In the years that I have studied the paranormal, I have heard some fascinating stories. Testaments of disembodied voices, phantom shadows, and telekinetic movement, just to name a few, have continued to capture the interest of those in the field who relentlessly wrestle for explanations to these unexplainable events. Very often these stories are taken at face value with minimal criticism. Yet one story - quite possibly the most significant paranormal event in history - is commonly dismissed as myth - the story of Jesus Christ.
I entered the field of paranormal study when I experienced certain events which could not be explained through conventional science. In my search for the truth, I have personally interviewed, dozens of people who have also experienced such events, but in lieu of any documented evidence, I often find myself left with nothing more than the testimony of the witness. Indeed, I also have nothing more than my personal testimony to support my paranormal experiences. In criminal law, the sole testimony of a witness is only as good as their credibility - which is often easily shaken. However, I have find it interesting that people tend to cling to ghost stories without scrutinizing the veracity of the claimant. Perhaps it's characteristic of our desire for continuity and immortality that prompts us to believe these stories without any critical analysis. However, the story of Jesus of Nazareth has been historically inscribed throughout the millennia, yet many fail to understand the supernatural significance.
Of all the paranormal tales I have heard in my quest for the truth, I've yet to encounter a person who told me that their young bride was approached by an angel before giving a virgin birth to the son of God. I have not interviewed a single witness who claimed to have seen a man turn water into wine, walk on water, and arose from the dead. Yet four such witnesses have recorded these events over two millennia ago. Unlike many of the witnesses who claim to see ghostly apparitions out of the corner of their eye, these witnesses have been scrutinized for centuries. Scholars on both sides of the argument have debated the veracity of the scriptures and while the evidence is still relatively subjective, when compared to some of the individual witnesses that claim to experience the supernatural today, these witnesses - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - hold timeless credibility. That being the case, one can hardly deny that the story of the Son of God - Jesus Christ - is by far the most wondrous testimony of the supernatural.
Is there any evidence, aside from personal testimony, to support this supernatural story? Some scientists believe there may be some historical references that support the scriptures. Matthew 2:11 states, "When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy." Astronomers agree that the appearance of a supernova which occurred approximately 1 A.D. could be attributed to the "star of Bethlehem" mentioned by Matthew. Other astronomers claim that the proximity of the planet Jupiter to the earth might provide an alternative explanation to the star of wonder. While this may not prove the birth of the son of God, it certainly supports the 2000 year old documents and bolsters the credibility of the witnesses.
While we take this time of the year to celebrate our love for friends and family, one might take a moment to consider the fascinating story which serves as a foundation for the season. When you really stop to think about it - it is an account of an event of supernatural proportion. It is quite possibly, the greatest paranormal story ever told.