“God doesn’t Judge Dark Skin,He judges Dark Hearts” Godstillspeaks.com
It’s a 2.8 minute read.
Why would any one wants to change their God given darker shade skin to nothing less than whitest ?
I have no idea about other non white country people,but in India it’s a different thing.
Famously it is said that Indians are fascinated by 3Gs- Ganga ( River Ganges ), Gandhi ( father of the nation ) and Gora ( means fair skinned ).
Fair skin appears to be India’s psyche.Many believe,India getting colonized for centuries by the fair skin invaders is the root cause,resulting in the inferiority complex.
Being born in India with dark complexion is highly disadvantageous more so if you are a girl.
If you come across matrimonial or TV advertisements or Bollywood,company interviews….. as far as selection of the candidate is concerned,preference is given to fair skinned people.Dark complexion kids are bullied with nicknames in the school life.
So to survive the rat race, you must have a whitened skin or white washed skin.
The most beautiful story in history is the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, which we celebrate every Christmas. Joseph and Mary, along with a string of other characters, remind us of how holy His birth was to all Christians. But through centuries of translations, this special event has become inundated with a lack of facts and/or misinterpretations. Let’s revisit a section of the nativity’s chain of events – that which involves the three wise men. I think it will surprise you to learn a few details never explicitly revealed in the Bible. For this blog, I will refer to the nativity story as written in the Book of Matthew 2:1-12.
Who Were the Three Wise Men?
Matthew tells us
they came from “east of Jerusalem.” If we examine the historical facts, east of
Jerusalem was the Parthian Empire (also known as Persia), which is today’s
ancient Iran. They rivaled Rome during the time of King Herod’s reign and
occupied much of Palestine.
When the Medes
(ancient Iranians) and Persians conquered Babylon, the Persians formed a priesthood
of wise men known as magicians or magi. This appears to be the point of origin for
the wise men, who held dual priestly and governmental authority. They were
called the magi of the Parthian Empire but were NOT considered kings. (So, how
did we invent the Christmas song, We Three Kings??) They were perhaps
advisers to the kings.
Most residents of the empire practiced the Zoroastrianism religion, now considered being the oldest practice in the world. They believe in one universal, supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, or the “Wise Lord.” Despite their religion, they understood a new Savior would be born through the prophet Daniel’s prophecy. (Daniel 9:24-27)
of the Three Wise Men
the format of most stories in the Bible, the three wise men were never named,
and only legend and many interpretations assigned the names Gaspar, Melchior,
and Balthasar. The Catholics kept the names and honored them as kings and
saints, but their real names were never revealed in scriptures.
The three wise men, today, are called “Magi,” “the Three Wise Men,” and “three kings.” We’ve already confirmed they were not kings. “Wise men” translated is “magos,” which means an Oriental scientist, magician, sorcerer, or wise men. They interpreted dreams, were fortunetellers and royal astronomers. The gospel writer, Matthew, referred to them as ma’goi, or magi.
Did the Wise Men Become Involved in the Birth of Jesus?
around Bethlehem had close links with King Herod, including the Parthian
Kingdom. They knew Herod as a treacherous king who committed many murders,
including his wife, her brother, and father, many friends, and military
leaders. He didn’t trust anyone.
day arrived when the wise men appeared in Jerusalem, and they began asking
questions around town. They wanted to know where they could find the new King
of the Jews. A major stir developed because people believed their earthly king
learned of the chatter, he became furious because he was the only king of the
land. He approached Jewish religious leaders who told Herod what was written in
God’s word. They told him the Messiah would be born in the town of Bethlehem:
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though
you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who
will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
at the news, Herod secretly called a meeting with the wise men. They told King
Herod they witnessed a star which they believed to be the prophecy of the
Jewish King. (Many Christians conclude the wise men followed the star, but the
Book of Matthew only says they SAW a star).
Herod, the conniving leader he was, acted thrilled about the magi’s news, but
he was seething inside. He sent them to Bethlehem to find the Messiah.
“Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” Matthew 2:8
The Gospel of Matthew does not place the wise men at the birth of Jesus. It is written they arrived at a house with a young Jesus, by His mother’s side. It’s estimated He was about forty days old to two years of age, but not in a manger. They dropped to their knees and gave praise to the new Savior.
evening of the magi’s visit, David, the archangel, paid a visit to the wise
men. He warned them not to return to Herod, and he also told Joseph that night to
pack up his family and move to Egypt for safety.
