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When was Jesus Really Born?

marineswife 2011/11/30 16:51:07
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I was raised to be a Jehovah's Witness and I never celebrated Christmas, Thanksgiving, or birthdays until I moved in with my husband. Scientists and some theologians believe that because of the way the bible describes the sheep around the time of Jesus' supposed birth that he was more than likely truly born sometime in October. I was taught that birthdays were celebrated as part of a pagan ritual and that no birthdays were supposed to be celebrated... so when do you think Jesus was really born? In October or on Christmas?
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  • sbtbill 2011/11/30 18:48:59
    December
    sbtbill
    We have very little evidence of when the historic Jesus was born. It is probable that December 25th was chosen because it was a common holiday in the ancient world.

    From a point of view of Christian theology I don't think it really makes any difference.
  • Jon 2011/11/30 18:04:45
    December
    Jon
    +1
    He wasn't born in nether month, as someone below stated He was born sometime in the summer. A church has been build on the site where Jesus was born, also there a church built was He was buried. If you really want to know more about Jesus Christ you should take a pilgrimage to Israel and see for you self. A special moment happen every Orthodox Easter in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre this would truly make you a believer. That is if you can get in with all people in side waiting for this moment.  Holy Sepulchre
  • bob 2011/11/30 18:01:07
    October
    bob
    +1
    Jesus is a composite figure.
  • Zombie Saddam 2011/11/30 17:57:09 (edited)
    December
    Zombie Saddam
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    At least, OUR conception of Jesus. You see - Jesus's actual life isn't all that relevant. What matters is how we perceive him and interpret his "actions" (of course he didn't come back from the dead and he probably wasn't immaculately conceived, but he did sacrifice himself.) That conception of Jesus is linked heavily to Roman theology and is thus attached to December 25th as the celebration of the Roman Sun God - a day of festival. Christmas began as a celebration of what people had in COMMON (a belief in God, and a joy for others) rather than what they have in division (the specific God). Thus December 25th has been the best combination to support and spread faith, peace and charity, regardless to when its titular figure was actually born.
  • marines... Zombie ... 2011/11/30 18:04:42
    marineswife
    +1
    Great answer... yours has been one of the few intelligently backed well-thought out comments on my poll and I appreciate you stopping by :)
  • SundanceChick 2011/11/30 17:51:52
    December
    SundanceChick
    +1
    He wasn't =P
  • marines... Sundanc... 2011/11/30 17:59:35
    marineswife
    Good answer :)
  • bobofloblaws 2011/11/30 17:51:19
    December
    bobofloblaws
    +1
    I don't know. I don't even know if he was born. Neither does anyone here.
  • sbtbill boboflo... 2011/11/30 18:51:18
    sbtbill
    I disagree. There is plenty of historic evidence that he was a man in Israel at about the time of the Emperors Augustus and Tiberius.
  • boboflo... sbtbill 2011/11/30 18:54:09
    bobofloblaws
    hmm, historic? do you mean HIS STORY? i remain dubious.
  • SteveMarine- JLA 2011/11/30 17:38:32
    December
    SteveMarine- JLA
    +2
    Should have left an option...for never born at all...
  • Josh Ro... SteveMa... 2011/11/30 17:45:54
    Josh Robinson  R.P.2012' PWCM.
    +1
    That's a gimme...
  • marines... SteveMa... 2011/11/30 17:59:56
    marineswife
    True... I would have probably got more debating if I did
  • lm1b2 2011/11/30 17:30:53
    December
    lm1b2
    +1
    What Difference does it make,what the exact date the son of God was born?He came so we can go to heaven when we die,and if you can't celebrate that, what can you celebrate?
  • Jo 2011/11/30 16:58:46
    December
    Jo
    +1
    nobody really knows for sure when he was born:)
  • Josh Robinson R.P.2012' PWCM. 2011/11/30 16:56:58
    December
    Josh Robinson  R.P.2012' PWCM.
    +1
    No body knows for sure... probably in the summertime. Christianity borrowed dec 25th from the pagan winter solstice celebration of the new year.
  • Jake - 4Q2 2011/11/30 16:55:52
  • Josh Ro... Jake - 4Q2 2011/11/30 16:58:34
  • Jake - 4Q2 Josh Ro... 2011/11/30 17:00:01
  • Josh Ro... Josh Ro... 2011/11/30 17:29:22 (edited)
  • marines... Josh Ro... 2011/11/30 17:40:31
    marineswife
    lol ur funny... Gross but funny
  • boboflo... Josh Ro... 2011/11/30 17:48:11
  • marines... Jake - 4Q2 2011/11/30 18:06:09

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