The Star Of Bethlehem - The Documentary

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Did the Star of Bethlehem Exist?

Wow! What a night. About a week and a half ago, my church announced that they were going to show a documentary that would allow me to see the same night sky that the 3 Kings saw. I thought that it was wonderful news, especially right now. The amazing stories of Jesus' birth that surround the holidays and all the tales told in Christmas carols made it the perfect time. I knew that I wanted to go see that. That was tonight. It was so amazing to watch that I couldn't help but write about it as soon as I got back. Now, I am not a scholar but I am a nerd (a proud one, always have been). I love a good documentary. I don't pretend to have a thesis about why I chose to believe in God. I don't say that I am of a certain religion or another. I live and love equally. This night for me was amazing and I am so thankful that Living Water Fellowship decided to share it with us. I was so impressed that I decided to get a copy for myself. I want to share it with some of my own loved ones.

The science in this documentary is amazing and unfamiliar to me. Science and math were not my fields. It was interesting for anyone, regardless of religious or non-religious belief. The fact that they are able to combine math from so long ago with today's technology in order to accurately show us the starry skies of thousands of years ago is astonishing. Thank God for analytical people. I have slight analytical ways, but nothing that can produce a video like this one. It, like many documentaries, is not for those seeking action filled drama. It is very interesting, for others like me who are curious about what science has to say about the bible. Does science discredit or support the bible? That will have to be for you to decide.

If you do decide to watch it, I would love to hear what you thought. Come back and comment. All I can say it that it was amazing. I will not take away from your experience.

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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

Hey Moms-secret

I too watched this documentary, and I thought it was one of the coolest that I had seen in a really long time! Thank you for sharing this with us! =)


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Oh Charlotte, so nice to meet you. I can't wait to get my copy of it. I want to share it with my mother and my close girlfriend.

I am happy that you thought it was cool. Now I know its not my inner nerd just going nuts about it. Have not seen my inner nerd in a while.

Thank you for commenting.


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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

Yes yes, when i watched it I was totally totally amazed and i know what you mean about your inner nerd!


newenglandsun 3 years ago

I am a nontheist. But no, I do not believe that science either supports or conflicts with the Bible. I am not even certain why a philosophy of universal love even requires acceptance of so much difficult metaphysics.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

That last one is easy to answer... Humanity often invites complication. The action of love is easy. He tend to resist or reject easy. This documentary was interesting even for those that do not have a religious affiliation but are familiar with the bible and its tales.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

I'm familiar with the Bible. Even some of the stories you would think would never make it into the Bible.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I know, a lot of drama.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

It's an irritating book after a while. I'd rip the pages out but living in a Christian family, I'd probably get in trouble. My first impression of it's god when reading Genesis was as that of a wicked dictator...


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Irritation is a powerful emotion. A good book is supposed to stir emotion. If you take out the conviction that religion draws from the book you may be able to appreciate it for what it is. It is the oldest, most influential books in existence. It would fuel future stories and movie plots for generations to come. A wicked dictator is a great character. You should not rip the pages out of respect for the literary work. The frustration comes from the insistence of people to push the lifestyle the book represents on others.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

The wicked dictator in this book wins in the end...


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

The story has no ending, just the prediction of an end. Everything changes and evolves. Should the story be true there may be some surprising twists. It's one of the best hanging stories ever and it ends in a riddle. The dead may know some answers but can't confirm because they are dead and the climax is the end of humanity as a whole and at that point the burning of question of what happens next and whether or not there is an afterlife wont really matter because if there isn't we cease to exist and are not able to ponder any longer. It's very amusing to me. Especially when I see so many people missing out on life because they so obsessed with these questions that can only be truly known in death.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Are you an agnostic?


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I agree that it is impossible for man to know beyond a shadow of a doubt everything that exists in the universe but I am not agnostic. If a label is necessary I would be a diest. It is defined as the belief that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of God, accompanied with the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of religious knowledge. A person who accepts a belief in god but does not believe in religion.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Yes, I know what deism is. Like Thomas Jefferson and John Locke.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

:) Yes, humanity creates flaws. I hope I didn't offend you by defining it, its just many people don't know what it is.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GI8t5eK2pPY/UTTwQ2_74cI/...

These are my views on science and religion overall. I believe that Genesis 1-11 is taken from Mesopotamian mythology (heavily influenced by it, that is) and recreated in such a way so as to remove the notion that the sun, moon, and stars were objects of worship as well as to refute the position in the Enuma Elish that the world was created through war (Gen. 1-2:4 holds that the world was created through pacifism) and to argue that man was given right to rule over the Earth (again, contrary to Mesopotamian religious thought expressed in the Enuma Elish where man is made God's slave, Genesis 1 makes man in God's image and holds that man is authoritative over creation). The flood story was also influenced by other pagan religions as well. This was to show Israel on top of the world due to it's God contrary to Egypt on top of the world (other flood stories).


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Interesting stance New... I don't know if I have formed a view of my own. I just like to watch things like this documentary. I love the way the information is presented. I like to see someone state their hypothesis and then go thru the motions of defending it. I appreciate the dedication that it takes to do these things. I have seen documentaries on aliens and ancient shark species and so many other things. They are fascinating to me, tho it doesn't mean that I will believe in it in the end.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

I remember watching dinosaur science shows when I was younger. The dinosaurs always fascinated me. And not just T-Rex.

Only science stuff I really don't accept is perhaps contained in some of Sam Harris's writings. Although I do find it strange that he, as an atheist, rejects the concept of free will.

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