Faith in Jesus and His miraculous birth does not require the so-called “blind leap of faith.” The reliability of the Bible has been demonstrated by the modern science of archaeology. Archaeology has shown that Luke, who gives the most detail concerning Jesus’ birth, is a world-class historian, accurate in the minutest details in his Gospel and in Acts.

Luke gives the most detailed account of the Nativity and mentions Mary 12 times, more than any other biblical writer. In addition to the birth of Christ, he also gives special, detailed attention to the birth of John the Baptist and many see his gynecological interests to be a result of his training as a physician.

At the beginning of his Gospel, Luke, whom Paul calls “the beloved physician” in Colossians 4:14, indicates that he has made a thorough investigation of the things about which he is writing, including the Virgin Birth. This investigation included his utilization of eyewitness accounts of the events described.  

The detail Luke presents about the Virgin Birth does indicate that he has derived his information from a primary source, either Mary herself or someone to whom Mary had relayed the intimate details of the event.

Luke Gains a Reputation for Accuracy

At one time, it was thought that Luke was mistaken concerning the events he portrayed surrounding the birth of Christ (Luke 2:1-5). Critics argued that there was no census and that everyone did not have to return to their ancestral home. They also pointed out that Josephus had dated the governorship of Quirinius of Syria, whom Luke mentions, as beginning in A.D. 6, too late for the birth of Christ.

In every case, however, modern archaeological discoveries have proven the critics to be wrong. In the case of Quirinius, it was found that he actually served two separate terms as governor, the first beginning around 7 B.C., which fits perfectly with the time of Christ's birth. The accuracy of Luke as a historian was confirmed by the famous historian, A.N. Sherwin-White, who carefully examined his references in Luke/Acts to 32 countries, 54 cities, and nine islands, finding not a single mistake (Hyatt, Christmas Is For Real, 9).

The late F. F. Bruce, one of the most respected of New Testament scholars, noted that where Luke has been suspected of inaccuracy by modern critics, archaeology has again and again proved Luke to be right and the critics wrong (Hyatt, Christmas Is For Real, 8).

A World-Renowned Archaeologist is Convinced

The affirmation of Luke as a world-class historian, accurate in the minutest details, began with Sir William Ramsay (1851-1939), a world-renowned archaeologist and Oxford professor. Ramsay, an agnostic, set out to scientifically disprove the Bible, but his archaeological investigations carried him to a completely different conclusion.

Ramsay was a product of the skeptical, German higher criticism of the 19th century.  He believed the New Testament to be an unreliable religious treatise written in the 2nd century by writers far removed from the events described. Ramsay decided he would demonstrate his thesis by retracing Luke’s account of Paul’s travels in Acts and doing archaeological excavations along the way.

However, after years of retracing Luke’s account of Paul's travels and doing careful archaeological excavations along the way, Ramsay completely reversed his view of the Bible and first-century history. He became convinced that the Gospel of Luke and Acts were written in the first century by the traditional author, and he acquired a very high regard for Luke as a historian. He wrote,

Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy, he is possessed of the true historic sense; in short, this author should be placed along with the greatest of historians (Hyatt, Christmas Is For Real, 10-11).

In 1896, Ramsay began publishing his discoveries in a book entitled St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen. The book caused a furor of dismay among the skeptics of the world, for its affirmation of the biblical record was totally unexpected. The evidence was, in fact, so overwhelming that many atheists gave up their atheism and embraced Christianity.

Over the next 20 years, Ramsay published other volumes showing how he discovered Luke to be accurate in the tiniest details of his account. In his book, The Bearing of Recent Discovery on the Trustworthiness of the New Testament, he wrote,

You may press the words of Luke in a degree beyond any other historian's and they stand the keenest scrutiny and the hardest treatment (Hyatt, Christmas Is For Real, 11).

Ramsay eventually shocked the world, announcing that he had become a Christian. He wrote, “I set out to look for truth on the borderland where Greece and Asia meet, and found it here [in the Biblical record]. He followed the science and it led Him to Jesus.

