The scientific discrepancies are well documented. Even more apparent are the numerous Scripture passages that denounce astrology for its erroneous prophecies and its false worship of the creation rather than the Creator.
The underlying philosophy of astrology declares that one’s destiny can be found in the stars. In contrast, Christianity teaches that events of life are determined by a combination of God’s sovereign will and man’s personal moral choices. Astrology, on the other hand, attempts to destroy man’s accountability to God.
Horoscope devotees may think they can fall back on blaming the stars for their actions. But the Bible teaches that someday all mankind will stand before God to be judged. Humans are responsible for their conduct, and the Lord will not take into consideration the excuse that certain stars and planets were in the wrong conjunction.
Christians are to trust the holy Spirit to guide their lives, knowing that “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,” in Psalm 37:23. The guesswork prediction of astrology should hold no interest for believers who follow “a more sure world of prophecy,” according to 2 Peter 1:19. God in his mercy has veiled the future from man’s eyes, except those events detailed in eschatological biblical references.
If it were possible to know the events of tomorrow in detail, most people would not place their confidence in God’s wisdom to look lovingly after our future. Satan, who according to Isaiah 14:14 wanted equality with the Lord, still desires to be man’s substitute god. Astrology is a tool the devil uses to entice man to replace trust in God with dependence upon the whimsical uncertainties of the horoscope.
Anything you put in God’s place is a sin. Anything you make equal to or better than God is a sin.
Astrology is a false religion. Astronomy is a science.
God is God. God is in control. The stars do not make anything happen outside of the natural God made laws of physics.
God shouldn’t care if we peer into outer space. However, if we start being like Stephen Hawking and start making speculation based on flawed math, we might be getting into spreading false testimony about God’s creation. Looking at the stars isn’t the sin. Lying about them is. Plus, there’s a dopey tradition called ‘horoscopes’ that get into makong false prophecies.
Why these things are called divination is beyond me. Telling lies has nothing to do with divinity.
Deuteronomy 18:10 Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire nor a fortune-teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner
Jeremiah 29:8 thus says the lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let yourselves be deceived by the prophets and diviners who are among you do not listen to those among you who dream dreams.
Astrology is considered a type of fortune telling.
Astrology is essentially polytheistic. In the lower Mesopotamian Valley where it likely began, a different god was believed to rule over each section of the heavens. Every celestial movement and phenomenon, such as the rising and setting of the sun, the equinoxes and solstices, moon phases, eclipses, and meteors, were said to be the doings of these gods. These cosmic movements were therefore regularly noted, elaborate charts and tables of their occurrences were made, and from these, human affairs and terrestrial events were predicted. All matters, both public and private, were believed to be controlled by these gods of the heavens. As a consequence, political or military decisions were not made until the astrologers were called to read and interpret the omens and give their advice. In this way the priestly class grew to have great power and influence over the lives of the people. They claimed supernatural power, insight, and great wisdom. No great temple was erected among the Babylonians that was not equipped with its own celestial observatory.
There is evidence to show that astrology was closely allied with the worship of Molech, a god who was sometimes depicted with a bull’s head. The bull was worshiped by the Babylonians, Canaanites, Egyptians, and others as a symbol of their deities—Marduk, Molech, Baal, and so forth.
The apostate ten-tribe kingdom of Israel was denounced for joining this astrology cult, for “they kept leaving all the commandments of Jehovah their God and proceeded to make for themselves molten statues, two calves, and to make a sacred pole, and they began to bow down to all the army of the heavens and to serve Baal; and they continued to make their sons and their daughters pass through the fire and to practice divination and to look for omens.”—2Ki 17:16, 17.
In the two-tribe kingdom to the south wicked King Ahaz and his grandson Manasseh both took the lead in worshiping the star gods and in fiendishly offering up their children to be burned alive as sacrifices. (2Ki 16:3, 4; 21:3, 6; 2Ch 28:3, 4; 33:3, 6)
No just God would accept these human sacrifices, especially not in the name of other false gods. In God’s eyes divination is comparable to the sin of rebellion. (1Sa 15:23)
See also Malachi 3:5 and Deuteronomy 18:10.
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