Was Jesus Born of a Roman Raping?

I was startled to read today that Jesus — yes, THAT Jesus — may have been the child born from a Roman raping of his mother, Mary.

We all know Jesus was recently found dead in His grave, but where is this “child of rape” story coming from and who is telling it in public?

The answer is, “Basic Instinct” director Paul Verhoeven, who has written a new book:

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – “Basic Instinct” director Paul Verhoeven has written a book that contradicts biblical teaching by suggesting that Jesus might have been fathered by a Roman soldier who raped Mary.

Marianna Sterk of the publishing house J.M. Meulenhoff said the book includes several ideas that run contrary to Christian faith, including the suggestion that Jesus could be the son of a Roman soldier who raped Mary during a Jewish uprising against Roman rule in 4 B.C.

The book also claims that Judas Iscariot was not responsible for Jesus’ betrayal, she said.

The movie director’s claims were greeted with some skepticism among those who have dedicated their careers to studying the life of Jesus. One issue is that there is very little information about the life of Jesus outside of the Gospels. The Gospels as understood by Christians for nearly 2,000 years do not support Verhoeven’s ideas.

Is it possible Jesus was the product of a Roman raping?

Is it improper for us to even consider the idea?

Is Jesus made stronger or weaker in the deep analysis and fanciful wondering about his power, impact and birth on earth?