Visual representations and signs - also known as symbols - are very important in the Christian religion. Christians may be called "people of the book" (meaning they are readers of the Bible) and "people of faith" (meaning they believe in unseen things). Still, imagery plays an important role in the Christian life. For instance, symbols incorporating colors, shapes, and numbers, can have significant importance in the right context.
While faith apart from the senses may be of primary importance in Christianity, believers recognize that God is also the creator of the human senses, including sight. Moreover, what is visible and physical can, under the right circumstances, be an aid to faith. For example, when Christians remember the cross of Jesus Christ, in accordance with biblical instruction (e.g. 1 Corinthians 11), they consume bread and wine (or similar elements) at the Lord's Supper. Faith is thereby supported by a sensory experience.
Stars in the Bible
A star is a logical symbol to be used in Christianity. The Bible teaches that God is the creator of not only the earth, but also the "heavens." Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." In context, "heavens" doesn't refer to a place in the afterlife, but to various celestial bodies, such as moons, planets, comets, galaxies, and stars, like the sun.
According to the Bible, stars were placed in the sky by the direct hand of God (cf. Psalm 8:3) and God has given them all a name, "He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names" (Ps. 147:4). As beautiful aspects of God's creation, celestial bodies, like stars, encourage people to worship God, according to Psalm 148:3, which says, "Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!"
Furthermore, God has used stars to communicate to people in the past, such as at the time of Christ's birth, as recorded in Matthew 2:2, when the visiting wisemen ask, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
What is the meaning of the 12-point star?
When a star is used as a symbol in the Christian faith, the number of points it has is especially significant because it adds meaning to the sign.
In this case, the number 12 has special symbolic meaning in the Bible, often depicting completeness.
Both the Old and New Testaments find special meaning in the number 12. In the Old Testament, 12 often represents God's people because Israel was comprised of 12 tribes. In the New Testament, 12 may represent the church, which was built upon the life and ministry of the 12 apostles.
The 12-point star may also be used at Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas, on which the church celebrates the manifestation of Christ as the Son of God.
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- "Symbols in Christian Art" by Walter E. Gast.