Hello Cicerone Imposter!
Thank you very much for the picture! Did you take this picture yourself or find it so I could have a look? It makes sense that this could be the original manger where Jesus was born because people have a tendency to dress things up once they feel sure that they’ve discovered the genuine article. Still, I wonder what it looked like in its original state; I bet it looks very serene without all that window dressing. No problem though, I understand why it’s all done up like that; people are trying to show how much they respect it and how very important it is them.
So does anybody actually ‘own’ the site? Bethlehem is part of Israel so I guess it’s a given that Israel owns the property, but who decided what to use to decorate it? The reason I’m asking is because on the tapestry the holy family all have halos over their heads. Not all Christian types like the use of halos because they’re such a blast from the pagan past.
‘Thank you’ by the way, for understanding what I was getting at about the Wise Men, King Herod and the ‘movable star’ being such a big insult to God’s intelligence. People get into that ‘la-de-da mood about, ‘it’s so pretty’, and ‘it makes us all feel so good’ and… (What ever!) I think the halo is a good example of a ‘mass’ la-de-da moment.
What about this: God has his beautiful son born to humble people in humble surroundings, that’s how it started. People discover the site of the birth years later and decide they need to make it fancy because it’s so special, well okay, let’s give them that. But nobody took the time to find out what God thought about golden disks floating around the holy family’s heads, because there they are on the tapestry in the picture!
Tell me, have you ever read ‘anywhere’ in the Bible where two people were having a conversation that went anything like this:
“John, you’ve seen Jesus before…see that crowd standing over there? Which one of them is Jesus?”
The second man observes the crowd and says, “Oh sure, Jesus is the one with that golden circle of light floating over his head!”
As stupid, and crazy and even funny as that statement sounds, it’s not the least bit funny at all! From what I’ve read God would no way approve of halos use (Egyptian/sun god trappings) at the place He especially chose for his son to be born.
Still, I don’t want to give you the wrong impression. I truly appreciate you taking the time to put that picture up for me, it was very thoughtful. It gives me a peaceful feeling to see those men kneeling there and it makes me imagine that the shepherds could have looked the same way.