Jehovah's Witnesses... Who sent the Star of Bethlehem?

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  • johnamos

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    Quote - The scriptures define the Star being sent by God by way of guiding the Wise men. – End quote

    Why do you call them ‘Wise men’?

    Matthew 2:7 Then Herod called the Magi (3097) secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.

    3097. magos

    Transliteration: magos
    Phonetic Spelling: (mag'-os)
    Definition: a Magian, an (Oriental) astrologer, by implication a magician
    Usage: a sorcerer, a magician, a wizard.

    [Deuteronomy 18:10 There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer, 11 or one who binds others with a spell or anyone who consults a spirit medium or a professional foreteller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For everybody doing these things is something detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable things Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you. 13 You should prove yourself faultless with Jehovah your God.]

    Quote - When the wise men came to Jesus, they glorified Him, worshipped Him, and praised Him. This is not an act of Satan is it? – End quote

    [Matthew 4:8 Again the Devil took him along to an unusually high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, 9 and he said to him: “All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan! For it is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’”]

    [Luke 2:8 There were also in that same country shepherds living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks. 9 And suddenly Jehovah’s angel stood by them, and Jehovah’s glory gleamed around them, and they became very fearful. 10 But the angel said to them: “Have no fear, for, look! I am declaring to YOU good news of a great joy that all the people will have, 11 because there was born to YOU today a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in David’s city. 12 And this is a sign for YOU: YOU will find an infant bound in cloth bands and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there came to be with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying: 14Glory in the heights above to God, and upon earth peace among men of goodwill.” 15 So when the angels had departed from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another: “Let us by all means go clear to Beth´le·hem and see this thing that has taken place, which Jehovah has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary as well as Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. 17 When they saw it, they made known the saying that had been spoken to them concerning this young child. 18 And all that heard marveled over the things told them by the shepherds, 19 but Mary began to preserve all these sayings, drawing conclusions in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all the things they heard and saw, just as these had been told them.]

  • waton

    The story about these 2 guiding light is not enlightening, the discussion about it resembles the kh comments about details in watchtower study pictures. just fassing about fiction.

    "Jesus" came, miraculously, because of the "eye for an eye" law, supposedly given by god, applied to himself by god. trapped in his own legislation, by a person, a parent, apparently free to violate his laws of nature, that nobody can escape, -- such as stopping, reversing the Earth's rotation, or moving the much bigger Sun. In this case, moving his son to earth, and lightening the path. So, why not let Herod have his way, and have the ransom payed right there and then? Lights send by god to assure the ransom. Stars, (distant suns) moved ,

    Breaking natural laws again to adhere to the mosaic law. fascinating fiction.

  • jhine

    It seems that there are a few explanations for the " star " .

    l asked why the GB are so adamant that the star was sent by satan . Doing the readings in church yesterday something suddenly seemed obvious , it has been mentioned on here already . The Magi came to WORSHIP Jesus . Of course the WT can't allow that worship of Jesus was right , He's not Divine is he ? So the Magi must have been under the influence of satan . It's probably one of the reasons that Christmas is banned altogether .


  • jhine

    As to the massacre of the children not being mentioned by Josephus . It is apparent from other stuff known about Herod , including killing his own sons because he considered them a threat to his throne, that killing a few non related children wouldn't be a problem . The number of children who were killed actually wouldn't have been very many . Bethlehem wasn't a big place so there wouldn't have been many children under 2ys of age . So it may not have come up on Josephus's radar as he wrote a while after .

    l know that it still makes unpalatable reading but at the time human life was very disposable , indeed as it still is in some parts of the world .


  • blondie
  • Xanthippe

    That's a great sci fi plot Blondie, thanks. Arthur C Clarke is one of the greatest sci fi writers of all time and I do think sci fi short stories are often the best.

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