I was asked by an Xtian if I decorated for Christmas.
When I answered "NO" - I got the questions I have heard before.
"Are you against Religion? Are you against Christmas."
(Religion is bad - so yes I am against religion)
Any of you here get these same questions?
How do you handle them?
I think i can relate to feeling physically threatened. If looks could kill, I'd be dead for sure. I'm already feeling anxious about the family xmas party.
SB, we exchanged ideas on this topic over a year ago in my blog post "There is No There There".
The fable of Jesus runs off the rail with the accounts of his nativity. The account of Joesph and his (mysteriously) pregnant spouse unfolds as:
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a CITY of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the CITY of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David:
The reason for the trip was for a taxation census ordered by the Roman emperor, Augustus But , there is no evidence that Augustus or any emperor every conducted such a census because the Romans didn't tax people – they taxed property.
There is no record of a city called Nazareth until the 2nd century CE, further, the city is aledged to be in the province of Galilee which was not under Roman occupation and, therefore, not subject to Roman law.
Despite those minor quibbles it's still “take it to the bank” history to Xtians.
Jim, as I get older I find I repeat myself more often.
Also forget what I said before. That's good. It makes each day more interesting and surprising.
What you say here is also my memory of what i've read and heard before, however. I was wondering - never thought about it before - if Mary was asserting virginity, wouldn't her family have been interested in looking "in there" to see if that was true. It sounds invasive and intrusive, and it is, but in some cultures that's done. And the claim is so far fetched..... Just my random neurons misfiring here.
Actually the issue that the Romans taxed property, not people, I had forgotten or not heard before.
Thanks for the reminder. I find that as I get older I repeat myself more often.
I don't know much about censuses (cenci?), but from a purely practical point of view wouldn't it be more practical to send out government census takers rather than have half the population in transit and the country's commerce shut down?
I appreciate all of you for replying and sharing your thoughts.
No. I love Christmas. Santa is a great guy XD
I'm amazed - I've never seen anything in the American Stinker that had an ounce of common sense or value to it, yet I didn't find that article to be offensive at all. Pinch me.
I've heard the Native Americans had parties where they gave away all their possessions to their neighbors.
The "commercialism" of Christmas is somewhat in the same spirit; it's a time when people are encouraged to think of others' needs and to spend money for them. Not a bad thing! I'm skeptical about the Stinker's approbation of the practice of commerce as such. But a common "giving spirit" is needed much more often.
I've never been much in the habit of giving presents, especially not for predetermined occasions when Everybody Does. I'm too rebellious for that.
I hear you, I grew up in a household where religion was not that important.. went to church a few times a year and such, but that was about it. For some reason, in the past 10 years or so, while I was going further and further away from believing any kind of dogma, my mom and now my sister are going the other way, both re-post stuff from something called "godvine" on facebook, etc. It is very odd to have someone in the family go in that direction.
The god-people have been increasingly assertive in American culture. There are places in the U.S. now -- like the town where I live now -- where Christian culture predominates and actively suppresses all other belief systems or worldviews. In some environments, one can come to feel like "resistance is fultile."