It’s a Helluva Story

Nativity


Today is Christmas, which literally denotes it as the Day of Christ’s Mass. Like it or not, today is the day we celebrate the birthday of the man we call Jesus of Nazareth. If he were alive today he would be very, very old.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:8-14


Even if you believe that the Bible is a work of fiction, you have to admit that it’s a helluva story.

It’s not entirely original. There are several themes in the story of Jesus that appear in other, older stories from the same region, chief among them the story of Moses. A prophesy of a deliverer, a chosen one, a lowly birth, a jealous king ordering the deaths of male infants, a life in exile, and the eventual triumph of destiny. It is a common theme in Western Civilization, from Sargon the Great to Harry Potter. Even the death and resurrection of Jesus has a antecedent in the Osiris myth. As for the virgin birth, Mary would not be the first or last woman to offer that explanation for a pregnancy.

Even a true believer would have to admit that there are some gaps in the Bible that only faith can fill. Despite numerous records dating back to that time, none of them conclusively proves that the man we call Jesus ever existed, let alone confirms his divine nature.

To me, common sense says that there was historical Jesus – a religious leader who made such a big impression on his contemporaries that they started a new religion based on his life and teachings. This new religion survived the destruction of Israel and repeated attempts by Rome to stamp it out.

In the two millennia since the historical Jesus walked the Earth the religion has grown and spread. There have been many things done in His name over the years, not all of them good. But even if Jesus was just a mere mortal his teachings still have value.

Besides that, it’s a helluva story.

Merry Christmas!


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27 Responses to It’s a Helluva Story

  1. The Klown says:

    If Jesus was considered a philosopher rather than a holy man they would teach his words in public schools.

  2. elliesmom says:

    So I went to church last night to a church I’ve been to on Christmas Eve before. The people were friendly and welcoming as usual. The service started with this delightful video done by kids in New Zealand. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM1XusYVqNY. You should watch it. It’s sweet and funny. Then a small group, two guitars and two vocalists led the congregation in singing several Christmas carols. So far a lovely experience. But then the new minister got up and gave one of the most depressing sermons I have ever listened to. Real downer. But then everyone lit candles and sang Silent Night, and I was feeling good about being there again. Then he said a last prayer for the group, and I left with idea he was pitching that the world is a horrible place, and we should all feel guilty because we weren’t born in lowly mangers and haven’t died miserable deaths, at least not yet. I thought Christmas was time of celebration, not Yom Kippur. If he preaches that way every Sunday, people must not ever feel uplifted by going to church. But the music was pretty and the kids’ video a treat. Merry Christmas!

    • The Klown says:

      The last time I was in church the preacher was giving a “Mo’ Money!” sermon. He was literally selling salvation.

      I was disgusted.

    • Constance says:

      I don’t care for religion but I am a spiritual person. I like to go to Catholic churches alone or for chorus performances but avoid mass and I don’t mind giving some money. Sadly you can’t go near churches without them trying to recruit you in and as soon as I get around the true believers I feel the need to escape.

  3. The Klown says:
  4. Merry Christmas to all! Hope you are all happy and blessed!

  5. swanspirit says:

    I like those accounts on the History channels , where they give possible “accurate accounts ” or alternatives that don’t really alter the story , but offer plausible explanations for differing accounts . I especially like the stories of the three astrologers 😉

  6. trixta says:

    Merry Christmas!

  7. mcnorman says:

    Merry Christmas to all who congregate at the Klown’s place.

  8. foxyladi14 says:

    Merry Merry Christmas one and all!! 😀

  9. DeniseVB says:

    😀 Hope everyone’s enjoying their Christmas Day !

  10. Mt.Laurel says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    I see the Bible, in many ways, as comprehensive anthology/interpretation of stories, part historic/party myth/part fable, from around the world. All wrapped up in one convenient volume. Although taking it literally is extreme, such a great volume of works should not be denied it’s rightful place as an important piece of literature. Offering us a window into the life of times of our ancestors and the lessons learned over the ages.

  11. Somebody says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    I hope you all had a wonderful day, doing what you enjoyed and I hope you all got lots of presents!

  12. threewickets says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Say no to hate. That’s what vile fauxgressive activists do. They can’t help themselves.

  13. catarina says:

    Merry Christmas to all, and for anyone offended by those words..well, tough shit 🙂

  14. leslie says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!! I’m watching a program on PBS here about winter in Yellowstone and thinking about PMM as well as everyone here. Hope your day was special and happy.

  15. Constance says:

    Merry Christmas to all!

  16. mothy67 says:

    Think I was the giver for the worst gift ever. 1981 I was 14 and my parents had taken half of my paper route earnings, my pin boy money and what I made selling tickets and bingo for two months and made me buy gifts for all my aunt’s, uncles and cousins. Not happy was I. Left to my own devices I bought shirts for.everyone from a dollar store and placed them in boxes from what is now Macy’s but then was Kaufmann’ s. Got lots of.praise for.at my age buying for everyone. All was fine til my cousin John ripped the plastic covering off his and the room was filled with an awful stench. Really bad. POISENOUS. We had to go outside. Had to own up to that. To this day my gifts are smell checked.

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