Jason Jimenez, an apologist and host of the “Challenging Conversations” podcast, recently
commenced an episode of his show with a fascinating question: How many of you believe in the
It’s an essential inquiry in an era hyper-focused on the material and the self — and one
obviously worth pondering during the Christmas season. Apologists like Jimenez also believe
this is especially important to tackle during a time when secularism rages and progressive
ideologies dismiss basic biblical tenets.
In laying out compelling evidence, Jimenez contended, despite increased skepticism in some
circles, the Gospel narrative “is credible” and people “can trust the virgin birth story,” pointing to
Scripture, dating, and other key research to make his appeals.
“You can put your faith and trust in the evidence that we have surrounding it,” he said.
Listen to Jimenez knock down claims Jesus’ birth narrative was stolen from other religions while
also providing a robust defense of the virgin birth:
Jimenez contended belief in the virgin birth is an “essential doctrine of the Christian faith,”
explaining how the incarnation — Christ’s coming in human form — forms the basis of the
When it comes to these beliefs, Jimenez said people today are left with two options: understand
the authenticity of these sentiments or throw them out entirely. And he detailed some of the
“liberal-minded scholars” who have opted for the latter, attempting to explain why their views
skirt the facts.
“If you are a biblical Christian … you believe that Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for
[your] sins, we believe that He perfectly came in the form of a human being,” Jimenez said.
“That he is the God-man, fully God and fully man.”
He specifically pointed to Matthew and Luke, who explore Jesus’ birth in stunning fashion in the
Scriptures and detailed some of the dates he believes are essential to understanding the virgin
birth and the overarching authenticity of the Bible.
While Jimenez said people will often claim the virgin birth is folklore or a copycat story that
evolved over time, he rejected those arguments and explained how the Gospels were written
early on during a time when eyewitnesses who saw Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were still
“Mark is the earliest and first Gospel,” he said, noting the Gospel came to formation not long
after Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. “The date that Mark was writing…was in the early 50s.”
Matthew also wrote his Gospel in the mid-50s, with Luke coming in the late 50s or early 60s with
his biblical account.
“Do you realize how early we have on record that the Gospels were written within [the content
of] eyewitnesses who are still alive, who actually bore claims to the truth that Jesus Christ came
into this world through the Virgin Mary?” he asked.
Church fathers also affirmed the virgin birth, which Jimenez extensively detailed, explaining how
many of these early leaders refuted dismissals of the virgin birth and repeatedly affirmed it.
“We have early documentation within the canonical Gospels, and the other thing is we see
clearly here: we have church fathers who are articulating [the virgin birth],” he said. “Not only do
we have early accounts of the virgin birth story in the canonical Gospels prior to any other
writings that clearly … does not bear true or copy any form of paganism, but actually quite the
Jimenez noted how Luke 1:1-4 (NIV) specifically references eyewitnesses and Luke’s own
investigation into Jesus’ life and birth. During a time when some of these eyewitnesses were still
alive, lying about the details or embellishing them would have certainly had cultural
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and
servants of the word,” Luke wrote. “With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated
everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent
Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
In light of all of this, Jimenez explained why a belief in the virgin birth is so essential to
“If you don’t believe in a literal virgin birth … and you don’t believe that [Jesus] was born in a
special way, then that opens a door for you … to deny other literal claims, like he literally was
the God-man, fully God, fully man, that he literally fulfilled prophecy, that he literally died on the
cross [for your] sins, that he literally was buried and that he literally rose again, that he will
literally return again,” he said.
Listen to Jimenez break down evidence he believes will not only help build up Christians’ faith,
but also equip believers to engage skeptics who question the virgin birth and Jesus’ birth
This story originally appeared on Faithwire.com.
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