What does the Bible say about Horoscope?

Definition

Horoscope is defined as a diagram of the heavens, representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects and sensitive angles for use in calculating births, foretelling events in a person’s life, etc.

The commonly used names for the horoscope in English include natal chart, astrological chart, celestial or sky map, radical-chart, cosmogram, vitasphere, radix, chart wheel or just chart. The word horoscope is derived from the Greek words ōra and scopos meaning “time” and “observer” (horoskopos, pl. horoskopoi, or “marker(s) of the hour”). Horoscope is used as a method of divination.

The Bible and horoscope

The Bible clearly forbids using horoscope, divination, sorcery, and hidden arts. In the Old Testament God instructed, “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you” (Deuteronomy 18:10-14).

And in the New Testament, when Paul was faced with a person who practiced divination, he rebuked the evil spirit and cast it out from the person. Luke wrote, “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour” (Acts 16:16-18). In fulfillment of the Master’s promise (Mark 16:17), the evil spirit left the girl right away and she was delivered (Mark 9:26; Matthew 15:28; Mark 1:31; John 4:53).

Conclusion

The Scriptures teach that God is the source of all salvation, guidance and help (Acts 4:12; Hebrews 12:2). Therefore, Horoscope, divination and astrology that invite people to place their faith in something other than the Creator of heaven and earth, who alone knows the beginning from the end, should be fully shunned.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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