After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the reign of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.'” (Matthew 2:1-2, Common English Bible)
Your Jitterbug Quote of the Day down below is from the professional star-gazer Nick Strobel, a scientist who is a devout Christian.
And yes, a scientist can be a devout Christian and a devout Christian can, and should, for God’s sake, believe in science.
The Bible was written by men who spent a lot of time gazing at the moon and the stars and the lands and seas and rivers and trees and all the natural provisions around them. These men were not scientists, as there was no such thing as science. Nor were they reporters reporting the news with verifiable facts or historians who wrote with footnotes to corroborate historical accounts.
Scientists and other such modern-era professionals deal in hard facts and truths (with a little t).
As the scientist-Christian Strobel explains about the Bible’s account of (supposedly) Three Wise Men and the Eastern Star, the disciple-turned-gospel writer Matthew was a Truth-teller–and that’s Truth with a capital T.
Here’s what Strobel said in your Quote of the Day:
“He [Matthew] was not writing a science textbook or newspaper account, but rather a book to persuade people that this person called Jesus was the Son of God, one who should be worshipped, and one who showed us how to live as God wants us to live … The story of the nativity contains a deeper truth than can be found in any star chart …
“God, the infinite power of the universe, is just so willing and wanting to have a relationship with us that he became a powerless infant who had to be cared for. That’s pretty amazing that God would be willing to do that.”
Science can tell us a lot about the stars–how they are formed and how they die and why they shine in the night sky. But science can’t explain the meaning of life and the magnificent mystery of love.
Click here for more about Strobel’s take on the gospel of Matthew and the Star of Bethlehem in a United Methodist News Service feature by Heather Hahn.