How did Mary, the mother of Jesus, conceive a child when she had not been with a man?

Humans reproduce by sexual intercourse between a man and a woman

Matthew 1:18 - 25

ESV - 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

Clarify Share Report Asked June 08 2014 Mini David Taylor

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Seth3 Seth Freeman
I think Luke answers this question quite clearly:

Luk 1:26-35  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" And the angel answered her, "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. 

Simply put, it was a miracle, and miracles are not particularly difficult for the omnipotent Creator of the universe and all that is in it.

June 09 2014 3 responses Vote Up Share Report

10154324 660559607325867 601417579 n Paul Bayne Business Owner, Husband and Father of Four Kids & Blogger
Do you think that it is through human effort a baby is conceived? God breathes life into the cells causing conception. He uses the man and woman as His vehicle. 

How much harder do you think it would have been for God to cause conception to take place without a male involved? 

God could have used any means He chose, but He used Mary to be the recipient of His Son. This is no more complex to God than when any other Mommy conceives on any give day...it's just that the baby was far more special.

June 09 2014 3 responses Vote Up Share Report

Fanny 035 Fanny Essamuah
Actually the answer is right there in verse 18. She was pregnant by the holy spirit. Are you asking others because you don't believe what the bible is saying? Read all the gospels.

June 18 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Al Mari Private practice as a cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon
What Gabriel said about the Spirit was how Mary conceived. 

Aside from that, Mary's "motherhood" was similar to "surrogacy". Meaning that, nothing in the "human composition" of Jesus, did an "egg" from Mary or "sperm" from Joseph or anyone, contribute to his being. Remember, he was not of this earth; he was "from above" (Jn. 8:23). He was the incarnate YHVH ELOHIM Creator of Gen. 1 & 2, the Logos in John 1.

January 23 2015 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining