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10 Jesus’ mission declarations

Introduction

Sunday  27 January at the Catholic mass we read about Jesus first  ministry declaration.

Jesus first mission declaration in Galilee

As you can read in Luke 4, 14-21  ” 14 Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. 15 He taught in their synagogues and everyone glorified him. 16 He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read, 17 and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:

18 The spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me…

  • to bring the good news to the afflicted. 
  • He has sent me
  • to proclaim liberty to captives,
  • sight to the blind, to
  • let the oppressed go free, 19 
  • to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord. 20 

He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to speak to them,

‘This text is being fulfilled today even while you are listening.’

jesus final declaration in Capernaum

AsJohn 6:27-54 tells, Jesus will later in Capernaum explain that he will give us food that endures for eternal life.

27 Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.

Jesus   explains in this Capernaum declaration why he  at the last supper said to the disciples to eat his body and drink his blood with the words ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ 20 ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood poured out for you.” (in Luke 22:19-20  )

I will come back to this final declaration in a future post.

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9. Jesus miracles

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introduction

Sunday  20 January at the Vatholic mass we read about the first miracle of of Jesus. Also the Quran talks about the miracle of Jesus but with a different perspetive.

Index

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The first miracle

John 2, 1-11 says: 

1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. 3 And they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the feast had all been used, and the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4 Jesus said, ‘Woman, what do you want from me? My hour has not come yet.’ 5 His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6 There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water,’ and they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he said to them, ‘Draw some out now and take it to the president of the feast.’ 9 They did this; the president tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from — though the servants who had drawn the water knew — the president of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said, ‘Everyone serves good wine first and the worse wine when the guests are well wined; but you have kept the best wine till now.’ 11 This was the first of Jesus’ signs: it was at Cana in Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.”

Not only the New testament talks about jesus Miracles.

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Jesus miracles in the Quran

In the Quran we read about Mary (Maryam) and jesus (Isa):

“And [mention] the one who guarded her chastity, so We blew into her [garment] through Our angel [Gabriel], and We made her and her son a sign for the worlds.” ( Quran 21:91 )

And We did certainly give Moses the Torah and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit.”  ( Quran 2:87 )

These texts are the reason why good Muslims consider Jesus (Isa as they call him), one of the greatest prophets.

A miracle done by Jesus, mentioned only  in the Qur’an

The Quran tells about  some miracles. Like this on the table where Jesus asks Allah for a miracle, of which you are in www.islamreligion.com :

“When the disciples said: O Jesus, son of Mary!  Is your Lord able to send down for us a table spread with food from heaven?  He said: Observe your duty to God, if ye are true believers. They said: We desire to eat of it and our hearts be at rest, and that We may know that you have spoken truth to us, and that We may be witnesses thereof.  Jesus, son of Mary, said: ‘O God, our Lord, send down for us a Table laden with food out of heaven, that shall be for us a recurring festival, the first and last of us, and a miracle from You. And provide us our sustenance, for You are the best of providers!” ( Quran 5:112-114 )

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Jesus miracles always with God/Allahs permission.

The Quran clearly tells the Jesus does miracles always with Allahs permission.

In Quran 3:49 your read:

“And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.”

I never read about this bird miracle in the Gospels. 

Leggi di più in (Fonte: www.islamreligion.com )

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Conclusions

 According to Christianity Jesus is God incorporated.

But Jesus himself always talked about God as “my father” and himself as “Son of Man” or in Hebrew “Elohim”.

Jesus emphased the difference between him and God.

The Quran confirms this difference in position. God is one (despite the frequent use o f “we”):

Jesus (Isa in Arabic) is a Messenger as Quran 2:87 writes  “We gave ‘Îsa (jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), clear signs and supported him with Ruh-ul-Qudus”

I rely on the words said by Jesus according to the Gospels as It is obvious for me that that it is the “father” or God or Allah  that decides what can be done or not.  The Quran emphasizes this beingcoerent witht the fact that there is only one God.

