IT IS NOT MY INTENTION TO RAIN ON ANYBODY’S PARADE, HOWEVER, THE DATE OF DECEMBER 25TH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BIRTH OF JESUS. DECEMBER 25TH ON THE OLD ROMAN CALANDER WAS THE WINTER SOLSTICE. THE WINTER SOLSTICE IS THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR AND A DATE THAT THE ROMANS CELEBRATED LIKE IT WAS 1999 ! THEY CELEBRATED BECAUSE THE DAYS WOULD START GETTING LONGER. = MORE DAY LIGHT TIME ! IT WAS A DATE WHEN CHRISTIANS COULD GATHER IN NUMBERS WITHOUT BEING IDENTIFED AS CHRISTIANS. IT WAS A ROMAN HOLIDAY. IT WAS A GOOD SAFE COVER THAT ALLOWED CHRISTIANS TO AVOID BECOMING PURINA LION CHOW.
ALSO ISRAEL AT THIS TIME OF YEAR IS VERY COLD ! IT IS HIGHLY DOUBTFUL THAT SHEPHERDS WERE OUT WITH THEIR FLOCKS DURING THE WINTER TIME IN ISRAEL. IT SEEMS MORE LIKELY THAT JESUS WAS BORN SOMETIME DURING THE SPRING.
I DID READ ABOUT THIS IN A BOOK ONCE WRITTEN BY HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG. HE WAS THE HEAD OF THE “WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF G-D” THAT IS LOCATED IN PASADENA , CALIFORNIA. I ONCE WAS IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA TAKING MY CONTRACTORS LICENSE TEST AND IT HAPPENED TO BE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THAT CHURCH. WHEN I FINISHED MY EXAMINATION, I WALKED ACROSS THE STREET WEARING SOME BEAT UP OLD 501 LEVI’S AND A WORKSHIRT AND BOOTS. I ASKED AT THE CHURCH OFFICE WHEN I MIGHT BE ABLE TO HEAR HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG SPEAK IN PERSON ? I HAD ONLY OBSERVED HIM A FEW TIMES ON A WEEKLY TELEVISION SHOW. I WAS ASKED TO WAIT. A MAN SHOWED UP IMPECABLY DRESSED AND LOOKED ME UP ONE SIDE AND DOWN THE OTHER. IT WAS CLEAR HE DID NOT APPROVE OF MY 501 LEVI STRAUSS BLUE JEANS, or my BOOTS or my glue smattered SHIRT. HE THEN TOLD ME THAT TO HEAR MR. ARMSTRONG SPEAK IN PERSON, I WOULD NEED TO BE A TITHING MEMBER OF THE CONGREGATION. HE SNUBBED ME. I GUESS HE MISSED THE PART ABOUT “NOT JUDGING A MAN BY HIS CLOTHES”. MY GREATEST MENTOR DRESSED LIKE A BUM ! HE WAS WORTH MILLIONS ! HE WAS WISE AND I TRIED TO SOAK UP AS MUCH OF HIS KNOWLEDGE AS I COULD. I WAS WITH HIM ONCE IN A STORE AND SOMEONE TREATED HIM THE SAME WAY.
THE SALESPERSON SAID TO MY MENTOR THAT HE PROBABLY COULD NOT AFFORD ANYTHING IN THE STORE. MY MENTOR LOOKED THE GUY “SQUARELY” IN THE EYES AND SAID: HOW ABOUT I JUST BUY THIS STORE SO I CAN FIRE YOU ? AND HE MEANT IT ! THE MAN APOLOGIZED.
HE WAS THE WISEST MAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN.
I ALSO SAW A PRESENTATION AT THE GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY IN GRIFFITH PARK, CALIFORNIA. THEY HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO RUN THE ORBITS OF PLANETS IN REVERSE. THEY SPECULATED THAT THERE WAS A “CONVERGENCE” OF THREE PLANETS AT THREE DIFFERENT TIMES, IN THE SAME YEAR, “NEAR” THAT SPECULATIVE BIRTH DATE. SO PERHAPS THAT WAS WHAT THE SHEPHERDS SAW WHEN THEY SAW A “SIGN” IN THE HEAVENS. WHEN AN ASTRONOMER SAYS “NEAR”….
IT COULD MEAN MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS .
NOBODY KNOWS WHEN JESUS WAS BORN. QUESTION…WHY IS IT EVEN IMPORTANT ? I DO NOT KNOW. I DO NOT THINK IT IS RELEVENT TO THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS. THE DATE OF CHRISTMAS IS PHONEY. THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS ARE NOT PHONEY.
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Some people think the messenger, it’s more important tan the message.
Hi Burning Heart ! I agree that some people think the messenger is more important than the message.
If that was the case, the MESSAGE would be delivering the MESSENGER…… Now I need to think about the word ” delivering ” ! Do you think that the word MESSENGER is synonymous with the term ” Angel ” ?
Some do and some don’t. I really do not know.
The date of the birth of the Christ was never revealed to us, for I believe the same reason the resting place Moses is shrouded in mystery… so we don’t Worship them…!! They were Messengers… and if we spend our time giving undue homage to Messengers, we lose the essence of the message… as what is happening…
Very good point Moribascorner ! It makes sense that Messengers were chosen for their faithful ability to deliver messages. Some people think that the Term Messenger is the same as Angel. Do you agree ?
Moses was certainly much more than a Messenger. He was Beloved of G-D ! Jesus was a messenger also but also a Rabble Rouser ! Turning over money exchange tables and raising enough hell to get himself crucified.
I think he was consciously fulfilling the 22nd Psalm of King David. ( everybody knows the 23rd Psalm) but the 22nd Psalm is the important one vs 16 Yea, dogs are round about me, a company of evil doers encircle me,
they have pierced my hands and feet etc… Jesus was fulfilling prophecy of King David. Jesus was fulfilling a messianic prerequisite of the Messiah/ Moshiac. I believe he was a learned and scholarly man. I also believe he committed suicide when he blew into Jerusalem. I believe he knew what would happen to him. King David certainly never got crucified but King David , like Moses, were beloved of God. Most Christians would call the idea that Jesus committed suicide as blasphemous. I don’t believe there is any detraction or tarnish on Jesus.
The best case scenario for Jesus is that he was the Messiah/Moshiac. The worse case scenario is that he was just another man suffering from the Messianic Complex Syndrome. And even if that is the case, HE TOOK IT TO THE WALL ! EITHER WAY…..HE WAS A YOUNG JEWISH RABBI WITH VERY BIG BALLS AND UNSHAKEABLE FAITH. His Life has moved the world in wonderful ways but like anything else……
any faith can be perverted by vain and arrogant men with selfish motivations. Sorry Moribscorner, I am RAMBLING ON AND ON ! THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLOG ! I REALLY ENJOY YOUR WRITTING !
I have difficult communicating sometimes. From what I read, it seems your ability flows better than mine.
All the best to you !