Re:... posted byRilwan (Chennai)[20 December 2013] IP: 117.*.*.* India | Comment Reference Number: 32111
A trivia (just for information and certainly not a criticism) - There is no record for Jesus's birth on December. Until before Christianity in the Roman Empire, December 25th used to be a Pagan holiday. When Roman Kingdom accepted Christianity, the Pagan holiday was transformed into Christian holiday. Orthodoxy Christianity (such as Eastern Orthodoxy such as Coptic) believes Jesus was born in January.
Also I recommend readers to find the book of Reza Aslan - "The Zealot - The Life and Time of Jesus of Nazareth". Reza rips apart how the modern outlook of Jesus and how it was designed to promote Jesus as an icon of newly found religion called Christianity - a system to control the Roman masses.
From its founding, Christianity was never a peaceful religion. Byzantines and Romans imposed the religion on their people and how the religion was spread among the Vikings and Hellenic people. In the medieval history Pope of Rome even headed bloody crusades against Muslim countries and also authorized enslaving (colonizing) people of the east. Later history of Andalusia and Levant also filled with bloody campaigns against non-Christians and also eastern Christian orthodoxy.
In a step ahead, Reza argues that Jesus wasn't a proponent of "show the other cheek" concept. As per his research, Jesus used violence against the Philistinians (people who lived in the land later become Palestine - which also includes Jews of the time and the Roman rulers in the region) for abusing house of worship.
Incidents following the release of Reza's book also exposed media hypocrisy when it comes to criticism on one religion over the other. Reza was born into an intellectual Iranian muslim family. When he was a child, his family converted to Christianity due to their dislike over mullah interference into government and public life. Reza spent 20 years of his life as a militant Christian before finding his way back to Islam. His mother still remains a Christian.