Tuesday, December 4, 2012
'Jesus Of Nazareth:" Pope's Final Book On Jesus Claims No Animals In Manger; Virgin Birth Was Historical Truth
The Pope has written a new book about Jesus. In the book he says there were no animals in the manger but he cannot imagine a nativity scene without them. Some things that are not essential to the faith, or that really have little or nothing to do with the faith are interesting, culture or just plain fun. I am glad to read that while the Pope says there were no animals in the manger that it would be hard to imagine a nativity scene without them.
While reading some of the comments about this article I saw how many people were attacking the Catholic Church, the Christian religion and God in general. It's sad to me that people who are not religious feel compelled to attack religious people at every opportunity. Some of them were complaining about Christians stealing the idea of the Christmas tree or complaining that Jesus was not born in December.
Many traditions have a tiny slice of the truth, even if they are not Christian. When those regions or peoples become Christian it is not unusual for them to continue to celebrate in a traditional manner, but to place a Christmas theme on a previously non-Christian holiday. It's not unlike dressing up as an apostle for Halloween, rather than as some kind of monster. God is not limited by our traditions and cultures; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.