Really, don't read if your a god squad nut.
After a drunken discussion with some old Chinese men, i brought up religion. The old wrinkly man suggested that it's all based on someone's perception thousands of years ago, and you either need to adopt that perception, or don't. Bright words from a senile old git reeking of vodka. He said for religion to work, perception needs to change. As in his eyes, every fable has 2 very different perceived themes. His example is as follows:
"Take the whole virgin Mary situation. What if, using what i know of man and woman,i told you that this angelic wife married to this working class guy who worked long hours away got pregnant, couldn't explain it to her husband, admitted an affair, out of shame they moved away and made up some mental star and men-with-gifts story.
So gullable/bored/desperate are people to believe in something or someone to lead then out of the crap, this story spreads round Bethlehem. Several people suggest they are lying. They decide to check out the story in Nazareth with some traders they buy ice off. Alas, all people from Nazareth were slaughtered by Herod. This confirms to the already believers that "Virgin"Mary and the child must have been saved from Herod by some magical spirit. Others here on the grapevine that actually Herod is the father, and killed all in the town he feared were hiding Mary and killed all the children out of jealousy.
Or these three wise men were actually well-off middle eastern traders, sent by the Sultan she'd been shagging to pay her off with expensive crap.
Now...i don't agree with that statement. But, if it's true, that means Christianity is based on all it isn't supposed to be, Mary caused mass-slaughter and higher pensionable age. Herod, a man seen as the devil, fathered Jesus. Joseph was a jaffa. The bible is straight out of Readers Housewives.
Also, if Joseph was a carpenter, why didn't he build themselves a portable shed? Maybe even their own manger? Why didn't God introduce Josepth and Noah in a dream and make the whole ark building thing a little easier?
Just a thought.