8. Jesus baptism

Introduction

January 13 the Catholic Mass read about Jesus baptism 30 years old. Jesus baptism has been discussed since the begining of Christianity.

As neonatal death  was very common 2000 yeaes ago.  the Catholic chruch started the tradition to baptice newborm babies as soon as possible. The church did it to save these newborn from hell. Read more about this issue in https://www.catholic.com/tract/early-teachings-on-infant-baptism 

I wanted to baptice my childrens in my Catholic church but were not allowed to do that because I never went to mass at that time. We could have done that in the Protestant church but I and the mother decided that the childrens could do that as adults instead. 

Jesus about baptism

according to  Matthew  28:19 Jesus said:

” 19 Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

What happens if you die and are not baptized as infant?

Catholic.com does not answer on that question but says that “you are not saved” if you are not baptized. Read more in https://www.catholic.com/tract/the-necessity-of-baptism 

The pope Benedetto 16 said that we choose to get childrens so we should baptize them as “with the baptism they are protected by God” Read more in the Italian site  http://www.santamelania.it

Catholic.com also says “Thus the early Church Fathers wrote in the Nicene Creed (A.D. 381), “We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.” 1

Only the Witnesses of Jehovah do not practice infant baptism. (read morer in https://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/baptism.php )

Paedobaptism or infant baptism

As the church regards Jesus as God and therefore his baapticing not a bapticing for the sins, the church started the tradition of paedobaptism. As Jesus baptism was like a paedobaptism despite his documented 30 years of age.

Michael Servetus who was sentenced to death because of heresy, said about paedobaptism:

“It is an invention of the devil, an infernal falsity for the destruction of all Christianity.” ( Source: www.newworldencyclopedia.org/ )

Conclusion

Despite what Jesus said in MAtthew, maybe Jesus hiumself did errors as a small child and wanted therefore to get baptized for the sins made during his youth.

 

6. The difficult youth of Jesus.

 introduction

December 30.  Jesus is growing. He was not a normal boy and may have suffered during his childhood. This is excerpt 6 from  a  page about Jesus I am working with and will publish in its final form after Easter 2019.

This video is nice but Luke tells really a different story. Jesus is 12 year and is in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions. ( Luke 2:46  ) Mary and Joseph are there and are anxious after having searched  for him.  He

“49  replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?'”
This is the only text describing a young Jesus in the Gospels. You find it in  Luke 2:49

Jesus is not like other children his age, playing games with other childrens. In the film above I am reminded about a boy with Asperger.

How were his first 12 years? Did they ridiculed  him like they did years later when he was an adult? (Matthew 9: 24 )

He was a special boy, born by a unknown father. He probably did not look like his father.
Neighboors maybe  talked bad about him and his mother while their childrens listened.

Deuteronomy 23:2 supported such a treatment with this text:

HEB:  לֹא־ יָבֹ֥א מַמְזֵ֖ר בִּקְהַ֣ל יְהוָ֑ה
NAS: No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the LORD

Jesus was special, he was intelligent. He may have therefore been  a treath for other envious weak childrens in the small village of Nazareth, children looking for respect and power. Like he was as an adult. 

If bullyism existed, he was a typical victim of bullyism. I wrote about bullyism in one of my pages.  As I documented there.  Famous  Henry Thomas alias “ET-boy” and Jack Lloyd, child actor in Star Trek suffered bullyism. Why not also Jesus?

Jesus may have been quantum entangled with God and therefore talked with the knowledge of God.  But when he talked about childrens he talked like on who knew how it is to be a child and what children most of all need.

This is how Jesus talked when “people  brought babies to him” and “the  disciples scolded them“:

16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 17 In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'” (  Luke 18:15-17 )

He knew what it meant for a children to be

  • ridiculed as he maybe himself probably was ridiculed by other childrens
  • he knew how important it was to love our childrens.
  • he knew how important the “love your enemy and pardon” strategy was  as he himself had tested it
  • he knew how weak childrens can be as he himself has felt that weakness.

