Is the Son of Man the Son of a Man?

father-and-son2In the New Testament, the reference “son of man” is attributed to Jesus over 75 times, but what does that mean?

The Greek word translated as “man” in that phrase is “anthropos” which means “a human being”, so this seems to mean “son of a human being”.

In the Old Testament Ezekiel is often referred to as “son of man”, and the Hebrew word for “man” in that phrase is “adam”, which means “man, mankind”, but is also the name of the first man made from the dust of the earth.

So, another way of phrasing this would be “son of adam”, or “son of mankind”.

As far as I am aware the Virgin Birth Doctrine does not argue against the human nature of Jesus. What it argues against is who his human father is.

Who is the Father of the Son of Man, Jesus?

The claim is that Joseph is not the physical father of Jesus, but rather it is supposed that he is the legal or adopted father of Jesus. This is despite the fact that he is never referred to as such in the New Testament.

But if that were the case, then who is Jesus’ physical father? He obviously came to be in the flesh, born of a woman, so who is his father?

Many, if not most, Virgin Birth advocates would claim Jesus has no physical father, but rather God miraculously prepared a body of flesh for Jesus, as he did with Adam, and placed that body in Mary’s womb to be born of her.

However, I see several flaws with this notion, the first being Jesus/Yeshua is called the son of man, why would he be called that if he really wasn’t the son of a man? 

I would like to hear a rational response to that question.

My second objection is that Adam was made from the dust of the earth and I think the Bible is clear that the Messiah was to come from David’s seed {‘sperma”}.

The Lord sware in truth to David, and he will not annul it, saying, Of the fruit of thy body will I set a king upon thy throne. (Psa 132:11)

others said, `This is the Christ;’ and others said, `Why, out of Galilee doth the Christ come? Did not the Writing say, that out of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem–the village where David was–the Christ doth come?’ (Joh 7:41-42)

Furthermore, there is New Testament testimony that states Jesus was made of David’s seed [sperma]:

concerning His Son, (who is come of the seed of David according to the flesh, who is marked out Son of God in power, according to the Spirit of sanctification, by the rising again from the dead,) Jesus Christ our Lord; (Rom 1:3-4)

Remember Jesus Christ, raised out of the dead, of the seed of David, according to my good news, (2Ti 2:8)

Some might then argue God miraculously prepared a body from the seed of David as opposed to the dust of the earth.

But if that were the case, then how did He get David’s seed?

It’s A Mystery…A Miracle

Usually at this point, the Virgin Birth debate often comes to a standstill with the advocates claiming, “It’s a mystery.

Well, who can argue with that? It has to be a mystery because it defies the natural order.

Many people will quickly follow that statement up with “It’s a miracle.

However, the Bible never declares it to be a “miracle”. That is a notion that man reads into the situation because he cannot explain it.

But what if the reason he cannot explain it is because it is false?

Christianity Says: It’s My Way or the Highway

In Christianity the Virgin Birth Doctrine is a fundamental tenet of faith and if you claim to be a follower of Christ, Christianity teaches it is a deal-breaker to think otherwise.

This is because there’s another fundamental tenet founded on that teaching — that Jesus is God.

For those who grew up in Christianity, like myself, we were taught that this is just the way it is. To be a Christian, you have to believe it, no questions asked. Accept it or be cut off.

I chose to question it, seeking the Bible for answers. And frankly, the Bible says no such thing, when you consider the whole Bible as opposed to verses being plucked out of their immediate context, let alone out of the entire narrative of Scripture.

As a result, I don’t accept it, and not much to my surprise anymore, I have been cut off…from Christianity, that is.

That doesn’t mean I am no longer a believer in Jesus Christ. I am. But it’s the Jesus Christ of the Bible that I believe in, not the one propped up in Christianity erected to be God.

Sadly, Christians at large have accepted the Virgin Birth doctrine without rational explanation. They’ve accepted the answer, “it’s a mystery” without question, and they identify Jesus’ conception/birth as a miracle.


I tend to think it’s because people want to believe in God, I mean the real God…the Creator God. The God who made heaven and earth and all that is in them. And they sincerely believe that Jesus is either that God, or some version of Him beyond being human because that’s what they have been indoctrinated with by men.

The problem is: the Bible never says that Jesus is that God, or even a version of Him apart from being human.

People have been deceived into thinking that the Bible supports that notion, it’s been going on for centuries, we’ve inherited that dogma as “gospel truth”. But it’s a bald-faced lie.

The Natural Order Established By the Creator

According to the Bible, man was made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27; 5:1).

After God made man from the dust of the earth, breathed life upon him, and became a living soul (Gen 2:7), He took a flesh & bone portion from him and formed the woman. And we were made in such a way that the man is to cleave to his woman and they two shall be one flesh (Gen 2:22-24).

Jesus/Yeshua is repeatedly identified as the Son of Man, and it seems to me the most logical reason for that is because he was the son of a man.

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