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Why does the Bible commend the Magi for following the star, when it condemns astrology? MATTHEW 2:2

MATTHEW 2:2— does the Bible commend the Magi for following the star, when it condemns astrology?

PROBLEM: The Bible condemns the of astrology (see Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:10; Isa. 8:19), yet God blessed the wise men (Magi) for using a star to indicate the birth of .

SOLUTION: First, we need to ask astrology . Astrology a belief that the study of the arrangement and movement of the stars can enable one to foretell events—whether will be good bad.

Second, the star in the account was to announce the birth of , not to foretell this event. God gave the star to the Magi to proclaim to them that the child already been born. We know the child was already born, in Matthew 2:16, Herod gives a command to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and vicinity that are years old younger in accordance with “the time which ascertained from the Magi” (nasb).

Third, there are other cases in the Bible in which the stars and planets are by God to reveal His desires. Psalm 19:1–6 affirms that the heavens declare God’s , and Romans 1:18–20 teaches that reveals God’s existence. refers to will happen to the sun, moon, and stars in connection with His second coming (Matt 24:29–30), as did the prophet Joel (2:31–32). The star guiding the Magi was not to predict, but to proclaim the birth of .

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[1]Geisler, N. L., & , T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook on Bible difficulties (326). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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