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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—Why does the Bible commend the Magi 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 (Magi) using a star to indicate the birth of Christ.

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

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

Third, 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 glory, and Romans 1:18–20 teaches that creation reveals God’s existence. Christ refers to happen to the sun, moon, and stars in connection with His 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 Christ.

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

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