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Does The Bible Condemn Astrology?

Let's have a look at what the Bible says. Although there are verses in Genesis, Judges, and Luke that appear to support astrology I'm going to focus on the ones that appear to disapprove of astrology.

Getting to the root of what the Bible says in absolute black and white terms can be trickier and more complex than many people realize. For example: I am a man with long hair. What does the Bible think about that? If you like long hair on men, you have the verses to back that: Numbers, Judges, and 1 Samuel all make me pretty godly, at least as far as my fashion statements go. If you think I'm just some dirty subversive hippie type, you can back your case with 1 Corinthians, which says "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" As a man with long hair, I can argue against that. Why would either Jews or Christians insist that men make a clearly Roman statement with their hair? And how exactly DOES "nature itself teach you" that men with long hair are shameful? Off the top of my head the only example from nature I can think of would be male lions, who have really long hair compared to the females... and frankly, lions are pretty cool ("The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion." -Proverbs 28:1).

Keeping in mind that I am an astrologer and obviously have some skin in the game... does The Bible condemn astrology? From my perspective, it doesn't. I have a lot of clients from a broad range of backgrounds, and some of them are Christians, so I've encountered this subject before.

Let's have a look at what the Bible says (I'll be using the King James Version here, because I am also a writer, and I like the sound of the KJV's language). Although there are verses in Genesis, Judges, and Luke that appear to support astrology (and most famously, The Book Of Matthew, where The Wise Men appear to use astrology to find the Messiah), I'm going to focus on the ones that appear to disapprove of astrology.

Deuteronomy 17:3

Among a list of other things God finds abominable are people who "...hath gone and served other gods, and worshiped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded." This one gets used a lot to condemn astrology. The problem with that is that astrologers don't "worship" the Sun or Moon any more than truck drivers "worship" road maps or meteorologists "worship" Doppler radar maps of storm cells. I also apply this viewpoint to Zephaniah 1:4-5 ("I will cut off ... them that worship the host of heaven").

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