The wise men “departed into their own country another way.” (Matthew 2:12) Realizing he was snubbed by the magi, King Herod madly ordered the death of every boy between the ages of birth and two years old. He thought he would find the Messiah, but not before his death.
Wise Were They?
believe they were quite wise men! The word wise means having good judgment.
They studied the word of God and obeyed His commands, even though they were of
Are the three wise men fact or legend? We can decipher the answer by reviewing the written facts above, but there is one profound message in their story… wise people acknowledge their need for a Savior.
The excitement of Christmas is right around the corner.
Shoppers fill the malls while jolly men dressed in red suits with a white beard
chuckle, “Ho Ho Ho,” to the smiling children. Oh, there’s nothing better than good
cheer this time of the year!
Santa Claus, a commercialized entity in the United States,
was a mere Coca-Cola sketch in 1931, which grew into a life of its own. But,
before there was Santa, the true patron saint of children, St. Nicholas, filled
the shoes (quite literally). Yes, this is the true story that links the
roots of Santa Claus and a man named Nicholas.
Nicholas was born about 280 A.D. in the village of Patara on
the southwest coast of Turkey. A devout Christian, he was left with a large
inheritance when his wealthy parents died in an epidemic. He gave all of his
money to the needy, sick, and those in distress. A servant of God, they blessed
him with the title of Bishop Nicholas at a young age. His heart, though, remained
One would not think such an honorable man (and the first
Santa) could be a victim of Christian persecution, but this event tells us otherwise.
In 325 A.D., Nicholas attended the Council of Nicea meeting, and the
fundamentals of Christian faith was the topic of discussion. He challenged a lecturer,
named Arius, on the beliefs of Orthodox Christianity. An argument ensued, and
Nicholas slapped Arius in front of the Roman Emperor Constantine. The Council
put Nicholas in chains, stripped him of his leadership position, and jailed him
Nicholas prayed for forgiveness and humility. He hoped God
would forgive him. A recall of the story claims the Lord visited him in prison
one night, removed his chains, and returned his garments. The next morning,
prison guards discovered him praying and dressed in his bishop attire. The
Emperor received word of the mysterious event and ordered Nicholas to be released
– it was divine intervention. Nicholas rejoined the Council of Nicea and helped
to create the Orthodox Christian religion as we know it today.
Many stories are told of Nicholas’ good deeds through the
centuries, and they portray him as a gift-giver. But how did he receive this
name? The following incident forever links him to Christmas stockings…
A poor man had three daughters whom he wanted to marry off
to prospective husbands. In those days, however, a woman’s father offered a
dowry for marriage. The larger the payment, the better the chance of finding a
husband. Having no money, he knew his daughters would soon be sold into
Nicholas learned of the family’s harrowing story. On three
different occasions, bags of gold balls were tossed through an open window of
the poor man’s house, and they landed inside the stockings and shoes, drying
near a fire. Today, three gold balls are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. Do
you recognize the connection to Christmas stockings?
You may also ask how St. Nicholas was linked to Christmas,
so I will tell you. After his death in 343 A.D., many miracles involving
children occurred, and they were all contributed to St. Nicholas. Small gifts
and candy silently appeared for poor children on the holiday celebration, Feast
of St. Nicholas, which is celebrated on December 5 and/or 6. Are the stories
true? I’ll leave that to your imagination.
Most European countries still celebrate the Feast of St.
Nicholas today. It is a day about giving and recognizing those who contribute
to society. Good children receive treats or small gifts in their shoes. The
Europeans teach us that to celebrate Christmas, large amounts of gifts unnecessary
– keep it simple to retain the real reason for the season.
Over the centuries, St. Nicholas transformed into another similar figure called Santa Claus. Known as Sinterklaas in Holland, their customs entered the United States and the fat man in a red suit, was soon born. But, let us not forget the roots of St. Nicholas, who came before there was Santa. Compassion, charity, and giving the greatest gift of all – himself – took center stage. This should be the image of Christmas!
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Last Christmas, my wife and I attended the largest private
showing of manger scenes in the world. Made of every substance possible, I was
in awe of their delicate beauty. I immediately knew we would have to collect
nativity sets – I was hooked! The inspiring creches represented almost every
country in the world, and every cost range too.
