Note: This piece is purely to provoke thought and poke fun, nothing more.
One claimed proofs of the divinity of Jesus is that his mother was a virgin when he was born. Jesus is not the only individual in mythology to have this character trait. Horus, Perseus, and The Buddha were all also born of virgins. Note that all of the aforementioned figures are male. Time for a little science lesson.
Keep in mind that the virgin Mary was female and Jesus was male.
In humans, the sex of the offspring is determined by the chromosomes passed down by each parent. Woman have XX chromosome pairs and men have XY chromosome pairs. Both men and women can only pass down what they have. Since a Y chromosome is needed to produce a boy and women only have X chromosomes, the father will determine the sex of the offspring.
What does this mean? Either Jesus was not a man, Mary was not a virgin, or the whole story was made up before humans understood sex determination, let alone any aspect of modern biology. The same applies to Buddha, the central figure of Buddhism.
Now, I can just hear the apologists making their rebuttal. I'm not done yet.
If the holy spirit passed a chromosome onto Jesus, that means God has genes and, therefore, definite traits. If we discovered the remains of Jesus, we could analyze the DNA and map his genome. After doing so, we could distinguish God's genes from Mary's and, perhaps, find something in God's genes that makes him... well...
"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." - Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Furthermore, if the holy ghost put in its genes, it would have had to contribute human chromosome #2, a chromosome that is the result of a chromosome fusion. This chromosome is certainly not perfect and, if it came from God, neither is "he."
No wonder religion doesn't like science.
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