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Friday, April 23, 2010

Christianity and Astrology


Day after day people check their horoscope to determine what kind of day they will have. "Today is your lucky day. Today you will meet the love of your life. Today is not a good day to do business."

As a Christian, I have had conversations with other Christians about Astrology. In every case they said Astrology was some type of witchcraft or pagan belief. Here I find a basic lack of theological dogma. Is Astrology in itself sinful or is the dependence on something other than God for direction in your life the sin?

Genesis 1:14-16:"God said, "let there be lights to 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, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth. And it was so. God made tow great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

Matthew 2:1-2:After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked,'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw the star in the east and have come to worship him."

There is no doubt God created the stars and that they have purpose in instructing man
in his daily living and understanding of the world. But the stars are in a lesser position to God. He is the ultimate word of instruction in our lives and knows more then any grouping of stars he has placed in heaven. Sin does not come about by the object but by how the man uses God's created objects given to man for his use.

My astrological sign is Libra. This was the positioning of the stars at the time of my birth. Just like all things that bloom in spring will have a better chance of living than if they were to bloom in winter. There are some fixed mysteries of God's but they were put in place by God to maintain order on earth. Believe it or not, there are certain characteristics that people share who were born during the cycle of the Libra constellation. But make no mistake, there may be some shared qualities but we were each made uniquely and distinctly as God saw fit.

The stars are not meaningless or God would not have created them. A star was used to guide royalty to the baby Jesus. God uses his creation for his purpose. Creation does not use God for its purpose.

So, should Christians read their horoscope? No if they check stars to see how they are suppose to live each day instead of God or the Bible. Yes if they understand who is fully in charge of their life--God and their life centers around God and not stars. And regardless of what a horoscope tells them on a particular day, It is God who is in control.

Religion has been in a battle with science for centuries. But the 21st century has seen a turn in the war. Religion and science are beginning to co-exist together and compliment each other. Astrology is not against Christianity, it is just another tool in which people try to make sense of a chaotic world in which they have little control. The mature Christian can move from this position to understand that those wonderful fascinating stars are part of God's plan, but he is the orchestrator of it all. This can give those searching for answers more peace.

Those that choose to completely rely on the stars, well, they will continue to face a life not in their control. But, there is still the fact that God created the stars so that he could still communicate and guide them whether they come into the full understanding of his nature, purpose and design.

God said whether a person is told about Him or not; the whole world testifies of His existence; which includes the stars in heaven. It was man who took a godly creation-the stars, and added pagan attachments to them. It is man's hands that changes what God created as good and turned it to bad. When what God created is used as God created it to be used, it is good and He said of all of His creation in the origins of the world in Genesis. He did not create one bad thing. Satan influences man to use what is good for bad.

ARIES Ruled by Mars, a planet of action. Rules the head
TAURUS Ruled by Venus, the goddess of love. Rules the throat.
GEMINI Ruled by Mercury, the messenger. Rules the lungs, both arms.
CANCER Ruled by the Moon, the imaginative planet. Rules the breast.
LEO Ruled by the Sun, the planet of vitality. Rules the heart.
VIRGO Ruled by Mercury (and Vulcan). Rules the intestines.
LIBRA Ruled by Venus. Rules the kidneys.
SCORPIO Ruled by Mars and Pluto, the planet of reconstruction. Rules the genitals.
SAGITTARIUS Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion. Rules the thighs.
CAPRICORN Ruled by Saturn, the teacher and the task master. Rules the knees.
AQUARIUS Ruled by Uranus, the planet of genius and progress. Rules the calves.
PISCES Ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion. Rules the feet.

These same signs were used in the Farmer's Almanac with great efficiency. Medical procedures were also aligned with what part of the body the stars were in. Each of these uses were used with wisdom not necessary superstition. But trust in these tried and true practices should never supersede the sovereignty of God. God said "I am a jealous God. Do not have no other God before me."
Remember, prioritize your life and have faith in God no matter what your horoscope does or does not say.

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