Astrology is the study of stars and planets and determining the effect they have on the destiny of human beings. In the contemporary world, Christians need clarification about believing in Astrology. Some Christians do not see any problem with Astrology, while others are uncomfortable. It brings us to ask ourselves, what does the Bible say about Astrology?
The Bible verses suggest that God condemns Astrology in Daniel 2:27. According to the verse, Astrologers are not as powerful because they do not seek their revelation from God but consult stars and planets for revelation. The Bible condemns divination which includes Astrology. However, Christians can study planets and stars as God uses them for seasons and time, and Christians can study them to understand times and seasons.
So Does the Bible mention the origin of Astrology? Can Christians and believers study stars and constellations? Is astrology a sin, according to the Bible? What Bible verses talk about astrology? Read on to find out.
Does the Bible mention the origin of Astrology?
The Bible gives a hint of the origin of Astrology. Although it is against God’s will for Humans to study stars and associate them with the destiny of individuals depending on their birth month, the Bible still mentions when the whole Astrology thing started. It is suggested that it started in Babylon. The Bible talks of how the royal Astrologers of Babylon offended God, which made them lose their powers.
In the book of Daniel 1:20, it reads, “And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.” The King had not seen such power from magicians until he met the Astrologers. Although it does not precisely start that it started in Babylon, it implies that Astrology started and grew around the time of Daniel. According to Pastor Joe Carter, Astrology dates back to the old Babylonian era 2000BC which backs up the evidence in Daniel 1:20.
Can Christians and believers study stars and constellations?
The Bible scriptures imply that Christians can only study stars and constellations for signs and seasons and nothing like revelation like Astrology does. God organized stars into constellations; Orion, the Bear, the crooked serpent, and seven stars, Pleiades. God is the only being with the power to fasten the bands that hold the stars together to bring different seasons, according to Job 38:32. Therefore, God allows Christians to study stars as signs and seasons of time, not as revelations.
Is astrology a sin, according to the Bible?
The scriptures of the Bible imply that Astrology is a sin because it does not seek to glorify God for his excellent work. Both modern and past astrology manipulates nature created by God and tries to challenge God’s power which, of course, is in vain. It is suggested that astrology is false because starting from its current purpose is to determine the destiny of people.
Astrology studies the stars and planets and determines how much they affect the destiny of people controlled by the planet and stars. You will know which planet or star controls your destiny when you know which sign you were born under, for instance, Aries or Capricorn, among others. However, the Bible says in Daniel:2:27 that “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king” It proves that Astrologers have been determined as less powerful and false right from the time they started being popular in Babylon.
Also, some scriptures of the Bible forbid the study of Astrology, and any Christian’s mere belief in astrology can be perceived as a sin. Although currently, many magazines have a column that offers Astrological readings and many believers consult Astrologers about their horoscopes, birthstones, and signs, the Bible seems to be against Astrology.
The Bible speaks against and condemns hidden arts, sorcery, and divination, which suggests that Astrology is among the key arts and divination that are a sin in God’s eyes. Deuteronomy 18:10-14 “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of the abominations, the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.” From these verses, God condemns the manipulation of stars and planets to get the destiny of Human beings. Believers should be directed by God and protected by God, and any other means of protection and revelation are viewed as going against God.
Also, in the book of Acts 16:16-18 the Bible suggests that Believers like Paul believed that they could read fortunes and divine telling were possessed, and he prayed against the girl who was announcing that God sent Paul and his people. Yet Paul saw past the mere words, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” Said that girl because she was consulting improper channels for revelation.
This equals to modern say astrology, where astrologers would often tell you that you are a divine being chosen by God by reading your birth sign. Additionally, the Bible states that believers should believe and have faith in Jesus Christ and God. Proverbs 3:5-6 implies that believing in Astrology is misplaced faith.
Lastly, Astrology can be structured as a sin in two ways. In the first place, believing in Astrology equates to choosing something and someone else to believe in them instead of believing in God. It is against God’s commandments to believe in other gods. Secondly, it is a form of divination that comes in the way of Christians believing and waiting for the will of God. Reading horoscopes defies God’s chosen means of communication with His children, which is the Bible. Rather than consulting Astrologers, Christians should read the Bible and pray as they await the will of God.
What Bible verses talk about astrology?
Several verses talk about Astrology from the Bible. The Book of Daniel 1:20 and Daniel 2: 27 suggest that Astrology is a sin and Astrologers are powerless. Daniel 2:27 “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king” This verse implies that Astrologers are not powerful enough because they do not seek their power from God. Instead, they are diviners seeking to challenge God.
In Isaiah 47:13-14, God groups Astrologers as people who will burn in hell. “You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you. Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver.” According to this verse, God out rightly condemns Astrology.
Also, in the book of Deuteronomy 4:19, the Bible condemns Astrology. “And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.”
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