Astrology and the Bible

Horoscopes, the zodiac, and other aspects of astrology are frowned upon by certain Christians. For the most part, these are the same believers who have a problem with reincarnation, meditation,  sex, positive thinking, freemasonry, hip-hop music, and a lot of other things that happen to be a vital part of my spiritual journey.

There are a lot of God-fearing people out there who seriously believe that astrology and Christianity don’t mix. Some of them will completely ignore or shun any talk about horoscopes, and that’s a shame. Even worse still are the followers who have found some truth in what is known about the stars, but they feel guilty about indulging because someone somewhere told them that Christians don’t read horoscopes.

“Christians don’t read horoscopes.” Even to me, that phrase sounds like the type of thing we’re all supposed to believe, even though it’s not true. Christians (maybe not all, but many) read horoscopes everyday. In fact, it has been my experience that atheists tend to be more skeptical about things like astrology and miracles, while those who believe in an all-powerful, all-wise God know that all things are possible.

It doesn’t take years of theological study to figure out that the universe and planets were created by God, so to the extent that there is a zodiac, it is God’s zodiac. Check out Genesis 1:14-“And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.” Right on the first page of the Bible, God made the heavenly bodies so that we could predict the seasons as they come.

In the New Testament (Luke 21:25), Jesus says that we will know that things are coming to an end because “there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars.” Astrology is the study of signs in the sun, moon, and stars. When Jesus was born, the wise men knew it was happening because they saw it in the stars. They even followed a star to be able to determine where they could find him. They had knowledge of astrology.

Outside of the Bible, people from all over the world have understood that the position of the planets in our solar system means something. It has taken thousands of years of observation to pick up on some of these trends. After pooling all that information, now we know a lot.

Even from a purely scientific frame of reference, we know that everything is connected. The more a thing weighs and the closer it is to you, the more impact it has on you. The planets in our solar system are the closest, biggest things to us on Earth, and the meaning of their location forms the basis of a horoscope.

Mind you, all astrologers are not created equal, but then again, neither are all pastors. I’ve heard some bad sermons and read some inaccurate horoscopes. Despite those weak links in the chain, I still know God is good.

If you felt any guilt about believing that your sign tells you things about yourself, I hope I have helped you get past that. If you have a comment (even a disagreement), there is nothing but space and opportunity below to air it out.

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2 responses to “Astrology and the Bible

  1. I don’t think the alignment of the planets determines my personality or character, nor do they determine or effect events in my life.
    PEOPLE write those horoscopes and I don’t look to people any more than the planets to guide my way. The danger, as I see it, is taking my eyes off God. I put stock in His Word, not the horoscope-writers nor the solar system.

  2. It is certainly true that it is people who write horoscopes. Moreoever, all astrologers aren’t necessarily Christian or believe in God, though many do.

    Looking to the planets is hardly the same thing as taking our eyes off of God. This solar system is one of billions in our galaxy, and there are billions of galaxies in the heavens that have been created and sustained by God. Astrology is largely about knowing where mercury, venus, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune, and pluto, are. Even though they are millions and billions of miles away and that seems really far, the fact is those planets are very much a part of earth’s tiny neighborhood. It makes sense that through the centuries, wisdom has been accumulated by people with respect to the seasons of our planet.

    But at the end of the day, different people have different tastes, though I believe you and I actually have a lot in common.

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