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Sunday, December 06, 2009

this is quite interesting and

it's written by a minister!

The Christian Myth of Jesus's Birth

The Christian Myth of Jesus's Birth

By The Rev. Howard Bess
December 5, 2009

Editor’s Note: In the modern age, religious mythologies – when mixed with politics – have led to very harmful and often bloody consequences, especially involving the leading monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

So, in this guest essay, Baptist minister Howard Bess reminds Christians that many of their most cherished beliefs about the birth of Jesus were not based on empirical evidence, but on politically motivated mythology:

The Advent season is a fun time. For many Christians, it is the happiest season of the year. The joy comes from the anticipation: “Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her king.”

I do not desire to dim the lights of Christmas, but it might be helpful to some to hear what the stories of Jesus birth are really about.

There are four versions of the life of Jesus. We call them the Gospels….Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Only two of the versions say anything about the birth of Jesus.

Mark, the first of the Gospels, begins the Jesus story with Jesus as an adult. John, the last Gospel written, likewise says nothing about the birth of Jesus. Matthew tells the birth story in only a few short paragraphs. Luke’s version of the beginnings of Jesus is four times as long as that of Matthew...........

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stray said...

Yes, retired, and hiding in Alaska. Smart man.

Although, iirc, Augustus and Octavian are the same guy. Not to be pedantic or anything.

a rose is a rose said...

it's ok. YOU are allowed. why? because if anyone CAN be, it is you