Not only Ramsay, but other archaeologists have found their skepticism dissipating as they did the real scientific work in the field. William F. Albright (1891-1971), the renowned archaeologist and late professor of Semitic languages at John Hopkins University, began his career as a skeptic. But after years of archaeological investigations in the land of the Bible, he wrote,

The excessive skepticism shown toward the Bible by important historical schools of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, certain phases of which still appear periodically, has been progressively discredited. Discovery after discovery has established the accuracy of innumerable details and has brought recognition to the Bible as a source of history (Hyatt, Christmas Is For Real, 11-12).

Our Faith Has a Solid Historical Base

With such overwhelming evidence for the Biblical record, it raises the question as to why there remains so much skepticism and unbelief about the Virgin Birth and other miracles recorded in the Bible. This question was answered by Yale archaeologist and professor, Dr. Millard Burrows, who said,

The excessive skepticism of many liberal theologians stems not from a careful evaluation of the available data, but from an enormous predisposition against the supernatural (Hyatt, Christmas is for Real, 21).

In other words, the barrier to faith is not an intellectual one, but a heart that is committed to unbelief. Any honest seeker who will follow the science and take an enlightened step of faith in Jesus will find the Holy Spirit coming in and witnessing to their heart that Jesus was truly born of a virgin. 

They can then experience the joy of singing Christmas hymns, such as the one penned by Charles Wesley, the Oxford graduate and co-leader of the great Methodist revival. In his hymn, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” he wrote,

Christ by highest heaven adored,

Christ the everlasting Lord.

Late in time, behold Him come,

Offspring of a virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,

Hail the incarnate Deity,

Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,

Jesus our Emmanuel.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s book, Christmas Is For Real, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. Dr. Hyatt is also the author of 1726:The Year that Defined America, which documents how the 18th century Great Awakening had a direct bearing on the founding of America and the abolition of slavery.



The nice, gentle Jesus of popular culture who is kind and sweet to everyone and reproves no one, is a caricature not found in Scripture. The Jesus of Scripture, while very compassionate, also confronts and rebukes, sometimes even in anger. 

When Jesus Became Angry

For example, Jesus was obviously infuriated at how the temple worship in Jerusalem had become merchandised. He made a whip, and with eyes blazing, entered the temple area, turning over tables, and shouting at the merchants to take their goods away from there. It is written, He shouted, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,” but you have made it a den of thieves (Matthew 21:13).

In Matthew 11:20-24, Jesus rebuked the cities where His greatest miracles had been done because they did not repent. He excoriated them, saying,

Woe to you Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida!  And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to hell; for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.

In Matthew 23 Jesus lets loose His anger on the religious leaders of the day calling them “hypocrites” and “blind guides.” He sums up His anger toward them in verse 32, exclaiming, Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the damnation of hell

This too is love for His anger was directed at those who were distorting truth, misusing God's people, and rejecting God's ultimate visitation to them in Himself. 

Jesus Never Condones Sin

The picture of Jesus as this soft, effeminate person who would never offend or confront anyone about their life is nowhere to be found in Scripture. He is, instead, the epitome of strength and self-confidence, willing to confront where there is injustice and wrong. He is very compassionate toward sinners, but never affirms them in their sin.

For example, to the woman whom the Pharisees brought to Him saying she was caught in the act of adultery, Jesus showed great compassion and forgiveness but instructed her to, Go and sin no more (John 8:11). To a man He had earlier healed of paralysis, Jesus found Him in the temple and warned, Sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you (John 5:14).

Jesus wants the best for everyone, but He recognizes the reality of sin and evil in the world, which robs us of His best. His love confronts these destructive attitudes and behaviors. To the believers in Ephesus who had tolerated sinful, destructive behavior, Jesus exhorted, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore and repent (Revelation 3:19).

Clarifying Love

The challenge we face in communicating God’s love to this generation is that their concept of love has been shaped, not by the Bible, but by Hollywood and the entertainment industry. When we say, “God loves you,” they envision a kindly person with warm, sweet feelings who never confronts or opposes. This is very misleading.

