The blessed virgin Mary
There was a huge debate amongst biblical scholars and apologists regarding the meaning of the word virgin as used in the Old Testament (hā·‘al·māh) and its equivalent Greek word (parthenos) used in the New Testament. The debate was centered around whether the word virgin meant the same back then in the time it was used in the texts as it did to us now. The Hebrew version of the word could be used to refer to a young maiden and not necessarily a virgin in our modern day traditional sense, and it can mean virgin. Either way I will overlook this part of the discussion and give them the benefit of the doubt that virgin as used in the New Testament texts in reference to Mary meant a woman who had not had sexual intercourse with a man.
Catholics insist that Mary never had sex with Joseph and did not have any more children after the birth of Jesus. So I will like to start this discussion by dispelling the first myth. That is, if we are to take the N.T. literally regarding this matter without alluding to parables, allegories, etc. The most telling verse in the gospels that gives one the impression that Mary did in fact consummate her marriage with Joseph after birthing Jesus is found in the book of Matthew.
But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Matthew 1:25
The context of this verse states that Joseph was betrothed to Mary so they were already arranged to be married. But when he found out that she was pregnant and he had not yet had intercourse with her he was thinking of quietly cancelling the wedding. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and explained the situation. He then realized that the child would be sent from God and went on and married her as the Lord had commanded him.
The text I have cited says that he did not consummate the marriage and ends the sentence with until she gave birth indicating that he did in fact consummate the marriage later on. The word until as used in this sentence basically can be interpreted as Joseph not having sex with Mary till she gave birth giving me the impression that he did so afterwards.
There are other verses that support my conclusion quite clearly in the gospel of Matthew where it states that Jesus took a trip to his home town and was preaching to the people and they were amazed at his knowledge.
55“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” Mathew 13:55-56
According to the author of Matthew who most likely wasn't Matthew at all; not only were the people impressed by Jesus display of knowledge, but also by the fact that they had apparently known him and his family before he left to start his ministry. This was of course before he was baptized by John and set out to fulfill his calling. In the text they mention that he has four brothers and an unknown number of sisters. Mark is believed to have been the first gospel written and it is thought that Matthew and Luke borrowed from Mark. As a result of this it is no surprise to find a similar passage in Mark.
3"Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him." Mark 6:3
After Jesus she got freaky with it!
My position on the matter is that Jesus never existed and so the whole story of a virgin birth is just as false and fictional as most of the stories in the scriptures. But those are future posts best left for another time when I can present my position thoroughly and in greater detail.