Jesus Christ existed for the Bible tells me so. The Bible is the word of God for the Bible tells me so. The Bible tells me so, the Bible tells me so...and so on.
Those words are often the excuse given by Christians, and not just evangelicals or fanatics, when anyone questions the validity of their religion or any aspect of it. As the Holiday season is upon us, conservative Christians and those on the political right have dusted off their "war on Christmas" propaganda and decided to go on the defensive, claiming that liberals and secular Americans are attempting to take "Christ out of Christmas." Earlier this week, Fox News host Megyn Kelly dealt with backlash from many when she openly stated on her TV show that Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were both white men.
“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure. That’s a verifiable fact — as is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that. My point is, how do you just revise it in the middle of the legacy of the story and change Santa from white to black?”
Following the negative reaction, Kelly claimed her statements were "tongue and cheek" and that her critics were just engaging in "race baiting." The problems with Kelly's comments go beyond the obvious racial undertones of her statement, but rather the historical misinformation that both her and her critics have presented. Kelly and those on the right act as if Jesus Christ and Santa Clause were both white men. Her opponents on the left laugh at her "Santa is white" gesture and note that Jesus was darker, more olive skinned if not black himself. Despite being based on a real life monk named St. Nicholas, who would have lived in what is now Turkey, we all know that Santa Claus himself is a work of fiction.
There is no jolly man living in the North Pole who sees you when you're sleeping, knows when you're awake or whether you are bad or good. On the flip side, the real issue is when both sides of the argument argue over the skin tone of Jesus Christ. Both sides act as if there is actual proof that a man named Jesus Christ actually existed. For many Christians, "for the Bible tells me so" is the one and only reason needed to know that Jesus was not only real, but also the son of God and the "reason for the season." For everyone else, historical evidence has never been fully presented whether a man named Jesus Christ existed and certainly no proof that he was the "messiah." Multiple forms of the Bible have been released over the years, with many of the gospels changed or at times, completely removed. The most recent "eye witness" accounts of Jesus Christ and his miracles were written by men who didn't even know him, some writing text decades after his death.
Many false claims for Jesus Christ`s existence, such as the Shroud of Turin, the Burial box of James and the many letters of Pontius Pilate, have been used as evidence, but have been quickly debunked and their validity evaporating like the Surgeon's Photograph of the Loch Ness Monster.
The story of Jesus Christ is also remarkably similar to other stories that pre-date the alleged time Christ lived. The story of Jesus Christ runs practically parallel to tales of many Greco-Roman mysteries and other ancient Egyptian myths, most notably the story of Mithra and Horus.
The story of the Egyptian god Horus is a particularly curious one due to the almost "copy and paste" detail of the future Jesus story. Horus, of course, was a god representing light who was worshiped in around 3000 BC. Some details that jump out are as follows.
Born on December 25th
Born of a virgin
Birth was accompanied by a star in the east
After his birth was adored by three kings
Teacher at 12
Baptized/Ministry at 30
Had 12 disciples he traveled about with
Performing miracles: 8a. healing the sick, 8b. walking on water
Known by many names: "Lamb of God", "The Truth", "God's begotten(?) Son", "The Light", "The good Shepard"
After being betrayed:
Dead-for 3 days
Even if Jesus Christ did exist, which he very well could have, he most likely wouldn't have been born on December 25, ending any "war on Christmas" debate. According to multiple sources, there is no actual date pin-pointed in the Bible for the alleged date of Jesus Christ's birth.
"Shepherds were not in the fields during December. According to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, Luke's account "suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall. Since December is cold and rainy in Judea, it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night" (p. 309).
Similarly, The Interpreter's One-Volume Commentary says this passage argues "against the birth [of Christ] occurring on Dec. 25 since the weather would not have permitted" shepherds watching over their flocks in the fields at night.
Second, Jesus' parents came to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census (Luke 2:1-4). Such censuses were not taken in winter, when temperatures often dropped below freezing and roads were in poor condition. Taking a census under such conditions would have been self-defeating.
Given the difficulties and the desire to bring pagans into Christianity, "the important fact then . . . to get clearly into your head is that the fixing of the date as December 25th was a compromise with paganism" (William Walsh, The Story of Santa Klaus, 1970, p. 62)"
Whether Jesus Christ ever existed is something that no one will ever really know, and whether he was the son of God is a matter left to those who wish to take part in such a belief system. What is important is that when debating issues based on fact and historical evidence, those who wish to take part in the debate should bring the facts with them, not just let it linger for those to wonder.