I was talking to a friend on the phone the other day and realized that, while I knew there was a lot of astrology in the bible, there is at least one instance that can’t be chalked up to human error – ie that the bible was just colored with the common beliefs of the time.
The three wise kings.
In the bible three wise kings see a star in the sky signaling the birth of a great king and follow it, and it eventually leads them to christ – or so the story goes. The point is that this was one of the miracles that supposedly proved the divinity of jesus, kind of a big deal in christianity. How can christians get around that? It actually is hard-wired into the bible that the stars foretell the future. How many christians believe this? Maybe some, but I doubt most do.
They were after all called the three wise kings, not the three superstitious-and-profane-but-ridiculously-lucky kings.