Jesus was a fairly common name in the first half of the first century A.D. It means in Hebrew: “God saves”.
There is simply no way you can describe Christianity as a ‘Western religion’ any more (nor was there ever!). Christianity is exploding in secret in China, as well as in underground, hidden churches in places like Iran and Nepal. The Christian faith in general is growing fastest on the continent of Africa. We may be a post-Christian country here in Britain, but that says very little about the fortunes of this faith.
One of the purposes of the Bible is to teach us how to live a life that is pleasing to God (Col. 1:9–10; 1 Thess. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:17). Because it is the Word of God, the Bible is a higher authority in ethics than tradition, reason, experience, expected results, or subjective perceptions of guidance. While these other factors can never override the teaching of Scripture, they can still be helpful for us in making a wise decision.
Jesus was the first and only baby born to a virgin and was the only human ever to live a sinless life.
John the Baptist was Jesus’ second cousin because Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Elisabeth, the mother of John, were both cousins. John was about 6 months older than Jesus.