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By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Is it all right for a Christian to believe in astrology and discover God’s plan for his or her life through a horoscope?


A:

The fascination with astrology and horoscopes undoubtedly reflects people’s desire for wisdom beyond their own and direction for the future.

Astrology is the ancient belief that a person’s destiny can be found in the pattern of the stars and planets at the time of one’s birth. The “horoscope” is the chart that attempts to describe that destiny. The Bible mentions the astrologers in the royal court at Babylon and their inability to tell or interpret royal dreams (Daniel 2:10-11 and 4:7).

Isaiah the prophet spoke of astrologers with derision: “Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you” (Isaiah 47:13).

Astrology is offensive to God because it attributes to planets and stars the power that belongs to God alone and because it tries to find the will of God by other means than God has appointed. Throughout the Bible God tells us that He will guide us; read Psalm 23:1-2, 25:9, 12, 32:8; Luke 1:79; and John 7:17.

A Christian has no need of astrology with its futile hints because believers can turn instead to the guidance of God’s Word.

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32 Comments

  1. Rhodah says:

    I just looked up my horoscope for the third time despite knowing that it’s not exactly right. I feel bad because I could not control the feeling. So I had to check up the Bible’s view on it. I feel like my faith in God is weak. And it is really troubling. This insight is enlightening though. Thank you.

  2. Tiyamike says:

    Is it not interesting that one of the witnesses to the birth of Christ were the Magi who were led to Him by a star? I actually researched and the magi studied the stars and were knowledgeable in various forms of alchemy and magic. I don’t know if astrology necessary offensive to God because if it is, I’m not sure God would want the Magi to be the first witnesses of Christ’s birth. I also believe that it’s important to realise that God is beyond the stars and planets and that we MUST give Him all the glory due to Him. I’m not sure if that makes sense but any opinions are welcome!

    1. Joel says:

      I have come to a similar conjecture. The Star of David is often depicted as the guiding light to Christ. What’s weird is this star appeared from behind the original Virgo star (alluding to the virgin birth.) The start of David is a hexagram. The hexagram has layered conotations, one of them being a death curse. Perhaps this is how the magi knew to bring myrrh.

  3. Emmanuel Arikibe says:

    Thanks for opening my eyes.

  4. Charles McCombs says:

    This is God work

  5. Esther Nyarko says:

    Do astrologists speak the truth? How can christians avoid these beliefs since some of their predictions really come true?

  6. Linda says:

    I totally agree. We turn to “other” sources seeking answers, instead of relying on God’s Word. Astrology readings, by a so-called professional, can be quite damaging. Especially if you are using it to “fit” your relationships within. Another of Satan’s tricks to attack Christians.

  7. Michael says:

    Well said

  8. Philomina says:

    God please help me.

  9. Dean Rowlands says:

    Yes I Agree, all we need is Gods Word,thanks for that.