Jesus’ life, are the claims true?

There is no historical proof that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This was only stated in Matthew (2:1-9) and Luke (2:1-21). They claim that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, yet this does not appear anywhere in either of those books or the new testament. Not only that, but they refer to him continuously as the Nazerean, but for a single verse in the gospel of John (7:42).

Being from Nazereth, they claimed he was a carpenter/woodworker (tekton), but the homes and building there, were made with mud bricks. There is only one verse in the new testament, that this claim is made, Mark 6:3.

Being that he was a carpenter (tekton) would mean that he was part of the poorest of the community, just a step above the beggars and slaves. These people were illiterate, they could not read or write and none of them had access to the scripture. Those were housed in the synagogues only accessable by the scribes a be scholars. The scriptures were written in Hebrew, which the Jews of that time would have had elementary knowledge of Hebrew. He would have had enormous difficulty reading, writing, or communicating in Hebrew, much less preaching to the people and then understand in Hebrew. Whatever languages Jesus might have spoken, he more than likely wouldn’t have been able able to read or write in any of them. There were no schools in Nazareth for peasant children to attend.

Luke’s account in Luke (2:42-52) when he stated that Jesus was at the temple in Jerusalem, debating the scribes and rabbi’s at twelve years old, is impossible. Luke’s (Luke 4:16-22) account of Jesus at the synagogue in Nazareth, that never existed, reading from the scrolls of Isaiah, isn’t in the least a credible claim.

When Jesus entered the temple hen he got angry at the money changers and pharasees, he entered into the court of the gentiles. This area was not strict on having money changers or people selling goods in the area, so his actions were a criminal act. They labeled Jesus a lestes or bandit.

Jesus also, instructed his followers to get swords before the guards came to arrest him (Like 22:36-38). Recall watching the Passion of the Christ, they made it out to seem like Christ didn’t want his men fighting the guards, but this shows that he did. They charged him with sedition for one thing, which means striving for kingly rule.

(Notes from Zealot by Raza Aslan)


Religions the Forefront of Histories Wars

I just watched a video about Islam, it spoke of the history of Muhammad and how he went to Medina or Madinah and tried to show that his Quran and the people of the book (Torah), the Jews, how similar their religions were. They would not accept him as the last prophet, and so he started killing them. Islam went from a spiritual movement to a military movement once the Jews rejected Muhammad.

It also told about a time when Islam called out Jews and Christians as scum. As Islam spread it became a requirement, if they (Jews and Christians) would not convert to Islam, they would have to pay their protection tax and Jews were given yellow star necklaces to wear and Christians a belt, so that they could all be identified. They were oppressed from practicing their religions by Islamic people, and they were treated as second class citizens. The actions of 9-11 are symbolic, it was the time when Islam had spread to more of the world than the Roman Empire, at its peak, but they were stopped a Vienna. Bin Laden didn’t just pick the date randomly, it had a purpose from the historical past with Islamic Jihad. This is all part of their religions history.

Just as the Christians in the Crusades killed so many, Islam did and has done no better with their Jihad. Even in Christianity, once the different sects began to split, the ones who had gained more ground, oppressed others that were of the Christian faith as well, so much so that some were killed or in prison throughout their lives or until their death. Just like Islam, Christians have oppressed people and started wars to further the spread of Christianity. In the US, they have come against all other religions, the LGBTQ community, and even people of color. Back during the Civil war, some Christian sects were pro slavery, because the Bible spoke of it in the Old Testament, they felt that it was okay. The Bible, is a book of historic happenings along a Biblical people and timeline, but not all of history.

In today’s America, because Jesus was a person of color and from the Middle East, if he was escaping or attempting to escape from Islam or the Jihadist, our government would reject him from coming here for safety. More Christians than not, would also reject him. The far right have become a very selfish people, they, who mostly are immigrants themselves, are refusing to allow others into this country, for safety or career purposes. When these right or far right people say America first, they forget, or maybe they are aware, that they are leaving their fellow humans to struggles and death, that they could help prevent. The immigrants of this country are a broad spectrum of people. Some bring great smarts, talents, and knowledge to our country, and others help to maintain our infrastructure and do many of the jobs, Americans would rather not do, to help maintain our country.

Religion has been at the forefront of most wars in the history of mankind. It has taken more lives than any other cause, an estimated 150 million to 1 billion deaths have been caused by war. Still today there is a war within religion, and each version of religion is constantly trying to take control or be the “right” one. None of them can get along, or agree to disagree on the fact that they worship in a different way or a different god. As long as religion is around, mankind, will always remain at war. As much as they want to speak of peace and love, this seems to only be contained to its own people and does not include those of other beliefs or atheists.  I think there are a few that are actually just peaceful, but I have not delved into them all to know, but the three major ones seem to always be at each other’s throats, over who’s god the best or right god.

From a Christian stand point, if we are supposed to love our neighbor, Christianity is failing miserably. I fear, this will be a continuing cycle, if religion remains, unless people can find a way to co-exist. I fear, Peace will never be attained, because all religious people believe they are absolutely correct in their thinking and everyone else, is wrong. At least, from my experience and observation in Christianity and now researching other religions. This appears to be one of the pivotal facts that is within all religions. The majority of religious people, know nothing of their own religions historical past, because they do not teach it in churches and people are content with not knowing.

