Sunday, 6 December 2009

BLD No. 6 (2)



















































Okay grab a seat and let’s play. I’m going to grab a drink too, does anyone want one? I’m going to have amber rum and coke in a tall glass with some lime.

I’m cozy, let the games begin. Ummmm; I think we should do the bible.

Questions:

How many wise men were there? (3, 4, or the bible does not say)

Did Joseph meet the wise men? (yes, no, the bible does not say)

What animal did Mary ride to Bethlehem? (donkey, small horse, llama, the bible does not say)

The Holy Family named the child ‘Jesus’ because? (an angel told Mary to use the name, an angel told Joseph to use the name, all of the above, none of the above)

What type of building was Jesus born in? (stable, cave, inn, the bible does not say)

What animals were present at the Nativity? (cattle, sheep, doves, all of the above, the bible does not say)

Who besides the wise men saw the star? (shepherds, King Herod’s astrologers, the bible does not say)

How did the star compare in brightness with the other stars? (brighter, equivalent, a faint glow over the horizon, the bible does not say)

How soon after Joseph and Mary reached Bethlehem was Jesus born? (within minutes, that night, the bible does not say)

Answers:

How many wise men were there? (The bible does not say, although tradition suggests there were three wise men, as in the carol ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’ the bible actually does not give the number of Magi.)

Did Joseph meet the wise men? (The bible does not say, Matthew writes that the magi found the Child with Mary, but makes no mention of Joseph.)

What animal did Mary ride to Bethlehem? (The bible does not say, although it would be a long walk for a pregnant woman from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the bible does not state whether Mary rode an animal or not.)

The Holy Family named the child ‘Jesus’ because? (All of the above, in Luke the Angel Gabriel tells Mary to use the name Jesus and in Matthew an angel tells Joseph to use the name Jesus.)

What type of building was Jesus born in? (The bible does not say, although Luke tells us that the baby was placed in a manger, there is no mention of where the manger was located.)

What animals were present at the Nativity? (The bible does not say, despite the line from ‘Away in a Manger that the cattle were lowing, the poor baby wakes,’ there is no mention of which animals were present.)

Who besides the wise men saw the star? (The bible does not say, there is only mention in Matthew that the wise men from the East came asking ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’)

How did the star compare in brightness with the other stars? (The bible does not say, it is mentioned in Matthew that the three wise men saw it on its rising and had followed it, there is nothing about its brightness.)

How soon after Joseph and Mary reached Bethlehem was Jesus born? (The bible does not say, in Luke it mentions ‘While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.’)

http://circlingmyhead.blogspot.com/2008/12/b-l-d-no-6.html

*artwork D by Ruth Palmer

31 comments:

RNSANE said...

Very interesting post. I had really never given any of it much thought but you clarified it all so well!

Sarah said...

Good morning dear Renee..I must have been looking as you were posting:) Funny how we assume things when we read. Our heads fill in the details. I think that is the joy of reading really. Most of these I assumed I knew...not so much..LOL!
I would like a coffee with Baileys thank you. Love you hon, Sarah

TERI REES WANG said...

I sipped a warm and spicy Mexican hot chocolate during that little Sunday school lesson. Clarity counts on these occasions of history.

Angie Muresan said...

Wow Renee! I am very impressed! I had assumed I knew what the bible said, but now I see how wrong I was.
And yes, I'd like a drink too. Now on to the next game.
HUGS!!!

lakeviewer said...

Gather all the children and let's share this tale, of a child born in a manger, who rose to speak for all humanity. You could have left us guessing a bit longer...

I'll have Irish coffee, thank you. And a slice of panettone.
You don't know what that is?
Uh, I'll have to offer a tutorial one of these days.

Ces said...

Wait! Wait! I thought Jesus was born in Mexico! He told me he was. That stinker. I did not know he was Jewish. I thought he was Mexican! I'll kick his ass the next time I see him. He was making a snowman on top of his car the other day. I kid you not. He was. We had snow down here at the gulf last Friday.

Doris Sturm said...

Those pictures are lovely too, Renee, especially the first one. To me that is the true winter wonder land. I remember as a teenager having to get away from the adults in the house, I'd bundle up and take a long walk in the silent snow covered woods...there's just nothing more peaceful and absoloutely still...it's amazing!

Pattee said...

Wow I had no idea the bible didn't say so much..... : )

I just remember what was "preached" to me in Sunday School, and church.Funny how those are the things we remember... makes you wonder what else we "believe" we know and it was only told to us as children.

I love you Renee~
Pattee

Fresh Mommy said...

Fun game, and fun read. Some things I new and some I didn't... so it was a morning to learn!! Great photos you found as well :)

Rikkij said...

Renee- I've always laughed at what people think they know to be Biblical. How about "Hark the ,,angels sing" No where does it speak of an angel singing. Hope you're having a good weekend. Love ya~rick

secret agent woman said...

Yay for me - I knew the answers! I think we wrap the details around the fairly sparse story to make it something we can envision and find meaning in.

wykd wytch said...

believe me ...you dont want to go down this crazy path.....leave it alone or be quite disturbed by the evidence available..I have studied these facts for a little while and realise that many things dont gel...they never have.

