|Originally posted by Irishmommy
I've always understood the in the original writings, they said young girl, not virgin. That was a translator's goof/deliberate change. And she was supposedly only 16 or so when Jesus was born.
There is a bit of a disagreement about that, but not in the Gospels. You're thinking of Isaiah 7: 14
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." It is true that the Hebrew word (sorry, I don't know what word that is right now) used there doesn't exclusively mean 'virgin,' but can mean young girl.
But the idea that Mary was a virgin at Christ's birth could not possibly be a translation error which the evangelists didn't intend, as they tell in detail how it all happened. Matthew 1: 18
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." Luke 1: 34
"Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?"
So, either it was a virgin birth or it wasn't, but the belief
that it was is not from a misreading of the Gospels.