Thursday, December 12, 2013
The 12 lies of Christmas
In honor of this 12th day of the 12th month, falling during the season of Advent, let's look at the 12 biggest heresies anti-catholics spout off at this time of year.
#12- There is no evidence Jesus was actually born on December 25th. Hogwash! The evidence supports exactly the opposite. There is no evidence supporting any day other than December 25th. Zechariah's known time in the Temple (late September 3 BC) and the Star, alone, are sufficient proof.
#11- The sheep would not be grazing in the field in December. Yes they would. In late December, the temp around Bethlehem is in the 50s-60s and the grass is lush.
#10- Mary did not have a choice. A claim that strikes against the very nature of God and free will. Mary consented with Her fiat Be it done to me according to your word. That protestants cannot accept this undeniable fact is amazing to me.
#9- Mary was a sinner. Based solely on a twisting of verses like Romans 3:23, there is zero evidence that Mary was a sinner and every evidence that She was not. The Angel's greeting to her; Chaire, Kecharitomene (Hail, you who are endured with perfected grace) precludes any possibility that she was a sinner
#8- Mary admitted, Herself, that she was a sinner by saying My Spirit rejoices in God, my Savior. Again, the claim is untenable. If someone is saved from Grace beforehand, as Mary clearly was, God is still the Savior. God was able to create Adam and Eve without sin and He created Jesus and Mary without sin as well. That is why only Jesus and Mary are called Kecharitomene in Scripture.
#7- Jesus was two years old when the Magi found him. Nowhere does Scripture say this and the claim doesn't make any sense. Herod's order to kill all children two and under was based on when they first saw the star at it's rising. When the Magi spoke to Herod, they were only 6 miles from Bethlehem.
#6- A census would not have been called for in December. At least 3 historical sources suggest the census to have been called for in 3 BC. It is not as if it was posted on Twitter. It took time to notify all those people.
#5- There is no historical evidence for the slaughter of the innocents, proving it didn't happen. This is a fallacious argument. That it is recorded in the Gospels, is the proof. That there isn't further evidence probably results from the fact that Bethlehem was a very small town with a very small population and the innocents killed probably did not number more than 25-30. Nevertheless, that God struck Herod dead for this horror is plain historical fact.
#4- Mary had other children. Absolute rubbish. Scripture never calls Mary the mother of anyone but Jesus. James and Joseph- the "brothers of Jesus" are proven in Scripture to be Cousins, not actual brothers and the word for brothers (Adelphos) is even used by Paul to refer to the 500 brothers Jesus appeared to after His resurrection. The "other children of Mary" canard is untenable.
#3- Mary would have sinned by denying sex to Joseph. Again, absolute un-Biblical tripe. Joseph was an elderly man when He was betrothed to Mary and Mary's conversation with the Angel proves that she never had any intention of having sex with Joseph and, thus, could not understand how she could possibly conceive a child.
Mary was a dedicated Temple Virgin, perfectly in keeping with Scripture.
Numbers 30 proves that the vow stands. The Virgin who makes the vow is obligated to keep it, even when married. This obliterates the nonsense that Mary would have sinned by not having sex.
3 When a woman makes a vow to the Lord, or binds herself by a pledge, while within her father’s house, in her youth, 4 and her father hears of her vow or her pledge by which she has bound herself, and says nothing to her; then all her vows shall stand, and any pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand. 5 But if her father expresses disapproval to her at the time that he hears of it, no vow of hers, and no pledge by which she has bound herself, shall stand; and the Lord will forgive her, because her father had expressed to her his disapproval.
6 If she marries, while obligated by her vows or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound herself, 7 and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her at the time that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand.
#2- Christmas is not Catholic. The facts prove otherwise. We can go back long before the Bible was put together and see that the Catholic Mass was celebrated on the day of the Nativity. In fact, Bishop Telesphorus is documented to have celebrated the Christmas Eve mass at midnight, in Rome, as far back as 125 AD. That Christmas was created by Catholics and for Catholics is indisputable.
#1- Mary is the mother of Jesus' earthly body. I heard this whopper a few years ago and haven't stop laughing since. Scripture does not come within a mile of this nonsensical and heretical equivocation. When anti-catholics accuse catholics of worshipping Mary, by calling her the mother of God, they are only pouring derision on the very Bible they allege to support. Mary, in Luke 1-2 and and in Revelation 11-12 is shown to be the mother of God with agonizing clarity.
To deny that Mary is the mother of God is to deny the incarnation and the whole foundation of the Christian faith.
Jesus is a person, not a pizza. Mary gave birth to a person. Mary gave birth to a person who was- and is- human and divine.
God was born of Mary.
God ministered to the lost.
God suffered and died for our sins.
God was raised from the dead.
God ascended into heaven, body and soul.
You cannot claim that Jesus is God yet deny that Mary is the Mother of God. That is simple cognitive dissonance. Mary gave birth to her own creator. To deny this is to deny Christmas of it's very miraculous point.
Conclusion: When you ear the heretics spouting any of these 12 lies just laugh, bid them a Merry Christmas and walk away. There is nothing to be gained by arguing with a knucklehead.
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