Religious people, will not allow people to live and let live. Even still, I can respect others beliefs, but only so long as they do not force their religion on others or cause harm to other human beings. If they cause harm to others or force their religion on others, they no longer have my respect.

Back to the video for a moment. The video was informative of some of the history of Islam, but at the end, the lady said, that “America should be first and all else could go to hell.” I am and will always be appalled by this kind of thinking. The US is supposed to stand for diversity and inclusivity, and people like this, do not respect or represent what this country stands for. This land was built on the blood of the Natives Americans and the backs of slaves, these happenings were not right, but they are a part of our past, which should never be repeated. This country is not about, “damn everyone else, as long as I’m good.”
Note: I have not delved into the history of Islam, in my research, I have only touched on the surface of their teachings. I have also spoken to several Muslim people about their beliefs.

Things You Won’t Learn In Church

I never knew until I started researching religions, that I never knew the history of the one I was raised to follow. They don’t teach you the history of the religion in church.  Possibly, because this could be very bad for the church as a whole and drawing people into the fold, if they really knew the history of it all. Churches would lose people and thus funding. I was raised Baptist, Southern Baptist to be exact. I never knew there were 50 sects, just of Baptist, in the US alone. I never knew the Southern Baptist were pro slavery. I never knew the details, of how the Bible came to be.  I never knew how many countless versions there are out there with translations changed or input stitched into the text by someone who follows Christianity in one sect or another. I never knew the history of how or why the different churches split off from the others. I never knew how many lives were lost to war, prison, or persecution because of their differences. These are just a few things, Christians are never taught.

You are taught to strictly believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God. That pastors are the chosen ones to teach you the ways of the Lord and how to interpret the Bible itself from past meanings and how it applies to us today. You are taught that your sect’s way of thinking, is the correct way and all other secular people and even Christians are wrong.  If you ask too many questions, it spawns anger either because they don’t have an answer or because they think you are doubting the faith. It seems like, I like many others still, was missing a lot of information, all hidden in plain sight. 

To trump or not to trump is not the question.

Not all people who support trump are assholes, and not all people who don’t support trump are assholes. I have been able to talk to a few trump supporters, and while I don’t understand them backing him, we are able to be civil and discuss other issues and even some political.

I think we are losing focus of our humanity in America. Many of us want a better country, one that is more peaceful and inclusive of all peoples, no matter their differences. We need to care about the well-being of others, no matter their differences. The far left and the far right are stirring a lot of hate in our nation. Bottom line, if you are not concerned the lives and well-being of others, you are the problem. If you have hate for your neighbor because they are a different race then you, a different sexuality than you, or different gender than you, you are the problem.

It doesn’t matter what your personal beliefs are, what your religion might teach you, or what you like or dislike. If you don’t like it, if you don’t agree with it, then don’t do it. This does not give you the right to cause harm to or take away the rights of others, because you do not think something is right or you wouldn’t do whatever the way they do. The line has been crossed, for far too long, and that line is where others are harmed or could be harmed because of your actions, beliefs, or way of thinking. Separation of church and state needs to be an actual thing, if someone wants to represent a set of people, they cannot bring their religion into it. Religion has been the cause of so much war, oppression, and hate, throughout history and it is no different today.

We need to come back to logical thinking and hold all those who we have given power, in our nation, accountable for their actions. When you step up to lead in any format, you are put under a microscope, and these people who run for office, know this before they start the process of leadership. No leader is above the law, but even more so under it, because everything they do is seen and heard. We should all agree on this, this shouldn’t even be a question. We need to come together and protect our nation and each other.

Are the gospels True? / Ever-changing deity

An ever-changing deity

Humans needs and desires have changed as the world evolves, and continue to change as the planet and it’s population face new challenges. Concepts of the Divine also evolve and change, though most religions prefer not to acknowledge this, presenting themselves instead as unwavering both in the essentials of their faith, and in the rules that shape it’s practice within institutions.

So the idea of a drink remains remarkably flexible, and it is this flexibility, according to some people, that has enabled the concept to survive for so long. This suggestion implies a degree if calculation by religious leaders – that they have tailored their presentation to satisfy the particular needs of specific periods. That God is ultimately unknowable, however, it spelt out explicitly by all faiths, which teach that it is in the quest to know God, or the gods, that we seek and hopefully find value and meaning in life.

