Nathan Bond's TART Remarks

Religion: Respect? Ridicule!

Jesus & I

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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.”



Written by Nathan Bond

December 25, 2007 at 08:01

Posted in Religion must go!

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