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For the AiG staff meeting yesterday meeting, we all gathered in the Stargazer’s Planetarium to see the program on the Star of Bethlehem. We thought it would be good to remind the staff about what the Bible says concerning this “star.”
Was it a supernova?
Was it a conjunction of planets?
Was it a comet?
The Creation Museum planetarium program on the Star of Bethlehem that is offered at the museum around Christmas time (including during the Christmas Town events) discusses the star, teaches creationist astronomy, deals with some misconceptions (such as the actual number of wise men), and gives some solid biblical teaching about the birth of Jesus as the God-man.
I encourage you to read the article that summarizes the content of this program. The article concludes with the following:
After the magi had met with Herod, the star went on before them to Bethlehem and stood over the location of Jesus. It seems to have led them to the very house that Jesus was in—not just the city. The magi already knew that Christ was in Bethlehem. This they had learned from Herod, who had learned it from the priests and scribes (Matthw 2:4–5, 8). For a normal star, it would be impossible to determine which house is directly beneath it. The star over Christ may have been relatively near the surface of earth (an “atmospheric” manifestation of God’s power) so that the magi could discern the precise location of the Child.Read the complete article for more information.
Whatever the exact mechanism, the fact that the star led the magi to Christ is evidence that the star was uniquely designed, made by God for a very special purpose. God can use extraordinary means for extraordinary purposes. Certainly the birth of our Lord was deserving of honor in the heavens. It is fitting that God used a celestial object to announce the birth of Christ since “the heavens declare the glory of God …” (Psalm 19:1).
Go to this link for details.
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