It wasn’t long ago that the scientific community was warning how our world was rapidly running out of fossil fuels. This dire prediction became conventional wisdom. In fact, for many years our government adopted national policies based on this science.

Well, that science was wrong.

What the scientists missed was how science itself would continue to improve. Technological advancements have allowed us to discover new fossil fuel reserves and the ability to harvest greater amounts of oil and natural gas. Due to these advances, the United States recently became the world’s largest exporter of crude oil. We had already become the world’s biggest producer of natural gas, but now we’re also trending into becoming one of the biggest exporters of natural gas. As a side benefit to all this growth, our nation has arguably become energy independent.*

My point is not to brag about our nation being the biggest this or that. Nor am I trying to denigrate science. I respect science as a gift from God that provides awesome living conditions, and that has been a tremendous blessing to my health. My point about the huge error in the science of hydrocarbons is to highlight how science is both severely limited and prone to error:

♦  Severely limited in comparison to the paradigm of God's kingdom;

♦  Prone to error due to the fallen condition of life (the curse of sin).

After some 2,000 years of studying it, science still has it wrong with the miraculous conception and virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

According to the same human-based science that got it wrong about hydrocarbons, it’s impossible for a virgin to conceive and give birth. And not only is that ridiculous according to human-based science, it’s off-the-charts hilarious that the child born of the virgin Mary was God, the Almighty Creator who pressed himself into human flesh.

But I’m not upset by that fact that science calls Christmas a spiritual myth. It’s been happening ever since an alarmed Mary herself asked: “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34). She, too, was initially measuring the angel’s announcement with human wisdom based on life experience, just like our generation of fossil fuel alarmists.

But God’s messenger explained to Mary: “For nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37).

That’s sublime! And if you’re inspired and uplifted to be refreshed in understanding God’s wonderful superiority over mankind’s feeble abilities and the severe limitations of science, don’t forget the greater truths that the virgin birth points to. The angel who visited Joseph laid out these greater truths, explaining: “The child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).

Science can’t begin to understand what fuels a holy God that he would enter our world through the virgin birth, to absorb the sins of humanity into his body and pay off sin’s curse. But when a soul through faith drills into this truth, a heavenly power gushes forth.

The virgin birth provides an inexhaustible source of spiritual energy to fuel us in Christ’s forgiving love today, tomorrow and into eternity. 

* Sources include

We Will Not Run Out of Fossil Fuels @ livescience

U.S. seeks to export its 'energy miracle' @ Reuters

U.S. Energy Secretary: Eagle Ford Shale [is] transformative @ SA Journal

Perry calls for energy infrastructure build-out @ Houston Chronicle