As are the rest of this cast of characters. Sounds like the pope took a swig of truth serum recently. He has also admitted the dating of 0 AD/CE does not represent the “real” year of Christ’s birth. What is the world coming to? Next he’ll be calling Christ the “Sun of Righteousness.” (Mal 4:2)
With just over a month to go before Christmas, the Pope has declared that the presence of animals like cattle and donkeys in traditional Nativity scenes is based on little more than a myth….
The entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation, the Pope has declared, as he claims in a new book that Jesus was born several years earlier than commonly believed….
“The whole idea of celebrating his birth during the darkest part of the year is probably linked to pagan traditions and the winter solstice.”
Basically, the pope has just admitted Jesus wasn’t born in 0 AD/CE and the nativity scene is fake. That’s two mythicist premises down – many more to go!
One must ask, of course, why the pope needs to cite scholarly consensus when raising the issue of Jesus’s alleged birth date – has not God, the Holy Spirit or Jesus himself informed the pope, who is supposed to be the direct pipeline for the Trinity in Unity?
See also the article, “The real story of Christmas,” in which it is stated:
History suggests that Jesus actually wasn’t born in a stable — or on Dec. 25.
It’s a great start. Now, if only they had stopped here: “History suggests that Jesus actually wasn’t born.” LOL. I crack myself up.
Of course, as a sun god, Jesus would have been born at the winter solstice or the sun’s “standing still” that ended at midnight on December 24th. Hence, this solar deity is born on December 25th every year, as are countless other sun gods. When it is claimed that “history” suggests Jesus was born on December 25th, the writer is acknowledging that this date is the winter solstice and that any “historical” Jesus likely wasn’t born at that time. As we know, however, when the mythological and midrashic layers are removed from the gospel story, there remains no historical core to the onion.
The “Jesus Christ” of the New Testament is a fictional composite of characters, real and mythical. A composite of multiple “people” is no one.
— Religion and History (@AcharyaS) December 23, 2013