Bible Question of the day?

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Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The most likely expanation of the selection of December 25 as the day to celebrate Christ’s birth is that it was set by church politicans to fall at the same time as the “pagan” solar festivals that took place all over that part of the world in late December. Their thinking was that if Christmas piggybacked on an existing pagan festival, that would pronote the spread of Christianity.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

The exact date…nowhere?  But they can reasonably date biblical books based off of people mentioned in the texts and through other methods.  That doesn’t prove what happened happened or that any figures actually existed though.  Just that they can date when the writings were produced/formed.  I would not use that article/resource for any study though.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

@adavid718:  The era you can know pretty easily; there are historical events documented throughout the Old Testament, as well as the New, so you can get a rough idea. Through lots of exegesis and comparison to historical records, a “circa” year is fairly well established now, though not at “0”, more like 4 AD from what I’ve heard.

The date, no, you’re right, it’s not there. But what does it matter? Easter moves from day to day every year. So does Memorial Day and Labor Day and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It’s a day of the year, picked less than abitrarily, though yes, perhaps pinpointed for political reasons, that celebrates the birth of a historical figure and the Man Who is believed by many to be the Son of God. Does it matter if we got the PRECISE date right? Seems like it’s the thought that counts at this point. I celebrated my dog’s birthday for years even though I didn’t know the exact date.

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yes the bible is amazing to finding clues of times of events… When Christ was born the shepherds were out with there flock at night as the account brings out… (Luke 2:8) So def wouldn’t not be in the end of December when it’s cold out.. 

to celebrate such an amazing man..our exemplar, our savior.. To use a date that is really meant for a pagan worship to the sun god and tie it to someone like the Son Of God would seem quite  disrespectful if you really think about it.. In the Bible there is not one account that talks about Christ and his disciples celebrating anyone’s birthday.. actually the Passover is what Jesus commanded his followers to do in “remembrance of me” Luke 22:19.

A great documentary to watch is on the History Channel ” the truth about Christmas” its usually on during that season every year.. Very informative and it’s factual and shows the origin of it..and how’s it’s not linked to the birth of Christ.

In the Bible it is said that Jesus left us a “model follow his steps closely” 1 peter 2:21 and  it’s clear to be a Christian that we would follow his steps and do what he did… Thru true study of the Bible and study of his life we can find out what that is and it’s not following the traditions of the Men…it’s clearly spoken here in the Word of God and the words of Christ.. In mark 7:7-9.. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

I think that when we get to Heaven we will spend eternity enjoying the most fantastic birthday celebrations for Jesus.  Yippee.

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@cutiebomb7789:  Year 0 doesn’t exist, it’s -1 and 1. 🙂 But you’re correct, historians now believe the circa date that would be year 1 for us, wasn’t actually the correct date. I think Pope Benedict XVI corrected it in his memoirs as well. Historians and exegetes estimate Jesus’ birth could be anywhere from -4 to +6, based on Herode’s reign. It’s not debated wether Jesus existed or not, it is accepted among historians than he existed indeed. What is ‘debatable’ however, is who Jesus was, and of course it has a lot to do with one’s faith at this point ; the interpretations will differ if the writer believes Jesus was God incarnate, or a prophet, or a jew reformist or dissident, etc. 

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