Sunday, December 23, 2007
The mystery of the Christmas Star, Divine Theory
It's long been a puzzle for Christian astronomers, and now a professor from the University of Notre Dame thinks he has it figured out. His quest: discovering just what "the star in the East" was that led wise men to travel to Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Not a lot was written about the star in the Bible. In the Gospel of Mathew it says: "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him." German astronomer Johannes Kepler proposed in 1604 that the star was a conjunction of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in 7 B.C. The advantage professor Grant Mathews has over Kepler and other who have pondered the question is that he had access to NASA's databases. Professor Mathews believe that April 17, 6 B.C., when the sun, Jupiter, the moon and Saturn aligned in the constellation Aries while Venus and Mars were in neighboring constellations. It make sense because he believes the wise men were Zoroastrian astrologers who would recognized the planetary alignment in Aries as a sign a powerful leader was born. "In fact it would have even meant that the leader was destined to die at an appointed time, which of course would have been significant for the Christ child and may have been why they brought myrrh, which was an embalming fluid. Saturn there, would have made whoever was born as a leader a most powerful leader because Saturn had the strength to do it, in their view." By Tom Coyne, Associated Press writer. At Christmas time a lot of people tell me that they don't feel the spirit of Christmas. We put up the tree, put on lights and ornaments, then search for presents to put under the tree. We sing about Santa , Rudolph and about a white Christmas. We watch Christmas shows and go to Christmas parties but there is still something missing. The reason for the Season. The birth of Christ, the giving of one self so that others will be better off. Let's make 2008 a better year for someone in your life by giving them something that will last a life time. The Spirit of Christ.