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Mon, Feb 17 2014 - 04:22 PM

The Star from David


Muslims should take note that the first recorded people to worship Jesus as God were likely non Jewish Iranians (Medes). The magi were the ruling class in Parthia and they knew better than to worship prophets or angels. Zoroastrianism taught them that a good God could grant them eternal life. Also they knew Jesus was the Messiah before they reached Him because the star belonged to Him (at that time Joseph and Mary were in a house). The shepherds mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew went away "praising God" but there is no record that they worshipped Jesus.


Because they Bible mentions the star, I believe we are allowed as Christians to understand the nature of the star, but if anyone feels tempted by studying the stars, then do not read the following. The Bible teaches us not to study the information in the stars unless God decides to bring up the topic Himself, as when God discussed the constellation of Orion with Job.


There was a lot of celestial activity a few years before and during the birth of Jesus that indicated a great king was going to be born to the Jews (according to the documentry Christmas Star, York Films of England  on TVO about 19 years ago). The most significant event was around 7 to 2 BC. How the magi knew that  He was also the Messiah is not known. Except for the star of Jesus don't try to do this at home folks, the stars are God's private library, viewable by permission from God alone. Incidently it was prohibited to show this program in high schools at the time.


We know that Jesus was born roughly around 1 or 0 AD plus or minus some time:


"Now in the fifteenth year of Tiberius Ceasar ... the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness"  (Luke 3:1, 3:2).


Tiberius started his reign on Sept 18, 14 AD according to records.


Jesus started His ministry when He was 30.


If John baptized Jesus the same day as he started his baptism ministry that would put the event at 29 AD. If you go a few months later it could already be 30 AD, putting the birth of Jesus fairly close to 0 AD. Was Jesus 30 and a half years old or more, or did John baptize Him years after John started his ministry? We don't know at this time. The calendar has been adjusted throughout history and the dark ages create problems so calculations can be off a few years plus or minus.


Either way, it shows that what the planets and stars were saying to the magi (magoi in the original text) was timely and it confirmed Jesus was a king and not merely a prophet.


Now let's go to roughly 54 AD and the writings of Paul:


Galatians 4:24, 4,25


"Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.


For Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage with her children".


I believe this is not only talking about the Mosaic law but also forshadowing the arrival of Islam about 550 years later. Moses is what Muslims are usually most interested in outside the Koran; likely because the Mosaic law is so similar to Islamic law. Particularly significant is the reference to Arabia. At the time of the apostle Paul, Arabs were mainly worshipping pagan gods or following the Egyptian cult of the dead. Extremely few Arabs were following the God of Abraham. Many parts of the Koran chide Jews not because they follow the Mosaic law, but because they don't follow Mosaic law closely enough!


Galatians 4:26 is also extremely significant because it clearly shows that God has no plan for global Islam. Islam is for the Arab, not the Gentile or Jew:


"But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. "


Let's now fast forward to 6th century Arabia and the time of Uthman ibn Affan (companion of Mohammed and third Sunni caliph 577-656 AD). He was an honest business man and generous but not considered an outstanding leader and he made a major mistake. He decided to destroy every copy of the Koran except for one. One of Mohammed's wives had an Abu Bakr version of the Koran which was put into the Quraysh dialect of Mohammed and this was the way it was going to be, irregardless of the fact that there were many reciters who had written down Mohammed's pronouncements. Damascus and Kufa were developing their own traditions. So this was a major act of censorship of valuable data. An act of administrative convenience not consistent with a search for truth.This in my opinion would just foment unrestrained hatred towards the Jews because some Jews had already been taken as slaves at Banu Qaynuqa and purchased by Uthman some years before the death of Mohammed. There was no completed Koran when Mohammed died that historians know of.


After the death of Mohammed in 632 AD there was confusion and upheaval as Muslims broke into factions and argued over who would become caliph. Arguing escalated into bloodshed and both sides disputed each others reliability. It took roughly ten years to compile the memory of the reciters and publish the first Koran. By that time consensus was dead between Sunni and Shiite. "The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets" (ICor 14:32 Bible). There are a number of times Jesus admitted in the Gospel of John that He was the Son of God; and Jesus said He came to fulfill the law not break it. Jesus asked the crowd: "He saith unto them, how then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord how is he his son?" (Matthew 22: 43-45). The Koran says Allah does not need a Son, but God has decided to have a Son anyway, fortold a thousand years before His birth, and apparently also written in the stars and planets by the Hand of God.


Some people say the God of the Koran is a different God than the one in the Bible. But it says in Surah 6:2 that the God in the Koran "It is He who has created you out of clay". Livestock (The Cattle) 1: "Praise belongs to God who created the heavens and the earth". So Allah is the same God. In the Bible it says that God has many names. It took many years before  God revealed His name was Jehovah. And the Jews also know Him by other names. But the Bible takes precedence because it came before the Koran. Just as the words of Jesus had to comply with the Old Testament. And Jesus said they did comply.


What prompted this essay is the courageous display by the German woman in a Lutheran church in Germany who protested a Muslim singing a call to prayer and other things.


Whereas I think she is correct to assume that singing a Muslim call to prayer is usually laying claim to the real estate as well, I think it is appropriate to allow a Muslim to say a short word in a Christian church because they also consider Allah as Creator. Before they make a long speech in the church, however, I think they should acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. Most Muslims won't do that, so why not let them make their speech or song just outside the church during a conference? Trying to foster good will and discover common ground between the 2 faiths I think is a good idea, as long as Biblical scripture is not compromised. I think the pastor and the woman both made valid points.



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praizeop2 - 4 years ago

This was interesting! Thanks for posting. Blessings ~ Sarah