Post # 32
He definitely wasn’t born on Christmas. Both Christmas and Easter are originally Pagan holidays that were appropriated (historical fact before anyone jumps on me). I’ve read that most scholars believe he was born in July.
Post # 33
From what I have heard, he was born in the summer (I want to say August?) but the Christian Church aligned the celebration of his birth with the date of a pagan celebration (as is the case with most Christian holidays).
But I could be wrong. 😛
I, too am a Christian and don’t believe Jesus was born anywhere near December 25th, but I LOVE Christmas and don’t mind celebating on a less-than-accurate date. 🙂
Post # 34
A good family friend is a Catholic priest who worked as the Pope’s Latin expert in Vatican City for 40 years. He was actually featured on Bill Maher’s “Religulous” movie as well… I’ll have to ask him and get his opinion, as he doesn’t even believe most of the things in the Bible.
Post # 35
Oh, just re-watched the part of “Religulous” where he was featured and said he doesn’t get why we have Midnight Mass on 12/14 because Jesus could have been born on July 3rd. Haha
Post # 36
Also back then, early christians/judaic people didn’t celebrate birthdays, so it was not of the importance that people place on it today. The hebrew calendar does not make it easy to keep a birthday too, your day would vary like by 11 days each year. You would also change your astrological sign frequently 😉
Post # 37
I don’t think it matters whatsoever.
Post # 38
@hthesken: @GreenEyedMoon: I’m not a professed Christian. I have, however, made its history a major part of my studies during college when I was a history major. If you look at the astronomy and star placement at the time, yes, it’s fairly clear that He was born in midsummer. The generally accepted reason that His birthday is celebrated on Dec. 25th is because that is the birthdate of Mithras, a hugely popular god during the first and second centuries, and from whom we have obtained many symbols that we associate with Christ and other holy people (eg. Halos). This same concept holds true for many other major Christian holidays. The reasoning was to supplant the god whom was being celebrated and to attract more “pagans” to the Christian faith. It generally worked.
Post # 39
@hthesken: Considering the fact that calendars come in a multitude of varieties and that historically its hard to get at dates because of problems with different calendar systems, missing data and what not, I don’t think it matters. Christmas day is the day we celebrate Christ’s birth. Whether or not the earth was in the exact position of orbit around the sun when Jesus does not matter to me.