Astrology Readings: What it is all about
Astrology readings chart the positions of stars, planets, and the moon in the twelve Zodiac signs, as a means to predict the future. Employing the Zodiac sign under which your birth date falls, astrology readings are used in foretelling events in relation to the planetary positions. “The belief in, and practice of Astrology has become the most common of occult practices and deceptively appears to be spiritually benign in the eyes of most people. A recent survey estimated that over 50 million Americans read their horoscopes every morning to learn what they should expect, and how they should behave that day. A daily horoscope is found in virtually every newspaper across this country,” writes Zenith Harris Merrill.
Astrology Readings: Accuracy and deceptions
While astrology readings are a serious business (including financially) to some people, others will tell you it is merely amusement. Some will not proceed with their day until they get direction from their “charts.” However, most newspapers and websites seem to put little stock in horoscopes being accurate and attach a “for entertainment purposes only.”
Does it really matter if we read our horoscopes for fun and can they have any effect if we view our horoscopes as entertainment? God says it does matter! And here are some examples as to why offered by Merrill.
“Most occultists use Astrology and many astrologers practice other occult arts. Both Astrologers and occultists admit that Astrology is a pillar of occultism.” The astrologer, Sepharial, is quoted by Dr. John Ankerberg and John Weldon in The Facts on Astrology, as saying "The astrologic art is held to be the key to all the occult sciences."
Some astronomers admit that Astrology is an occult practice. In An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present, witch Doreen Valiente observes that "Astrology...is another of the fundamentals of magic. It is studied by witch and magician alike."
Science writer and engineer Lawrence Jerome, in Astrology Disproved declares that of all the occult "sciences," astrology appears most scientific, but is really nothing more than a magical system for controlling others, "and has played a role in the magical ‘sciences’" alchemy, black magic, the conjuring of spirits, necromancy, and even in the magical practices such as the use of talismans." In A Ready Defense, Josh McDowell explains how the entire premise of astrology was built upon faulty information, including the number of planets in our solar system.
In Genesis 11, we find the story of the Tower of Babel. As the people built the tower, there was only one language on earth and they said “Let us build a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven...” Some report that the tower of Babel was 7 levels, one for each of the 5 known planets at that time and the next two levels were for the moon and sun (their objects of worship). These levels were colored for each god it honored. But God says there are to be no other gods before Him, and this was idol worship. His punishment was to scatter the people across the earth and cause them to speak other languages. Looking to the stars and planets for your life decisions is idol worship when we should instead be looking to God and His Word.
Astrology Readings: The harm and consequences
The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 18:10-11, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.” In verse 14 He says, “The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.”
Astrology rejects many biblical teachings God wrote into it, and instead adheres to occultic views which give the worship and glory to God’s creation rather than to God alone. We need to look to God alone for guidance in our daily lives. God directs us without the fallible charts of occultic beliefs. If you have been involved in occultism in any way -- even just reading your horoscope -- leave it alone, walk away from it. Repent of any association with all facets of the occult. It is sin and an abomination to God. Ask God’s forgiveness. He will and will lead you into truth (Romans 10:13, 1 John 1:8, 9; John 1:12; Romans 6:23).
What Does Your Horoscope Really Say? By Belinda Elliott, Copyright © 1997-2002, Zenith Harris Merrill (www.bloomington.in.us/~lgthscac/astrology.htm)
Recommended Reading: The Real Meaning of the Zodiac by Dr. D. James Kennedy.
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