God is the original “Dead Beat Dad.” Of course, I don’t buy into the myth that The Christ was born to a virgin. This idea of a Messiah was a long standing myth of Jews that was created about 2000 years before the birth of Jesus. In fact, there does not appear to be any direct connection between Jesus the person and the myth (birth of Christ). Jesus was not the only man who claimed to be The Christ. Jesus himself believed that John the Baptist was the chosen one (The Christ) and not him. But that is not the story. The story is the myth itself that the chosen one would be born of a virgin immaculately conceived by the Holy Spirit. For the sake of discussion, let’s say that God was the father. Now, he did not originally discuss this with Joseph to whom Mary was betrothed. He just knocked Mary up. According to Biblical scholars, Mary was no more than 14 to 15 years of age, a mere child. However, she was promised to Joseph – being that his wife had died and he was a man of sufficient means to take on another wife. After God impregnated Mary, and we must say impregnated because she gave birth in the flesh, not in the spirit. After a few months she began to gain weight and protrude as if she was pregnant. Joseph became concerned and frankly was originally outraged. The village began to gossip. God, being the “player” and dead beat dad that he was did not take direct responsibility himself, but sent one of his angels to speak to Joseph. Can you imaging, God speaking like Captain Kirk, hey Gabriel, this Joseph guy is pretty upset. Look, God said to his subordinate (angel), this guy Joseph is an ignorant goat herder who does not understand space and technology, just appear before him and he will freak-out. Tell him it is the promise to the Jews of the legend that a messiah would be born to a virgin and Mary has been chosen. So the angel appears before Joseph and convinces Joseph that this is the myth come true. Now, in the tradition of the dead beat dad, God only shows up periodically to help Jesus out or to satisfy his own ego. He was not even there for the birth. He (God) let the boy be born in an old cave with animals around; nor did he provide any child support, but let Joseph, the step-father, raise and care for the child and teach him to be a carpenter until he, Jesus, decided to become a Rabbi. In fact, God rarely shows up until Jesus has begun to get some popularity. God must love NBA basketball, because he could relate to some of the players very well. Many of them experience that their biological fathers rarely show up until they become famous, like Shaquille O’Neal’s (Shaq) biological father. Shaq’s biological father had the audacity to allow himself to be interviewed by a major network and say that Shaq represented his genes. This was the same as the dead beat dad - God. Even in Jesus’ darkest hour, when Jesus said, “father has thou forsaken me”, God did not show up, but allowed Jesus to be tortured on the cross by the Romans, and believe me, crucifixion is a horrible way to die. If God is indeed the father of Jesus and has all the power he possesses, then he is a cruel and dead beat dad.