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The op-ed in the Washington Post entitled Five Myths About Jesus is simply this and nothing more:  A blatant denial of the Biblical account.

Here are the five “myths”:

  • Jesus was not born in Bethlehem
  • Jesus was an only child
  • Jesus only had twelve disciples
  • Jesus had a trial before Pilate
  • Jesus was buried in a tomb

It is believed by many Biblical sources that Jesus did indeed have brothers and sisters and one of his brothers was James, who wrote the Book of James (see Paul’s witness in Galatians 1:19 (KJV):

“But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother…”

So that is not a myth and it is believed by many followers of Christ.

Let’s discuss the “not born in Bethlehem” claim:

Both Matthew and Luke state clearly that Jesus was born in Bethlehem “…the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord…” (Luke 2:11 [KJV]); also see Matthew 2:1 [KJV](“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea  in the days of Herod the King…”)

This brings me to a glaring error in the WashPo op-ed:

For the evangelist Luke, the answer lay in a census called by Rome in A.D. 6, which he claims required every subject to travel to his ancestral home to be counted. Since Jesus’s father, Joseph, was from Bethlehem, he and his wife, Mary, left Nazareth for the city of David, where Jesus was born. And thus the prophecy was fulfilled.

Yet this Roman census encompassed only Judea, Samaria and Idumea — not Galilee, where Jesus’s family lived. What’s more, since the purpose of a census was taxation, Roman law assessed an individual’s property in the place of his residence, not his birthplace.

But Herod was not king of Judea in 6 AD but rather was king from 37 BC to about 4 BC.

There may well have been a census in 8 BC.  See this secular source to support it.  There is some secular evidence that Luke is wrong about the census just before Jesus’ birth.  Of course, Christian scholars do support this census.

In short, there is a legitimate dispute over this issue.  It is not possible to refute the Biblical account.

So-called “myth” three is a confusion over different levels of the followers of Jesus.  The Bible does describe different levels of those who followed Jesus but it clearly states there were twelve apostles.  See Acts 1:15-26(The remaining eleven apostles had to fill the office left by Judas Iscariot when he killed himself after betraying Jesus to the Sanhedrin).  There were others who followed Jesus such as the 70 or 72 sent out on a special mission.  Luke 10:1-20.

So-called “myths” four and five is simply a denial of the Biblical account.  The trial before Pilate and the burial in a tomb is clearly cited in the Bible.  John 18:28-19:16 (trial before Pilate) and Matthew 27:57-60(Joseph of Arimathaea provided a tomb for Jesus and asked Pilate for the body).  The writer makes no reference to how he knows that these events did not occur and it may have been unlikely to have occurred.  But the Bible says they did.

Everybody has to make a choice:  Jesus is Lord or Jesus is something else.  If you reject what Jesus did on the cross for the payment of our sins, you better be right.  For the penalty for such rejection is eternal death.  The Bible is clear there:

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God remaineth on him.”  John 3:36 (KJV)

So you can either trust the Bible or the scholar cited in the Washington Post.  But you better be right.  Eternity depends on it.

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About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Gene Lefty says:

    Amen, and thank you!


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