Sunday, February 20, 2011
"symptoms of being pregnant by a supernatural entity"
This is something the Bible should have dwelt on just a bit. If they want us to believe that Mary didn't just make up a story about getting knocked up by a deity, she should have had some supernatural symptoms.
It also made me think of Rosemary's Baby, the book and the movie about a woman who is impregnated by Satan when he wants to propagate himself. I read the novel as a teen and I remember that it terrified me so much I didn't want to see the movie.
Then there was the immaculate conception episode of Star Trek, which was rather amusing. The womb that got appropriated was that of Counselor Troi, and the "supernatural" being was a ball lightning kind of being that wanted to see what it was like to have a body. The pregnancy lasted just a few days and after the birth Troi's body was completely healed, as if she'd never had a baby.
It's disappointing that the Bible didn't dwell on the pregnancy and birth. It would have made the whole immaculate conception thing more believable to me. ... but not to the people of the times. Virgin birth and gods inseminating human women were well-worn tropes for them. They would expect anyone claiming to be part god to have this kind of story. In fact, if it weren't part of the family lore, it would have been added by the prosletyzers to lend credibility to their claims.
...and with so many gods about, not to mention Satan and all the angels, how would we know that the pregnancy was really caused by the god, and not SATAN????? It's not like there's a DNA test for it.
It comes down again to wanting to believe what your authority figures believe. Your parents, pastor, teachers, and the writers of the Bible know what they're talking about, right?