I'm starting to think there are less than ten of us on right now. People must be off doing something-no idea what... *ponders in deep thought.*
I had been wondering if the 'star of bethlehem' was really just more generic metaphor. Ancient man saw portents and omens in everything. The
Judeo-Christian lineages though generally equated divination with various demonic powers. The people though always looked to the sky for signs.
The whole manger scene really just screams of parable to me. Some the gifts holding symbolic meanings, to the lambs being associated.
If you break it down and use different language with how toe faithful view it, it kind of boils down to this:
The "Truth" is thrust on people who are left in the cold to fend for themselves. Only the wisest people notice and come to participate. The wise
people though simply add a few items. They could have made it so those in the cold would never have had to worry-they however did not.
Gold, frankincense and Myrrh.
Gold is the symbol of power and wealth.
Frankincense is a perfume (more or less), generally burned (incense). In a time when people burned sacrifices it could be said to represent faith and
Myrrh is an oil. Usually used as an funeral oil. ie: death.
(I was just shocked to learn that that interpretation is also on wikipedia-was looking up spellings... sheesh, aint as special as I thought.)
Basically: When Truth is present. Everyone ignores it even when all the signs show. Change is extremely challenging and painful, but worth it, in the
meantime you can only live a good life and make do with what you can, in so doing you will find the things that make your wealthy.
Funny part is: I am nowhere near a Christian.. that is probably the most positive thing I have written about the bible in my adult life. Though I'm
sure most Christians would be offended by it.
Maybe it's the booze
I am still making it through your vids though