Is Following Astrology Sin? Does The Bible Condemn Horoscopes?

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What does the Bible say about a Christian following astrology? Are horoscopes allowed for the believer? How does God feel about anyone following astrology or horoscopes?

Astrology's roots are tied to the calendar and seasons and have almost always been culturally and politically acceptable.

Astrology’s roots are tied to the calendar and seasons and have almost always been culturally and politically acceptable.

Ancient Astrological Practices

Following astrology is not new. This practice has been around for thousands of years. It has been dated from the 3rd millennium BC and its origins are most certainly not from God…at least the big “G” God. Its roots are tied to the calendar and seasons and have almost always been culturally and politically acceptable. In the 20th century, the practice and use of astrology has exploded and sadly, even among professing Christians. At the roots of astrology is a deep human desire to know the future and to explain the meaning and purpose of human life. Even the ancient Babylonians practiced astrology as far back as 1800 BC. The Babylonians used astrology as part of a divination or predicting of the future. It was believed that the gods presented themselves by their constellations and planets. Astrology has been practiced by almost every culture known to mankind and still is to this very day. It has been practice by politicians, actors, bankers, and cuts across almost every segment of society. There is even an American Association of Astrology as well as countless other groups and clubs dedicated to divining the future.

Horoscopes Origins

Billions of people worldwide check their horoscopes each and every day, and yes, even followers of Christ. Before I was saved I did too. I was born under the sign of Sagittarius and I used to look at what the daily horoscopes said that was predicted for me every day. For me they became known as the “horror-scopes” because I almost always dreaded reading what I believed to be my future. I could not have been more wrong. The problem with horoscopes is that they are all so general that they could apply to almost anyone born at any time of the year but I still believed that there was some relevance to them. Even today I hear people ask what sign they are with the intent of finding out what type of person they are or if a couple are compatible or not. Horoscopes are believed to have originated with the ancient Greeks. The word horoscope literally means “watcher of the hour.” The ancient Greeks believed that the sun, moon, and stars dramatically impacted their lives. And people today still believe that. The different signs are thought to be indicators of what a person is like. The problem with this is that it turns into a kind of fatalism.

Does God Condemn Horoscopes and Astrology

What does God say about horoscopes, astrology, predicting the future or trying to communicate with the dead? Plenty, but I have pared down to just using a few Scriptures to see how God feels about such satanic practices.

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 these 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 to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.”

How clear is that!? God has not allowed us to do this. It is an abomination to God. That is, He detests it.

Isaiah 47:13 “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.”

This verse deals specifically with trying to divine the future by using the stars, the moon, or the heavens (constellations).

Micah 5:12 “And I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes.”

Here God condemns fortune tellers. These include those who read palms, tea leaves, use tarot cards or any other device or practice that tries to predict a person’s future or fortunes.

Conclusion

God condemns the use of astrology and horoscopes for many reasons. For one thing, God alone knows the future. We have no business trying to divine what God has not clearly revealed in His Word. Deuteronomy 29:29 says “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” What has God revealed to us? He has revealed His will to us in the Word of God the Bible. We have no business in trying to divine or predict the unknown future. That is God‘s prerogative, not ours. Even if we tried, we’d likely be wrong anyway but the main reason is that it is an abomination to God. When we try to predict or know the future, we are impinging on God’s sovereignty and we are showing a lack of trust in Him.

Christians are treading on dangerous ground if they are reading and following horoscopes or astrology. Sadly I know of several professing Christians who do this. How seriously does God take it when we use anything or anyone that tries to communicate with the dead, predict the future, or seek counsel from anyone else but God? Here is a direct warning, not from me, but from the Word of God. First Chronicles 10:13-14 says that “Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.” Take the Word of God with trembling and fear. God will not compromise with sin and the divination of the future by use of astrology or horoscopes makes Him righteously angry. Don’t go there. Not even for curiosity, “for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord” (Deuteronomy 18:12) for “the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this” (Deuteronomy 18:14).

