Virgin Birth

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Mormons believe that Jesus was literally the physical offspring of Mary and God.

They believe that Jesus is “the Only Begotten Son of the Father in the flesh,” meaning that He was the literal “offspring” of Father in Heaven and Mary. They are Jesus’ physical parents – one being his immortal Father and the other his mortal mother.

That becomes a little problematic, as it would change Mary’s status as a virgin.

Did God literally have intercourse with Mary to procreate Jesus as his son in the flesh?

That’s kind of a crude way of stating it but in, essence that is what the LDS leaders have taught.

In other words, Mormonism denies that Jesus was “begotten” by the Holy Ghost.

Prophet Brigham Young taught

 “When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten Him in His own likeness.  He was NOT begotten by the Holy Ghost.  And who is the Father?  He is the first of the human family…Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the garden of Eden, and who is our Father in Heaven.  Now remember from this time forth and forever, that Jesus Christ was NOT begotten by the Holy Ghost.”


Journal of Discourses vol. 1, pp. 50-51

Considering how Mormonism teaches that every human born on earth is a literal child of God,the previous quote becomes even more disconcerting.

Mormon leaders have maintained that all humans, Mary included, are literally God’s spirit children, born in a preexistence via a sexual relationship between Heavenly Father and Mother in Heaven.  If the LDS leaders are telling the truth when they say that God physically impregnated Mary, then I have to assume that the Jesus of Mormonism was created through an incestuous relationship.

What is a Christian’s viewpoint on Jesus’ conception?

As Christians we believe what the Bible teaches – that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, became a mortal by being conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary by the miraculous creative power of the Holy Spirit.  This event is accurately recorded in two separate gospels.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”


Matthew 1:18

 “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore, also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”


Luke 1: 34-35

Either you believe what Mormon leaders teach, or you believe what God has spoken through His Word, the Bible.  Both can’t be right.

A Mormon will say,  “We believe in modern prophets – whatever our leaders teach is current light and knowledge on this doctrine.”

Does that current doctrine taught by LDS leaders override even the Book of Mormon?

“And behold, he shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chose vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.”


Alma 7: 10

The Book of Mormon is wrong about where Christ was born.  But it is right about the role of the Holy Ghost.

I ask you – Who then is correct regarding Christ’s conception – Modern-day prophets, or the Book of Mormon prophets?

Once again, both can’t be right!

Prophet Joseph F. Smith was quoted, “Now, we are told in scriptures that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God in the flesh.  Well, now for the benefit of the older ones, how are children begotten?  I answer just as Jesus Christ was begotten of his father… Jesus is the only person who had our Heavenly Father as the father of his body.” Family Home Evening Manual, 1972, p. 125-126

Prophet Ezra Taft Benson wrote, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the most literal sense.  The body in which He performed His mission in the flesh WAS SIRED by that Holy Being we worship as God, our Eternal Father.” Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 7

Apostle James E. Talmage wrote, “Jesus Christ is the Son of Elohim both as spiritual and bodily offspring; that is, to say, Elohim is literally the Father of the spirit of Jesus Christ and, also of the body in which Jesus Christ performed His mission in the flesh.” A Study of the Articles of Faith p. 466

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Eternal Families – Part 2

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What Jesus and Paul taught about marriage in the resurrection:

Matthew 22:23-30;  Mark 12:24-25;  Luke 20:34-36;  Romans 7:2-3

Our relationship with God has priority over our relationship with spouse and family:  Matthew 10:34-39;  Mark 10:29-30;  Luke 14:26

Christians as the body of Christ look forward to being married and sealed to the Lamb of God:

Matthew 25:1;  Romans 7:4;  2 Corinthians 11:2;  Revelation 19:6-9

First, of all we know that Jesus never contradicts Himself.  Going back to Matthew 22 and the conversation Jesus had with the Jews concerning the resurrection, He said in verse 30 we “… are like the angels of God in heaven.”

He also taught in Luke 20:34-36 that the redeemed “… neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die anymore: for they are equal unto the angels: and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”

Latter-day Saints believe that because families are ordained of God, they are the most important social unit in time and in eternity.

When we individually partake of the gift of salvation, we will inherit the Kingdom of God.  Hopefully, our saved loved-ones will join with us there in giving praise and worship to the Lamb of God forever.  Revelations 19:6

The Apostle Paul taught in Romans 7:4 that instead of being married in Heaven to our earthly spouse, we “… should be married to another, even to Him who was raised from the dead.”

When the Sadducess asked about marriage in the resurrection, Jesus taught them in  Matthew 22:23-30  and said with certainty:  “… in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage.”

