Were Mary and Joseph “living in sin,” as scoffers claim??

The Scriptures clearly state in opposition to such blasphemy of the Savior’s holy incarnation and birth:

“The angel Gabriel was sent…to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph…”  “And the angel said unto her…, ‘Thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus.’” “Then said Mary unto the angel, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’”  “And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee…’”  (Luke 1:26ff.).   “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.”  “‘…that which is conceived in her IS of the Holy Ghost.’”  “Then Joseph …took unto him his wife and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son.  And he called His name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:18-25).

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 11:15).