One theory I've developed is that Mary was bi-sexual. For Joseph's birthday, she invites another girl (we'll call her Cincy) over for a 3-way. Cindy fellates Joseph until he "spill his seed", then she provides oral sex to Mary while she still has some of Joseph's contributions in her mouth. Mary gets preggers and there you have it.
Another explanation is that Joseph spilled his seed upon Mary's nether regions
The story is a complete myth. No angels, no virgin birth, not even a Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
Paul was the first to write about Jesus and says nothing of consequence about him. Paul's message was quite simple: Jesus died, came back to life, went to heaven, and he will soon return to save his followers from their oppressors.
But the believers wanted to know more, so the church leaders made up stories to answer the most often asked questions.
By about 70AD there were a few of these stories floating around and Mark put them into his gospel.
Ten years later Matthew had collected many more details which he included in his gospel.
And ten years after that, Luke added even more to his gospel.
It is possible that Matthew and Co were gullible enough to believe the tales they told, but the people who originally composed the stories would be laughing their heads off if they knew that 2000 years later there would be billions of people who actually believed this crap.
I believe there was a higher demand sometime AFTER Mark for Jesus to stand out more. It was however probably originally attractive that Jesus seemed like a common man. Stories also easily distort through hearsay, we have proven that effect.
lol, of course I agree with what you said, but I think you took my article far more seriously than it should have been taken. It was just meant to be a humorous article outlying some reasons why either people would continue to believe in something like this or how it could have come about. '
It was meant to be satire, and not a serious look at the history of religion.
That being said, I appreciate the response, and I would like to see some more discussion about it. Even if people just came up with some more interesting and amusing alternative explanations.
It's always fun to see what other people can come up with.
I think the obvious answer is parthenogenesis. Mary and Joseph weren't hiding out in Egypt. They were in Greece, at the Parthenon. I mean, what do you think went on there? Duh. Mary was obviously a lesbian, and Joseph was just her beard. She wanted a baby, and this was way before artificial insemination. Of course, this also means that Jesus was really female. And given the male-dominated culture, she had to dress up like a guy to make a name for herself. All very Shakespearean, really. Well, except for the cloning bit. But cross-dressing was rampant back then, as detailed in the fine documentary film Life of Brian. So it all fits.