I think that this video from the mormon channel, gives an idea of Jesus relation with childrens.

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The silent years of Jesus

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introduction

This post is a update from a post I published December 28, 2018

index

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Jesus childhood and youth

December 28.  Jesus is growing. He was not a normal boy and may have suffered during his childhood. 

about Herod, who killed all the male children
(Matthew 2:17) took inspiration from Jeremiah 31:15, writing

2:17 Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
2:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
lamentation, weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children; she wouldn’t be comforted, because they are no more.”

Jesus infancy, childhood and youth.

Luke 2:49: About 12-year-old Jesus who  replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?'”

This is the only text describing a young Jesus in the Gospels.

Mark starts his Gospel with Jesus, maybe 30 years old,  being baptized by John.

A paraphrase of the life of Moses

They made the life of Jesus a paraphrase of the life of Moses who too was saved in Egypt and then similarly met his people on a mountain, Moses on Sion and Jesus outside Jerusalem. 

very little is said about Jesus’ infancy and childhood experiences. We read about Jesus being a  baby in the cradle. Besides the 12-year-old boy in the synagogue story, from his birth until he was baptized there is complete darkness.

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Gospel stories inspired by the Torah

It looks like the evangelists studied the old testament (OT) to get a picture of Jesus life. They  tried to draw a picture of the historical Jesus birth, childhood and youth, with inspiration  from the old books, like about the birthplace of Jesus, taken from Mika:

  • Mika 5:2 (“But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
        who are one of the little clans of Judah,
    from you shall come forth for me
        one who is to rule in Israel,
  • Salomos 7:4 (I was nursed with care in swaddling cloths. For no king has had a different beginning of existence;”).

Marks first writing about the historical Jesus was At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”  ( mark/1-9.htm ) “And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” ( mark/1-11.htm )

Matthew (Levi according to Mark) and Luke never met Jesus and had great troubles figuring out about Jesus birth and childhood. Markus who was the first to write a Gospel about Jesus, didn’t give Matthew and Luke any help.

Despite the accurate Roman documentation tradition, Josephus is the only historian telling about a Jesus in the words “Jesus called Messiah”

Talmuds only shared what Jesus taught. Find an answer about Jesus’ birth, childhood, and youth in the old testament,  was a tricky issue to deal with. All agreed the mother was called Mary, a woman who lived in Nazareth. They knew Jesus was the “son of Mary”. But as I asked in a previous post. Who was the father?

Voices in the first two centuries told Mary was raped by a Roman soldier. This Roman soldier was given the name Pantera.

Matthew and Luke must have wondered. They did not like these bad talks.

about Judas, who betrayed Jesus:
(Matthew 27:9) took inspiration from Zechariah 11:12-13 and Jeremiah 19:1-13; 32:6-9 writing

27:9 Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah (u) the prophet was fulfilled, saying, “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him upon whom a price had been set, whom some of the children of Israel priced,
27:10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” (v)

footnotes

  • (u) 27:9 some manuscripts omit “Jeremiah”

about Jesus in Capernaum
Inspired by Isaiah 9:1-2, Matthew 4:13 says

4:13 Leaving Nazareth, he came and lived in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
4:14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
4:15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,
4:16 the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned.”

 

about John the Baptist:
Luke 3.3-4 is inspired by  Isaiah 40:3-5 writing:

3:3  He came into all the region around the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for remission of sins.
3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.
3:5 Every valley will be filled. Every mountain and hill will be brought low. The crooked will become straight, and the rough ways smooth. 3:6 All flesh will see God’s salvation.’”

Luke 4:17 is inspired by  Isaiah 40:3-5 writing about John the Baptist

About Peters wife’s mother
Matthew 8:14 writes inspired by Isaiah 53:4:

8:14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever.
8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. She got up and served him. (p)

8:16 When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick;
8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases.”

