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Why is the virgin birth metaphor so misunderstood?

Just a little research will show that it was a commonly-used religious/spiritual metaphor to describe awakening of consciousness (enlightenment) — meaning, one becomes aware of their non-physical nature. It was used to describe both buddha’s and jesus’ enlightenment and has NOTHING to do with mothers, mary, or literal virgin births. With the simple research we can do, why is it still so misunderstood?

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  1. While you may be correct..the gospels, especially Matthew, clearly states that Mary claimed she was an actual, physical virgin at the time of Jesus’ birth. There is no room for metaphor.

  2. The irony is that even Christ’s contemporaries would have understood this fact. Instead of recognizing metaphor when they see it, some have instead gone backwards and chosen to call myth reality. There is an unfortunate side effect – if you call one myth reality, you must call ALL myths reality. So hail Zeus!

  3. People who believe that Jesus was born of a virgin also believe that the Bible is literally true, at least generally speaking.
    fireball, you might wanna google “Immaculate Conception.” It doesn’t mean what you seem to think it means.

  4. Actually, Jesus being born to a virgin may have had more to do with Roman politics. Augustus was said to be born to a virgin, the son of Apollo. This was used as an argument for why he should be obeyed, among many other things. In fact, there are many records in which he is referred to as Augustus Son of God. Many historians believe that the Jesus virgin birth story was a criticism of the Roman empire.
    One other thing to consider, is that Jesus was named Yeshua eban Marian, Jesus son of Mary. It is quite possible that the story was merely to explain why he was not Jesus son of Joseph, without accusing his mother of wrongdoing.
    As for Siddhartha, this could also be the case. Maya was one of the wives of the king. Wives of kings at this time were numerous and are known to have had affairs, but this would not be permitted by the kings. Siddhartha’s father (the king) wanted this son though, so either he or Maya could have come up with the story of a mystical birth to explain why she had the child, when he had not yet touched her.
    Of course, nobody knows for certain.

  5. I strongly agree with you buddy. Everything in the bible is a metaphor, open to intepatations. Jesus would be enlightenment. You hit it dead on. People need to READ BETWEEN THE LINES.
    Roman catholic –

  6. The gospels, especially Matthew, clearly states that Mary claimed she was an actual, physical virgin at the time of Jesus’ birth. She herself questioned how it could happen. Given the record is accurate then I accept it as true because with God (Spirit) nothing is impossible in the world of creation.

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