Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
Yes you don’t need horoscopes as a child of God.
Astrology is the ancient belief that a person’s destiny can be determined by patterns of stars and planets at the time of one’s birth.
A horoscope then tries to interpret this destiny through the arrangement of the stars. (Zodiac signs)
This practice has been incorporated into mainstream culture and Christian practices. Unfortunately, many newspapers and diaries have horoscope columns, blogs, websites etc..some they update daily or weekly.
Today we see Christians trying to date people who have the same star sign or other star signs which they believe is a sign of compatibility.
So for instance if you were born between 19 February – 20 March(Pisces) then your best match for marriage will be a Scorpio or a Capricorn. Sounds awkward right?
The question is, is it acceptable for Christians to read them and live by them?
Even the Scriptures tells us that the Wise Men were led to Jesus by the appearance of a star, some Christians use it as the premise to argue the validity of astrology.
This has been the main defence anytime the issue of horoscope is brought to the fore in informal debates and discussions.
God used the most excellent channel at the time to communicate to the Magi’s from the east(Babylon). It does not mean God is always talking to us through the stars. If so, then by that logic every burning bush has a message for the Christian.
The pages of the Bible is strewn with several stories and rare instances where God used strange objects to communicate or deliver people but that does not mean ultimately that, the particular article becomes a source of power. The obvious fact is, it is just an article and it has no inherent power to do or undo anything especially when it is amoral.
At a point Samson used the jawbone of an ass to defeat a whole army of Philistines it doesn’t mean that suddenly jawbones have attained supernatural strength and grace to perform miracles and therefore must be considered in the weaponry for every major battle or must be consulted every month to decode battles.
Insterestingly the divisions were done by astrologers and most of the stars were named after greek mythological god’s and characters.
In western astrology, there are 12 signs but standing for 12 periods of a year. According to natural distribution, stars are divided into many regions of different sizes, each called a constellation. Connecting all bright stars in a constellation with lines, different images in the shape of animals and objects are formed. People named each constellation according to its shape. The International Astronomical Union divided the sky into 88 constellations with precise boundaries, making every star belonging to a particular constellation.
Seen from Earth, the sun moves slowly in the Celestial Sphere and passes through constellations, forming a large circle for a year.
SO WHAT KIND OF STAR WAS IT?
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh: There shall come forth a star out of Jacob, And a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, And shall smite through the corners of Moab, And break down all the sons of tumult.
Balaam in a bid to prophecy against Israel ended up prophesying about the coming of the Messiah. In this unique prophecy, he makes reference to a “star.” But we know this is not a literal star, because he mentions also a sceptre, “And a sceptre shall rise out of Israel.”
The star and the sceptre in this text are one and the same. (We know this because the prophecy is in the form of Hebrew poetry, which is not based on rhythm or rhyme but on parallelism.) And the term “sceptre” is a symbol of royalty or kingship. This star, that would rise out of Jacob, is himself a king.
With the benefit of modern science and technology, you and I now have adequate empirical knowledge that stars are mostly even larger than planets in reality and it is the distance from us that causes them to appear miniscule and as the popular nursery rhyme, they seem to twinkle in the skies. Basically, stars are big exploding balls of gas, mostly hydrogen and helium. Our nearest star, the Sun, is so hot that the huge amount of hydrogen is undergoing a constant star-wide nuclear reaction, like in a hydrogen bomb
So imagine something that huge, a star, the size of a whole planet (in reality) leading the Wisemen over an estimated period of two months oscillating in the milky way.That would have been a huge disaster of astronomical proportions, literally.
The fact is God didn’t need to fill the sky with the pillar of cloud nor with the pillar of fire to lead the Israelites through the desert. God in a way may have led the Wiseman with the representation of a star but not necessarily the present stars in the skies.
Therefore it is wrong to submit to predictions from the position and posture of stars, since we don’t in any way subscribe to clouds just because they led the Israelites through the desert.
Obviously, this star is something different, from other stars since it was a divine sign. The Greek word for “star” simply means “radiance” or “brilliance.” With this star coming in the form of a light, we have the appearance of the Shechinah Glory (the visible manifestation of God’s presence). Whenever God became visible in the Old Testament, such a manifestation was referred to as the Shechinah Glory.
This manifested most often in the form of a light, fire, cloud or some combination of these three things. And, so, in Babylon appears a light, a brilliance, a radiance that may look from a distance like a star but has actions and characteristics that no star can or does. What these Wise Men actually saw was the Shechinah Glory, and they deduced that it was a signal that the King of the Jews had finally been born.
Isaiah 47:12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. 47:13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
While horoscopes can seem like harmless fun, they are actually a trick by Satan. He is packaging it in a way that actually slowly takes us away from God and His teachings.
WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD?
The fascination with astrology really points to people’s unhealthy desire and desperations for knowledge about their future. “When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense” Dr. David L. Cooper:
Horoscopes should not be read by Christians as stated by the word of God, instead we should place our faith and our trust in God for He holds the future.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
God has spoken to us by His son Jesus and your destiny is no longer hanging on some stars. Tell me what happens on a stormy day when you cannot see the skies.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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