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1» Was Jesus a Christian?

Jesus was a Jew thru and thru who believed and practiced the Old Testament in
compliance with the Prophets and the various covenants; most especially the one
that Moses' people agreed upon with God per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and
Deuteronomy. (Gal 4:4)
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8» Name The Special Sabbaths.

First and final day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Ex 12:16, Lev 23:5-8)

Feast of Trumpets (Lev 23:23-25)

Yom Kippur (Lev 16:30-31)

First and final day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev 16:34-36, Lev 16:39)
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9» Whence Did Mary Get The Y Chromosome For Baby Jesus?

In the beginning, God constructed a fully functioning woman from some material taken from a man's body. Well; if God could construct an entire woman with material taken from a man's body, then it shouldn't be too hard for him to construct a teensy little male chromosome with material taken from a woman's body.

Now; it was essential that Jesus' Y chromosome not be created ex nihilo because he had to be Man-- not just human but Man; as he spoke of himself on numerous occasions throughout the gospel narratives. Were Jesus' Y chromosome to be derived from some other source than Adam's biological posterity, then he might be human but he wouldn't be Man as Man is defined in the book of Genesis.
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10» How was Joseph related to baby Jesus?

Joseph was instructed to name Mary's baby.


Matt 1:21 . . She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus

Joseph complied.


Matt 1:25 . . And he gave him the name Jesus.

So Christ went in the books as Joseph's son because that's how it worked in those days when a man stood with a woman to name her child. (cf. Luke 1:59 and Luke 2:21)

From that day on; Joseph was legally bound to Jesus as his father. (Matt 13:55, Luke 2:27, Luke 2:41, and Luke 2:48)


NOTE: Adoption is very advantageous for children because it gives them not only a legal right to their adoptive father's name and a position in his genealogy, but also inheritance rights equal to biological children. This is very important in matters related to not only the man's estate, but also his status. In other words: it's possible for a child to circumvent blood, and go from pauper to prince by just the stroke of a pen.
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11» Was The Forbidden Fruit Toxic?

Eve was first to taste the forbidden fruit; and when she did, nothing happened. She didn't get sick, and she went right on in the buff as before without the slightest guilt feelings about frontal nudity. It wasn't till Adam tasted the fruit that she underwent a change in her feelings about decency.
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12» Wasn't Adam supposed to die right away? (Gen 2:16-17)

Yes; absolutely; however, the death that came upon him wasn't what might be expected.

Adam was created with immortality (Gen 1:26-27). The consequence for eating the forbidden fruit was the loss of his immortality. In other words; Adam's death came upon him as a walking death in the form of mortality. As a result, mortality became a pandemic malady: we all have it; and the only natural remedy known for treating mortality is the tree of life; to which no one yet has been allowed access.
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13» Why Were Mary And Joseph Chosen For Jesus' Parents?

It was due to a combination of genetics and the moment.

1) Mary was a Jew biologically related to David (Rom 1:3) and

2) Joseph was a Jew biologically related to David (Matt 1:20) and

3) Their confluence in history. (Gal 4:4)
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14» Why Is Joseph's Genealogy Given In The New Testament?

This matter is of little importance to the average Gentile, but very important to pious Jews.

God appointed Jesus to take David's throne (Luke 1:32). However: successors have to meet two prerequisites. They have to be directly related to David, and they have to be directly related to David's son Solomon. These prerequisites are non negotiable. (2Sam 7:12-16, 1Kings 1:13, 1Chron22:9-10, and Ps 89:3-4)

Jesus was directly related to David via his mother (Rom 1:3) but neither she nor he were directly related to Solomon. However; Joseph was directly related to both David and Solomon (Matt 1:6 and Matt 1:20).

Now whereas successors to the throne have to be David's biological posterity, they don't have to be Solomon's biological posterity; they only have to be one of his direct descendants; which made it possible for Joseph to pass the throne on to Jesus by means of adoption: a process that gives children just as much standing in the home as biological children, including the right to inherit, the right to their adoptive father's name, and the right to be placed in his genealogy.

This is very important in matters related to not only the man's estate, but also his status. In other words: it's possible for a child to circumvent blood, and go from pauper to prince by just the stroke of a pen.

Jacob set the precedent for this procedure when he adopted his two grandsons Manasseh and Ephraim in the book of Genesis; effectively endowing Joseph's two boys with the status of tribal heads equal in rank and privilege to Jacob's original twelve sons. So then, what Joseph did with Jesus was neither innovative nor unheard of.
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15» What Is A Savior?


Luke 2:8-11 . . And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of The Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of The Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

. . . And the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a savior, who is Christ the Lord.

The Greek word for "savior" in that verse is soter (so-tare') which means: a rescuer.

Rescuers typically help people who are in grave distress and/or imminent danger of death and/or serious injury, and helpless to do anything about it; e.g. Red Cross, Firemen, Emergency Medical teams, snow patrols, mountain units, and the Coast Guard and National Guard.

Wouldn't it be awful if those agencies refused to assist desperate folk until they first proved themselves deserving? Well lucky for everyone that those agencies work on the basis of need rather than merit or many of us would end up thrown back to the wolves.

I think quite a few people are under the impression that Christ is some sort of probation officer; viz: if people "endure to the end" as they say; then he grants them a clearance for heaven. But God forbid they should fail to satisfy the conditions of their probation, because then they're out the door.

Probation can be likened to a sword of Damocles hanging over people's heads by a slender thread easily broken by conduct unbecoming. How dare the angel of Luke 2:8-11 describe his announcement as "good news of great joy" if probation were actually what's meant by sozo instead of rescue.

On the other hand; if Christ is in the business of rescuing people from the wrath of God in accord with the humane principles underlying normal emergency services; then yes, I fully agree with the angel that the birth of Christ is something to get excited about.
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16» Define An Angel

The Hebrew word for "angel" is mal'ak (mal-awk') which doesn't especially indicate a celestial being. The word is a bit ambiguous and essentially means a dispatched deputy or a messenger; viz: someone who speaks for, and/or represents, another; i.e. an ambassador and/or someone selected by God for a special purpose.

Priests are mal'ak. (Malachi 2:7)

The New Testament word translated "angel" is aggelos (ang'-el-os) which means pretty much the same thing as mal'ak. For example john the Baptist is labeled an aggelos. (Mal 3:1 and Matt 11:10) and his assistants too are labeled aggelos (Luke 7:24)

The heads of the seven churches to whom John penned letters in Revelation are labeled aggelos.

All of which tells me we should never assume that the word "angel" in the Bible eo ipso indicates a heavenly being. It could just as easily be a human agent on a divine mission, e.g. Heb 13:2.
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17» What Is Original Sin?

The so-called original sin was committed by the first man (Adam) relative to a certain forbidden fruit. (Gen 2:8-17 and Gen 3:6)

The last ten verses of the letter to Romans explains that Adam's posterity are all reckoned implicated in his act.


Rom 5:13 . . Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned

"all sinned" is grammatically past tense; indicating that the entirety of Adam's posterity, from first to last, regardless of age, race, gender, and/or religious preference, are implicated in eating the forbidden fruit. That of course includes the first women Eve because she was constructed with material taken from Adam's body.

Thus so everybody is doomed to die not for something they did to deserve death, but for what he did.


Rom 5:18 . .The result of one trespass was condemnation for all

The fairness of this situation is very difficult to accept, nevertheless it is what it is, and futile to complain.

The good news is that the original sin isn't a sin unto Hell, rather, it's a sin unto death. In other words; the proper punishment for the original sin is simply mortality, i.e. everyone's demise.
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