many generations, the human population has experienced great numbers of genetic mutations, and these defective physical factors have been incorporated into the common genetic pool, affecting in some degree every infant ever born. Yet the Lamb of God, to be an acceptable sacrifice for the sins of the world, must be “without blemish and without spot.”
Now we’re talking about biology. The article continues:
The solution could only be through a mighty miracle! He could not be conceived in the same manner as other men, for this would inevitably give him both a sin-nature and a physically defective body, and each would disqualify Him as a fit Redeemer. And yet He must truly become human.
Truly, this is an issue for creation science. Here’s more:
It is not surprising, therefore, that the Christian doctrine of the Virgin Birth of Christ has always been such a watershed between true Christians and either non-Christians or pseudoChristians. … On second thought, however, one realizes that it was not the virgin birth which was significant, except as a testimony of the necessity of the real miracle, the supernatural conception. The birth of Christ was natural and normal in every way, including the full period of human gestation in the womb of Mary. In all points, He was made like His brethren, experiencing every aspect of human life from conception through birth and growth to death. He was true man in every detail, except for sin and its physical effects.
Quite a problem! Moving along:
The miracle was not His birth, but His conception. And here we still face a mystery. … “Each individual gets exactly half of his chromosomes and half of his genes from his mother and half from his father. Because of the nature of gene interaction, the offspring may resemble one parent more than the other, but the two parents make equal contributions to its inheritance.” [Footnote to a biology text, for those readers who need authority for that.]
If genetic inheritance in any degree is received from either parent, there seems to be no natural way by which the transmission of the sin-nature, as well as physical defects, could have been prevented.
How does the mystery get resolved? Here it comes:
Therefore, even though He was nurtured in Mary’s womb for nine months and born without her ever knowing a man, it was also necessary for all this to have been preceded by supernatural intervention, to prevent His receiving any actual genetic inheritance through her. The body growing in Mary’s womb must have been specially created in full perfection, and placed there by the Holy Spirit, in order for it to be free of inherent sin damage.
There’s your answer — no biological parents. On with the article:
He is truly “the seed of the woman,” His body formed neither of the seed of the man nor the egg of the woman, but grown from a unique Seed planted in the woman’s body by God Himself. That is, God directly formed a body for the second Adam just as He had for the first Adam. This was nothing less than a miracle of creation, capable of accomplishment only by the Creator Himself.
We’re only about halfway through the article, but the rest mostly scriptural, so we’ll leave it to you to click over to ICR so you can read it for yourself. We’ve discussed what we think is the biologically important part — no inherited mutations. Amazing, what?
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