I think Mary had children before she had the baby jesus.
I think the "virgin" bit refers to the nature of the conception, i.e it was "immaculate" insofar as there was no sweaty rumpy pumpy with god.
and who, prithee, witnessed/corroborated/gave a contemporary account of this per @woopert 's contention regarding whether there is evidence for what is written in the gospels.
We know that no registered medical practioner or medical board examined her and confirmed she was a virgin so who did? Was it one person or several? Do the Christian scriptures specify who verified that Jesus's mother was a virgin when Jesus was conceived.
I'm not arguing about whether she was a virgin or not - I'm asking how Christians can know that she was a virgin.
And while we're about it - why out of all the writers of the New Testament, only Matthew and Luke mention the virgin birth. How come Mark and John didn't even mention such an extraordinary detail?.
Are Christians aware that among the Jews since Bible times, family/tribal lineage is patrilineal? This means that if Jesus's mother was a virgin, Jesus could not be a descendent of the house of David and therefore he could not be the Messiah.
@scarbrough - perhaps you can help us out with explaining this?