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Origin of the Christmas Tradition of the Three Wise Men or Magi

This information can be found in the Bible at Matthew 2:1-13

The story of the three wise men or magi following the star and visiting the young Jesus is the stuff story books are made of. Many people regard this as an act of God to make known his son's birth, but a closer examination of the material proves to be very enlightening. Let's review the passage in the bible that contains this story and see what we can discern.

The events begin in Matthew 2:1-3 where it says: "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled."

So, notice that the star they followed did not lead them to Jesus immediately, it first led them to Herod the king. What was Herod's reaction? It says that he was troubled. But why? Well notice that the wise men called Jesus the 'King of the Jews'. Of course Herod would feel threatened, especially when the prophecy of Jesus Kingship over the people was read to him in versus 5 & 6 of Matthew chapter 2. In verse 8 Herod secretly summoned the wise men, telling them: "Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."

But did Herod really want to worship Jesus? What were his true motiviations for wanting to know where Jesus was? The answer to these questions will help us to discern who really directed the wise men to Herod with the star. But let's consider what happens next.

In verse 9 we read: "When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was." So the same star that led them to Herod directed them to Jesus. After giving presents and worshipping him would the wise men keep their word to Herod and return to tell him where they found the boy? Notice what verse 12 says: "And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."

Does it make sense that God would first lead them to Herod and then warn them not to return there? No. So then, who did lead them to Herod? Well, to answer that question, notice what Herods true motivations were in verse 13 were it says: "And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him." So it was Herod's intention all along to kill Jesus.

So it's obvious that whoever led the three wise men first to Herod, and then to Jesus was trying to destroy the Messiah. But who had power enough to lead the wise men with a celestial sign and would want Jesus destroyed? Is it not Satan, God's arch enemy? This is very distrubing information. For by merrily celebrating the story of the three wise men and the star that led them, we are in actuality celebrating the acts of Satan the devil himself. Christmas proves, yet again, to be steeped in falsehood.

Below is a possible argument against this line of thinking, and then a link to my response.

"I saw no clear indication that the star DELIBERATELY led them to Herod. Just imagine that their journey may have taken them a few days. They arrived in Jerusalem (in the town) and, naturally, they were asking questions of the people in the town. Obviously, they were expecting a king so they expected him to be in a royal palace or something and not in a lowly stable. Thus, they made a human and understandable error - not the star's fault. This is what we do a lot in our everyday lives. We stop at the point where we think it makes sense.

Did you do further research into the star itself? Maybe you can find out why the three wise men knew they were to follow the star in the first place."

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