So, this year, as we began gathering topics for the Christmas blogs, I remembered the local church’s display of nativities. Detoured from my train of thought, I began searching the internet for sets made in Bethlehem. I couldn’t believe the splendor of these handmade creches of biblical olive trees. With my mind really ambling now, I wondered how long ago people made the sets, which signifies Jesus’ birth, thus today’s Christmas blog.
It surprised me to learn Saint Francis of Assisi, in 1223,
created the first nativity scene in the town of Greccio, Italy. He wanted to make an extraordinary experience
for people who attended Mass at Christmas, and others who visited the area.
But, his scene differed from those we purchase on the internet because he
brought it to life!
Inspired by a recent trip to the Holy Land, he set up the
Christmas scene in a cave just outside of town. It featured a wax figure of the
baby Jesus, costumed people playing Mary and Joseph, a live donkey and ox,
which a friend loaned St. Francis.
During the Mass, Francis told the Christmas story, then
delivered a sermon. Afterward, many people strolled to the cave to watch a live
enactment of the sacred event. He told the story of Mary and Joseph with tears
and piety, and people responded with joy. His first manger scene became so
popular that others soon followed his lead.
With time nativity sets evolved into an artisan craft. Today,
the oldest set remains in Italy. Constructed in 1289, out of marble, it is
attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio. He was an Italian architect and sculptor whose
most famous work was the bronze statue of St. Peter now placed at St. Peters
Creche sets of the 1300s were made of marble, wood, or
terracotta. They placed most of them in chapels and churches for year-round
displays. The most famous of these was a set carved in wood, in 1330, for the
Poor Clare Sisters at the Convent of Saint Clare in Naples, Italy.
As Christianity progressed, Martin Luther used these holy
scenes to counteract the pagan beliefs of Christmas trees. The creches became
front and center of holiday celebrations for Christians.
Today, the tiny town of Bethlehem, in Connecticut, boasts
a restored 300-year-old handcrafted nativity scene displayed in a barn on the
grounds of a monastery. Thousands of people stream through the doors to view
one of the country’s most exquisite artworks, dubbed the Rembrandt of creches.
A coronation gift to the King of Sardinia in 1720, this masterpiece sits in a
15 by 10-foot area. The sixty-eight terracotta figures adorn colorful silks
with gold embroidery. The creche is a lasting impression, for all walks of life
are represented throughout the artwork. This must go on my bucket list!
Creating creches, whether in a live show or by the loving
hands of true workmanship, will always remain the resounding reason for the
season. They are a simple reminder of the humble King who would grow up to
sacrifice His life on a cross for sinners. Let us never forget the gift of
Jesus coming to earth to offer salvation to all people.
Many enjoy our words of faith and enduring inspiration; however, not all of my life is colorful as the fall. But, this is not about those I’ve turned over to God in prayer, but the joyful ending of God’s faithfulness. The holiday season is fast approaching, and I won’t focus on the ugly parts of life, but the joy of Thanksgiving.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
Living in a state of humility and reverence, I find myself so thankful for answered prayers. The summer winds turned to the north, and the foliage of forests turned harvest colors. It’s time to lie down arms, repent, and comfort those we might forget this past year.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
Yes, it’s time to rejoice! Give praise to our almighty Father for our many Thanksgiving blessings. Join hands to commemorate the peace and love we’ve found in each other. It’s not just the pilgrims landing anymore. Our sovereignty, through God, our Father, blessed the table we partake this past year.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
I so often return to the words my wise dad spoke, “count your blessings, not your problems.” I welcome you to share this thought on Thanksgiving. Lay aside the differences, if only for one day, and thank God for your life. Count your many blessings and be thankful. We fill every day with memorable moments.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
As for my family and I, this year’s Thanksgiving Day holds a significant meaning. It falls on the twenty-eighth, which was my Dad’s birthday, and I commemorate him in heaven. It was also my parent’s wedding anniversary. Married in 1958, I bet they picked this day so my dad would never forget their anniversary. Only one person knows their story for sure, and he’ll never tell… or will you, Uncle Bill?
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
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Three weeks before Christmas, I can remember the annual
ritual of watching my mother write her holiday cards to friends and family
members. She’d sign our name and below that she wrote, “Merry Xmas.” One
year, I asked her what “Xmas” was, and she told me it was short for Christmas.
