Astrology - A Biblical Response
The prophet Isaiah proclaimed, "Let the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
"Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
"Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee," (47:13-15).
As Isaiah explains, the astrologer will not save anyone from their troubles. Looking to the stars is not where man's hope and faith should be placed.
As early as the time of Moses, man had a spiritually unhealthy preoccupation with the stars.
"And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven," (Deuteronomy 4:19).
In similar fashion, the prophet Jeremiah declared, "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them," (10:2).
The Lord makes it clear that to look to the movements of the planets rather than to look to Him, is the action of the heathen.
Finally, when astrology is tested side-by-side with turning to God for the answers, there should be no doubt as to which is the most accurate.
"And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
"Daniel answered in the presence of the kind, and said, The secret which the king hast demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
"But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days," (Daniel 1:20 and 2:27-28).
Throughout history, man has searched the stars, planets and heavenly bodies for the answers to life's questions. Throughout history, God has condemned such practices as heathen and vain.
When will man realized that the answer to his questions lay not in the creation of the sun, moon and planets, but rather in the creator of the sun, moon and planets?