Footnotes

  • (p) 8:15 TR reads “them” instead of “him”

About Jesus healing
Matthew 12:16-21, inspired by Isaiah 42:1-4 wrote:

Great multitudes followed him; and he healed them all,
12:16 and commanded them that they should not make him known:
12:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
12:18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit on him. He will proclaim justice to the nations.
12:19 He will not strive, nor shout; neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
12:20 He won’t break a bruised reed. He won’t quench a smoking flax, until he leads justice to victory. 
12:21 In his name, the nations will hope.”

About Jesus’ parables
Matthew 13.34 shares these words taken from
Psalm 78:2

13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn’t speak to them,
13:35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.”

About Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem
Inspired by Psalm Psalm 118:26 Matthew writes:

13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn’t speak to them,
13:35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.”

21:9The multitudes who went before him, and who followed kept shouting, “Hosannas to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

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others trying to fill the gap

I am not the only one who try to figure out how the life of the young Jesus may have been.

  1. one is the film “The Young Messiah”  a 2016 American biblical drama film directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and co-written by Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh and Nowrasteh, based on the novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. See ww1.theyoungmessiah.com
  2. truthbook.com/jesus/jesus-teenage-years shares a story but gives no reliable sources. It tells about a happy youth with Jesus playing harp etc. because of Jesus teaching about children and his status, I believe that Jesus had a completely different kind of childhood.
  3.  Jonas Gardell is the one who has done the most serious  research about Jesus in his book. His arguments about a Mamzer Jesus is well grounded. I will come back to this in my coming posts.

 

4. The geneaology of Jesus

introduction

December 25. The baby is born. This is excerpt 4 from  a  page about Jesus I am working with and will publish after Easter 2019.
It is time to share some facts about Jesus as told about by the Gospel of Matthew and Luke.

Geneaology of Jesus

Matthew and Luke describes the Geneaology of Jesus in different ways. You find a Maternal ancestry in Luke.  Luke’s genealogy is of Mary, with Eli being her father, while Matthew’s describes a paternal genealogy.

Matthew starts with Abraham, while Luke begins with Adam.
The lists are identical between Abraham and David (I marked these parts with green text), but differ radically from Jesus to David and from Abraham  backwards to Adam in Luke. ( I marked these text in red )

To make them comparable, I reordered so both start from Jesus.

According to Matthew 1:16
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According to Luke 3:23
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Jesus is
the son of Joseph,
the son of Jacob,
the son of Matthan,
15 the son of Eleazar,
the son of Elihud,
the son of Akim,
the son of Zadok,
the son of Azor,
the son of Eliakim,
13 the son of Abihud,
the son of Zerubbabel,
was the son of Shealtiel,
the son of Jeconiah[c] and his brothers
the son of Josiah,
the son of Amon,
the son of Manasseh,
Ahaz the son of Hezekiah,
Jotham the son of Ahaz,
9 Uzziah the son of Jotham,
Jehoram the son of Uzziah,
Jehoshaphat the son of Jehoram,
8 Asa the son of Jehoshaphat,
Abijah the son of Asa,
Rehoboam the son of Abijah,
7 the son of Rehoboam,
was the son of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
the son of King David.
the son of Jesse,
the son of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
the son of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
the son of Salmon,
he son of Nahshon,
the son of Amminadab,
the son of Ram,
the son of Hezron,
the son of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
the son of Judah and his brothers,
the son of Jacob,
2 was the son of Isaac,
Abraham
Jesus is
the son of Mary,
the son of Heli,
the son of Matthat,
the son of Levi,
the son of Melchi,
the son of Jannai,
the son of Joseph,
the son of Mattathias,
the son of Amos,
the son of Nahum,
the son of Esli,
the son of Naggai,
the son of Maath,
the son of Mattathias,
the son of Semein,
the son of Josech,
the son of Joda
the son of Joanan,
the son of Rhesa,
the son of Zerubbabel,
the son of Shealtiel,[a]
the son of Neri
the son of Melchi,
the son of Addi,
the son of Cosam,
the son of Elmadam,
the son of Er, 29
the son of Joshua,
the son of Eliezer,
the son of Jorim,
the son of Matthat,
the son of Levi
the son of Simeon,
the son of Judah,
the son of Joseph,
the son of Jonam,
the son of Eliakim
the son of Melea,
the son of Menna,
the son of Mattatha,
the son of Nathan,
the son of David
the son of Jesse,
the son of Obed,
the son of Boaz,
the son of Sala,
the son of Nahshon
the son of Amminadab,
the son of Admin,
the son of Arni,
the son of Hezron,
the son of Perez,
the son of Judah
the son of Jacob,
the son of Isaac,
the son of Abraham,
the son of Terah,
the son of Nahor
the son of Serug,
the son of Reu,
the son of Peleg,
the son of Eber,
the son of Shelah
the son of Cainan,
the son of Arphaxad,
the son of Shem,
the son of Noah,
the son of Lamech
the son of Methuselah,
the son of Enoch,
the son of Jared,
the son of Mahalaleel,
the son of Cainan
the son of Enos,
the son of Seth,
the son of Adam,
the son of God.”

