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Virgin Mary was the mother of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that she conceived her son, Jesus Christ, miraculously by the agency of the Holy Spirit. This took place when she was already (engaged) to Joseph and was awaiting the concluding rite of Jewish marriage, the formal home-taking ceremony. She married Joseph and accompanied him to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. The gospel texts describe Jesus’ family as living in Galilee. Luke, Matthew, and John, though, describe her origins as being in Bethlehem, which is in Judea. Contradictions and conflicts like this help support the conclusion that the gospel texts are not reliable about basic factual information and thus cannot be trusted. Too many Christians put absolute faith and confidence in the gospel stories, but there is far less there that can be trusted than most realize.
Jesus could choose other ways of coming into the world. He could come in all his glory, bearing with all his Divine Powers, but the fact is that he chose to come through Mary, and born into the world as a helpless little infant in the arms of Virgin Mary. He chose to have a Mother for his upbringing and growth.
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a Virgin Mary, who was engaged to Joseph. Coming to her, he said, "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 great son, and you shall name him Jesus. But Mary said to the angel that how can it can be true, since I have no relations with a man, the angel said to her that the holy Spirit will come upon you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God and the Messiah. Before the marriage of Mary and Joseph, the birth of Jesus took place. Therefore Joseph decided to divorce her quietly, as he considered this an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said to him,"Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel commanded him and he took his wife.All paintings are courtesy of Art of Legend India.