She used to mail about 60 cards, so I could understand why she shortened it – I’d
have writer’s cramp too!
I grew up seeing both written versions of this holiday name
and never thought twice of any Christian implications; after all, my mother was
a devout worshipper of God. But, this Christogram (an abbreviation for Jesus
Christ) became a secular upheaval called the “War on Christmas.”
Many Christians take great offense to the use of the Greek
word “Xmas” instead of Christmas, for they feel it takes Christ out of
Christmas. Some call it blasphemous and disrespectful to the Lord, making Him
anonymous. Modern etiquette discourages using the word as an abbreviation in formal
writing. Style guides for some publications such as The New York Times,
discourage using Xmas unless writing space is limited.
Well, a surprise to all Christians – “Xmas” has impeccable
credentials! The “X” in this Christogram
represents the Greek letter ‘Chi’ which is the first letter of the Greek
word for Christ, Christos. The English translation for Chi is “X,” and
it represents the Messiah. Xmas’s second half, “mas,” means mass; thus,
the whole word means Christ’s Mass. In Hebrew, Jehovah also has an
The Christogram, Xmas, has been abbreviated for at least 1,000 years. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reveals “Christ” written as “Xp” or “Xt” as far back as 1021. So, how did this word become so prevalent in today’s times? I think we have the world of advertising to thank for this transition as Xmas fits perfectly in the narrowest of leaflets or shop windows. And it’s no coincidence the “X” looks similar to the cross. I think it is acceptable for Christians to write “Xmas” on their Christmas cards or social media sites. If faced with objections, explain why their criticism is unfounded, according to Christianity. Blaming the secularization of a religious holiday on the misconception of “Xmas,” reflects a misunderstanding of our history and language, don’t you agree?
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How often do you drive down a road and notice the plants
and weeds growing along its edge? You might see them if they are shockingly
beautiful, but otherwise – not so much. Would you ever think a Mexican roadside
weed could become a symbol of Christmas, or be linked to Christianity?
Poinsettia, a name meaning “very beautiful,” grows as a
weed in Mexico and Central America. They grow wild in a tall, stringy form, and
the red flowers are actually not flowers. Similar to our Bougainvillea in the
United States, its upper leaves turn red, and the tiny flowers grow in the
middle of the bracts. Cultivated in a variety of colors now, an Aztec king once
prized it. So, how did it become a favorite Christmas plant?
The Aztecs used to pull these weeds to make purple dye for
clothes and cosmetics. They made the white sap in the stem into medicine to
treat fevers. In 1825, Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first ambassador from the USA
to Mexico, owned greenhouses on plantations in South Carolina. He began growing
these plants and sent them to friends and botanical gardens.
Joel’s friend, Robert Buist of Philadelphia, fell in love
with the plants when he received one. He began selling them as cut flowers,
using the name of Poinsettias. By the early 1900s in America, they sold whole
plants for landscaping and pot plants nationwide.
Albert Ecke, a German immigrant, increased the
availability of poinsettias in America when he sent cuttings by air instead of
fully grown plants by rail. By this time, the Ecke family had a profuse
inventory of single-stem plants. His grandson, Paul Ecke, Jr., was strong in
marketing, and he developed a brilliant idea for the poinsettias. Why not send
them to early television shows so they can be a backdrop during the holidays?
So, they shipped thousands of plants to the Dinah Shore,
Bob Hope, and The Tonight Show programs. The public went crazy over the burst
of color on the Christmas shows, and their popularity was born. Throughout most
of the 20th century, the Ecke family crop accounted for over ninety percent
of all poinsettias sold in the United States. The US Congress even deemed
December 12 as National Poinsettia Day to commemorate the date of Poinsett’s
As Christianity quickly spread across the Americas,
Mexicans became the first people to celebrate the holiday flower’s Christian
meaning. They saw its red leaves as a symbol of deep love and the blood of
Jesus at His crucifixion. Today, the poinsettia, with its star-shaped foliage
pattern, is used consistently in churches at Christmastime, for it is thought
it resembles the Star of Bethlehem.
I’m ending today’s blog with the Legend of the Poinsettia for your reading enjoyment. Be sure to join us again on Sunday, November 24, for the next “Everything Christmas Blog.” God bless!
