Month: December 2015

The Magi’s gifts – safeguarded for over 2000 years

gifts_magiHere’s something to think about when you’re opening your Christmas presents.  Did you know the gifts of the Magi, the wise men are intact and safeguarded in a monastery in Greece?

The custodian of the priceless gifts is the Monastery of St. Paul, one of twenty monasteries on the Mount Athos peninsula.  Source: http://orthodoxwiki.org/St._Paul’s_Monastery_%28Athos%29

They were given to the Monastery by the widow of a sultan.

In the first century Mary gave them to the Jerusalem Church. They were located there until the year 400. Later, the Byzantine Emperor Arcardius translated them to Constantinople and placed them in the Hagia Sophia church. In 1453, Constantinople fell. In 1470 the daughter of the Serbian ruler George Brankovich, Maria (Maro), who was the widow of the Turkish sultan Murat (Murada) II (1404–1451), gave the Gifts of the Magi to the Monastery of St. Paul, which was Serbian until 1744. Despite the fact that she was the wife of a sultan she did not accept Islam and remained a Christian until the end of her life.  Source: Fr. Andreas Blom https://andreasblom.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/what-happened-to-the-gifts-of-the-magi/

gifts of magi

The gifts are gold pieces with the original frankincense and myrrh beads sown on to them.

The gold is in the form of 28 pieces of carefully engraved coins of different shapes. Each coin has a different design of different and complex artistry. The frankincense and myrrh take the form of mixtures in the form of 62 roughly spherical beads the size of a small olive.

http://www.orthodoxmom.com/2013/12/24/the-gifts-of-the-magi/

Thousands of people form line in Minsk to see relics described as Gift of Magi

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Carbon con

Why is carbon being treated as a pollutant?  Does this look like a pollutant?  It’s a TWO minute science video, showing the effects of carbon on plants; TWO plants, TWO C02 concentrations, 42 days …

Source: http://www.co2science.org/education/truthalerts/v13/cowpea.php

So we can see carbon is a good thing. Only junk science would insist it’s not. Don’t healthier plants equal better crops and more food?  Here’s a novel idea, stop the forests being felled in Indonesia and the Amazon!  And plant more trees!

Were there any voices of scientific reason at the Paris Climate talks?  I asked myself. I hoped so, for the world’s sake.  We don’t need the global economy bombed back to the dark ages with carbon reductions, regulations and wealth redistribution.  Or be fed insects, an idea that the globalists are trying to push on us.

There were some like-minded people at Paris.
CFACT (Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow) ‘Storms’ Paris With Four Inconvenient Facts About Global Warming.


CFACT-1Here are the inconvenient facts

Climate Hustle
As well giving the world some inconvenient facts, they’ve also presented an antidote for huckster Al Gore’s “Inconvenient truth,” a ridiculous power point I was subjected to when doing a Diploma of Business.

It’s about time someone did it.  They launched their new movie, Climate Hustle, in Paris at the same time as the climate talks.

“Climate Hustle is the Anti Inconvenient Truth. It’s for people with an open mind who want to know what’s really going on with the world’s climate – as opposed to what hucksters like Al Gore want to persuade them is going on with the world’s climate – all backed up with hard data and evidence presented by scientists who know and understand, among them the Nobel-prize-winning Norwegian physicist Ivar Giaever.”

But will people listen?

Or will they bury their heads in the sand?

Green protesters came to jeer “outside a film they’ll never watch made by people they won’t listen to presenting a message they’re ideologically incapable of comprehending.  If they ever did see Climate Hustle it would be totally lost on them.” 

Source: http://technocracy.news/index.php/2015/12/11/climate-deniers-strike-back-in-paris-during-un-climate-summit/

heads-in-sand

400 Australians who buried their heads in the sand to protest their Prime Minister’s stance on global warming, Nov 2014. If only they could see the irony.

The wise men, who they were, and why the biblical account holds water

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Caravane Marco Polo, source: https://commons.wikimedia.org

Herod was really upset when the Magi rode into Jerusalem with their entourage after the birth of Jesus.  The Magi had made a journey of over 1000 miles to worship the King of the Jews.  And that title did not belong to Herod.

The Magi were the wise men – the king makers.  No Persian was ever able to become king unless he was approved of and crowned by them.

Being astronomers, they knew about the coming King and the constellation where his star would arise, from knowledge handed down by the prophet Daniel in Babylon.

Their story is preserved in Matthew 2.   This is an account that holds water; in other words it stacks up to scrutiny.  Their resting place is preserved in the account of Marco Polo, the famous 13th century Venetian explorer.  He claimed that he was shown the three tombs of the Magi at Saveh south of Tehran in the 1270s:

“In Persia is the city of Saveh, from which the Three Magi set out when they went to worship Jesus Christ; and in this city they are buried, in three very large and beautiful monuments, side by side. And above them there is a square building, carefully kept. The bodies are still entire, with hair and beard remaining. One of these was called Jaspar, the second Melchior, and the third Balthasar.”

wisemen“Messer Marco Polo asked a great many questions of the people of that city as to those three Magi, but never one could he find that knew aught of the matter, except that these were three kings who were buried there in days of old.
However at a place three days’ journey distant he heard of what I am going to tell you. he found a village there by the name Cala Ataperistan, which is to say, “The castle of the Fire Worshippers.” And the name is rightly applied, for the people there do worship fire, and I will tell you why.
They relate that in old times three kings of that country went away to worship a prophet that was born, and they carried with them three manner of offerings, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh; in order to ascertain whether that prophet were God, or and earthly King, or a Physician. For, said they, if he take the Gold, then he is an earthly King; if he take the incense then he is God; if he takes Myrrh he is a Physician.”

Persia is now modern day Iran, and Tehran is to the north of Saveh.
Links:
The King Makers: A Look at the Magi
Wikipedia, Magi, Matthew 2

The ground that can’t hold water

Another legend about Saveh is the Lake of Saveh. It is a lake which is said to have been located near the city.  According to the legend mentioned in historical Persian texts, this lake dried out on the night of the birth of Muhammad, Islam’s prophet …

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saveh

Muhammed came along about 600 years later.  Rejecting Christ, he founded Islam, declaring Judaism and Christianity were “wrong.”  I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether his claims hold water.  If I don’t blog again before Christmas, I wish you a happy Christmas.  And may you walk with the wise.  “He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20

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The prophet Jeremiah wrote: “LORD, you are the hope of Israel; all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.” Jeremiah 17:13