 

3. the name of Jesus

introduction

December 25. The baby is born. This is excerpt 3 from  a  page about Jesus I am working with and will publish after Easter 2019.

The name of Jesus

The name “Jesus, son of Mary” written in Arabic calligraphy
(Isa ibn Maryam), 
followed by “peace be upon him.” بلال الدويك

The name of Jesus appears appears 72 time(s) in 59 verse(s) in Quran in Mohsin Khan translation in the Quran.(  Read more in  www.vox.com.

In the Bible it is of course more. You find the word 7990 times. https://www.catholic.org/search/bible/?q=jesus

 Iēsous (Greek: Ἰησοῦς), the Greek form of the Hebrew name Yeshua (Hebrew: ישוע‎). As its roots lie in the name Yeshua, it is etymologically related to another biblical name, Joshua.

The name Yeshua appears written as ê·śāw (of Esau) many times in Genesis and in  Obadiah 1:21 

where it is said that 

“And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.”

 

“In Hebrew, the word for ‘saviors’ is ‘yasha‘, which is closely related to ‘Yeshua‘, the name of the Messiah, which literally means ‘salvation‘ in Hebrew.

יָשַׁע yâshaʻ, yaw-shah’; a primitive root; properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor:—× at all, avenging, defend, deliver(-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save(-iour), get victory.

Could it be, that the ‘yasha’ mentioned in Obadiah 1:21 are none other than the Saints, clothed in white linen, who return to Jerusalem with Yeshua/Jesus during the Second Coming?”

” Source:  yeshua.org )

Jesus Christ is  called यीशु मसीह (Yīśu masīha) in Hindi. very similar to the Arabic Isa.

https://www.quora.com

What does the name mean?

“The name Jesus means ‘Savior’. It is the same name as Joshua in the Old Testament. It is given to our Lord because “He saves His people from their sins.The Song of Solomon describes the experience of many, when it says, “Your name is oil poured forth” (Song of Solomon 1:3)” (Source: https://www.christianity.com/jesus/is-jesus-god/names-of-jesus/what-does-the-name-jesus-mean.html )

2. A unpleasant start

introduction

We are approaching December 25.   The birth of Jesus is followed by problems.

Matthew1:19   says: 

“Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly”

Joseph was  thinking about exposing Mary  to public disgrace with a divorce but he had according to Matthew1:20 a revealing dream:

20 He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.

Joseph got that saving dream. But Marys and Josephs neighbors? probably not.

