Opinion: Wise men were not at manger scene with Jesus

Posted 3/12/19

Dr. Al Sears is a highly respected doctor. He has an institute in Florida. And he publishes an excellent newsletter, "Confidential Cures." But in the January issue, he really messed up big time - …

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Opinion: Wise men were not at manger scene with Jesus

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Dr. Al Sears is a highly respected doctor. He has an institute in Florida. And he publishes an excellent newsletter, "Confidential Cures." But in the January issue, he really messed up big time - note the picture he used to promote possible products (picture shows wise men standing over the manger with baby Jesus, captioned "New research reveals that this biblical gift from the three wise men could be a true miracle against cancer). It is completely false, poor judgment and an insult to the Christian community. The three wise men were not at the birth of Jesus. They came some two years later. And there were many more people in that caravan that came from afar. Three men were elected to present the three gifts mentioned in the Bible - gold, frankincense and myrrh. The men are called "wise men" or "magi." There is some dispute over where they came from - some say Iran, maybe Iraq, but I have been in a town in Turkey where there is a school, maybe a university by now where the "wise men" live and study. Of course Turkey says they came from there.

Where they came from is not the issue, the gifts are not the issue, the possible cures are not the issue. The issue is that the worldwide commercial enterprises of all types place the wise men at the manger scene, and that is false. It is not biblical. Jesus and his family lived in a house when the wise men arrived - see the second chapter of Matthew.

I feel the doctor should apologize for his mistake. It is very wrong and in poor taste.

CHARLIE PITTS

Sumter