True GA, in sunday school they used to teach us that Joseph was so righteous for believing that it was "God's baby" and still marrying her. Seems to me that this point makes the story even less realistic, because which man would actually act that way (and which womban would want her man to look the other way and play stupid while someone else impregnates her)? It's not even a good story of role models, it teaches men to let their wives be raped as long as there's a spiritual explanation.
One Rastaman explained to I some time ago that in those days, the rulers of the Jews (the Romans) were referred to as Lords or Gods. He said it was probably a Roman soldier who impregnated Mary, explaining that this gave Jesus the "in" for his political uprising, because he was half Roman.
Maybe so... to I the whole story is too mixed up with other ancient allegories, I can't even take the "Jesus" story seriously that the events even happened, I see it as an amalgamation of other stories.
But RasGoddess, returning to that idea of James the Older brother, I was searching in the biblical gospels for mention of him being Older or being born first, I didn't see anything like that.. can the I please show I why James is an older brother, not a younger brother?
Growing up in the christian church, not roman catholic, I never heard the idea of perpetual virginity. We were taught that Mary and Joseph had children together, after Jesus was born, and these are the brothers and sisters mentioned. But the point of an older brother definitely was not addressed at all.
If I see some scriptural mention of James the Older Brother, I am definitely going to be reasoning with my christian family members about that one!
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