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Now on to the real post . . .
A few weeks ago, we watched this fascinating video at church.
I will admit that I have just finished watching this video for the 3rd time this month.
There are some problems with the church as a whole these days – the major one being that we no longer know how to defend our faith, especially in the face of so-called reasonable “scientists” who are adamant that there is no way science and the Bible can work together (even though they do – read the Old Testament laws, especially in light of what we know about germs now).
I’m not going to go into a debate about evolution vs. creation right now, except to say this – I believe the Bible to be the unerring, infallible, unfailing, LIVING, Word of God. If we expect to ask people to adhere to it, we Christians must be willing to adhere to all of it, even in the face of doubt.
If we deny one part of it, then soon we will deny all of it. There is no purpose for the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ if we deny the truth of the creation and fall of man.
That said, let’s move on to the next point.
There is a huge difference between astronomy (the observation and study of stars) and astrology (the worship of stars – if you’re looking to something for absolute guidance of your actions, even if it is merely the movement of the stars, then you are indeed worshiping it). The only worship allowed in the Bible is the worship of God – the first two of the 10 Commandments:
“I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them . . .”
Exodus 20:2-5a WEB
But the stars are given as signs:
Genesis 1:14-15 WEB – God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs to mark seasons, days, and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
Psalm 19:1-4a WEB – The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork. Day after day they pour out speech, and night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their words to the end of the world. (Paul quotes this verse in Romans 10:17-18.)
So in light of these things, wouldn’t it make sense for the Star of Bethlehem to be something that actually happened?
That is what lawyer& professor Frederick A. Larson has researched and recorded in his video, The Star of Bethlehem: Unlock the Mystery of the World’s Most Famous Star.
What he discovered was that the star of Bethlehem was much more than just a simple star – it was a series of events that happened in the sky that line up with specific criteria given throughout the Bible, though the specific criteria for the actual star that the magi followed to Bethlehem is listed in the book of Matthew.
He details all of the information (in non-video format) on his website, BethlehemStar.net.
I would highly recommend using both the website and the video together, because there are somethings that are easier explained written down, and others that make more sense when actually illustrated in a lecture (which is essentially what the video is).
If you love astronomy, no matter what your religious opinion, you will probably find this video fascinating.
If you are a Christian, you will find this video a challenge to your relationship with God, especially as you discover what Larson has termed the “poetry of terrible beauty” that God has written in the sky from the very day He created the world – timed perfectly for the fulfillment of prophecy, to bear witness to the birth and death of the Savior.
If you watch this, you will never again see the stars in the same way again.
(Feature image by David Schumaker)
- Star of Bethlehem (seashoremary.wordpress.com)