Monday, March 17, 2014

Should Christians Consult Astrology (Horoscope / Zodiac)?


Years ago, I was requested to immediately counsel a young man on the verge of suicide. He was severely undernourished (a year ago, he had weighed 90 kgs / 198 lbs).

This young man was extremely troubled about his encounter with a roadside astrologer who read his palm. Apparently, the astrologer challenged this young man by boldly claiming to predict his future. The astrologer asserted his credibility by precisely stating the favorite color, favorite flower, and the date of birth of the young man.

Then the astrologer dropped a bombshell upon the unsuspecting young man saying that he would die within a year. The young man went into a depression and consistently lost weight and his emotional health. Thus he contemplated suicide.

This is astrology, in its evil glory. But by the grace of God, the young man was delivered and began to live a healthy life.

A concise introduction to Astrology is that “the exact alignment of the heavenly bodies (planets, stars) at a person’s birth greatly influence, if not determine, an individual’s life, including character, temperament, and accomplishments. People who practice astrology seek to discover their horoscope—a forecast of daily, monthly, or yearly events in light of their birth sign under the Zodiac. The practice of astrology can be traced as far back as ancient Mesopotamia and was a common practice among the ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, and Romans.”1   
Does astrology truly play a role in man’s life?

Scientists Expose Astrology’s Deceit

Interestingly, scientists consider astrology as nothing but a waste of time and energy for man. They term astrology as a pseudo-science. Their strong conviction is that astrology plays no role in man’s life.

In 1975, a group of leading astronomers, astrophysicists and scientists that included 18 Nobel Prize winners denounced the pseudoscience of astrology through their publication, “Objections to Astrology: A Statement by 186 leading Scientists,” in the Humanist magazine.2   

Prominent non-Christian scientists Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, and Bill Nye debunk astrology. They deem astrology as a primitive belief system that places humans as the focal point of the universe.

They contend that astrology is as vague as it can be and has not considered the astronomical developments after 2 AD. They also declare that astrology refuses to consider the discovery of new planets and ignores the shift in the earth's rotation axis.

            You may watch these scientists debunk astrology in this video clip: 

Eminent Christian astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross describes astrology as that which…

“bases horoscopes on the moment of birth, not the moment of conception when, in fact, one's genetic characteristics are fixed;

ignores the gravitational forces of non-solar system bodies (e.g., the pull of gravity by the obstetrician on a newborn child is about six times greater than that of Mars);

treats the various nuclear, magnetic, and gravitational forces exerted by solar system bodies (e.g., the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, etc.) as if they were of the same magnitude. In reality, differences of many orders of magnitude were long ago verified by research;

ignores significant solar system bodies, e.g., Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, asteroids, comets;

fails to take into account tidal forces, also gravitational differences resulting from the irregular shape of some solar system bodies;

ignores the motion of the sun with respect to other stars and with respect to the center of the galaxy;

ignores the wobble in the earth's rotation axis, which by now has shifted the astrological sun signs by one or two constellations (making a typical Leo in reality a Gemini);

omits two constellations along the ecliptic (the "path" of the planets and other bodies in our solar system);

fails to provide conclusive evidence of a direct causal link between celestial positions or "aspects" and human personality and interactions.” 3

Even the most secular American sitcom, Big Bang Theory, denounces astrology through its character Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon debunks astrology as, “…the mass cultural delusion that the sun's apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.” That astrology is a “mass cultural delusion” is a strong statement!

Sheldon speaks here...

            It is interesting to observe the non-Christian scientists debunking astrology. This should motivate our non-Christian friends to sincerely reconsider their position on astrology, especially if they consult astrology and zodiac signs.

The Bible Condemns Astrology

More interestingly, quite a number of Christians consult astrology. Some even take pride in their zodiac signs!  

However, the Bible, in no uncertain terms, condemns astrology.

Astrologers are considered as God’s opponents and worthy of God’s judgment in Isaiah 47: 13-14.

The context of Deuteronomy 4 is to urge God’s people to follow HIM and tightly hold on to HIM amidst all temptations and distractions that tend to draw us away from God. In this context, God’s people are commanded not to worship or serve the sun, moon or the stars (Deuteronomy 4: 19).

The sun, moon and the stars do not offer anything to a Christian. It is futile for a Christian to follow and respect (worship) these heavenly bodies.

A Christian sins against God when he consults the heavenly bodies - sun, moon and stars.

There were days when I, while being a devoted Christian, stepped into my workplace and consulted the horoscope / astrology section in the newspaper as my first task for the day. The seemingly prophetic words in the horoscope either made or ruined my day even before the day began, so to speak.

It took me less than a minute to read and integrate that which was written for my zodiac sign. But those few seconds of consulting my horoscope was like injecting a slow poison into my veins.

I was a slave to astrology and my life was determined by the words that were in my zodiac sign for that day.

Instead of allowing God to lead my life and following God’s will for my life, I intentionally and mindlessly removed God from my life. Although God was in me, I did not recognize or respect HIS presence when it came to running the matters of my day to day life.

I did not worship God for I had more faith in astrology than God. I worshipped astrology and not God.

I was also imprisoned in another weird esoteric (mysterious) belief.

Since I belonged to the zodiac sign Pisces, I somehow believed that, by default, I would be friendlier with another Piscean. This mechanically motivated me to alienate myself from people who were supposedly antagonistic to a Piscean. What a great killjoy!

This imprisonment led me to disobey God’s second greatest commandment of loving my neighbor (Mark 12: 31). In other words, I loved a Piscean more than anyone else. In the process, I was being godless and walking away from the one true living God.

There are more Scriptural affirmations (Leviticus 20:6, Deuteronomy 17: 2-5, 18:9-13; 2 Kings 17: 16; 1 Corinthians 10: 21) that mandate us to avoid astrology in any form, manner or size whatsoever.

As the real life story narrated in the introduction suggests, astrology could also partner with the demonic. When astrology partners the demonic, the consequences are disastrously evil.

False Teaching in Christianity

“Gospel in the Stars” theory (GIS) is a good case in point. GIS was published in the mid 19th century by Ms. Frances Rolleston.

Minimally, GIS claims to have uncovered the gospel message present in the stars and constellations. Rolleston also claimed to have found many zodiacal connections in the Bible.

GIS in another instance of truthlessness for it contradicts the Bible through poor scholarship. Therefore there is no excuse for a Christian to seek the counsel of astrology.

Few online resources that satisfactorily debunk GIS are mentioned in the endnotes for those interested in a deeper pursuit of this theme.  


Christians sin against God if and when we consult astrology. A Christian should repent and seek forgiveness from God and discard astrology from his / her life totally.

If you are a Christian and if you still consider astrology as harmless, then I pray that you would see the truth spoken in God’s Word against astrology.

There is no mid-position in Christianity. As Christians we ought to realize that we are either for God or against HIM.

We either worship the one true and living God or worship the sun, moon and the stars. We either follow the counsel of the Spirit of God or follow the sun, moon and the stars.

These words are written in the context of the unpardonable sin, and I pray that these living words from the Bible would open the eyes of our heart and mind, “The man who is not on my side is against me, and the man who does not gather with me is really scattering. That is why I tell you that men may be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit cannot be forgiven” (Matthew 12: 30-31, PHILLIPS). Amen.




Further reading to debunk GIS (Gospel In The Stars):

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