The Legend of
Pepita, a poor
Mexican girl, had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve
Services. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her
heart was filled with sadness rather than joy.
“I am sure,
Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in
His eye,” said Pedro.
Not knowing what
else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common
weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet. Looking at the scraggly bunch of
weeds, she felt more saddened and embarrassed than ever by the humbleness of
her offering. She fought back a tear as she entered the small village chapel.
approached the alter, she remembered Pedro’s kind words: “Even the most humble
gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes.” She felt her spirit
lift as she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene.
bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were
certain they witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes.
From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, for they bloomed each year during the Christmas season.
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What is Christmas without a gift, games, and fa la la la?
How about some espionage to deepen the mystery of the holiday? It was a forlorn
and homesick time of the year for the POWs in Europe in 1944, during World War
II. The easiest way to make another day go quickly in a war zone was to play
The Geneva Conference conceived a brilliant idea. They
concentrated their efforts on relieving the tensions between the countries. Still,
meanwhile, the U.S. Army designed a way to reveal escape routes for the
prisoners. Together, with the US Playing Card Company, Bicycle, they invented a
deck of cards called a “map deck.” Maps of top-secret escape routes were placed
between two layers of playing cards. When soaked in water, they peeled apart to
show the POWs the best way to safety. How ingenious was this idea!
The next problem was how they could get these cards into
the prisoner’s hands. Allied POWs were given the right to receive mail and
packages from the Red Cross, especially at Christmas. What a perfect
opportunity to smuggle these playing cards with maps!
The Red Cross delivered their Christmas gifts, and it didn’t
take long before the prisoners figured out their presents. Bicycle cards and
Monopoly games all contained hidden maps, escape routes, directions, and tips
to reach friendly borders.
The Monopoly games had authentic German currency hidden
within the game’s paper money, a metal file placed inside the board itself, and
maps of the prison and its locality inside the hotel pieces. Section Nine of
the British Directorate of Military Intelligence in the War Office printed the
documents in the game.
Because of these espionage tactics, the “map deck” cards
helped 35,000 POWs escape from Colditz Castle in Germany, and 316 attempts were
made to scramble away from the prison. The Monopoly game was responsible for a
third of the 35,000 prisoners fleeing their location.
It is unknown how many of the original decks exist today,
but two of them serve as an exhibit in the International Spy Museum in
Washington, D.C. The US Playing Card Company was kind and granted us permission
to use the image of these cards shown above. This top-secret plan was not made known
to the public for many years. In commemoration of the legendary deck, a
reproduction of the cards is now available for purchase in stores, today, by
the US Playing Card Company. Though the cards do not need soaked, you will find
the map printed on the outside of the deck. What a holly jolly Christmas
surprise for our POWs!! God bless Bicycle!
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The year was 1843, and Heinrich Christian Schwan was a newly
ordained minister. Six years later, Heinrich and his new wife, Emma Blum, moved
to the United States from Horneburg, Germany (a province of Hanover). The Puritan
practices were all but gone in the U.S., so he was free to preach Christianity
and practice his childhood traditions from Europe. Zion Lutheran Church, in Cleveland,
Ohio, was the perfect start.
On Christmas Eve 1851, the first winter storm of the season
hit, and Rev. Schwan decided it was time to put a tree up in his church. He
wasn’t sure how well it would be received by parishioners, but he took the
risk. Most of his congregation were from Germany, so he was pretty sure they
had seen a Christmas tree. (The U.S. did not formally celebrate the holiday
Rev. Schwan and his wife made the garland of colored paper
and used cookies, nuts, and candles to decorate the beautiful large tree. It
was important to share his happiness of the birth of the Christ Child. The next
morning, as the congregation arrived for the Christmas service, mixed reactions
filtered throughout the church. Some were delighted to see the tree, yet others
were offended and angry.
Within a couple of days, the Schwan Christmas tree was
headline news, but it wasn’t positive. A prominent newspaper called it “nonsensical,
moronic absurdity, and silly.” The media even suggested the church be shunned
for idolatry practices. Rev. Schwan was devastated, for he thought it expressed
joy. He couldn’t believe many people considered it to be sacrilegious, so he began
making inquiries to fellow clergymen about Christmas trees.
