AN AUSSIE BOFFIN has been tinkering with his computer and worked out that Jesus was not born in December, but June.
Dave Reneke, former chief lecturer at the Port Macquarie Observatory in New South Wales, used complex computer software to map the night sky as it would have appeared over Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.
He said that he can pinpoint the date of Christ's birth as June 17 rather than December 25, according to The Times.
Reneke said that the only celestial conjunction way back then that looked like a Christmas star appeared in June, not December.
He said that Venus and Jupiter became very close in the year 2 B.C. and they would have appeared to be one bright beacon of light. While this is not definitely the Christmas star, Reneke said it is the strongest explanation for it he had seen.
This would mean that the Wise men would have said that Jesus was a chatty Gemini rather than a more materialistic, sex-obsessed Capricorn.
The bible never mentioned that Jesus was born on December 25. That date was decided by the early Roman church when it was desperate to attract worshippers away from the much older Mithras cult, with which it seemed to be having an intellectual property dispute.
Mithras had a virgin birth, in a cave or stable on December 25. He had twelve companions, performed miracles, was dubbed "the good shepherd," "the way, the truth and the light,” “redeemer,” “saviour,” “Messiah." He was identified with both the lion and the lamb. His worshippers held secret ceremonies that included a baptism to remove sins and a sacred meal of bread and water and specially consecrated wine. µ