Wednesday, April 23, 2008



AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Film director Paul Verhoeven has written a book that contradicts the Bible by suggesting that Jesus might have been fathered by a Roman soldier who raped Mary.

An Amsterdam publishing house says it will publish the book titled "Jesus of Nazareth: A Realistic Portrait" in September.

Verhoeven is best known as the director of films including "Basic Instinct" and "RoboCop," but he is also a member of the "Jesus Seminar," a group that questions church teachings about Jesus.

John Dominic Crossan, a Jesus Seminar founder, says that while Verhoeven is a member in good standing, there is little evidence for the view that Jesus was illegitimate.

Crossan says the claim was first reported in a polemic written in the second century to refute the Christian belief that Jesus was born of a virgin.

If you truly believe that Jesus Christ was born through immaculate conception. Than you are definitely a gullible Christian/Catholic. There is no possible way that Mary could have had Jesus without doing the deed. If God wanted to impregnate Mary, he'd have to come down from the heavens and bend her over and give it to her. I mean that's how he made humans procreate, so why would he bypass that?

I believe she was afraid to tell her parents or her parents were ashamed of her extracurricular activities. I don't believe she was raped by a Roman soldier. I believe she had a crush on a boy her age and they got together knowing that she was sold to Joseph as an arranged marriage (which is still common in that part of the world). So in her last free moment, she spent it with her true love, giving herself to him. Now that's a little more romantic and would make more sense during that time. But than again, Romans were notorious for raping and taking what they wanted. I mean jump to present time, a US soldier organized the rape and murder of a young Iraqi girl and her family. It does still happen. The point is, soldiers get a lose themselves to war and commit awful atrocities.

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