Is Following Astrology Sin? Does The Bible Condemn Horoscopes?

by Jack Wellman on August 18, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

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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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Steven August 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

God is sovereign. Things like astrology and luck are the creations of Satan.

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Jack Wellman August 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Well said Steven. I wish I had said that but am glad you did. You are spot on my brother.

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David August 19, 2013 at 2:00 am

Jack I agree with your comments, What confuses me is Matt 2 vs 1 { the Amplified Bible calls them “wise men“/astrologers] is this a correct translation?

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Jack Wellman August 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

Even if these men were astrologers, this would not mean that God condones or accepts this as not being sin. The literally translation is “wise men” and these men are rulers and if they are translated astrologers, it really means that they were more like astronomers. They were not divining or using evil powers or ways to discern where the new born King was at though. For more detailed information on this, please check out this article that explains “The Mystery of the Magi at:

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-mystery-magi-where-and-5018792.html?cat=25

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David August 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

Thank you. I certainly dont condone the use of astrology. I lived in Africa for more than 12 years and saw 1st hand the evil of this. And btw I have been born again for more than 35 years PTL. It is just I am praying against the powers and principalities of this and putting on the armour that Paul speaks about in Eph 5, you are not alone in condemning this evil, there are many here in Europe that share your concern. In Christ `s love, David

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Jack Wellman August 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Thank you so much David for your encouragement. I love that you referenced that this is truly a spiritual battle we fight but are armed with the armor of God and for which we have necessity. I believe you see the power that is in prayer because of the One Who we pray too. Thank you sir.

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David August 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

For those who have read this post, there are really good teachings by Derek Prince and Don Basham on youtube concerning this. Blessings

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Mimi August 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

i love this page i dont mind getting daily scriptural messages that will help my spiritual life to grow.

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Nangamso August 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Im a spiritual beliver and i have to be honest i read my horoscope everyday before staring my day and gets frustrated if i dont read it coz i’ll be wondering the whole day if this was suppose to happen or not. i know i have read in the script that we should not be worried about our tomorrow or future for only god knows and he has taken care of it.
but in several times they have been true. in my case this year when i read the horoscope for 2013 it said the would be a new member in the family in june and at that time i was 4 months pregnant and yes my daughter was born in june. just that alone made me happy that its predections were true.

i dont know the bible that much and still finding my feet with the lord and his ways. today i must say i learnd a new thing that will help me walk in the right path with god. its gonna be hard but i’ll pray about it till i forget having the desire to read horosope. stay blessed.

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Jack Wellman August 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Take heart Nangamso. Old habits die hard but who truly knows what is best for you and your future? God alone knows our future and He has the power to make it come true. God says that astrology and horoscopes are sin and so we don’t have any choice but to stop. Thank you so much for your honesty and your comment.

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Karl Larson August 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Hi Jack,

Thank you for another great article! I love this site because you and the other writers tackle tough questions while also sharing the truth of our God in Heaven, His grace through our Lord Jesus Christ and the wonderful blessing of the Holy Spirit. May our Lord continue to bless you and all writers and readers of this site.

I recently learned of a YouTube posting titled, “The Most Logical RAPTURE Theory” (or close to that title). It’s about 35-40 minutes long and is quite interesting. I was wondering what your thoughts were on it.

My hope is to learn your thoughts and remove potential stumbling blocks from other Christians and pre-Christians.

Thank you for your study, guidance, and faith.

kl

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Jack Wellman August 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Thank you so kindly Mr. Larson. I will have to look into this rapture theory and with the title I can find it. I also appreciate your encouraging words my friend. As for a view on what the rapture may or may not be, we have an article on this subject at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-rapture-a-look-at-the-different-views/

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Karl Larson August 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thank you for that link, Jack! It confirmed what so many us know and believe; that our “work” is to “believe on the One He (God) sent (Jesus Christ).

With so much division in the Church today, it is very easy for us to become confused and/or mislead. This is why we constantly need to be reminded that salvation is about believing in Jesus Christ and that God raised Him from the dead. He did all the work and freely gives the gift (grace) of eternal life (salvation) to those who trust and put their faith in Christ Jesus. “For it is by grace you have been saved – through faith – and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9).

Thank you for taking the time to respond and for looking into the YouTube video.

Blessings In Christ,
kl

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Jack Wellman August 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Mr. Larson, I thank you sir for caring enough to even want to know more about God and the end times too. I believe that whatever happens, our trust in Christ is what is the most important thing. I am so glad you came to visit us and please do come back again sir.

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Nicholas August 27, 2013 at 5:46 am

SOMEONE BEAT ME TO IT BUT I WANTED TO SAY I DON’T AGREE WITH WISE MEN BEING CALLED ASTROLOGERS , THEY FOLLOWED A STAR — DON’T MAKE THEM ASTROLOGERS , I ASSUME THE STAR MAY NOT HAVE EXISTED BEFORE , ANYWAY THEY FOLLOWED THE WORD , AND PROPHECY TO KNOW TO FOLLOW THAT STAR , NOT A STUDY OF ASTROLOGY , I DON’T AGREE WITH THE ALIGATOR NAME GIVEN IN THE BOOK OF JOB IN THE LIVING BIBLE VERSION EITHER WHEN THE CREATURE IS EXPLAINED SO MUCH MORE LIKE SOMETHING MUCH DIFFERENT , I READ OTHER TRANSLATIONS BUT RIGHT BESIDE THE KING JAMES , AND ASK GOD FOR GUIDANCE , THE OTHER TRANSLATIONS CAN’T ALL BE COUNTED AS A CONCORDANCE , I DO LIKE A STUDY BIBLE THAT GIVES THE HEBREW OR ARAMAIC MEANING , THE GREEK MEANING , ETC.

