Secrets of the Nativity
Re your report "Behind The First Noel," which explored the story of Christ's birth as told in the Gospels [Dec. 20]: Jesus remains an enigmatic person who is truly irreducible, and for this reason the quest for the historical Jesus continues. To the Gospel writers Matthew and Luke, the miraculous conception of Jesus was a divine act, unparalleled in history. Of course, whether people accept such a miracle depends on their philosophical worldview. Luke 1: 37 says that the angel Gabriel assured Mary, "For with God nothing shall be impossible." That one passage explains it...

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