Catholic Archbishop Fails Bible Test
Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel should spend a few hours reading his Bible. Yesterday he strongly criticized a survey on Christian knowledge, but he himself may have flunked a question about where Jesus was born. >>>
Where was Jesus Born?
The survey, published last April, was commissioned by the Iona Institute and the Evangelical Alliance Ireland group. It found that almost one-third (32 per cent) of those surveyed could not say where Jesus was born.
Archbishop Clifford now complains that the survey allowed for only one answer to each question, so that when it asked where Jesus was born, it accepted ‘Bethlehem’ but not ‘a stable’.
Was he Born in a Stable?
Well, firstly, to answer that Jesus was born ‘in a stable’ is just a smart-alecky response. It would be on a par today with ‘where was Elvis Presley born?’ ‘in a delivery room’. It really means ‘I don’t know’. Or, maybe, ‘meh’.
But in any case, the Bible does not say anything about Jesus being born in a stable. Or in a barn. Or in a cave. Or that Joseph and Mary arrived on a donkey. Or that an innkeeper refused them entry. Or that there were angels present at the birth.
Or that three kings visited the birthplace. Or that three wise men visited the birthplace. Or indeed three of any type of person. Or anyone traveling on camels. Or that it happened on December 25. Or indeed any day in December.
Or any of the various details that people have gradually invented to add to this already fictional scene.
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