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Patricia Schneider October 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack!
Another wonderful article with Scriptures! Also appreciated what Steven (August 18, 2013) commented about “…creations of satan.”
(As you know, Pastor, I never capitalize satan’s name, simply ’cause he doesn’t deserve it.)

Been trying to steer a dear brother in Christ away from reading horoscopes. Needing God’s Word for proof that it was a sin, failed to find it when reading my Bible this morning. I DID remember that it was in God’s Word, but didn’t think to look in the Old Testament. Read the entire New Testament this morning (cause I do recall one of the Apostles saying something about mediums, etc. Yet, must have overlooked it by this bad habit of reading too fast.)
So, I then decided to check it out on “What Christians Want To Know.” MY COMPUTER FROZE UP!!! Grrr.
Gary called our Itok Service, a few hours later, all fixed! (Pastor Jack, Itok is worth every cent of $34/month, especially how I keep messing up on computer! LOL!)

I feel sooo blessed having WCWTK in my life.
Thank you for this terrific article!!! Please pray for my brother in Christ, Rex? Also that my words to him come directly from Jesus’ Holy Spirit?
God’s wonderful blessings and graces be showered upon you, Pastor Jack, your family, and your ministry!!!
Your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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Jack Wellman October 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Thanks Patty….your words are always a blessing to me and to others I am sure. Hey, I have the same problem…freezing up at times and its not my comptuer! Its when I am witnessing to others! :-) LOL I will be praying for Rex too by the way. God never gives us on us…..even on the prodigals.

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Patricia Schneider October 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

ESPECIALLY the prodigals!!! LOL!

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Susan Forleo December 13, 2013 at 6:27 am

I have already visited many site for research about the astrology and i got some of very important information from this post. It helped me to complete my research. Thanks.

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Jack Wellman December 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Thank you for your kind words Susan. I appreciate your comment and please come back again soon my friend.

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NICHOLAS December 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

PATTY IS A GREAT LADY , GOD BLESS YOU AND REX AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY FROM NICHOLAS ………… GOD BLESS YOU PASTOR JACK , YOU SURE HAVE BEEN A BLESSING TO ALL OF US , GOD WORKS IN WONDERFUL MYSTERIOUS WAYS , I HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL FRIENDS IN YOU ALL !!

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Jack Wellman December 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Thank you Nicholas…you are so encouraging and more kind to me that I truly deserve and so true, Patty is such a good and godly woman. I so agree.

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katrina April 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

This was just brought to my attention by social media
I will say I dont “check my horoscope” on a daily basis nor monthly..every blue moon as entertainment. But never would I think its “relaying future details”. Funny thing is sumtimes it will say the mood ur in and be correct. But If someone asked me my zodiac sign, I would tell them and the personality trait associated with my sign seemed correct. Thats really as far as it goes for me. So is the sin in the actual ” belief of astrology”, using it as a tool for future knowledge…or as in my case..seeing on an occasion if what this person wrote is correct. I always considered it to be just a person writing their opinion. We are all sinners and if just the act of reading it or ” calling myself a gemini” I dont want to intentionally sin. I asked a deconess and she said that u are to idolize anything. There are no other Gods. And only God can say what the future holds. But I was thinkn there were christians out there like me, just on a blue moon reading the entertainment. And not reading to “know the future” or worshiping stars or anything of that nature…just entertainment. And like I said I do say, geminis act similar…well ppl born in the month of june..so I guess my question is, am I sinning by associating myself as a gemini and/or reading the horoscope at any time

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Jack Wellman April 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Thank you Katrina…you will have to give an account to Jesus someday when He asks you why you read the horoscopes…violent movies are just for entertainment too but I do agree that believe in astrology is sin but I also know we are commanded to come out of her (the world system) my people in Revelation as a warning. Now the comic strips, that is entertainment that is harmless…so in answering your question, I believe we should not be involved with something that is of satanic origin but I can see why you may disagree with me. Each one must be convinced in his or her own conscience but I would be bothered by this because of some of the Bible verses are very strong in condemning this practice: Leviticus 19:31 – Isaiah 47:13 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from [these things] that shall come upon thee. Leviticus 19:31 – Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God. Micah 5:12
I will put an end to all witchcraft, and there will be no more fortune-tellers. Rev 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues” so I would distance myself from these if I were you Karina. Thanks for the question.

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Nicholas Head April 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK OF PROVERBS FROM CERTAIN PEOPLE IN THE PAST — SPELLING PROBABLY WRONG –> CONFUSUS , AND HOW MUCH DIFFERENT IS FORTUNE COOKIE MESSAGES , AND THEN YOU SEE THE YEAR OF THE AND THEY GIVE DIFFERENT ANIMALS — BY THE WAY ALL ANIMALS WE HAVE NOW BUT THE DRAGON , DID THEY HAVE THE DRAGON WHEN THEY MADE THAT UP ? I ACTUALLY JUST RELY WITH FAITH IN THE BIBLE , AND I DON’T NEVER WANT TO VERE FROM THAT EVER , BECAUSE IT INCLUDES A LIVING GOD WITH THE BEST FUTURE I CAN EVER HAVE , EVERLASTING LIFE WORSHIPPING HIM , I DON’T SAY IT LIKE THAT IS THE BEST ODDS BUT RATHER I FEEL IT AND KNOW IT IN MY HEART , AND HAVE EXCEPTED JESUS INTO MY HEART AND LIFE , I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ELSE THAT IS WORTH WONDERING ABOUT NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT .

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