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One In One Hundred Claim Virgin Birth

Virgin Birth Skepticism Incarnation

Source: "Claims of virgin births in US near 1 percent, study finds" by Reuters, published FoxNews.com, December 18, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-12-18

Scripture: Isaiah 7:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

It's hard to imagine anyone making a serious claim of a virgin conception. Right? Wrong! Did you know that nearly one percent of women in the US claim to have conceived as virgins?

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed data from thousands of young women over the course of a decade and a half and found that nearly 1 in 100 claim to have conceived without ever having had sexual relations (for obvious reasons, the study excluded those conceptions attributed to in vitro fertilization, etc.).

The researchers tell us that such things as fallible memory, delusion, denial, and wishful thinking can all "cause people to err in what they tell scientists" (not to mention outright deception).

It appears that Joseph wasn't the only one who had to weigh the claims of a pregnant "virgin."

We hear a statistic like this and we simply can't believe that anyone, much less one-in-a-hundred someones would ever make such a claim. Such reports are met with more than skepticism; they're met with sarcasm and cynicism.

APPLICATION

Mary lived most of her adult life with people believing that either her memory was fallible, her thoughts were delusional or she was simply a liar. No doubt, throughout most of Mary's adult life she had to endure the sneers and jeers, the rumors and suspicions of a skeptical world.

As incredible as Mary's claim would have been 2000 years ago, we have even more cause to be skeptical in our age of science and advanced medicine. But unlike those who first heard Mary's incredible story, we also have the vantage point of history from which to judge her. Looking back we can see how the resurrection of her first born son from the dead not only changed the world, it must have brought Mary a tremendous sense of vindication. One in a hundred may make the claim but only one in the annuals of human history has ever given us reason to believe it.

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).

Too Often, We're Too Gullible

Skepticism Apologetics Laziness

Source: In Defense of the Faith

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2013-04-13

Scripture: 1 John 4:1

Author: Dave Hunt
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ILLUSTRATION

The story is told of the man walking down the street who dropped a quarter into the tin cup being held out by a man wearing dark glasses and holding a sign reading, “Help the poor blind man.” After taking a few steps, the donor turned around and was shocked to see the “blind man” remove his dark glasses and peer into the cup. The donor hurried back and angrily declared, “You’re not blind!” to which the “blind man” replied, “No, sir, I’m not. The blind man’s on vacation, and I’m just taking his place. I’m usually the deaf-and-dumb man on the next street.”

APPLICATION

Most of us are much too gullible, or too lazy, to ask the right questions of those who make truth claims around us. For that reason, religious con-artists find plenty of easy-to-convince targets for their fraud. It's important that every truth seeker possess a healthy dose of skepticism. Because when it comes to issues of faith, we have a lot more than a quarter at stake.

"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).

Life Is A Test

Testing Faithfulness Skepticism

Source: Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith (Zondervan, 2001), p. 50

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-13

Scripture: Job 23:10

Author: Peter John Kreeft
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ILLUSTRATION

"On my door there's a cartoon of two turtles. One says, 'Sometimes I'd like to ask why he allows poverty, famine, and injustice when he could do something about it.'

The other turtle says, 'I'm afraid God might ask me the same question.'"

APPLICATION

The second turtle had it right.  Life is, indeed, a test.  But before we attempt to turn the test on God, we must first examine ourselves.

"But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold" (Job 23:10).

The One Thing We Must Not Say

Apologetics Skepticism Jesus' Deity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-13

Author: C.S. Lewis / Illustration Exchange
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Who Can Know The Mind Of God?

God's Love Skepticism Man's Knowledge

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9

Author: Albert Einstein
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Don't Say Skepticon Be Gone

Skepticism Witness Narrow Minded

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-02

Scripture: John 20:24

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Yes, Virginia, There IS a Savior!

Christmas Skepticism Faith

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-11-28

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:8

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Jesus--Liar, Hypocrite, Fool

Jesus' Authority Apologetics Skepticism

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2011-11-20

Scripture: John 8:24

Author: John Stuart Mill and Josh McDowell (separately)
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Doubting Thomas

Skepticism Faith Conversion

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2010-08-30

Scripture: John 20:27

Author: Kimberly Van Wagner / Illustration Exchange
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Comparing Ourselves To Others

Presumption Judging Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Terry Power | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:12

Author: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01
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