If Astrology is pagan, why did 3 Astrologers visit Jesus?

This is a genuine question, please don’t assume I’m anti-Christian. It is common knowledge that astrology had it’s origin in ancient pagan religion (people thought the stars were gods that gave the people guidance etc). Why then did pagan men (3 astrologers, AKA 3 wise men), go to do obeisance to Jesus? God... show more This is a genuine question, please don’t assume I’m anti-Christian.

It is common knowledge that astrology had it’s origin in ancient pagan religion (people thought the stars were gods that gave the people guidance etc).

Why then did pagan men (3 astrologers, AKA 3 wise men), go to do obeisance to Jesus? God required the Israelites to only worship one God, but these men worshipped many…
Update: Barkditch - I'm the one asking the question...
Update 2: The Bible calls these men magi, or “astrologers,” The connection between magic and astrology is reflected in the visitors’ fascination with the star that had led them to Bethlehem. The Bible clearly condemns all forms of magic and the Babylonian practice of trying to get information from the stars.—Deuteronomy... show more The Bible calls these men magi, or “astrologers,” The connection between magic and astrology is reflected in the visitors’ fascination with the star that had led them to Bethlehem. The Bible clearly condemns all forms of magic and the Babylonian practice of trying to get information from the stars.—Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Isaiah 47:13.
Update 3: rihannsu - the bible doesn't specifically say what religion the three Magi are (just from the East).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Ma...

To say they were Zoroastrian is speculation. The fact remains however, that they were astrologers, they looked to the stars like they were gods.
Update 4: Jaye16 - If you read verses like Isaiah 47:13, Deuteronomy 18:10-12, and 2 Corinthians 6:17, 18, you'll realise that the bible not only "makes fun" of things like astrology, but warns people to stay away from it.

The bible promotes looking to God, not the stars.
Update 5: senor_oso90004 - nice little guessing answer there, however, how much did you base it on; your own speculative opinion or research? The bibles accuracy has been proven time and time again by archeology (dead sea scrolls etc). The text we have today is very similar to what was originally written. Do you not... show more senor_oso90004 - nice little guessing answer there, however, how much did you base it on; your own speculative opinion or research?

The bibles accuracy has been proven time and time again by archeology (dead sea scrolls etc). The text we have today is very similar to what was originally written. Do you not think that the hundreds/thousands of eye witnesses of Jesus would have had something to say if 30 years later the Gospel writers made up miracles in their text??? Think about it…the Pharisees knew that Jesus performed miracles and they tried their best to HIDE them! Without success.
Update 6: I stand corrected:

"the account does not say there were three astrologers. People assume they were"
Update 7: mariskalen kampf Strudl v.Wurst! - 1) Yes the Babylonians studied the solar system...but they still believed the stars etc were gods who directed their lives...so yes, it IS common knowledge. 2) It is the BIBLE that labels worship of any other god as idolatry etc and what we label pagan. Any religion... show more mariskalen kampf Strudl v.Wurst! -

1) Yes the Babylonians studied the solar system...but they still believed the stars etc were gods who directed their lives...so yes, it IS common knowledge.

2) It is the BIBLE that labels worship of any other god as idolatry etc and what we label pagan. Any religion outside of the Israelite’s and Christian religion in the bible is considered pagan.

3) What makes you so sure the 3 wise men had God's backing? They were sent by Herod so he could kill Jesus! God used the men to His advantage, but the men are not to be venerated in any way.
Update 8: Jaye16 - the wise men were misguided at the start, but then warned by God in a dream to not lead Herod to Jesus. After this event however, the bible doesn't say whether the men became worshipers of the true God or not.
Update 9: mariskalen kampf Strudl v.Wurst! Many historians will tell you I'm not making assumptions - research the origin of astology! What has biblical translation got to do with this??? It is the same story in every bible. False prophet??? Eh? You need to stop over analyzing my question so much, you still... show more mariskalen kampf Strudl v.Wurst!

Many historians will tell you I'm not making assumptions - research the origin of astology! What has biblical translation got to do with this??? It is the same story in every bible. False prophet??? Eh? You need to stop over analyzing my question so much, you still haven't even answered it yet...
Update 10: For those who wanted references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology Astrology didn't start to separate from religion (i.e. believing that the stars are divine and have an influence on life) until around the 18th century. That's when they started studying the stars purely from a scientific... show more For those who wanted references:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology
Astrology didn't start to separate from religion (i.e. believing that the stars are divine and have an influence on life) until around the 18th century. That's when they started studying the stars purely from a scientific standpoint, i.e. Astrono(my). The astrologers in Jesus' day would have believed that the star(s) were divine.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_...
Astrology started in Babylon; "the conclusion was drawn that all the great gods had their seats in the heavens": they used to worship the stars.
Update 11: For those who wanted references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology Astrology didn't start to separate from religion (i.e. believing that the stars are divine and have an influence on life) until around the 18th century. That's when they started studying the stars purely from a scientific... show more For those who wanted references:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology
Astrology didn't start to separate from religion (i.e. believing that the stars are divine and have an influence on life) until around the 18th century. That's when they started studying the stars purely from a scientific standpoint, i.e. Astrono(my). The astrologers in Jesus' day would have believed that the star(s) were divine.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_...
Astrology started in Babylon; "the conclusion was drawn that all the great gods had their seats in the heavens": they used to worship the stars.
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