Did the Christmas Story in the Bible Really Happen?

There are plenty of skeptics these days about virtually every story in the Bible, including the Christmas story. Any quick Google search will reveal that an enormous amount has been written on websites and blogs trying to “prove” these stories wrong, especially important ones such as Noah’s flood, the resurrection of Jesus, the creation in Genesis and yes, even the Christmas story.

It IS quite the amazing story isn’t it? Virgin birth. A star guiding some Magi-dudes. Angels announcing things to shepherds. A baby in a manger. And more. It’s too amazing for some, which makes it easy for people to dismiss it. Others simply accuse it of being fabricated, inaccurate, and contradictory. And after all, it does seem to contradict itself and history, right?

But does it? Continue reading

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Atheist Display Mocks Religion?

The Drudge Report linked an article that explained the Illinois State Capitol building had a Christmas display including a Christmas tree, a nativity, and a sign posted by the foundation “Freedom From Religion,” which promotes atheism.

It seems when the Illinois Capitol decided to allow the nativity scene, that also opened the door for other groups to put their “messages” in there as well. The group “Freedom From Religion” applied for a permit last year to put a sign stating their beliefs in the Capitol display in “response to the state’s decision to put up the nativity.” A perfectly legal thing to do, and in my opinion, completely understandable. But…

The sign, which was placed in front of the Christmas tree read:

“At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is just myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” (emphasis mine)

Wow. Hardens hearts and enslaves minds? Evidently the nativity really touched a nerve… The same foundation has put the same message in other State Capitol buildings across the country. Continue reading