Does it really ruin Christmas to separate the basic story from the trappings of
unsupported tradition that have crept into the Nativity over time? Should I
toss my Nativity creche out because the cute little sheep probably wasn't
there? Should I take down the Christmas tree just because Christ probably
wasn't born right after the winter solstice? Does the uncertainty about
the year of Christ's birth prevent me from enjoying the season? Nope.
Most people would rather have a highly-detailed story about God than discover
God from within themselves as they live their God-given lives.Does
it really make any difference whether there were animals in the manger where
Jesus was born? Yes--but only if you need the story.My spiritual
guideline has always been: "If Walt Disney could have made a movie out of
it, it isn't God. Not even close."
@cjb;If one part is false it could lead to the understanding that
many more parts are also false.
If the pope has good reason to believe some traditions aren't factual
what's wrong with him trying to interject some truth?
What next....? Santa rode a camel to deliver gifts to the newborn? Herr Pope
needs to decide if he wants to be the leader of the world's Catholics or a
scripture scholar. I am thinking that in the future a bit of "Peace on
Earth. Goodwill to Men!" would do nicely.