Science and The Star

…and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was.”

We’re about to celebrate Christmas.  For many, this is a time of gifting, re-gifting, or commercialism.  For others, it’s a chance to honour and give thanks for the birth of Teacher, Prophet, Miracle Worker, Healer, Saviour and Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Time and time again, editors of the Bible have re-written its history.  Happily, research has brought a few interesting truths ‘to light’.  Scientific research shows that the star of Bethlehem may not have been a star.  This changes a few things.

Astrologers in the time of Jesus were hired to foretell the birth and death of kings by tracking the movements of the largest planet, Jupiter, known then as the ‘King of Planets’.  In a BBC documentary, modern day astrologer, Michael Molnar explained that the key place to look for signs of stellar activity would have been in the sign of Aries.  During the reign of King Herod, Astrologers believed that Aries the Ram symbolized Herod’s kingdom which was Judea.  Star gazers of that time also knew from a prophesy that the Messiah was about to appear and rid the world of tyranny so they were watching closely for Aries the Ram, for the advent of this much anticipated Messiah.  Molnar described how, in certain rare planetary alignments, Jupiter could actually appear as an extraordinary star instead of a planet.

Charts for Aries in the year 1 AD, the traditional year in which Jesus was born, reveal nothing unusual in the heavens.  However, Jesus wasn’t born in 1 AD.  It turns out that Jesus was actually born 6 years earlier than the history books state.

Our current calendar was calculated in the 6th century by a scholastic monk named ‘Dennis the Little’ who simply added the reigns of kings together.  However, historians discovered that he miscalculated by half a dozen years.

Jesus’ actual birth date would have been April 17th, 6 BC.  On this day, Jupiter was in Aries which would indicated that a massive royal event was looming.  At the same time, Saturn came into Aries the Ram and so did the sun.  On top of this, the moon eclipsed and revealed Jupiter.  Significance was also found in the dawn, which was considered a symbol of birth.  On the day Jesus was actually born, Jupiter emerged as a morning star.  Together, all these signs indicated that this was the most powerful time to bring about the birth of a super king, the Messiah.  Add in the possibility that some first century astrologers happened to be three wise men travelling from the East, well, the rest is history.

What really matters? 

Over two thousand years later, it’s the message that matters most!

“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:43-47 )

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:34)

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”

“Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)

“But my Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)

“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)

“For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)

Ref: Jesus The Real Story Episode 1 The Early Years BBC4 documentary