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God's Role In Human Conception  


Every Christmas we celebrate the fact that God became human in the form of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Deists, who believe in God's existence but do not believe He interacts with His creation, thus, reject the birth of God in a human form.  As Christians, then, we cannot be Deists.  We believe that God does involve Himself in creation which is seen in the conception of Jesus.  Theologically speaking, that is called the "Incarnation of Christ."     


Over the years I have struggled over to what degree God interacts with creation.  It's been a debatable issue for centuries.  Despite the debate, I now believe God is more involved in creation, and that includes the affairs of men and nations, than what most of us think.  There is, however, no debate over God being "omnipresent," meaning, He exists everywhere at all times.  There is no place where He is not.  Logic would dictate that God is involved to one degree or another in creation.   


It is Biblically obvious that God was involved in Jesus being conceived, as we read in Luke 1:35. 


"The angel [Gabriel] replied to her [Mary]: 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'"


It was not Mary's intimacy with Joseph that conceived Jesus in her womb.  It was God's interaction with Mary that conceived Jesus within Mary, thus, making Jesus the Son of God.


Christians acknowledge that God played a part in Jesus being conceived, but, does He play any part in humans being conceived?  I believe that He is involved in a person being conceived.  I am not saying that humans are divine like Jesus.  I am saying that God is an unseen third partner in the process of conception.  There is more to the biology of conception than a sperm cell uniting with an egg cell.  Zechariah 12:1 in the NIV might well make this point. 


"A prophecy: The word of the LORD concerning Israel .  The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares:"


Zechariah prophesied, as seen in the NIV, that God "forms the human spirit within a person."  I realize that some Bible translations put the formation of the human spirit by God in a person in the past tense; perhaps at creation, as seen in the Genesis account.   


The Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament that was translated from the Hebrew Old Testament a couple centuries prior to Jesus' birth) states the formation of the human spirit by God as a present tense action, not a past tense action.  If we are to understand that God presently forms, as the Septuagint states, the spirit of a person, then God is actively involved in the creation of all human embryos.  At the moment of conception, God, who is everywhere at all times, completes the process of conception by implanting the human spirit within the embryo, making it a human being.


As you think about the birth of Jesus this year, thank God for His active involvement in His creation.  Know that you are not a Deist.  Know that the omnipresent God was actively involved in both Jesus being conceived and you being conceived.  Know that as you were created in the image of God, some day you will be recreated into the image of Jesus.  1 John 3:2 reads:


"Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."


Whether it was when you were conceived, born, reborn as a Christian, or when you will be recreated into the likeness of Jesus; thank God for His involvement in your life.


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