God loves everyone in the sense that His intentions toward everyone is for good. He does not, however, love everyone in the sense of feeling warm affection toward everyone and embracing their attitudes and behaviors. Only those who have put their faith in Him and made Him the object of their affection, experience the warmth of His affection, acceptance, and love.

Yet, even His own children are on the receiving end of His loving correction and rebukes. This is made clear by Hebrews 12:56, which reads, My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you. Why? The writer goes on to say, Because the Lord disciplines the one He loves

Yes! This too is love!

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is a Bible teacher and revivalist who is on a mission to reconnect America with her severed Christian roots. His books on this topic and other themes are available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.



The U.S. Congress and President Joe Biden just defied both Scripture and Jesus with their so-called "Respect for Marriage act, which gave legislative force to same-sex marriage and put religious liberty in jeopardy. In doing so they ignored thousands of years of marriage as defined by our Creator, and affirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19. Concerning this original model of marriage Jesus also warned, let not man put asunder (Matthew 19:6). 

Jesus Affirms the Genesis Model of Marriage

Jesus’ clear statement on marriage emerges in a conversation with the Pharisees about marriage and divorce in Matthew 19. In this discussion, Jesus keeps pointing them back to marriage as it was, at the beginning, before the Fall of Genesis 3 and the entry of sin into the world. He obviously sees in the Genesis account of creation the Divine model for marriage.  

In the Genesis account, God created a man (Adam) and from his side created a woman (Eve). He then brought the woman to the man, and she became his companion, equal partner, and wife. Jesus points out that this original marriage was between a male and female, saying, Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female?”

The Genesis writer sums up this account of the first marriage by saying, Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). He thus makes clear that the marriage of our first parents is the model to be followed by succeeding generations.

In His discussion on marriage, Jesus quotes Genesis 2:24 and then adds, Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate; or as the KJV reads, “put asunder” (Matthew 19:6).

The Greek scholar, Marvin A Vincent, points out that the grammatical structure of Jesus’ words indicate that He is referring to marriage as instituted by God, not a particular marriage. The noted British New Testament scholar, F.F. Bruce, agrees, saying that Jesus is not here saying that every marriage is made in heaven but that “marriage itself is made in heaven” (Bruce, The Hard Sayings of Jesus, 58).

The Creator’s Manual for Marriage and Life

In this passage, Jesus is saying that marriage, as instituted by God, between one woman and one man, is not to be abrogated or “put asunder” by any human court or institution. If we do so,  it is to our own hurt, for the commands, guidelines, and patterns given to us by our Creator are for our good.

They are like the “owner’s manual” that comes with every new vehicle. If we follow the instructions and guidelines, we will derive the very best service from our vehicle. If, however, we ignore the instructions in the owner’s manual and the vehicle breaks down and costs us dearly, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

And so it is with our Creator’s Manual concerning marriage and morality. The more modern culture ignores those instructions and tears down the nuclear family and godly marriage, the more death and chaos we will see on our streets, in our homes, and in society in general. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

God takes no pleasure in seeing humanity self-destruct. In the time of Isaiah, Israel had turned away from Him and the people were experiencing the painful consequences of their apostasy. Like a parent grieving over the suffering of a wayward son or daughter, God lamented, If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea (Isaiah 48:18).

The Way Forward from Here

Pastors, teachers, and preachers in America must begin boldly, and in love, teaching and preaching the truth to this generation. Only the truth will make us a truly free people, as Jesus said in John 8:31-32.  

We must also pray for another Great Awakening to sweep across this land. Such an Awakening is a powerful work of the Holy Spirit awakening hearts and minds to the truth and reality that is in Jesus.

As documented in my book, America’s Revival Heritage, at least four such Awakenings have come at critical times in our nation’s history and saved her from certain ruin by returning the hearts of the masses back to Him. God says it can happen again, If My people . . . (II Chrn. 7:14).

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, Bible teacher, and revivalist with a passion to see America return to her founding principles of faith and freedom. His books on revival and other Biblical themes are available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.