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When Was  #Jesus Born?

The Bible does not give a specific date for the  #birth of  #JesusChrist , as these reference works show:

“The true birth date of Christ is unknown.”—New Catholic Encyclopedia.
“The exact date of Christ’s birth is not known.”—Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.
While the Bible does not directly answer the question, ‘When was Jesus born?’ it does describe two events surrounding his birth that lead many to conclude that he was not born on  #December 25.

The registration. Shortly before Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus issued a decree ordering “all the inhabited earth to be registered.” Everyone had to register in “his own city,” which might have required a journey of a week or more. (Luke 2:1-3) That order—probably made to support taxation and military conscription—would have been unpopular at any time of year, but it is unlikely that Augustus would have provoked his subjects further by forcing many of them to make long trips during the cold winter.

The sheep. Shepherds were “living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks.” (Luke 2:8) The book Daily Life in the Time of Jesus notes that flocks lived in the open air from “the week before the Passover [late March]” through mid-November. It then adds: “They passed the winter under cover; and from this alone it may be seen that the traditional date for Christmas, in the winter, is unlikely to be right, since the Gospel says that the shepherds were in the fields.”

We can estimate when Jesus was born by counting backward from his death on Passover, Nisan 14 in the spring of the year 33 C.E. (John 19:14-16) Jesus was about 30 years old when he began his three-and-a-half-year ministry, so he was born in the early fall of 2 B.C.E.—Luke 3:23.

Since there is no evidence that the birth of Jesus Christ occurred on December 25, why is  #Christmas celebrated on this date? The Encyclopædia Britannica says that church leaders probably chose it “to coincide with the #pagan Roman festival marking the ‘birthday of the unconquered sun,’” at the time of the #wintersolstice. According to The Encyclopedia Americana, many scholars believe that this was done “in order to make #Christianity more meaningful to pagan converts.”

....an examination of the history of   #Christmas exposes its roots in pagan religious rites. The Bible shows that we offend God if we try to worship him in a way that he does not approve of.—Exodus 32:5-7.

History of Christmas customs

Celebrating Jesus’ birthday: “The early Christians did not celebrate [Jesus’] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.”—The World Book Encyclopedia.
The Bible does not give the date of Jesus’ birth, nor does it say that we should celebrate his birthday. As McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia states: “The observance of Christmas is not of divine appointment, nor is it of NT [New Testament] origin.”

December 25: There is no proof that Jesus was born on that date. Church leaders likely chose this date to coincide with pagan festivals held on or around the winter solstice.

Gift-giving, feasting, partying: The Encyclopedia Americana says: “Saturnalia, a Roman feast celebrated in mid-December, provided the model for many of the merry-making customs of Christmas. From this celebration, for example, were derived the elaborate feasting, the giving of gifts, and the burning of candles.” The Encyclopædia Britannica notes that “all work and business were suspended” during Saturnalia.

Christmas lights: According to The Encyclopedia of Religion, Europeans decorated their homes “with lights and evergreens of all kinds” to celebrate the winter solstice and to combat evil spirits.

Mistletoe, holly: “The Druids ascribed magical properties to the mistletoe in particular. The evergreen holly was worshiped as a promise of the sun’s return.”—The Encyclopedia Americana.

Christmas tree: “Tree worship, common among the pagan Europeans, survived after their conversion to Christianity.” One of the ways in which tree worship survived is in the custom of “placing a Yule tree at an entrance or inside the house in the midwinter holidays.”—Encyclopædia Britannica.

You still think this is a Christian custom and that Christians should celebrate it?

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They do know what his pack looked like.  If you google "Ötzi's backpack (alternative to Roycraft pack)", it takes you to a bushcraftuk thread which has images of it.

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What a novel idea!

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Arizona Coleman commented on a post on Blogger.
Absolutely love it!  Really gave me some food for thought and motivation to reevaluate what I carry.

For ideas on bug-out food, get Clif bars!  Or Nature's Bakery fig bars.  You don't have to cook them, you can pick them up for about $1 a piece and 4-6 Cliff bars/day is enough to live off of on the go.  Believe me, I've done 4 Cliff bars a day on a one week camping trip with no adverse effects. Mind you, $4-6 is about what one would spend on a large burger for one meal or an MRE and for that you're getting an entire day's rations.  You can even supplement those with 2 Pearson's nut rolls/day for extra carbs and protein. UNLESS YOU'RE ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS! in that case stay the hell away from them.   Nature's Bakery fig bars are another great choice.  They cost about $12 for a dozen twin packs and you can find great deals on them through Amazon.

Stay away from instant oatmeal packets as they have little nutritional value and way more sugar than a person needs. not to mention they're loaded with chemicals.  If you DO think you need them, grind 1/2 cup servings of quick oats into flour and vacuum seal them with 1 tbsp demerara sugar, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 cup powdered milk into individual 12 liquid oz capacity envelopes at home. to make them taste better, you can even add freeze dried fruit or maple syrup and cinnamon for example. remember, experiment with ingredients BEFORE it happens and figure out what you like, then vacuum seal for your bag.

When you're ready to eat, cut the package open directly below the top seal, dump in 8 oz boiling water and stir it for a minute.  Just be careful that you don't burn yourself. as an option, you can also dump them into a canteen cup and put your water in that.  You'd just have the cup to clean is all.

#bugout    #survivalgear   #emergencypreparedness       #bug -out-bag

Time and time again, #christ was directly called "God's son" or "the son of God", by both an angel, a thousand demons, men and himself and yet these apostate "christians" claim him to be #god  and part of a #trinity ?  A clearly pagan belief?!  How laughable!  

It defies logic that he could be both God and the son at the same time.  In two different places and one body being human no less!  That and it takes every moment of him speaking to or about his father or the times god actually spoke to him out loud, and turns them into bouts of schizophrenia.   The ones who teach this outlandish pagan teaching dishonour God and Christ and their destruction could not come any sooner.

In 1990, the Solon, Ohio (a Cleveland suburb) school board banned all #nativity and other #Christmas scenes on any school property because they felt it violated the separation of church and state. 

The court decision affirmed that Christmas has no Christian roots! However, the court’s opinion also noted that Bible reading and prayer obviously are associated with Christianity—a remarkable admission! The court concluded that Christmas-keeping and manger scenes could remain because they are not really part of either Christianity or religion—but prayer and Bible reading, which are, must remain excluded from schools!
http://realtruth.org/articles/169-ttooc.html

yet self professed "christians" still cling to these pagan beliefs, even when secular authorities know the truth?!   "You hypocrites, Isaiah aptly prophesied about you when he said:  ‘This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far removed from me.  It is in vain that they keep worshipping me, for they teach commands of men as doctrines.’ ”
matthew 15: 7,8

He stands above this world and doesn't interfere in the affairs of its inhabitants. He is not your salvation, nor your protector.  He was different once, a long time ago. Kind, yes. A hero even. A saver of worlds. But he suffered losses which hurt him. Now he prefers isolation to the possibility of pain's return.
-madame vastra, "the snowmen"
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