I am a Preacher's Kid, and a lifelong Christian--and neither of the two genealogies is really that important to how I live my life. I sat down and compared them once, using a concordance, and comparing the genealogies of Jesus to the genealogies of the kings of Israel and Judah, as given in I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles and II Chronicles. Between two points where the genealogies are identical, the one genealogy is twice as long as the other--which means that, for hundreds of years, ALL the fathers of one branch would have had to father a son at an early age--say 15--while at the same time, ALL the fathers of the other branch would have had to father a son at a late age--say 30. This is unlikely. And at one point, two people are presented as father and son that the Old Testament list of kings says are great-grandfather and great-grandson--very unlikely, even if one were to presume incest; people hardly live long enough for that to happen, even today. But as I said, whatever the solution to the mystery is, it has little to do with what moral choices I make or how I live my life. Religion is not a list of things to believe; it is a means for choosing how to live.