(i) Holy Ghost impregnated Virgin Mary 

The New Testament states that Jesus Christ’s mother Mary was a virgin.  She was betrothed to Joseph.  But before she lived with Joseph, she was impregnated by Holy Ghost.  Her spouse Joseph was thinking of renouncing her secretly.  But one night, God’s angel appeared before him in a dream saying, “Oh Joseph, the son of David ! do not hesitate to take your wife to your house, because she has conceived by Holy Ghost.”

11. “18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise; when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

- Matthew 1/18

12. “20……behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

- Matthew 1/20

Those who have implicit faith in Holy Book believe it undoubtedly, while those who are rationalist with scientific bent of mind will not believe that a virgin, being impregnated by Holy Ghost, gave birth to a child.

Charles Smith, the editor of ‘The Truth-Seeker’, opines about the doctrine of the Virgin Birth as under :

“The doctrine of the Virgin Birth brands every natural mother as impure.”
- Charles Smith
Thomas Paine, the great thinker and one of the founders of the U.S.A., opines :

“The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.  It gives an account of a young woman engaged to be married, and while under this engagement she is, to speak plain language, debauched by a ghost, under the impious pretence (Luke, chap. i;, ver. 35), that ‘the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.’ Notwithstanding which, Joseph afterward marries her, cohabits with her as his wife, and in his turn rivals the ghost.”37

- Thomas Paine
Count Tolstoy, the most famous Russian writer and thinker, opines candidly :
“What can be more absurd than that the mother of God was both a mother and a Virgin ?”38
- Count Tolstoy
Thomas Jefferson, the third President of America, predicted about tile above Biblical passage as under :

“The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”39

- Thomas Jefferson
Charles Smith, the editor of ‘The Truth-Seeker’, while referring to the afore-mentioned prediction of Thomas Jefferson, states :
“That day has come”.40
- Charles Smith
(ii) Did Mary give birth to other children ?

Yes, the New Testament (Matthew 1/47) reveals that Mary gave birth to other children.  Hence she was not a virgin.  She was wife of Joseph.  Now the question arises : Was Christ son of Joseph and Mary ? The Christians say that he was the Son of God, and that he died to appease the wrath of God.  Thomas Paine opines in this connection as under :

“The Bible and the Testament are impositions upon the world, that the fall of man, the account of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, and of his dying to appease the wrath of God, and of salvation by that strange means, are all fabulous inventions, dishonourable to the wisdom and power of the Almighty.”41

- Thomas Paine
(iii) Did Christ accept Mary as his mother ?

The New Testament states that when Mary along with her other sons, came to see Jesus, he did not receive her.  He turned to his disciples and said, “Who is my mother?  Who are my brothers ?” Here is the text :

13. “47. Then one (disciple) said unto him (Christ), Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.”

- Matthew 1/47

14. “48.  But he (Christ) answered and said unto him that told him, who is my mother ? and who are my brethren ?”

- Matthew 1/48

Here some questions arise : When Mary was mother of Jesus Christ, why did she stand out ? Why did she wait out till one of the disciples informed Jesus Christ that his mother along with his brothers was standing out, desiring to speak to him ?  Why did she not go inside to meet her son ? Why did Jesus Christ not come out to receive her and his brothers ? Why did he say to the disciples, ‘Who is my mother ?’ He should have come out immediately and touched the feet of his mother.  Why did he not do so ? All this indicates that he recognised neither his mother nor his brothers.  Let the Christian missionaries answer as to why Jesus Christ did not own and accept his holy mother and his beloved brothers.

(iv) Does Christ want his disciples to hate their parents ?

In Luke 14/26 (the New Testament), Jesus Christ wants his disciples to hate their father, mother, brothers, sisters, wife and children.  He says :

15. “26.  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” 

- Luke, 14/26

There is also one positive verse in the New Testament, in which Jesus Christ admonished his disciples to ‘honour thy father and thy mother’ (Matthew 19/19).  This precept given by Jesus Christ can be applied to Jesus himself.  A man of common sense will surely question as to why Jesus Christ did not honour his mother, why he did not come out to receive his mother respectfully and why he said, “Who is my mother ?” Did he feel ashamed to call her as his mother, because she was impregnated not by her legitimate husband Joseph but by Holy Ghost ? The Christians feel proud to say that Christ’s mother, Virgin Mary, was impregnated by Holy Ghost; but Thomas Paine calls it debauchery ! He opines :

“What is it the Testament teaches us ? - to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.”42

- Thomas Paine


There is no mention of ‘a virgin being impregnated by Holy Ghost’ anywhere in Holy Vedas.  Vedas do not believe in the existence of ghosts, holy or unholy.  According to Vedic religion it is unnatural.  It is contrary to the basic law of nature, which is called universal law.  According to law of nature a female conceives only when sperm of a male and ovum of a female are united in fallopian tube and grow in uterus.

Some gullible people, who lack power of reasoning may argue that it was an exceptional divine case where natural law did not apply.  Holy Vedas admonish such superstitious gullible people that nature treats all equally and impartially.  Nature’s law is irrevocable.  The administration of the universe is continuously regulated since millions of years accurately and flawlessly on some basic principles and laws, which are called natural laws or universal laws or eternal laws.  The natural laws are too perfect to be revoked and repealed.  These are applied to all beings equally and impartially irrespective of caste, colour and creed.  What is true for all men and women or nature as a whole, is true to an individual, whether high or low, divine or mundane.  No one on the earth, however great power he or she possesses, can break the universal law, which is inexorable.

na mao dasaao naayaao- maihtvaa va`taM maImaaya yadhM QairYyao |
                    à Aqava-vaod 5ó11ó3

“No one whether he is Arya or non-Arya
Can break by means of his power
My potent eternal law.”
                    -Atharva Veda, 5/11/3

The following mantra of Rig Veda categorically illustrates that eternal laws (universal laws) of Almighty are irrevocable and inexorable.

ina Yasaad QaRtava`taao var]Na: pastyaa3svaa |
saama`ajyaaya sauk`xtau : ||
                    à Pgvaod 1ó25ó10

He who is firm in actions
Who establishes irrevocable laws,
Whose deeds are flawless,
Pervades and permeates every heart
In order to hold His sway
Over all.
                    - Rig Veda 1/25/10

“Dharma enshrines the eternal laws of life.”
- Guruji M.S. Golwalkar


37 Thomas Paine : ‘The Age of Reason’, published by Watts and Co., London, 1796, pp. 68-69

38 (i) Count Tolstoy : “What is Religion ?”

(ii) Brahm Datt Bharti : ‘Max Muller - A Lifelong Masquerade’, 1992, p. 218

39 (i) T.J. Randolph : ‘Memoir Cor. and Mis.’, vol. 4. p. 365

(ii) Charles Smith : ‘The Bible in the Balance’, reprinted by Hindu Writers’ Forum, New Delhi, p. 5

40 Ibid

41 Thomas Paine : ‘The Age of Reason’, published by Watts and Co., London, 1796, p. 76

42 Thomas Paine : ‘The Age of Reason’, published by Watts and Co., London, 1796, pp. 85-86

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