Astrology: A Christian Perspective

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Mad Rush Towards Astrology, Soothsayers or Astrologers

A write-up on Astrology. A Christian perspective on astrology published on the pages of  “Confident Living” and “Harvest Times for your family” magazines.  The writer brings out certain facts on this subject based on the Holy Bible. A Christian viewpoint on astrology.  ~ Admin Philipscom

The uncertainties among people are increasing day by day. Things are fast changing; today’s man or thing is not there tomorrow. A kind of fear gripes among people and they wander here and there to find a solution to this.
People are frustrated by the day to day incidents and in their search, they ultimately approach the so-called soothsayers or astrologers to find a solution to this.
This becomes an order of the day in modern society. The soothsayers take advantage of this and are making hay while their clients are basking in glory. As a result, every day, a new one sprouts somewhere in the country.

Astrology is part and parcel of Politicians

It is very unfortunate to note that in India the politicians and the film personalities are the bunches of people who always in search of these soothsayers.

In recent times this trend is spreading among the Indian cricketers’ community and the television program producers and its anchors. What a shame and pathetic condition this is.?  Sadly these things are mostly happening in the name of religion.

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The sad fact is that most of their predictions do not hit the bull’s eye. One cannot understand, still the mad rush towards these soothsayers are increasing day by day.
Especially this is more visible during the election season in India. In the Indian political scenario the ministers, M Ps (Members of Parliament) and M LAs (Members of Legislature Assembly), are on the run after these astrologers.
Each of them has appointed or selected soothsayers for their functions and auspicious occasions like submitting the nomination papers and starting of the election campaign etc.
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Astrology A BIG NO From Mrs. Indira Gandhi

The only exception to this in the Indian political history is Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. She wrote in a letter to one of her close friends, Dr. M S Shastri of Bangalore, “…I have always tried to avoid astrologers; I do not believe in astrology and have refused to ask questions about the future even when pressed”.
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My letter on the pages of The Week Magazine on Astrology – July 1996

One thing is sure that our politicians and celebrities are addicted to these kinds of superstitions. It seems like its diluted in their blood and with that, they are deceiving their fans alike.

It looks rather very difficult to weed it out from their system.

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Khushwant Singh’s Take on Astrology

Astrology and Khushwant singhFamous Indian writer, Khushwant Singh (a stalwart in the Indian Journalism) the former Editor of famous English weekly, “The Illustrated Weekly of India“, said in an interview, “Due to some problem the astrology columnist of the weekly left the organization and the column stopped abruptly.

The readers started inquiring about it. I don’t want to displease the readers and I started compiling the column myself. I selected some previous issues astrology column and reshuffled it a

Cover page of the Illustrated Weekly of India.

nd arranged it for the week with a pen name. This was very much appreciated by the poor readers”.

This is what is happening in many of the publications in the name of this column termed ‘Astrology‘. The gullible readers eagerly wait to read this scrap.

How sad it is! Print and visual media are on a neck to neck race on this issue of knowing the future and telling th

e future. They run columns for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly forecasts for their readers.

The sad part is that, if we take a keen look at these soothsayers’ predictions, 99% of them are never fulfilled or happen as predicted.

ASTROLOGY: A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

The point here is about the Christian flocks: Even among some of the so-called “Christians”. There are a good number of folk who are after such people seeking the guidance of astrologers, tarot readers, and other soothsayers to know their future.

For their children’s education, marriage, and other families auspicious occasion’s dates, etc they consult these astrologers. They actively look at the daily and weekly astrology columns in newspapers and weeklies. Some eagerly watch for the daily broadcasts on TV.

These so-called Christian folk must take note that they are pursuing the old nature, a kind of idol worship. They are forgetting the fact that God is the one who controls everything and He is the one who decides the future and every creation is in His hands. They conveniently forget this great truth and run after the pleasures of this world.

 

Here is a warning to such people!!! In the book of Isaiah chapter 47 we read this: depending on the astrologers, the stargazers and monthly prognosticators Babylon took proud in itself and said in thine heart, I am and none else besides me.
But alas God challenges them to save themselves. But they could not save themselves or even others. God warns the Babylonians about the consequences of their deeds. God challenges them to save the stars and star gazers could not.
God created the sun moon and stars to give light to the world. But alas people depend on them to know their future, what a pathetic state.
It cannot save itself nor can’t save others; indeed it faces the wrath of God. Isaiah chapter 13:10 says, “For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not flash forth their light; the sun will be dark when it rises and the moon will not shed its light.” The word of God very clearly urge to the people to call upon the wonder-working creator of this universe, stars like the seven stars and Orion (Amos 5:8)

A child of God is controlled and guided by the spirit of God, not the creations of this world. Creations should seek the face of the creator, not the stars, sun, moon or any other living or non-living thing.

