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Scandalous, divine, or both?

Christmas is associated with the doctrine of the Virgin Birth, or more accurately the doctrine of the Virginal Conception.

It’s an esoteric doctrine, as well as a stumbling block for many modern people.

This year, I have re-discovered something more compelling and ‘miraculous’ than the Virginal Conception.

It has to do with Joseph.

According to Matthew, Joseph discovered that his betrothed was pregnant, ‘from the Holy Spirit.’ (Matt. 1: 18) Albeit a divine attribution, it didn’t negate a potential scandal.

Ask the writer of Luke, “Why a baby story?”

The writer of Luke’s gospel sat down about 100AD (maybe) to write his Gospel. It was about the same time after Jesus as World War II is for us. Luke wanted to explain why Jesus was different.

Only half the Gospels have Jesus as a baby. Luke is the most well-known Christmas story. Most of us know the Luke story and add bits of Matthew’s that fit (and drop the rest). Mark and John do not bother with stories of Jesus as a baby.

Generosity is not for Friends

The writer of Luke’s gospel sat down about 100AD (maybe) to write his Gospel. It was about the same time after Jesus as World War II is for us. Luke wanted to explain why Jesus was different.

Where and who you give time and energy to demonstrates your priorities.

Christmas and the Menin Gate

Some of you know of my interest in military history.

Currently, I am reading Paul Ham’s ‘Passchendaele; Requiem for Doomed Youth.’

I am always intrigued by the meanings that various cultures give to war, its terror and suffering. Truth be told, I am vexed by the way the Christian faith is often utilised to underpin such meanings.

In the Battle of Third Ypres fought in 1917, more commonly known as Passchendaele, the British, including the Anzacs, suffered 271,000 casualties and the Germans 217,000. The Allies gained about 5 miles of ground.

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