One thing that doesn’t make sense about the Three Wise Men

There’s one thing about the story of Jesus’ life involving the Three Wise Men that I feel, if you look at it, doesn’t really make sense. According the Gospel of Matthew, the Three Wise Men pay a visit to King Herod after visiting the newly born Jesus and inform him of the birth of a new king of the Jews, which prompts him to order his death, along with the murder of every male aged 2 and under, an event known as the Massacre of the Innocents (which Jesus and his family escape).

What bothers me about this narrative is one thing: why in the hell did the Three Wise Men tell Herod about the birth of a new king? Think about it, didn’t they know that Herod had particularly violent and paranoid tendencies (including killing members of his own family because he feared they might overthrow him) and expect him to react in a more than just nasty way to the thought of a new king showing up to take his throne? Didn’t they think that by alerting Herod to the birth of a new king they’ve endangered his life before it really began? Even worse, since they did not reveal his identity, Herod naturally assumes any baby could be the next king, and so the Wise Men have invariably endangered the lives of every baby in the vicinity of Bethlehem, and to top it all off, although Jesus survived, tons of babies have been killed, all because the Wise Men felt the need to tell Herod that a new king might be born.

And if I may say so, what kind of shit is that!?

NOTE: This all assumes that (1) Jesus was historically alive to begin with and (2) that the Massacre of Innocents actually happened. And then there’s that (3) the Bible is a reliable narrative by any stretch. Also, I’m aware that this is usually considered a Christmas subject, but Christmas isn’t actually Christian to begin with.

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One response to “One thing that doesn’t make sense about the Three Wise Men

  1. This is what happens when you apply logical thought to something that takes “faith” to believe. None of it makes any sense. This is why “faith” is such a virtue to christianity. They couldn’t survive without it.

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