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Old 12-13-2009, 03:15 PM
 
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The Wise men which came to visit Christ at his birth and deliver to him the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are a strange group of men. They are only mentioned in the gospel of Matthew ... The word translated in Matthew as "wise men" is actually Magos. The magi were Zoroastrians, Babylonian sorcerers and astrologers. It is interesting to note the only other time the word magi is to be found in the new testament is in reference to the false prophet Barjesus or Elymas found in the book of acts, and in reference to Simon the magos who desired to purchase the holy spirit from the Apostles and later fled to Rome and became a very influential man in the Church of Rome and the first Pope ... Also the word mageia is derived from the word mageuō, which is in turn derived from the Hebrew word Rab-Mag which means soothsayer ... Interesting facts about the bible most people never knew. Any thoughts please reply ...
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:27 PM
 
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The Wise men which came to visit Christ at his birth and deliver to him the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are a strange group of men. They are only mentioned in the gospel of Matthew ... The word translated in Matthew as "wise men" is actually Magos. The magi were Zoroastrians, Babylonian sorcerers and astrologers. It is interesting to note the only other time the word magi is to be found in the new testament is in reference to the false prophet Barjesus or Elymas found in the book of acts, and in reference to Simon the magos who desired to purchase the holy spirit from the Apostles and later fled to Rome and became a very influential man in the Church of Rome and the first Pope ... Also the word mageia is derived from the word mageuō, which is in turn derived from the Hebrew word Rab-Mag which means soothsayer ... Interesting facts about the bible most people never knew. Any thoughts please reply ...
I think this is useful to illustrate the double-mindedness of those who would treat the Bible as if it were written for modern man. What is today considered occult was then considered wise. It is thus . . . with so much that is misinterpreted by the literalist bible-believers.
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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I do know that the wisest thing the wise men did is to bring gifts to the Son of God. If you tell the world about the occult ideas and they would believe. I world already say that the star of bethlehem is a astologer ideas of the conjunction of three planets. Me I reject that idea I believe that the star of bethlehem is the Lord God or his heavenly host leading a path for these people
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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They actually did not visit Jesus at his birth. They were not giving him gifts..."birthday gifts". They were giving him gifts as a sign of respect of that of a future king. Yes, their occupation and the star leading them to Herod and to Jesus is very suspicious. Herod wanted the future king dead, and later slaughtered thousands of children in an effort to kill Jesus. Why would a star seem to be working in the interests of Herod?
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