posted on May, 27 2004 @ 06:27 AM
And here's exactly what the Bible has to say.
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the
house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled
at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with
God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no
end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit
will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And
behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will
be impossible for God."
BTW, The Immaculate Conception has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus, but rather, it is dogmatic Church teaching on Mary. The Immaculate
Conception is the teaching that Mary was not born with the stain of original sin as we were.
[Edited on 5/27/2004 by CommonSense]