A Star in the East

for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”
Matthew 2.2, King James Bible

for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.”
Helaman 14.3, The Book of Mormon

And Behold, there shall a new star arrise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.”
Helaman 14.5, The Book of Mormon

The brief account in Matthew doesn’t tell us much, but the description in the Book of Mormon tells us this was not just a bright star.  Some writer’s have tried to associate this with a planetary conjuction that took place in 2BC.  While that may have appeared as a bright star, it would not have made the night appear as day.  It has also confused some that the star is in the east but the Magi from the east followed the star to Jesus which would have been in the opposite direction.  One possible explanation for that apparent contradiction is that the Magi didn’t literally follow the star, but rather followed directions from the star, or from an angel speaking from the star.  The Magi who followed the star are believed to have been Zoroastrian. Zorastrianism was a religion of Light.  Light and Fire were considered the highest and purest elements.  Zoraster taught that Ahura Mazda was the supreme and only true God.  Ahura Mazda was the God of wisdom and Light or “The Solar creator of all things.”  So if the Magi were Zoroastrian, what bright star would they be looking to for guidance?

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