Messiah vs. Virgin Birth
I hear a lot of terribly convincing arguments on here, but it occurred to me that there's one I have a problem with. I hear a lot of people talking about how Jesus being both descended from King David through Joseph and also being born of a virgin is incompatible. Of course it is. I'm also not saying any of these propositions are true, but just for the sake of argument:
Let's say it is absolutely true that Joseph was descended from David AND it is also absolutely true that Mary was a virgin. I can't see how any believer would possibly care that Joseph was not Jesus' biological father. Out of all the billions of people on the planet the mother of the son of god (who could just as easily have been a Chinese woman or an Eskimo) could have chosen to associate herself with, for it to have been THIS guy, Joseph, is almost statistically impossible. Even if you look to her, Mary, personally, and compare only the people she came in contact with in the years of her life before the pregnancy with how many thousands of people in her part of the world might have been also descended from David, it's still extremely unlikely to have been one of them...I'd say a one-in-50,000 chance, at best.
I realize this is only one of many, many quite valid arguments, but I think this is one that ought to be retired.