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Eternal Families – Part 1

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What Jesus and Paul taught about marriage in the resurrection:

Matthew 22:23-30;  Mark 12:24-25;  Luke 20:34-36;  Romans 7:2-3

Our relationship with God has priority over our relationship with spouse and family:  Matthew 10:34-39;  Mark 10:29-30;  Luke 14:26

Christians as the body of Christ look forward to being married and sealed to the Lamb of God:

Matthew 25:1;  Romans 7:4;  2 Corinthians 11:2;  Revelation 19:6-9

Latter-day Saints believe that because families are ordained of God, they are the most important social unit in time and in eternity.

LDS.org Article

If Families are essential in Heaven, as taught by the LDS, then how did Jesus become exalted as God in the Mormon “preexistence” without being married?

Some LDS leaders believe that Jesus was likely married while here on earth.

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Because Jesus was God, the Bible does not teach that Jesus was ever married while here on earth.

John 1:114.

When the Sadducess asked about marriage in the resurrection, Jesus taught them in  Matthew 22:23-30  and said with certainty:  “… in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage.”

LDS teach that in  Matthew 16:19  the Lord gave the keys of the kingdom to Peter and the other Apostles. LDS teach that these keys are the authority to bind and seal husband and wife and families together forever. LDS.org Article

The bible teaches that the authority Jesus gave to his disciples was meant to bind and seal upon people the forgiveness of sins and entrance into Heaven.  It had absolutely nothing to do with the sealing of marriages and families.

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  • Mark 12:24-25

  • Matthew 22:23-30

  • Luke 20:34-36

  • Romans 7:2-3

  • Matthew 10:34-39

  • Mark 10:29-30

  • Luke 14:26

  • Matthew 25:1

  • Romans 7:4

Pre-Earth Life – Part 2

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Physical creation precedes the spiritual.

Zechariah 12:1;  Malachi 2:10;  Acts 17:28-29;  1 Corinthians 15:46-49;  Hebrews 12:9

God’s foreknowledge of all things which has not yet happened and those who are not yet born.

Job 38:4-7;  Psalms 139:16;  Jeremiah 1:5;  Ephesians 1:4

No one has ever seen God the Father.

Exodus 33:20;  John 1:18;  John 4:24;  John 5:37-38;  John 6:461 Timothy 1:17;  Hebrews 11:27;  1 John 4:12

Only God (not man) pre-existed and came from heaven.

John 8:23;  John 3:12-1331-32;  John 6:41

The morning stars and sons of God shouting for joy refer to angelic creations and the hosts of heavens which were among the first order of God’s creations in the universe.

This is the obvious explanation for why none of us remembers being there – we weren’t there!  Properly understood in context,  Job 38  not only fails to teach that humans pre-existed in heaven, it clearly assumes they did not.

God is the father of spirits ONLY in the sense that He is the Creator of each human spirit during the physical conception and development of the human body in the womb.  Unlike Jesus who, because He is God, pre-existed prior to the creation of His human body, all other spirits have their origin in the womb.

The LDS teach that Heavenly Parents gave birth to spirit-children in the preexistence.

Quotes from LDS Prophets regarding the preexistence

In the context of Acts 17:28-29 – Paul was preaching to the Athenians.  They were not believers in the true God.  But despite their unbelief, Paul goes on to affirm that we are all  “Offspring of God.”  Why?  Simply because God is our Creator.  Whether we believe in Him or not, we are rightly called His offspring – His creation.

Malachi 2:10  confirms that truth.  It says,  “Have we not all one father?  Hath not one God created us?”  Fatherhood and the act of creating are one and the same in this verse.

Going back to  Acts 17:28-29  it says nothing at all in support of a Heavenly Father and Mother giving birth to spirit-children.  In fact, if you read all of  Acts 17  you’ll see the emphasis is on God’s creation – not procreation.

Please show me a single reference in any book written by the apostle Paul that explicitly states that humans pre-existed in spirit bodies.  You can’t!  The entire Biblical record confirms that we definitely did not pre-exist in a spiritual state before we were created in the physical state.

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Pre-Earth Life – Part 1

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LDS Church Teaches:

LDS teach that every single human being that will ever live on this earth pre-existed in a spirit world prior to coming to this earth. 
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LDS teach all things were created spiritually before they created physically. 
Moses 3:5

LDS teach that a veil of forgetfulness is placed over us, so that we can not remember our pre-mortal life with Heavenly Father. LDS.org article

The Bible Teaches:

No one has ever seen God the Father.

Exodus 33:20;  John 1:18;  John 4:24;  John 5:37-38;  John 6:46;  1 Timothy 1:17;  Hebrews 11:27;  1 John 4:12

Only God (not man) pre-existed and came from heaven.

John 8:23;  John 3:12-1331-326:41


Physical creation precedes the spiritual.

Zechariah 12:1;  Malachi 2:10;  Acts 17:28-29;  1 Corinthians 15:46-49;  Hebrews 12:9


God’s foreknowledge of all things which has not yet happened and those who are not yet born.

Job 38:4-7;  Psalms 139:16;  Jeremiah 1:5;  Ephesians 1:4

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