Let us move to Nazareth were this probably happened and imagine yourself outisde your house. there you met  the  beautiful young girl neighbor of yours since many years and you see that she is pregnant.  She is yet not married. What   the first question you probably will ask is…. 

“Who is the father of the baby?”

2000 years ago the tollerance was not like it is today. Not only.

the rule followed at that time, was among others

 Deuteronomy 22:20. Imagine a girl who was raped. Deuteronomy makes no distinction. it simply says 20 “But if the accusation that the girl cannot show evidence of virginity is substantiated, 21 she must be taken out, and at the door of her father’s house her fellow-citizens must stone her to death for having committed an infamy in Israel “. To remember that not all girls bleed the first time they had sex.

How about Jesus?

Joseph saved Mary thanks to the dream he had. But what can happen with the baby, in this case Jesus?

Deuteronomy 23:2  says that 3 “No half-breed may be admitted to the assembly of Yahweh; not even his descendants to the tenth generation may be admitted to the assembly of Yahweh.”

The newborn (Jesus) is to be  repudiated. 

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1. the stargazers finding Jesus

introduction

we are approaching December 25. This is excerpt 1 from  a  page about Jesus I am working with and will publish after Easter 2019.

The stargazers

The word stargazers is found in many parts of the Bible. So the arrival of a man like Jesus must have been announced with astral signs too. 

Matthew 2:1-2 told about the wise men who were startgazers,  in his story of Jesus birth.

1 After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, suddenly some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east 2 asking, ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.”

We know there was a comet visible 5 ad ( adsabs.harvard.edu/ )
Matthew 2:1-2  knowing for sure about this event, was suported by the book of Micah as Micah prophesied about Betlehem in Micah 5:2 with these words:  
1 “But you (Bethlehem) Ephrathah, the least of the clans of Judah, from you will come for me a future ruler of Israel whose origins go back to the distant past, to the days of old.”
the star (ed. comet) led the kings to Betlehem (  www.aboutbibleprophecy.com  )

The birth of Jesus.

Noone knows however thje exact date when Jesus was born. The Gospel or secular texts gives an approximate date of birth to be between  between 6 BC and 4 BC

Most scholars assume a date of birth between 6 BC and 4 BC based on the known death of Herod 4 bC and the date of the comet mentioneed above.

Why December 25

according to Luke Jesus was born when :

8 In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night.”  ( Luke 2:7-8 ).

As can be read in www.ucg.org December 25 is a unlikely date for Jesus birthbecause of the cold climate in Israel in December. More probable is that December may have been the date of jesus conception and the birth of Jesus in September as the “were shepherds out in the fields” at the birth of Jesus.

The date December 25 was set by the Catholic church in the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar signed 1582 “resulted from a perceived need to reform the method of calculating dates of Easter.” (Source: eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov )

There are two reason for the choice of December 25

  1. .”December 25 may have been selected due to its proximity to the winter solstice, because of its theological significance. After the solstice, the days begin to lengthen with more sunlight, which Christians see as representing the Light of Christ entering the world.”
  2. (Source:  www.catholic.com  )
  3. 25 December might be a reference to the date of the Feast of the Dedication, which occurs on the 25 Kislev of the Jewish calendar. This would require that early Christians simply translated Kislev directly to December.” (May be a speculation in  en.wikipedia.org as no source is given there )

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Introduction

December 8 

at the >Sunday Mass we listened to Luke 1:26-38

that  tells about how Angel Gabriel came to virgin Mary to tell that she will have  a baby. 

I will in this post talk about the implications of this miracle of God.

Lukes story

 

illustration below made by Gustave Doré

Luke writes: “26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! he Lord is with you.’ 29 She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, 30 but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. 

31 Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; 33 he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’  

The angel explains how this will happen:

34 Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?’ 35 The angel answered, ‘The Holy  spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. 

Then the angel tells about Marys cousin that also will have a son despite her high age and Mary said thereafter  that she accept this to happen.

Mary – above all the women of the worlds? 

