Jesus & I
I was born a few minutes before midnight on December 24. My parents were scared that they’d run into trouble for registering my birth according to their Seventh-day Adventist religious belief – on the 25th, as the Bible teaches, so they hold, that the day starts at sunset.
So officially, I was born on December 24. Yet, according to my parents’ religious beliefs, I was born on December 25 – the day the Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christ.
I’m both amused and bemused by the fact. Especially because Jesus was a perceived ne’er-do-well1 lambasted for associating with the publicani2 and prostitutes3.
What a fun exercise in exegesis and eisegesis… who knows what the author means?
Audi et alteram partem.
(1) John 1:46 (NIV): “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.
(2) Cicero. In Verrem. ii.3. 11, ‡‡27, 28; de Officiis, i. 42, ‡150.
(3) Matthew 21:32 (New American Standard Bible): “For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.”