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Could Jesus be an illegitimate son ?

  1. Jun 1, 2003 #1
    The Talmud of the Jews has an account of Jesus,
    his mother committed adultery with a Roman soldier and bore him,
    then this Jesus later call himself son of God to cover his disgraceful birth.

    Can this be true?

    AnywaY, feel hard to believe Son of God who can come again to judge the world.
     
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  3. Jun 2, 2003 #2
    Judaism, Christianity and Islam come from similar roots, so it is difficult to look to the other sections for independant verification of Jesus.

    To get independant verification, need historians accounts written at the time, of which there are none.
     
  4. Jun 2, 2003 #3

    Kerrie

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    and so what if jesus were an illegitimate son? there are many illegit kids out there today...i think this topic needs to change course or it may be locked...
     
  5. Jun 2, 2003 #4

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    Whoa, easy. Taking that personally? edit: After reading other threads by Saint, I *AM* seeing a common tone to them.... Anyway,

    I'm a christian, but I certainly am willing to entertain questions such as this. My answer is - I don't know. It is certianly possible.
     
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  6. Jun 2, 2003 #5

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    That doesn't really make sense though. As a christian, you should know. If you do not know, it means you've not been reading your bible properly.

    If you question the bible's accuracy, then how could you be a christian, as it says that it is 100% accurate since it is "The word of god"? Of course, in these days, people simply make there religion suit there needs.

    Kerrie, I do not think that Saint intended on insulting anyone by calling it disgraceful, but merely pointing out that such a birth in christian belief is considered wrong and disgraceful.


    And I think near the begining of this thread is a topic about jesus being a bastard, which I still think is the case whether he is God or Maximus's son.
     
  7. Jun 2, 2003 #6

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    sorry megashawn, but the tone here is degrading to a religion, and that is against PF rules...
     
  8. Jun 2, 2003 #7
    Well, you’d think if Jesus was embarrassed to be an illegitimate he could have come up with some other story that wouldn’t have had everyone staring at him…
    Well, you didn’t actually believe ‘god’ had his way with her did you, haha. The part about him making up a cover story is one thing, but I certainly have few doubts that some hairy-leg, be it a soldier or someone else, was responsible.
    ?
     
  9. Jun 2, 2003 #8
    LEt me clarify, i do not intend to insult christians.
    I analyse this from the point of view of biology.As we know, a baby needs a sperm from a man and an ovum from a woman to be conceived.

    Bible claims Mary get pregnant without SEX with any man, that means no sperm from man. However, Jesus is true man and true God by christians faith, to be true man, he must have the X and Y chromosome as all men; from this point, the various explanations on this virgin birth are:

    1)You can Assume the sperm is separately created by God, not from sinful man, joined to the ovum of mary, and conceived jesus

    2) Mary is just a woman like kerrie, sinful too, if GoD used mary's ovum, then jesus can not be sinless without original sin; to avoid this difficulty, you can assume that God created a sperm and ovum sperately, put it into mary's womb to conceive jesus.


    Both explanations are illogical and can not be proven at all.
    The explanations just weakly try to make Jesus holy.
     
  10. Jun 2, 2003 #9

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    You are right that to question the bible while saying it is 100% accurate is a contradiction - but I never said the bible is 100% accurate. Quite the contrary the bible is full of clear flaws. How can I say this and still be a christian? The bible was written by MEN. Maybe men inspired by God, but still men and men are by definition fallible.

    Priests say the bible is "the word of God". It says no such thing in the Bible and in any case, you can call it "the word of God" in the figurative, not the literal sense.

    As a christian I *BELIEVE*, which is not the same as knowing. I believe that Jesus was the son of God, but logically I must admit I don't KNOW it since I have no evidence. I'm both a scientifically AND a religiously minded person - though admittedly more scientifically than religiously.

    I know it is tough to accept, but I'm a complicated person :wink: Carl Sagan would probably call it Doublethink (from 1984) but I'll live with that. I'm human after all.
     
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  11. Jun 4, 2003 #10

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    So, anytime that one offers an explanation of a mythological event that takes away the supernatural aspect from the religious versions and offers a more reasonable explanation is considered degrading to a religion?

    So then are we to just sit by and not discuss things of this nature?

    Russ:

    The bible does not say word for word "This is the word of god and is 100% perfect."

    However, there are things, such as warnings of not altering the text, or suffer the wrath of god (again, not word for word).

    There are also things said like, God cannot lie.

    However, upon reviewing reality, we see that if God truly does exist, he's obviously lied about several things. In fact, we see that Christianity is merely a more highly evolved religion then say, Cavemanism (??) You get the point.

    Anyhow, with lines such as "Do not alter the bible" and "God cannot lie" a believer would simply assume the bible is accurate on these grounds. Infact, any "clear flaws" would contradict one of the 2 lines above, thus making solid reason for not wasting time on this myth.
     
  12. Jun 9, 2003 #11
    Does Jesus' birth need an explanation? I thought it was supposed to be a miracle. Either that or quantum mechanics allowed sperm to show up out of nowhere and concieve a perfect child through an engaged teen.
     
  13. Jun 9, 2003 #12
    hey! you may be on to something there! what are the odds of such a thing happening? something like 100,000,000,000,000,000, (and much more) to 1... but hey, the omnipotent should have no problem here. :wink:
     
  14. Jun 9, 2003 #13

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    Huh? Since almost nothing in the bible is even claimed to be direct quotes from God, how can there be lies? Do you have any examples?
     
  15. Jun 9, 2003 #14

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    That this is what is intended, or that it is even referencing jesus in the Talmud is highly debatable, it's also often looked upon as anti-semitic on a similar level as the blood libel. I'm curious if you've studied the Talmud?
     
  16. Jun 9, 2003 #15

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    Megashawn-Sola Scriptura started out as a protestant doctrine, christianity existed for quite some time prior to this, actually there were plenty of practicing christians, who very much considered themselves to be christian...long before the new testament was ever compiled. It's the new testament that is usually referenced in support of Sola Scriptura (scripture alone). Whether Sola Scriptura is legitimate is still highly debated within the christian community..even today.
     
  17. Jun 11, 2003 #16

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    I think its Occam's Razor, that says the right answer is usually the most simple.

    There is no evidence of any humans ever having virgin birth.

    There is no factual evidence of any supernatural all powerfull gods.

    Therefore, the simplest explanation to Mary and Jesus, is quite simple, she was not a virgin.

    Unless you can prove either of the above to points, your ship is sinking, fast.

    Kat, thanks for the information. However, I'd say that the Old Testament would have been the bible is use at the time, and is still subject to whatever I said about it.
     
  18. Jun 11, 2003 #17
    No, but his conception does.
    I think a lot of people consider their children to be little miracles, but I see no reason to believe more than that. I mean, what are the odds?
    Naw, I'm fairly certain this one, like all the others, can be chalked up to good old-fashioned pelvic thrusting...
     
  19. Jun 11, 2003 #18

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    Uhh..I think you were telling russ he wasn't a good Christian in reference to his biblical knowledge..and I am telling you that if you do not understand the history of sola scriptura...you don't know enough about christianity to make that statement.
     
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