Jesus Birthplace?

Jesus Birthplace?

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Jesus Birthplace

Jesus Birthplace?

The starburst above pinpoints the birthplace of Jesus.

Where is this birthplace of Jesus?

After entering the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, walk to the area to the right of the altar and take the stone steps down to the underground grotto. There, you will find the the birthplace of Jesus as above.

Is this really Jesus' birthplace?

If the Nativity Church simply claimed that Jesus' birthplace is somewhere within the 14,000 square yards that it covers, the claim would seem more credible. But the claim that the above starburst's circle, which is only about 5 inches in diameter and too small to fit even a baby, is the exact spot of Jesus' birth, raises the question:

How do they know that this precisely is the birthplace of Jesus?

By the time Jesus ascended (see Jesus tomb), Joseph, the husband of Mary, already had died. That left only Mary as the living witness of Jesus' birth.* Did Mary take Jesus' disciples back to Bethlehem, enter the barn where she had given birth to Jesus over 30 years prior, point to a spot on the ground and declare, "There, that's the spot where Jesus came out of me"?

The precision (or lack thereof) of Jesus' birthplace is immaterial compared to the existential question:

Who exactly was Jesus?

Unlike the founders of other religions, who claimed to be mere prophets of God, Jesus actually claimed to be God Himself.** Consider the theoretical ramifications:

If Jesus' claim is true, then He is God, or LORD.
If Jesus' claim is false but he sincerely believed it to be true, then he was a LUNATIC.
If his claim is false and he knew it was false - i.e., was insincere - then he was a LIAR.

There is no other logical possibility. In particular, Jesus couldn't have been just a wise teacher because falsely claiming to be God isn't wise. Because Jesus actually claimed to be God,** the only possibilities are that He is LORD or was a LUNATIC or a LIAR.

Please feel free to see if you can come up with another logical alternative. If you can, please email. If you can't, please feel free to research (see Jesus tomb, Capernaum, and Why was Jesus crucified?) and determine whether Jesus is the LORD to be worshipped, or if he were a LUNATIC to be institutionalized or a LIAR to be chastised. The one thing you cannot do is to dismiss Jesus as some wise teacher. Logic precludes that possibility.

* So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:3-7)

** Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:12-18). Jesus also identified Himself as, "I AM," the name that God gave Himself in the Old Testament: Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13-14) Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (John 8:57-59)

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