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Truth About Birth of Jesus Christ
Many Biblical scholars have argued from time to time that December 25th
was not the actual birth date of Christ. It was just adopted as a day to
celebrate the birth of Christ as a Christian substitute to the Roman
festival Saturnalia in the third century. Saturnalia was celebrated as
the Feast of Sun and was actually considered the birth date of the Sun
God of the Romans. Catholic priests held a special mass that day for
Christ and thus, it came to be known as 'Christ-mass' or 'Christmas'.
Along with the date, several other pagan traditions, rituals and
customs followed the way to become associated with Christmas such as
decorating fir trees and burning yule logs. According to these scholars,
Christ was most probably born on September 11, 3 B.C., which was
Wednesday, according to the Bible. There are several other inaccuracies
that we can see in the Nativity plays that are popular these days. Here
are the arguments that are given to prove this fact:
- Luke 2:1 says, "And it came to pass in those days, that
there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world
should be taxed [registered]." Here, 'taxed' means 'to
register'. Caesar Augustus was planning to celebrate his 25th
anniversary as Roman emperor in 2 B.C. but he wanted that all his
subjects are accounted for and there is official declaration of
political allegiance before that. 'All the world' indicates that the
Roman Empire was very vast. Such registrations as these were
typically conducted during the time when the season was mild enough
- Luke 2:2 says, "And this taxing [registration] was first
made when Cyrenius was governor [commander] of Syria." The
'governor' means 'commander' here. Cyrenius had been sent to Syria
to command the registration process in 3 B.C. and this was the time
when the registration was first made.
- Luke 2:6-7 says, "And so it was, that, while they were there
[in Bethlehem], the days were accomplished that she should be
delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him
in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no
room for them in the inn." While Jesus was the 'only begotten
son' of God, Mary had other children too and Jesus was her
'firstborn'. It also indicates that Jesus was born in the manger not
because Mary and Joseph were poor but because there was 'no room in
the inn' as there were lot of people who had come to be registered.
- Bethlehem was the city of David and Joseph and his wife Mary were
David's descendants and had to go there to be registered. 'Swaddling
clothes' also indicate that Mary and Joseph were not poor for they
were used for princes and people of noble blood and royal lineage.
They consisted of fine linen cloth and the child was covered by them
only for a short time until the parents took time to pray to God and
promise Him for good upbringing of the child.
- Luke 2:8 says, "And there were in the same country [the
vicinity of Bethlehem] shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch
over their flock by night." In Biblical times, the farmers used
to hire shepherds in the late summer and early fall to keep their
flocks in his field overnight as the manure of the cattle acted as a
fertilizer for their fields. This indicates that Jesus Christ was
born in early September.
- Revelation 12:1-2 says, "And there appeared a great wonder
in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her
feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with
child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered."
In 3 B.C., it was on Wednesday, September 11th, which was the only
day when the constellation Virgo (represented as a woman) clothed
with the sun as it entered the mid-body in its ecliptic course had
the moon under her feet. Thus, it was during this day, when Jesus
Christ was born.