Here is a related article, also written by Pastor Jack:

What Is Numerology

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Amber March 31, 2017 at 4:12 am

Hi, I started to study Astrology at the age of 14 when I was robbed of self – out of touch with self through abuse all my life.
I just did not know myself. I began to study my very own chart to see with my eyes what in the world is going on. (But i want to say to most of you here that the news paper or magazine horoscopes will hardly ever be accurate because the writer is writing without knowing who you are in terms of your chart- birth time) I did not study it to try and find predictions as any real Astrologer will honestly tell you that Astrology does NOT predict – it is only a forecast like a weather forecast. The weather man says ” tomorrow the storm will cease and become milder ” We do not know how much milder it will be, but we know the storm will be over.
And finally i have to say too, not anyone can understand or be an Astrologer. It takes a certain sort to know what it really is. Is is only a science. NOT God speaking nor to be replaced for God/Christ. There should be no such thing as Horoscopes in the magazines. It is a shame that it has been used and presented in such a way. Astrology takes years of study to only see the most simplest reason as to how it works… It is a correlation. You have to really know what i mean by correlation.
To understand the secret on correlation between earth and planetary motion it takes a certain insight. yes, of course Planets will not save you – Only Christ.
Venus is NOT Love and Mars is NOT a white shining armor riding on a white horse. The planets have NO correlation with Heaven – Only earth. To everything there is a Season and a Time to every Purpose under Heaven.
Astrology is tapping into that Time. A place not anyone can do or understand. So no matter if you are a Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, ect ect it does not matter as the SUN was only transiting that constellation, but here we are only speaking of the sun transit and not the transits of all the other planets. Astrologers need to look up this in order to accurately observe your chart. As far as those Psychic people combining Astrology with Tarot cards – that is a disgrace. I do not recommend anyone believe the Tarot or the horoscopes in the News Paper.

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Jack Wellman March 31, 2017 at 8:53 am

Hello Amber. The Bible says “Come out of her my people” meaning come out of the things of the world and astrology is not from God so guess where it comes from if not from God? If you are trying to justify the use of astrology, you are disobeying God’s Word which tells us that people that do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God, so it is your choice but the Bible tells us to have nothing to do with it. We cannot rationalize using astrology so to use it in your life is doing just what God forbids.

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Brittany July 6, 2017 at 9:29 am

Hi pastor
I have been very interested in astrology since I was a teenager. I’m trying to understand why it’s such a sin. I am a follower of Christ. I love him, I pray and I fast and can’t imagine my life without him but I also find an interest in astrology. I’m not interested in finding out the future and I don’t agree with fortune tellers or tarot card readers. I just find certain patterns with certain signs and by understand the characteristics of each sign it just helps me to understand and deal with ppl better. Why is that such a sin. I don’t seek palm readers or numbers so I know how my future will be; I trust in God completely and didn’t God make the stars? So there most definitely has to be some truth to people being born during a certain time of year and their characteristics being a product of it. In my heart I don’t feel like reading up on characteristics of certain signs are bad. I feel like it’s great knowledge to have.

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Jack Wellman July 6, 2017 at 10:39 am

Hello Brittany. Why can’t you see this is sin as God says these things are an abomination to Him. Eve found interest in the forbidden fruit and that did not turn out well, so don’t base your decision on “I think” or “I believe” but on what God says. You say “I don’t feel” far too often so rather ask, “What does God’s Word say?” Which has authority in your life? God’s Word or “what I feel like is….” The human heart is wicked and deceives us (Jer 17:9) so don’t trust your heart or feelings; trust God’s Word and obey or you are rationalizing this sin and God is not pleased.

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Francis July 9, 2017 at 6:44 am

Thank you for such a wonderful article as this and the beautiful discuss that followed…!
This issue now treated lightly as a fun and populist thing is a ticking time-bomb and many Christians are yet to come to terms with it.
Horoscope, astrology and its likes are as letting in a snake into a garden; Poisonous and dangerous to our souls and our relationship in trusting in God. What many of us do not realize is that these are part of Satan’s subtle ruse to get us to offend God and hurt our souls. It sure looks fun and interesting and sometimes our human heart out of curiosity sometimes tends us to it.
We need to listen to God’s word “turn away from sin” and by it… “completely”; he means.
For if Adam & Eve knew that by a simple bite they turned their descendants to condemnation wouldn’t they rethink.
“Just a simple look up”,“it doesn’t hurt”; we say, we want to know our year of marriage, which sign would be best as marriage partners, if we’re expecting a child, if we would get a raise at our work place?, if things would get better..? or the simpler ones of knowing our partners traits, seeing if what sort of temperament we have etc. These are simple natural human curiosities but if we turn to horoscope, Astrology, zodiac or its like for answers and not to God, then we are sinning, hurting God and our souls.
Do not set your eyes on anything base (Ps 101:3).
The Lord God frowns at it (Astrology, Horoscope, Zodiacs, Divination, Fortune Telling etc.). Do not give the Devil any opportunity to subtly enter your heart, then your soul, then your circumstance and life.
Harken to the words and instructions of the Father and you will be saved abundantly. God bless his words in our hearts Amen.

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