(50 Ideas You Really Need To Know: Religion by Peter Stanford)

We Don’t Need Another Hero

When Tina Turner sang “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” I think she was sing this song for more than its surface purpose, the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. I think maybe she had a hope for her generation to move past the chaos and into a time of peace, if not, that’s what I’ve gotten from it. Unfortunately, her generation has failed and ours is rising.
Our parents generation was not able to come together because of the white races oppression of others or their contentment with that oppression. Our generation has begun to bridge the gap they left us.
“Out of the ruins, out from the wreckage
Can’t make the same mistakes this time
We are the children, the last generation
We are the ones they left behind
And I wonder when we are ever gonna change?
Living under the fear, till nothing else remains
We don’t need another hero,
We don’t need to know the way home
All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome
Looking for something we can rely on
There’s got to be something better out there.
Mmmm, love and compassion, their day is coming
All else are castles built in the air
And I wonder when we are ever gonna change?
Living under the fear, till nothing else remains.”
Reading those lyrics, I see what’s happened in our nation and in our world. We have been a race, the human race that has allowed the past to repeat itself for centuries. We can’t make the same mistakes they made, we have to be better than they were and are. We have been left with a past full of hate and pain, but we don’t have to allow that to remain. We have to a chance, because we are learning to come together as people, as the human race. We aren’t afraid to stand together in our beautiful unique rainbow of shades of human, we are willing to stand together in love and compassion for one another. That’s what makes us better and different. It’s up to us, to love each other and help each other through this time.
The evil that is leading OUR land will not and has not ripped us apart, it’s ripped the old backwards thinking apart from the compassionate loving thinking. I know we have been angry at the things that are happening in our country, I’m right there with all of you, but once these horrible men (because the majority of the ones leading this land are just that) are replace with us, with the better, we will make this land and this world a better place. I will not be my parents or grandparents generations, I will be my own. I will fight racism until it’s gone and actually is a thing in museums we can learn about, never to repeat again. We will find peace to co-exist in other ways, because we are already doing it.
We are the last generation that the hate and contempt for ourselves will be. We are the generation that will pull humanity out of the ashes that we were left with. We are the ones we can rely on to make this happen, us. So don’t let what’s been going on defeat you, just stand next to your brother’s and sisters and lock arms and keep moving forward.

Jesus’ Birth

I’ve done my own research, but I found this article that summed up my findings very well. There are links in this document if you would like to go to the actual page this is from and check out the comments as well.


History convincingly shows that December 25 was popularized as the date for Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day but because it was already popular in pagan religious celebrations as the birthday of the sun.

The biblical accounts point to the fall of the year as the most likely time of Jesus’ birth.

But is it possible that December 25 could be the day of Christ’s birth?

“Lacking any scriptural pointers to Jesus’s birthday, early Christian teachers suggested dates all over the calendar. Clement… picked November 18. Hippolytus … figured Christ must have been born on a Wednesday … An anonymous document[,] believed to have been written in North Africa around A.D. 243, placed Jesus’s birth on March 28” (Jeffery Sheler, U.S. News & World Report, “In Search of Christmas,” Dec. 23, 1996, p. 58).

A careful analysis of Scripture, however, clearly indicates that December 25 is an unlikely date for Christ’s birth. Here are two primary reasons:

1. We know that shepherds were in the fields watching their flocks at the time of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:7-8 Luke 2:7-87 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. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
American King James Version×

Shepherds were not in the fields during December. According to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, Luke’s account “suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall. Since December is cold and rainy in Judea, it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night” (p. 309).

Similarly, The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary says this passage argues “against the birth [of Christ] occurring on Dec. 25 since the weather would not have permitted” shepherds watching over their flocks in the fields at night.

2. Jesus’ parents came to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census (Luke 2:1-4 Luke 2:1-41 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
American King James Version×

Such censuses were not taken in winter, when temperatures often dropped below freezing and roads were in poor condition. Taking a census under such conditions would have been self-defeating.

Given the difficulties and the desire to bring pagans into Christianity, “the important fact then … to get clearly into your head is that the fixing of the date as December 25th was a compromise with paganism” (William Walsh, The Story of Santa Klaus, 1970, p. 62).

If Jesus Christ wasn’t born on December 25, does the Bible indicate when He was born?

The biblical accounts point to the fall of the year as the most likely time of Jesus’ birth, based on the conception and birth of John the Baptist.

Since Elizabeth (John’s mother) was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Jesus was conceived (Luke 1:24-36 Luke 1:24-3624 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25 Thus has the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. 26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in to her, and said, Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. 31 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come on you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
American King James Version×
), we can determine the approximate time of year Jesus was born if we know when John was born. John’s father, Zacharias, was a priest serving in the Jerusalem temple during the course of Abijah (Luke 1:5 Luke 1:5THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
American King James Version×
). Historical calculations indicate this course of service corresponded to June 13-19 in that year ( The Companion Bible, 1974, Appendix 179, p. 200).

It was during this time of temple service that Zacharias learned that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child (Luke 1:8-13 Luke 1:8-138 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell on him. 13 But the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
American King James Version×
). After he completed his service and traveled home, Elizabeth conceived (Luke 1:23-24 Luke 1:23-2423 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
American King James Version×
). Assuming John’s conception took place near the end of June, adding nine months brings us to the end of March as the most likely time for John’s birth. Adding another six months (the difference in ages between John and Jesus) brings us to the end of September as the likely time of Jesus’ birth.


Another key to this is that, the lord was providing Mary with dates from the palm tree. Dates are not ripe in December.

Finding The Truth In Religion and History