As usual in the New Testament, the left hand never knew what the right hand was doing. Case-in-point: the gospels date the birth of Jesus at least 10 years apart. Hey, why should I complain, after all it is only a decade; and what’s a decade among friends, right? Yeah, yeah, I know, “ya gotta have blind faith!”
The unknown author of Matthew writes that Jesus was born when Herod was king and of course, alive ― about 4 B.C.E. ± .
when Jesus was born in
The Matthew tale even goes so far to
show ol’ Joe and Mary scooping up the baby Jesus and running to
“... when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in
Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the
But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in
OK, so now we know, from the very first book of the Christian “holey babble” that Herod was King when Jesus was born. Let us turn forward to the “gospel” (good news?) of Luke.
unknown author of Luke, as usual, directly contradicts the Matthew account. Luke
claims that Jesus was born when Cyrenius was governor of
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up
out of the city of
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. (Luke 2:1-5 KJV)
We know the rest of the story ― the pregnant Mary soon dropped the baby Jesus in the manger/stable/cave etc. Presto Chango ― Abracadabra! Now Jesus is born when “Cyrenius was governor.” Did you see the smoke and mirrors, the magic take place?
OOPS! Another new testament lie ― more distorted history. But what-the-heck, it is all for a good cause huh; to get people to believe in the new man-god ― Invisible Man In The Sky. DON’T BE A SUCKER! THINK! Use your head for something beside a hat rack!
Josephus (37-100 CE) wrote of this census and said that it was quite some
time after Herod’s death. Josephus records Archelaus reigning ten years before
being banished to
in the tenth year of Archelaus’s government, both his brethren, and the
principal men of Judaea and Samaria, not being able to bear his barbarous and
tyrannical usage of them, accused him before Caesar...Whereupon Caesar, when he
heard it, was very angry, and...both banished him, and appointed
”...So Archelaus’s country was laid to the province of Syria; and Cyrenius, one that had been consul, was sent by Caesar to take account of people’s effects in Syria, and to sell the house of Archelaus.” (Antiquities, 17 13:5)
continues, recording that Cyrenius took a census of
“Now Cyrenius, a Roman senator...came at this time into Syria, with a few others, being sent by Caesar to...take an account of their substance...Cyrenius came himself into Judaea, which was now added to the province of Syria, to take an account of their substance, and to dispose of Archelaus’s money; but the Jews, although at the beginning they took the report of a taxation heinously, yet did they leave off any further opposition to it...” (Antiquities, 18 1:1)
Since Archelaus reigned for ten years after the death of Herod, this would put the time of the census at about 6 or 7 CE (at least).
Your clergy, the theologians, apologists and missionaries all depend on sheeple blindly swallowing the “holy tales” ― the swill ― they weave from the pulpits and Christian writings. They depend on your “ignorant blind faith” trust of them; that you will not take the initiative to invest the hours of study and logic to uncover the lies ― the damn lies ― of Christianity and it's equally fictitious source, Judaism's Old Testament. The church has flourished only because of this ”blind faith” religiholic trust, fueled by people’s laziness.
You should realize that those who manipulate your heart and mind make their living by doing that to you and your family ― your wife and children. They have a vested interest in keeping your "blind faith" and money flowing into their coffers. IT IS THEIR JOB! Rebel, break free, THINK! GET MAD! Do as the newsman Howard Beale in the 1976 movie, Network!
“All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a human being! My life has value!’
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!’ “
Regain control of yourself! “Don’t take this anymore!!”
"The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth." -Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)