Mim said...

Of course now I have to look up all the details...there goes my idea of knitting all night!

Deanna said...

Hi Renee,

Hmmm...seems the bible did not say much.....or at least not as much as I thought. I didn't get one correct. What does that say for me?

Perhaps it's the glass of Merlot...or maybe I just don't have a good grasp on the story...

Happy Holiday Season my friend. I miss seeing and talking with you.

Love, Deanna

Sophia said...

What a quite intriguing post. You really got the wheels in my head to turning.

PS LOVE the first two photos..especially the first one. That is SO me.

Diva Kreszl said...

wonderful...I think I'll use this with my High School kids at Youth Group at my church, if that's okay with you???

Silver said...

My darling lady, you do have to slow down!!! How do you find so much energy ;D (That's a good thing, isn't it! I am the one who needs to work at getting more stamina in keeping up with you! ;P)

i have to be honest. I haven't have my first coffee in the morning yet- so i will have to run for now.

Just want you to know i am thinking of you and sending you healing and thoughts of love!

love you much,
~Silver

Diana Evans said...

Hi Renee!!! great post...and again you always make us think.....

Bless you!!!

Hugs
Diana

studio lolo said...

As I've said so many times before, we learn so much from you.

So, that said....tell your latest diagnosis to take a suck pill ;)

Love you, just sayin...

xoxo

Bella Sinclair said...

Ug. My heart. That breakfast picture, it breaks my heart.

Very enlightening quiz there, my dearest. But...but...but... butt. But how did we get these notions in the first place? Who came up with these things that are now so indelible to Western Christmas tradition?! Gah. I feel as if someone just told me there is no Santa.

jacquie said...

i'll have what your serving up as i can be know to copy you.....
i can not believe how many of these facts i did not answer correctly .......talk about room for interpretation....
love the artwork...
jacquie

@eloh said...

Loved it... I got the donkey (ass) wrong.... I made an ugly ugh sound.... I swear somewhere it makes mention of an ass. Funny what we convince ourselves of.

Ces said...

Altruism was supposed to be theme of these books. Who wrote these religious books that are supposed to be the foundation of religions for Christians, Muslims, Mormons, Budhists, Taoists, Hindus etc etc etc. MEN! Men who were HIGH on something, then interpreted by men who were high on something and believed by everyone who are high on something. FAITH, it is our faith that guides us and lends it to personal interpretation and humans only think of one thing --- "What's in it for me!" Humans are selfish and that is why the altruists are the ones who end up being saints. Even in prayer. Listen to ourselves sometimes...

soulbrush said...

this is an excellent post, i have told this story over and over at school, yet never ever delved into it in any depth.

Ces said...

Oh and another thing, this is the same reason why people were duped into believing that there is a consensus among scientists that there is global warming. A lie travels faster than the truth that by the time the truth catches up the lie would have circled the earth three times. Then the liberal media spreads it like wildfire because it is so avant-garde to hitch your wagon to something "good". There is nothing wrong with going green, some people have done it for centuries but it is the arrogance of the establishment and those with financial backing used by politicians and bureaucrats who demagogue people into believing that they are better. Let science be free of political influence so that we will know the truth. It turns out that the data used in global warming policies from East Anglia University, by the UN and the EPA have been rigged for over ten years because they cannot prove the rise in the earth's temperature and a massive cover-up of the findings of those scientists who prove otherwise. Science and scientific process failed in global warming and now we have to do it because it is the "Moral" thing to do. Who is covering this news - NOT THE U.S. LIBERAL media! People have to search for the truth, not just believe in DA INTERNET because someone posted it or blogged about it. READ and analyze and be a critical thinker. We lost our critical thinking skills with DA INTERNET and politicians and propaganda directors know that. This is just like religion. We believe because it is the moral thing to do.

Mickey said...

I love love love Ces's response HILARIOUS. I am such a looser I took all my answers from Christmas Carols. I hope God can forgive me. Renee I love this post as I took a cup of coffee to read it when you said grab a drink. Very relaxing and fun and interesting to think I thought I knew some forsure I actually got alot right so can I still be your main partner at trivial pursuit.... I will see you later today. Love you Mickey

Baino said...

Hmmm makes you wonder how much more we've made up over the years! Was Mary a virgin. . well the Bible tells us so but I'm a little dubious. Haha!

Daria said...

Once again ... beautiful pics.

Hope you are having a good day.

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, Renee Love, like Sarah, I made some big assumptions. The things I always thought I knew about Christmas. Thank you for the enlightment at this time. There is one thing that I have never made an assumption of, and that is how incredible smart you are.
Loving beautiful you.
DPG

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

So interesting Renee! Had I read this last night, I could have joined you in a 'fun' drink! BUt since it's 9 a.m. I'll have to enjoy my coffee with your blog. LOL
Love, Darla

Dawn said...

Well who would have thought it.. I did join you with a glass of Bailey's on ice so Thanks for that xx