Jesus was born in Bethlehem because of ....Taxes?
Yup. Looks like it:
The Christmas tax story
With Mary so close to delivering her child, why did she and Joseph risk traveling to Bethlehem? Taxes.Follow the link for the scripture references and various embedded links.
A census was ordered to determine the taxes due from the residents of the Roman Empire. Each person had to return to his home town to meet the decree's requirements.
So Joseph and Mary headed out from Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, specifically to the city of David known as Bethlehem, an estimated three-day trip, because Joseph was of the house and family of David.
And the rest is Biblical history. [...]
Gosh. Taxes. They're everywhere.