The Birth of Jesus

This is just pointing out a few of the most notable issues I’ve found with the Jesus birth accounts, which is by no means exhaustive, but merely the ones I noticed during my study of the Bible at the beginning of the decline of my faith. While these have been well documented by many scholars, I came about these by nothing but reading the Bible about five years ago, which I then looked to outside sources to corroborate.

ImageOnly two of the four gospels, Matthew and Luke, deem Jesus’ birth to be a noteworthy event (seems pretty fucking important to me, but hey, I’m no 1st century scribe who heard this story second or third hand, so what the hell do I know?). John tells us only of the Incarnation – that the Logos “became flesh” – while Mark doesn’t say anything about Jesus until his baptism at around 30 years old (he probably didn’t do anything important in that time anyways). Certainly Mark knows nothing of the Annunciation or the Virgin Birth. In fact, Mark’s account seems to indicate there was no angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth and godliness, since in 3:30-31, Jesus’ family declare him to be “out of his mind” upon declaring himself the Son of Man. Then again, maybe Mary and Joseph were on to him.

There are discrepancies in the genealogies of the gospels, which I’ll merely link to and move on.

Luke 2 tells us that Jesus was born in Nazareth, while Matthew 2 tells us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and moved to Nazareth after his return from Egypt.

Then there’s the issue of the Roman census talked about in Luke 2. It indicates that Joseph was an inhabitant of Nazareth, yet for some reason was compelled to travel to the “city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.” This would reconcile the Nazareth/Bethlehem contradiction, but it creates even more problems. The genealogies given to us by Luke list dozens of generations between David and Joseph. It’s doubtful that Joseph would even know his genealogy going back this far, let alone which part of his genealogy to trace back (I, personally, would have no idea whether to follow my family line back to Ireland, England, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Eastern Bloc or Northwest America). Furthermore, why the fuck would he be required to return to the land of his ancestors anyways, when a census would likely require him to register himself in the town he lives in? The only reason for a census is to count the people they want to tax. This would be a ridiculous way to conduct a census. Like, Glenn Beck for president ridiculous.

~ by kriskodisko on December 24, 2013.

One Response to “The Birth of Jesus”

  1. The fact that Christ knew He was descended from David, and said so, pretty much takes care of the whole parthenogenesis theory. Sperm can find its way into the egg sac of a virgin, without breaking the hymen, and Mary was not unique in history, in having that happen to her. As for where Christ was actually born, some of the big details were lost in translation. Besides, He was actually born in March or April, if one looks at the accounts of the weather and the countryside, from the Gospels. Yuletide is fun, though, so have a Merry!

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