The office of the President of the United States is one of the most powerful positions in the world, leading a nation of some 309 million people. However, many might argue that Savior of the World is a more important office, claiming over one billion followers.
The qualifications for the US President are laid out in the US Constitution, Article II. To meet the constitutional definition, Barack Obama must have been born in the United States. Some have questioned Obama’s Hawaiian birthplace and hence we have the tribe of the birthers.
The qualifications for Savior of the World are less compactly stated in the Christian Bible. However, one article of faith is that the Savior is one and the same as the Jewish messiah, and must therefore fulfill prophesies from Jewish holy writ including this:
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. [Micah 5:2]
The standard Christmas story indeed has Jesus born in Bethlehem; that is the standard story as told by the Luke the Evangelist. However Jesus was jeered by folks who said “can anything good come from Nazareth?” Jesus was popularly called “Jesus of Nazareth” not “Jesus of Bethlehem.” There is a legitimate historical dispute over where Jesus was born that calls into question his qualifications as the Jewish messiah and the Savior of the World. So…