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June 9, 2017
Did Jesus’ mother Mary cheat on Joseph?

EDITOR: Some persons answer the above question with a strong, “Yes!” They say: “After all, a woman must have sexual intercourse with a man or have artificial insemination to become pregnant.”

Artificial insemination was not practised in Mary’s (Jesus’ mother) time. Even if it was, it would have been wrong for Mary to conceive a baby using semen from a man to whom she was not married. Since Mary got pregnant and Joseph was not the father of the unborn child, some persons feel that Mary must have cheated. Did she? Luke 1:26 – 35 and Matthew 1:18 -25 record the account. At Luke 1:35, the angel Gabriel told Mary: “The Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) 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.” (See Matthew 1:18) So God’s Holy Spirit, the “power of the Highest” got Mary pregnant miraculously. Furthermore, would it have been too difficult for the all-powerful, Most High God to get Mary pregnant miraculously? Of course not! Indeed, “with God all things are possible.” (Genesis 17:1; Isaiah 26:4; Matthew 19:26) Hence, Mary properly asked the angel, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” She was really asking, how would she get pregnant, since she was not having sexual relations with a man. (Luke 1:34) Then, in verse 35, quoted above, the angel told her how the Holy Spirit, the application of God’s power, would make her pregnant.

Think of this too. Would God have used Mary to be the mother of His Son, Jesus, if Mary cheated on Joseph by committing fornication, which is a sin in God’s eyes? 1 Corinthians 6:18. In fact, Mary was “HIGHLY FAVOURED” and blessed by God, according to Luke 1:28. Thus, Mary lived a godly life. The Scriptures prove that Mary did NOT cheat on Joseph. Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, thus giving birth to a perfect, sinless child, Jesus. Luke 2:7, 11; 1 Peter 2:22. 

Defender of Mary and God