And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.
And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
- Luke 2:30
"Blessed art thou..."
Was Jesus Christ really born on Christmas Day?
In Christian tradition, the Star of Bethlehem, also called the Christmas Star, revealed the birth of Jesus to the Biblical Magi, and later led them to Bethleham.
Throughout our recent decade, historians, mathemeticians, scientists, and astronomers claim that the Star of Bethleham, the night Christ was born, was most likely a magnificent conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter, which were so close together they would have shone unusually brightly in the night sky.
Dave Reneke used complex computer software to chart the exact positions of all celestial bodies and mapped the night sky as it would have appeared over the Holy Land more than 2,000 years ago. He discovered that a bright star really did appear over Bethlehem during the birth of Christ - but pinpointed that particular date to be June 17 in the year 2BC, and not December 25.
Mr Reneke says, 'We have software that can recreate the night sky exactly as it was at any point in the last several thousand years. 'Venus and Jupiter became very close in the the year 2BC and they would have appeared to be one bright beacon of light. 'We are not saying this was definitely the Christmas star - but it is the strongest explanation for it of any I have seen so far.
One of the most common explanations why December 25 was chosen as the date to celebrate Christ's birth, was that it was selected by the church in order to muscle in on a major pagan festival, celebrating winter solstice and “The Birth of the Sun", and claim the pagan celebration for Christianity.
"Blessed Art Thou.."
Was Jesus Christ Really Born On Christmas Day?
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