Astronomy vs Astrology — One to Study and One to Leave Alone!

Deuteronomy 18:9-14

When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

10 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.

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 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.

13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.

The One who set the stars in place should know best about our proper interpretation of the signs in the heavenlies.  While I believe His instructions in Deuteronomy are crystal clear on the topic, I found a really great modern day article which I will share with you.  However, I want to preface that with an important thought. The definition of ‘an observer of times’ is sometimes given as one using divination or magic.  Anytime we are seeking information about the future, or guidance from above, it is best to go straight to our Heavenly Father. He wants us to come to Him and seek His will and His ways in all matters. He wants an active relationship with us.  He tells us not to seek guidance from anything other than Him for best results and for our own well being.

Question: “What does the Bible say about astrology or the zodiac? Is astrology something a Christian should study?”

(GQ) Answer: The Bible has much to say about the stars. Most basic to our understanding of the stars is that God created them. They show His power and majesty. The heavens are God’s “handiwork” (Psalm 8:3; 19:1). He has all the stars numbered and named (Psalm 147:4).


A celestial map from the 17th century, by the Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit. (source Wikipedia)

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(GQ) Astrology is the “interpretation” of an assumed influence the stars (and planets) exert on human destiny. This is a false belief. The royal astrologers of the Babylonian court were put to shame by God’s prophet Daniel (Daniel 1:20) and were powerless to interpret the king’s dream (Daniel 2:27). God specifies astrologers as among those who will be burned as stubble in God’s judgment (Isaiah 47:13-14). Astrology as a form of divination is expressly forbidden in Scripture (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). God forbade the children of Israel to worship or serve the “host of heaven” (Deuteronomy 4:19). Several times in their history, however, Israel fell into that very sin (2 Kings 17:16 is one example). Their worship of the stars brought God’s judgment each time.

NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University) - HubbleSite: gallery, release.

NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University) – HubbleSite: gallery, release. (source Wikipedia)

(GQ) The stars should awaken wonder at God’s power, wisdom, and infinitude. We should use the stars to keep track of time and place and to remind us of God’s faithful, covenant-keeping nature. All the while, we acknowledge the Creator of the heavens. Our wisdom comes from God, not the stars (James 1:5). The Word of God, the Bible, is our guide through life (Psalm 119:105).

It is quite another matter to recognize the signs of the times outlined for us in the bible.  We are clearly in interesting times and there are signs in the heavenlies that I have written about in previous posts.  Our Jewish heritage is rich with feast days and instructions for learning about and following in His ways.  Much of it is unfolding before our very eyes with the unique alignment of the feast days with the lunar tetrads in 2014-2015.  (see more on this topic here).

So while creation points to our Creator, the instruction to seek Him rather than His creation for guidance is clear.

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