Where Do Astrology and Horoscopes Originate From?
Should Christians be involved with Astrology, Horoscopes and Zodiac signs?
Definition: “Astrology” is “the ancient art or science of divining the fate and future of human beings from indications given by the positions of the stars and other heavenly bodies” – Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 2, p. 575, 1956. The term new age comes from Astrology. A horoscope is a map of the zodiacal circle with Earth at the center.
“Horoscope” is a chart of the position of the heavenly bodies, used to predict their influence on people’s lives.
“Zodiac” is a narrow strip or belt of the heavens in which the sun, moon, and principle planets appear as the earth revolves around the sun. This zone is divided into twelve sections, each of which contains a constellation (group of stars) for which that section has been named. Each of these 12 constellations is called a “sign of the Zodiac.” Whatever section the sun could be found in at the time of year when a person is born, that section is said to be the sign under which that person was born.
Methods of discernment if fit for Christians or Not
- Who was the founder of this modality?
- What was his/her spirituality?
- What culture did it come out of?
- How does it claim to work?
- What were their beliefs?
- Who is their God or gods?
- What is the occult potential?
- The Biblical / Christian Evaluation / Scriptures
Who is the Founder of Astrology and Horoscopes?
The Babylonians approximately 2,000 years ago or further back.
What was his/her or culture spirituality?
Astrology is also a result of humanity’s rejection of God’s revelation, in that humans seek to worship the created order or themselves, rather than the Creator Himself. (Romans 1:25)
What culture did it come out of?
It came out of the Babylon Culture
How does it claim to work?
Astrology attempts to predict the future, it claims to analyze your character and suppose to guide your life.
What were their beliefs?
Astrology is the belief that the knowledge of the apparent relative positions of celestial bodies can be useful in understanding and interpreting individuals’ personalities, human affairs and other terrestrial matters, and the use of celestial placements to explain past and present events and to predict the future.
Who is their god or gods?
It is the worship of planets. Deuteronomy 4:15-19 – God warns His people not to worship idols, including the sun, moon, and stars – called the “host of heaven” in a ritualistic way.
2 Kings 21:1-3 – The evil king Manasseh practiced idolatry, worshiped the host of heaven, and otherwise participated in the Occult
What is the occult potential
Astrology, Horoscopes and Zodiac is all under divination
What is the Biblical / Christian Evaluation?
Astrology attempts to advise people how to act, based on the position of the stars apart from God’s guidance through faith. Everything that astrology claims to accomplish is fulfilled for Christians through Jesus Christ and His word.
- Daniel 4:7; (2:10,11; 5:7,8)
- Deuteronomy 18:9-14,18-22
- 2 Kings 17:16-18
- Jeremiah 10:2
- Ezek. 21:21; 12:24; 13:6-9,23; 21:29; 22:28;
- Isaiah 44:24,25;
- Acts 16:16-19;
- Jer. 27:9,10; 14:14;
- Mic. 3:6-11;
- Zech. 10:2]