I were surprised that Mary according to the Quran is the 
“above all the women of the worlds.” This has never been said in the Gospel even if Mary is the object of prayer like in  “Ave Maria“.

مريم

Maryam written in Quranic Arabic, Quran 2:87 )

There is no reason to write my own text about Mary when there is a very good one  at Wiki. a text I know is  checked and verified by many Wiki editors. I choose take acopy of it and add a few links 

“Mary (Arabic: مريم‎, translit. Maryam), the mother of Jesus (Isa), holds a singularly exalted place in Islam as the only woman named in the Quran, which refers to her 94 times and explicitly identifies her as the greatest of all women,  stating, with reference to the angelic salutation during the annunciation,(Source: Wikipedia) 

Quran 3:42  says:

“O Mary, God has chosen you, and purified you; He has chosen you above all the women of creation.” 

The nineteenth chapter of the scripture, titled “Mary” (Surat  19 ,Maryam ), is named after her. The Quran refers to Mary more often than in the New Testament.

The choosen woman

According to the Quran, divine grace surrounded Mary from birth,and, as a young woman, she received a message from God through the archangel Gabriel (See the illustration above made by Gustave Doré in a  Jibril book from 1877 ) that God had chosen her, purified her, and had preferred her above all “the women of the worlds.”( Qur’an 3:42  )

Annunciation of a child according to the Quran

This event, according to the same narrative, was followed by the annunciation of a child (ed. See miniature above) who was to be miraculously conceived by her through the intervention of the divine spirit while she was still virgin, whose name would be Jesus and who would be the “anointed one,” the Promised Messiah.”

This is in direct opposition with the fact that the Quran 112:3 says that God “neither begets nor is born”. In Arabic written as

biological implications of a conceival

Perisan miniature with Mary and Jesus (Soure: Wiki )

To understand the magnitude of this miracle of God, one has to know that “The human genome contains approximately 3 billion of … base pairs, which reside in the 23 pairs of chromosomes within the nucleus of all our cells.” (Source:  www.genome.gov ) Presuming  that Jesus got half of the DNA from Mary (Source:  https://www.nytimes.com  ) ,God created in a egg in Marys  fallopian tube about1.5 billion base pairs exactly ordered to become a readable code for half of  the proteins  (10.000) Jesus body needed to function normally.

Look at this Youtube video to understand how the DNA code is read and used to produce proteins.

Event that is almost unbelievable

The conceiving of Jesus  is a miracle  so incredible that  it is not strange that many human beings with a minimum of Biology knowledges,  have difficulties to accept and believe in the story of virgin Mary giving birth to a boy.

Panthera rape theory –
Mary raped by a Roman soldier?

Jonas Gardell writes in his book “About Jesus” that this miraculous pregnancy  probably is a invention by the apostles “to throw off the stigma of Jesus having a Roman soldier as a father and to prove that Jesus was God.”  Read more about this in http://www.studythechurch.com

I got this picture as Jesus in many paintings and statues does not look like a Jew at all but  like  a blond and blue eyed  Roman. But for sure the paintings and statues are results of immagination.

How God could achieve this miracle?

I can myself not find an answer with my knowledges about Quantum physics i wrote about in  my article about the Quantum God

About the creation of Adam I came to a answer I described
in my  Enlightened genesis. But for the “creation” of Jesus I am still knocking on a door with noone home.

Muslims indirectly support the  Panthera rape theory  as the Quran 112:3 says that God is one and GOD  neither begets nor is born.

Another  hypothesis I have   is that God may have  fertilized a egg in Mary with a sperm from Joseph like many women do IVT ? This would imply that Jesus would become very similar to Joseph.

Conclusions

I personally believe that God can do anything, even a incredible miracle like that with Mary.

I can at the same time not think of a God that would allow a Roman soldier to rape a young woman for its own purpose that is, to have a body to add his Spirit into. So I am reluctant for the Panthera rape theory.

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