Saturday, October 20, 2012
"There is this affirmation that since a star appeared in the sky when Jesus was born that means we all have stars in the sky. Is that true? What happens to them when we die?"
There is no such affirmation in the bible. The word star appears in the Bible 15 times and there is nowhere where it affirms the allegation. Rev 1:20. The confusion emanates from poor hermeneutics as people seem to translate the word star in Matt 2:2 as mere helium and hydrogen compound that gravitates in the sky.
Baalam had already prophesied that a star will appear (Numbers 24:17). Therefore, when the one indicating the messianic nature of Jesus showed up, the Maggi who were used to reading stars knew exactly that it was an uncommon star. Consequently, they pursued it to where the king was lying in a manger.
The word star there is used both as compound and as a sign of affirmation drawn in the sky. If it was just a mere star, then they would not have differentiated it from other stars. Nevertheless, that one indicating the lordship and messianic being of Jesus carried with it a sign. That is why the Maggi followed it as it guided to for their worship. That is why the Apostle said that one may differ from another star in terms of glory (I Cor 15:41).
Therefore, the reason why this notion of everyone has a star is untenable is because Jesus was not born with the star, and the star did not go everywhere with him after that day. The star was instrumental only to the Maggi who knew how to read starts. The laity who was nescient of astrology did not differentiate it from ordinary stars. Hence, it was a onetime experience which neither repeated itself nor does it repeat itself.
One thing certain is that when man was created, God put in him his spirit. After the fall and Lucifer was cast down to earth, Satan now sends one of his fallen angels to sway human beings away from following God and instead follow them. Subsequently, man has at this time two spirits around him, each fighting for his spirit or soul to give to their master. The spirit of God dwells in man and the spirit of the devil dwells outside of man. The spirit of God comes to know you and master you because it is part of you, but the spirit from the devil being outside can only familiarize itself with you and so we call it familiar spirit. There is no doubt that such a spirit exists when Isaiah says:
And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust (Isaiah 29: 4).
When you dies, the spirit of God goes back to God and the familiar spirits remain here on earth.
Until then, people do not have their personal stars.
St Arrey of Ntenako
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