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Clay Bennett

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, 8 months ago

    Okey doaky if that’s what your Christmas consists of Mr. Bennett…

  2. eugene57

    eugene57 said, 8 months ago

    Priests claimed the Christ’s birth around the winter solstice to gather pagans to the faith. The shepherds in the fields as well as the timing of a census by Rome indicates the birth in spring or early summer.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    They foresaw that surfers wouldn’t come in to church when the waves were best, and weather warmer, so changed the day.

  4. ReFlex-76

    ReFlex-76 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    - Another one of those uncomfortable truths certain people won’t acknowledge.

  5. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Jesus is the Reason for The Season

  6. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 8 months ago

    Bennett nails it! Boo-yah!

  7. foofinho

    foofinho said, 8 months ago

    And a “Bah Humbug” to you too!

  8. wiatr

    wiatr GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @eugene57

    Yeah, I’m sure the Romans wanted hundreds of Jews roaming the countryside, heading to their birthplaces. Nah, not likely to be any troubles with that. Just because the hills are alive with “bandits” doesn’t mean there’d be any disturbances to the public order.
    I seriously doubt the census would have involved travel to a birthplace of the husband.
    The Romans didn’t care all that much if they had to exterminate the indigenous population as they could always install their own colonists but revolts are messy and un-orderly.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    “Zealot”, and other more accurate histories of the time, reveal that while a nice story, the fiction doesn’t hold up. Maybe why even the books of the New Testament don’t actually agree, or include all the “details” of the other books?

  10. ARodney

    ARodney said, 8 months ago

    No, we liberals will take our paid vacations, just like the 40-hour weeks and weekends the unions won for us years ago. It’s a family tradition. But, like the cartoon, we are aware of why Christmas is placed where it is. Because, you know, historical evidence. If you go looking for evidence in the Bible for Christmas being on December 25, or even for it being a virgin birth, you’ll come up empty, because those things didn’t get invented until centuries after the fact.

  11. mskemple

    mskemple said, 8 months ago

    @Tigger

    Amen Tigger!

  12. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 8 months ago

    Complete stupidity. What are your plans for December 21st? What family is coming over? What rituals will you partake in? What presents will you exchange? … I know the historical reason the church decided to co-op the pagan time and some symbolism, but the reason for the season is Christ.

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    That was his point after all…..

  14. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Does anyone really think that saying a “mass” for the Christ on the advent of the winter solstice was what Jesus had in mind to keep the faith?

    Really?

    The original “gift” givers were pagan astrologers following an unusual astrological event after reading ancient texts and wanting to curry favor with a “supernatural” king. All things condemned by the Hebrew scriptures.

    They did not find the “babe in the manger” but a young child not yet 2 years of age.

    Plus, a wise man wrote “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth” (one would be well served to read all of Ec. 7)

    It seems Jesus was of that same mind since he NEVER commanded his followers to celebrate the day of his birth but DID say “do this in remembrance of me” when he shared his last meal with his disciples right before the day of his death.

    And really, is not the death of Jesus, the sacrifice made on behalf of all mankind to wash sin away the focus?

    But hey, Christmas had become a very popular commercial gambit that provides many jobs in our materialistic selfish me first society.

  15. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 8 months ago

    I agree that Christmas may not be as Christian as it should. And historically speaking was a somber day of reverence. The pilgrims and other strict religious practices of the time would never allow this frivolity.BUT, the season we celebrate is NOW a celebration of His light brought unto the world.

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