A friend and i got into a round about religious talk, as is often the case becasue i end up taking it there, and we ultimatly disagreed on whether the bible supported the notion that the Star of Bethlehem that led the magi (if i get anything wrong please let me know) to Bethlehem existed before the birth of Christ. In other words was this a new star that was “created” at the time of Jesus’ birth to lead the magi or was this a star that already existed and was used as a guide. As our scripture passage to mull over we looked at :
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” Matthew 2:1-3
Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. Matthew 2:7
He also mentioned remembering somehting about the star actually, physically, moving. Im going to quote an IM explaining his thoughts.
“It is suspected that the star of Bethlehem is the north star/polaris and that it either appeared out of nowhere or that it was situated somewhere else in the sky and it moved to reside over Jesus’ cradle in the manger.”
This is very nitpicky and really doesnt affect any article of faith, but its interesting