A letter arrived one day from the Imgaard family in
Wooster, Ohio. Lighting a Christmas tree was part of their family tradition
since 1847! So, the following year, Rev. Schwinn met with the community leaders
and his congregation to share this news. He convinced them it was not pagan or
On the eve of Christmas, 1852, another tree blazed in the Zion
Lutheran Church. As fate would have it, decorated trees began popping up all
over town, and within five years, they appeared all over the country.
It was believed for a very long time, the Schwan Christmas
tree was the first to appear in a church in America. However, we found facts that
show Rev. John Muehlhaeuser of Rochester, New York, used a tree in his church
as early as 1840. However, it was placed there to charge admission and raise
money for his building. Today we read that they used Christmas trees in churches
in Philadelphia, in 1834, and Fort Dearborn in 1804. Pastor Schwan is fully
responsible, though, for gaining the widespread acceptance of Christmas trees
in the church. His pastorate later continued by serving many years as the
president of the Evangelical Lutheran School of Missouri.
I would like to touch on the pagan roots of Christmas trees. Using Jeremiah 10:2-4, some Christians believe the following verse maintains their position that Christmas trees are pagan…
“Thus saith the
LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen… For the customs of the people are
vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the
workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it
with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”
May I say the Christian belief is the Christmas tree is merely a symbol. To be considered idolatry, it has to be worshiped like God. We do not place our trust in a piece of wood – this is ridicules! Christians need to follow their conscience, though, when deciding if they want to use a Christmas tree. For sure, it should not be a debate that divides us.
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A perfect scene… a star like none other, sitting above a
stable in the peaceful night, and it’s announcing the birth of a holy Messiah.
The Gospel of Matthew was the only book in the Bible that described “The Star
of Bethlehem” occurrence.
asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his
star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
What did the wise men witness in the sky that night? Was
it real? Was it a star, a comet, or something else? The magi were skilled
astrologers and scholars, so their fixation was not in the stars, but on large
astronomical events which they believed would predict something happening. But
why were they the only men to witness and describe a star guiding them? If they
were well trained then why didn’t they understand what they saw in the sky?
Many astrologers of 2,000 years ago, the Chinese, Korean,
and Babylonians, documented the heavens because they placed predictions based
on events. The writings recorded then, are in a constant review by our
astronomers today, and theories abound. But, one thing is for sure, no answer
or explanation for this divine incident is clear. Here are the details I discovered,
and you may come to your own conclusion.
I know little of astronomy, but for certain, stars do not
move relative to themselves. Planets continuously shift through the solar
system. Based on this, how did the sacred star move, leading the magi to
Bethlehem? One theory suggests a heliacal rising. The planets Jupiter and Venus
lapped each other while moving through the background stars. If the sun caught
up to one of the planets, the planet would disappear until the sun moved far
enough away from it. Then it would reappear shockingly bright in the sky, just
before sunrise. Historical records show this exact occurrence on April 17 of 6
BC to December 19 of 6 BC. But, this natural alignment of planets, sun, and
earth would not create a long, extended tail to the ground such as the one
described by the magi.
A second theory suggests a comet. This seems to be the
most logical explanation because it can hang over a city or land mass as did Halley’s
Comet on March 8, 1986. Historical astronomy records revealed a tailed comet in
the timeframe of the magi’s travels, and it lasted for seventy days. However, from
Jerusalem’s vantage point, the comet would have been in the southern sky with
the head close to the horizon and the tail pointing upward. The magi described
the “Star of Bethlehem” as one they never seen before and comets were frequent
visitors in their galaxy. So, as scholarly astrologers, why couldn’t the magi
tell the difference between a comet and a star? Apparently, something confused
A final theory suggests the birth of a star, known as a
nova. It certainly matched the biblical description. Once again, Chinese
historical records reveal a new star was born in the northern constellation of
Aquila in 4 BC. During the time the three wise men traveled from Jerusalem, the
star would have lit their sky south into Bethlehem and not in the west. This
explains why no one else witnessed this bright star. However, the star did not
move, and it certainly didn’t stand over the city of Bethlehem; nor would it
have stayed bright for the one to two years they took to find Jesus.
Revealing all the facts described in this blog, I will stand on my own theory. The Star of Bethlehem was an incredible act of God and one created for a unique purpose. God can use natural law to carry out His will because He is not bound by the laws He created for this world. When you think of the whole miraculous event of Jesus’s birth, a special star is not beyond His scope.
What do you think?
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