The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines Astrology as the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects.
This means that, somehow, the stars are supposedly “saying something” about us, and Astrology is the medium through which that knowledge is acquired. From ancient times, before Christ, many practiced the study of the stars for hidden meanings and explanations. If you have ever heard names like Pleiades (the Seven Stars), and Orion the Bear (Ursa Major), these refer to constellations of stars meant to convey messages to star-readers or astrologers.
Zodiac Signs and Christianity
What are zodiac signs? What relationship do they have with Christianity or with Christians? Should Christians practice, seek after or believe in zodiac?
These are some of the questions that many Christians haven’t found answers to, and so are victims of the ungodliness that is in this seemingly harmless practice.
You must have heard of terms such as Aquarius, Cancer, Capricorn, Leo, Virgo, etc. According to Astrology, these are zodiac or star signs. Supposedly, the sign you are born under has influence over the kind of destiny you will have. It replaces the will of God with the “signs of the stars,” thereby taking your eyes off God.
It is sad to say, but many sincere believers of Jesus embrace this lie as well, but it is a false belief system. It is flawed and the word of God outrightly declares God’s stance against it, which also should be our stance as well (All citations are from the NIV unless otherwise noted)
If there is anything God has said about the life of His children, it is in His word, written down for us to follow already.
Does the Bible Mention Astrology?
Although the Bible does not specifically mention the word “Astrology,” it does make numerous references to the practice of stargazing, fortune-telling, palm-reading, and related practices.
We can find references in scripture like Deut. 18:10-12 (cited above) where it is forbidden to consult with them, and Job 38:32, where God made reference to the “Mazzaroth” (translated as constellations) as being under His influence. A product of His creation and power.
What Does The Bible Say About Zodiac Signs?
The Bible does not specifically mention the zodiac signs, although most people believe that the “signs” correlate with the plan of God as revealed in scripture. For example, Leo, is a reference to the revelation of Christ as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
However, the original purpose of the creation of the stars by God is in no way concerned with influencing the destiny of men, especially of saints. Therefore, the practice of star signs in Christianity by Christians would be a contradiction of this.
When the stars, sun, and moon were created, their purpose was set forth: to give light, to mark times and years, and to be signs.
“Signs” here does not refer to the zodiac but to natural navigators for men to use in charting their courses and navigate their way, e.g. sailors.
Many people may cite the wise men who visited Jesus as astrologers. However, that would not be true because God would be contradicting Himself, to lead with the very same thing He condemns.
The truth, though, is that, these men were students of the stars, astronomers, as we call them. This legitimate and healthy science focuses on discovering and learning more about the creation of God. Astronomy is healthy because it will lead men to the wonder of God’s creation and the praise of His name.
Astrology, on the other hand, contradicts God and falls under the same category as sorcery, witchcraft, idolatry, necromancy, horoscopes, and the likes. Moreover, God judges them, warning His people to stay away from them.
Examples of Astrology in the Bible
Here are some Biblical examples of Astrology in the Bible:
Is Astrology a Mortal Sin in the Bible?
By now we know from scriptures that astrology is a sin, and the consequence of sin is weakening of our relationship with God, leading to separation from God, and if not repented from before death, leading on to eternal separation from God and damnation forever.
What was God’s punishment on such, and those who patronized them? Death, and being cut off from His inheritance among His people
Whoever practices or goes to consult practitioners of astrology sins against God.
However, the individual that practices or consults with astrology or the likes can find forgiveness if they genuinely turn from their ungodly ways, and instead seek for the wisdom of God. For there is no sin that the Blood of Jesus can’t wash away.
Zodiac Signs as Bible Characters
There are some absurd ideologies propagated by the astrological school of thought that Astrology has its root in scripture and it therefore Godly. However, this is not true because God, all through scriptures vehemently warns against “looking to” the stars for answers, directions, or purposes, which only He can give.
Find below some of the Zodiac signs that believers of astrology attribute or associate with biblical characters:
Virgo the Virgin (Character: Mary)
Libra, the figure of justice (Character: Jesus)
Scorpio, the Scorpion (Character: the serpent, satan)
Sagittarius, the Centaur Archer
Capricornus, the Sea-Goat (Character: the scapegoat)
Aquarius, the Water Bearer (Character: Jesus/The Holy Spirit)
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”Isaiah 44:3
Pisces, two fish (Character: The Church and the evil of the world)
Aries, the Ram (Character: the Lamb of God, Jesus)
Taurus, the Bull (Character: The Feast of Tabernacles with 70 Bulls or the Age of Tabernacles, in which Christ rules for 1000 years)
Gemini, the Twins (Character: Christ and the Church in Marriage)
Cancer, the Crab
Leo, the Lion (Character: Jesus, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah)
Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongsshall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.”Genesis 49:9-10
One may look at this list and because you see Bible references on them want to give it a believing chance; however, you see, that is the deception. If you do read each of those references and then read about each of those zodiacs on their own, you will find that they have no connection. The Word of God does not connect any Biblical character with any constellation or activities that should make people seek them.
When one does not open his or her heart to the truth of the undiluted word of God, such heresies, or apostasies will prevail over you.
I know there is a desire to understand what the future holds and how we are to act in the days to come. I know we as people do not like being in the dark about issues. We like to know why. We like to know what to expect. We like to know that we have some control and are not just flowing with the outcome happening in our lives.
However, we cannot know it all. The knowledge of the future belongs to God. He can chose to show it to whomever He wills, whenever and however He wills.
And Hebrews 10:38 reminds us that God’s people are people who live by faith. We let God lead while we follow. We have rest in God, not because we know what the future holds but because we know and trust the One who holds the future, and we are sure that His plans for us are good.
We, therefore, will not become prey of the idolatry, which is Astrology.