 

The Holy Bible: God’s special revelation in written form. There are a number of books revered as sacred, but God has given only one book that is the BIBLE. Its unique authority is affirmed from cover to cover. Therefore, occult knowledge like astrology, tarot cards reading, etc are off limits and should not influence a real Christian.

 

Isaiah’s emphasis is to use God’s written Word as the standard to judge spiritual truth claims: “Bind up the testimony, Seal up the law among my disciples… When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists who whisper and mutter, should not the people inquire of their God?
Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to THIS WORD they have no light of dawn. (Isaiah 8:16,19-20). (NIV)
The Bible gives us a basis for the assured knowledge of God. The apostle Peter even ranked it as more valuable than eye-witness evidence! “We have the PROPHETIC WORD CONFIRMED, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts”(2 Peter 1:14-19).
Let me close by quoting a verse from Deuteronomy: There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations, the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deuteronomy Chapter. 18:10-12. (KJV).
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Bible Quotes are from King James Version, Evangel Publishers Ltd, Kaduna, Nigeria.
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This post is an adaptation of my original writings at Google’s Knol Pages 
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COMMENTS FROM THE KNOL PAGES 

Thanks.

It’s really good to receive such encouraging thoughts from the little ones. I appreciate your interest in this field of writing. I wish you all the best in this line.
I have posted a reply to your other comment, as I said to follow the instructions of well-known writers. here is a link to follow. Johnson’s Index of Journalism/Article Knols – http://knol.google.com/k/shastri-jc-philip/johnson-s-index-of-journalism-article/3aw752rt3ywhc/35
Good Wishes
PV
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Irene Issac

i agree with whats told above

mr. p v ariel your articles are so well written and sensible that once start reading,  just can’t stop…. I’m so glad that God has blessed us with people who bring out the truth …. may God bless you, and pls do continue posting such nice articles..

Mr. PV pls do read whatI’ve written and give me feedbacks

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True but…

Hello,

this is true, that newspaper astrology is making fun of astrology and people. no two individuals are alike, so how can same reading apply to billions at one time.

however, I understand that you are not disputing predetermination. God has created this world and God has created the script of a person as well.

moreover, astrology, tarot,  witchcraft, tantra, they are all separate things, and they cannot be clubbed together.

repeatability that is required by the scientific method is there now in lifescape astrology. you can check it yourself, so now debate likes whether planets provides predetermination or not are going to be things of the past. Yes with those conventional theories of astrology would also be replaced by modern research.

Rakesh Singhal

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Dear Rakesh

The main thrust of this article is NOT whether any of these practices are true, verifiable, or related to each other. The main thrust is that Christian are forbidden from indulging in them.

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Posted by Shastri JC Philip, last edited Mar 8, 2010 8:57 PM

Rakesh,

Thanks for the comment.
We are not intended to open a debate here on this issue.
J C Philip clearly mentioned the very purpose of this knol.
Hope you understood.

Thanks, Shastri Saheb for the timely comment
Best
Philip

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Thank you so much

Thank you so much for your encouraging notes on this knol. Keep reading. God bless. Philip Ariel
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Very interesting

Wonderful read PV, one of my friend told me about this wonderful website called knol, and I am in search of more such read. As Benjamin said in his comment astrology is really idolatry and many are addicted to it for their peril, especially so sad to read about our politicians and celebrities mad rush towards this superstition. phi
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sorry for the delay in replying to your comment, hey who is this? Thanks for your uplifting comment. read more and keep informed, Knol is a wonderful place to air your views, suggestions, ideas and other expressions of your mind, I invite you to join this community to write your ideas in the form of knol articles. PV

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Benjamin R

So True

PV many so-called Christians are addicted to this idolatry. It’s really a great sin in the eyes of the Almighty God. Thanks, PV again for reminding this to your Fellow Christian readers. God bless you.
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Thanks, Ben for your comment and vision on this subject. May God bless. Keep reading. I am really sorry for the delay in replying to your comment, Now I am more active at this place pl. do read and keep informed. PV
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3 thoughts on “Astrology: A Christian Perspective

  1. Hey Philip,

    Do you really believe in astrology as most of the people don’t know about such things.However it’s very nice to see blog post on this topic it’s very rare that people share about astrology.

    Regards,
    Raj Roshan

  2. Hi Philip,
    This is really an interesting subject to me. Astrology for some it is a science but for many, it is just a belief or faith.
    Your perspective on this subject is really interesting reading. You very well presented it in a spiritual aspect. I appreciate your views in this regard.
    Keep writing such inspiring and insightful contents. Indeed it is worth reading.

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