Luke was the ONLY Gospel writer who explained why Joseph and a pregnant Mary and went to Bethlehem―to be taxed by Caesar Augustus.
Matthew, the only other Gospel writer who wrote about Jesus’ birth did not write about the taxing decree commonly referred to “The Roman Census.” Paul too, never wrote about any taxing or census. But Luke told the story of Rome ordering every person residing in the entire Roman world who was not in “his own city” to leave his place of residence to go to his ancestral town/“own city.”
And it came to pass in those
days, that there went out a decree from
Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first
made when Cyrenius was governor of
explained that is why Joseph and Mary went to
And Joseph also went up from
couple of questions come to mind. Was this Joseph the son of Heil, or the son of Jacob, as Matthew claims? Was
loving husband does not take his very pregnant wife—“being great with child”
(Luke 2:5)―on a journey from
Were Joseph and Mary even married at all? Not according to what Luke said: “… Mary his espoused wife…” (Luke 2:5 KJV). In Jewish tradition, being betrothed means living apart for one year; then marriage. It is forbidden for a betrothed couple to even live under the same roof. And if they pretended they were married, did they go the whole nine yards; ceremony, rings, etc? Matthew says that they were married, but did not have sexual intercourse for nine months.1 Is all this logical? NO!
Christian apologists often claim that Joseph and Mary merely pretended to be married, living under one roof lying to their neighbors just to save Mary from being punished by the Jewish courts. It becomes comical to watch Christianity continue to “invent” justifications/excuses for its scriptures. On top of it all, these very same Christian theologians, not knowing Jewish law, also claim that a betrothed woman, representing herself to be a virgin would be sentenced to death if found out that she was not married. This in incorrect, wrong, in error!
A woman who has relations while betrothed is under threat of the death penalty. She is not punished for merely failing to be a virgin. A bethrothed woman would be warned by witnesses against having relations. If she then willingly and wittingly did so anyway, and these witnesses personally observed the bethrothed couple in such contact (they need not see the actual act; they need see only that one is lying on top of the other) THEN she (and he as well) is sentenced to death by the court. Virginity is essentially irrelevant to the conviction. Virginity is simply the husband’s first sign that something is wrong. So if, on a wedding night, the husband discovers that his wife is not a virgin, he can demand a divorce, but the lack of virginity alone is not proof of adultery. She might have had relations before she even met her husband, and before they got betrothed.
Nowhere in the New Testament does it tell that there was a legal marriage ceremony between Joseph and Mary. Only that they were living together and he took her as his wife. The writers/editors of the New Testament were trying to imitate the Hebrew Bible. In the that terminology “taking a wife” means getting married with a religious ― and thus legal in Judaism ― ceremony. But nowhere in the New Testament does it mention them getting married. Maybe, that part of the story was not important enough to mention. Maybe the New Testament authors were too busy inventing other stories and history; who knows why “marriage” was never mentioned..
to the taxing and census itself;
Roman decree of this size would have created a chaotic situation. People would
have had to travel throughout the length of the entire
People, THINK! Can you even imagine how the very old or sick or handicapped people could possibly have made such a difficult trip through the desert, traveling over extremely poor roads on foot or riding an animal? Then once registered, they had to return. There were no available road-side services, 7-11s or shelter for travelers. Assuming the New Testament account by Luke was truthful, it would be impossible that an event of this magnitude would go unnoticed by everyone else living in the world when these events were unfolding! Yet no contemporary historian or writer mentions Luke's tall taxing or the turmoil it would have caused
whole story is neither plausible nor supported by history― that the
Romans conducted a census in the manner described by Luke―but then Luke
had to come up with a reason why Mary had to go to
After all is said and done, this is just another fabricated story in the life of Jesus ― a fictitious man-god. It is just another attempt to try to make Jesus fit into the similarity fictitious Hebrew scriptures. Don’t let your clergy and friends continue to shove these fictions down your throat as reality! You now know differently.
"When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion." -Robert Pirsig (1928-)
1. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1:18 KJV)