Thursday, December 12, 2002


This time of year we are surrounded by nativity scenes and Christmas plays. Every good creche or play has the obligatory three wise men. Of course, the Bible doesn't say anything about three wise men. And it's highly unlikely the wise men were there at the manger in the first place. (My favorite is the kneeling Santa in front of the manger.) A church in Wales has chosen to base its play on the actual text of the Bible:

[M]embers of the Porth Christian Centre at Elim Pentecostal Church, in the Rhondda, south Wales, dispute several points in the traditional interpretation of the birth of Christ.

They range from the visit by the three wise men to the belief that Mary rode into Bethlehem on a donkey.

Three cheers for a Biblical representation. Now if we can only find a Biblical mention of the church celebrating the birth of Christ in the first place we'll be set.

[Link via Christianity Today]

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