The Bethlehem Star and Jesus Christ.
“Jeezus Chrisst”, would be a good opening phrase for this one. How long are we going to drag the dogma that the Bethlehem star was a distant interstellar body? The Bible says a star appeared in the sky which guided the three wise men to the stable where Jesus was born where they gave him gifts. Come on people, there has to be a limit to agitated beliefs. Do I have to be called a conspiracy theorists to conclude that an object moving at low altitude at low speed, changing direction and finally comes to a halt – is not a star.? Amazing. We are in the 21st. century, and people are still walking around with “Jesus glasses” on. As time pass and knowledge grows with it, the desperate magical explanations sounds even more weird. Some theologians claimed that the star fulfilled a prophecy, known as the Star Prophecy. Poor guys. In modern times however, astronomers have proposed various explanations for the star. A nova, a planet, a comet, an occultation, and a conjunction (gathering of planets) have all been suggested, but sorry to disappoint you all. The “phenomenon” was an extra-terrestrial space ship- as all the other airborne “mystery lights” in the Bible. As “inconvenient” as this notion is, it's the only one that explains how the object could have suddenly appeared, moved, and stopped for the apparent purpose of pinpointing Jesus' birthplace.
A brilliant plot though. An artificial impregnation (we have to give Mary the benefit of doubts) witnessed by “wise men”, like go tell the world that a king is born- sort of thing. The mystery star must have made a huge impression on those
Camel riders. More than enough to convince them about the sincerity of this spectacular event. Unfortunately, or typically- the dates have been conveniently altered to fit our calendar dated to the Christmas season, although “the visit of the Camels” took place at least several months after Jesus was born, assuming Jesus was born at January 1st. which is also a bit suspect. Where did the “star” go? Let me guess. It finally disappeared in a blink of an eye, never to be seen again.
So who was this guy and when was he born? Nobody knows when Jesus was born. The date is all based on wild speculations. A good example is the vague guess by Hippolytus of Rome, written very early in the 3rd century, based on the assumption that the conception of Jesus took place at the Spring equinox which he placed on 25 March, and then added nine months. Horray, because history convincingly shows that December 25 was popularized as the date for Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day but because it was already popular in pagan religious celebrations as the birthday of the sun. Convenient, and who cares anyway.
Add a bit of Disney to this and we have the perfect harmony of white Christmas, reindeers and jingle bells. Let’s get over -fed and semi intoxicated with a good sentient. We are celebrating the most important and holy event of mankind- so far. Jesus would have turned in his grave, but no risk since it does not exist. So how about the year of his birthday? That’s even more hilarious, but I would personally give the “Oscar” to astronomer Colin Humphrey who proposed in a 1991 article in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society that the fabled star was actually a slow-moving comet, which Chinese observers recorded in 5 B.C. Great, a slow moving comet, perhaps it changed directions as well, but that would have been too much to claim even for the observant China men, and logically it did not change direction before it closed in on the target.
The famous Bethlehem “star” as we know it, did appear as an indication of Jesus” birth as well as pointing to his birthplace. It did move from east to west, so why should it not be seen passing over China? Slow moving comets do not exist, and especially not a low altitude, so I would say we are pretty much on the money assuming the year of Jesus’ birth to be 5 BC. Even more intriguing is his real name at birth. The Book of Isaiah: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel”, which being interpreted is: God with us. This was a name proposed at the “prediction” of the coming of Jesus, but most likely the name he carried throughout his lifetime, until his departure. The name Jesus is a modern-day descendant of the Hebrew name Yeshua, which means to deliver, to rescue, or savior. Possibly a name used parallel to Emmanuel or simply in the aftermath, like a title of his legend becoming a name. Jesus was also “Anointed” or mashiach (messiah), which refers to a ritual of consecrating someone by pouring aromatic oil over a person's head or entire body. The concept is important to the figures of the Messiah and the Christ (Hebrew and Greek for "The Anointed One") who appear prominently in Jewish and Christian theology and eschatology. That is why he is referred to as Messiah ben David, which means "Messiah, son of David". It happened two times prior to his crucifixion. First time at the city of Bethany in the south and involves Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus. The second event features an unknown sinful woman, and was in the northern region of Nain and Capernaum.
Being a hybrid one might conclude that he should be equipped with superior intelligence and intellect. Truth is that he didn’t know who he was himself apart from being the (step) son of Joseph,- until he got kidnapped that is, at the age of twelve for a round trip and briefing somewhere- that lasted for 18 years. Most likely an enlightening experience, that definitely set him apart from his societies as he went straight “to work” upon his return- out of nowhere. And yet these 18 missing years are some of the most formative years in anyone's life! In fact, since Jesus was crucified at the age of 33, these 18 missing years represent not only over half of his entire life, but even more importantly, almost all of his adult life! Where was he during these 18 crucial years? What was he doing? What was he learning? Who was he learning from? How did he learn so much, so quickly and so masterfully? When did he come to the realization that, "I and the Father are One"? As soon as he met them of course and recognized their identical appearance to himself, and could eventually relate to the technology of the Gods, after 18 years of “study.”
How and when did he otherwise learn to do an astonishing variety of miracles? Go figure, but I am not buying the story that he travelled the world on foot, or on a donkey to meet gurus in India, the Himalayas, Iran and even England as claimed by some, like on an amazing journey of spiritual self-discovery; self-enlightenment; self-mastery; and self-realization. During these journeys he supposedly studied with the greatest spiritual masters, yogis, gurus, sages, saints and teachers of the time, although no records from any of these countries exist.. Come on, as a planted hybrid, his indoctrination came from the “Gods” that planted him, and why should they allow their creation to get influenced by anything else than their own agenda. So, fact of the matter is that he only “served” for three years, being crucified and allegedly died at 33.
Jesus was clearly a huge personality. According to Peter his character was different from that of an ordinary man.” He always acted steadily and never with haste, never exaggerated nor underplayed a subject, and conducted his life in a way that was both normal and admirable. In conversation, Jesus was elegant and graceful, open and cheerful yet serene, and never lost his dignity in the execution of his work. He was sometimes quiet, yet other times talked incessantly. He was occasionally so happy that he became agile and lively like a dove, and yet sometimes so sad that he did not talk at all, as if he were an exhausted mother. At times he was filled with anger, like a brave soldier charging off to kill enemies, and sometimes even like a roaring lion. Sometimes he laughed; other times he prayed and wept.” A very emotional and righteous human being!
© 2019 Tor Bakke