Doctrines - Part 2
The following are additional major doctrines of the Christian faith.
Also see Basic
Christian Doctrine at http://www.carm.org/doctrine/basicdoc.htm
was born of a virgin.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore
the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will
give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Luke 1:30-31, 34-35, 37
 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found
favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and
you are to give him the name Jesus.  "How will this be,"
Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"  The angel answered,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  For
nothing is impossible with God."
Mattthew 1:20-23 
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a
dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home
as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because
he will save his people from their sins."  All this took
place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  "The
virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him
Immanuel" --which means, "God with us."
c'mon! You can't prove that Mary was a virgin!"
That is true. Nobody can prove Mary was
a virgin. But consider this:
Under Jewish custom at the time, once a woman was betrothed,
she was considered a wife even though the marriage had not taken place.
(See The Marriage of Jesus and The Elect)
If the couple wanted to break off the engagement, the husband
had to give the wife a divorce. (Jewish women could
not divorce their husbands.)
If the woman had sexual intercourse with anyone other than
her husband-to-be it would be considered adultery.
By law the penalty for adultery was death
John 8:3-5a  The
teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery.
They made her stand before the group  and said to Jesus, "Teacher,
this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law Moses commanded
us to stone such women."
By law the husband-to-be was required
to throw the first stone. (This was why Joseph wanted to "divorce
When Mary finds out she is pregnant, the first
person she goes to is her relative Elizabeth -- the wife of the High
 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country
of Judea,  where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
Zechariah, the High Priest, had two choices:
- Have Mary arrested and stoned to death.
- Believe that an angel visited Mary and the Holy Spirit made
Zechariah, the High Priest, father of John
the Baptist (Jesus' cousin), knew
Mary was telling the truth -- an angel had told
Luke 1:8-9, 11, 13, 17
 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as
priest before God,  he was chosen by lot, according to the custom
of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.  Then
an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the
altar of incense.  But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid,
Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you
a son, and you are to give him the name John.  And he will
go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn
the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom
of the righteous -- to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
God is: (see
The Personality of God )
There is no
Despite what Roman Catholicism teaches, there is nothing
in Scripture to support a belief in purgatory.
The Catholic teachings of obtaining salvation by doing good works, participation
in Catholic sacraments, penance, indulgences, and time in purgatory are "another
Catechism of the Catholic Church Compared to the Bible.
Holy Spirit is the inspiration for all true prophecy.
2 Peter 1:20-21 
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the
prophet's own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the
will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
(c) 1998 by Rick Reinckens
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