Point 7 : Jesus was not the son of Joseph
Many have no doubt wondered why there was any necessity that Jesus not be born of Joseph. Well, wonder no more...if Jesus were Joseph's son, the promises made to Mary by the angel Gabriel (recorded by Luke) would have been nullified.
The opening chapter of John's gospel provides confirmation that none of the disciples found it necessary for Jesus to be born of any other than human parentage.
John the Baptist identified Jesus to his own disciples by saying:
"Behold the Lamb of God...I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven...and I have borne witness that this is the Son of God" (John 1:29-34).
Subsequently, two of the disciples who heard John the Baptist's words were in a group which identified Jesus as the son of Joseph (John 1:45).
Another member of this group, Nathanael, who had never met Jesus before, and knew him only by Philip's identification of him as the son of Joseph (John 1:45-48) nevertheless called Jesus the Son of God, seeing no contradiction between the terms.
These exchanges provide ample evidence that none of the disciples mentioned found the doctrine of 'virgin birth' a prerequisite to belief in Jesus as the Son of God. What these men did not know at the time was that Joseph's lineage from David had been specifically debarred from kingship. If they had known, they could never have identified Jesus as the 'King of Israel' (John 1:49).
With the credibility of the Christian churches at stake, theologians profess not to know this fact! If they truly are ignorant...after so many preachings and so many centuries...it beggars belief.