Astrology and Astronomy
Isaiah 47:13 -
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
Before I was born-again I was a lot into astrology and palmistry. I could tell about people and about their past and future from their star signs and reading their hands, a lot of these would come true or were confirmed by people as true. But as I went deeper into it I realized the terminology / study of stars or hands was really not needed I could tell about the people by just looking at them (people called that face reading). I realized there was a power that led me to do that and there was something evil about this power.
I was a Catholic at that time and went to a priest at a famous retreat center and asked him about this, he gave me a scripture which had not relation to my question but yet I knew God hated it so I made up my mind to give them up, the very next day I was (spiritually) baptized in Jesus Christ.
There are two major lots of people, one who are filled with worldly teachings, they do not questions the foundation of their understanding but may question a lot on other factors connected to their understanding, taken for granted the false foundation is unquestionable. These are the people among those who believe in Astrology or other fortune telling methods; they include not just the heathens but also include many so called 'Christians' void of scriptures. These 'Christians', forget about studying the Bible they rarely read it.
Then there are another lot of people mostly Christians who know Astrology is taboo and evil but go to the extent to even dislike Astronomy. They may not hate Astronomy but will not encourage learning it as part of Bible study. One may wonder what has Bible to do with Astronomy.
I liked an evangelist who shows how great God is by giving statistics of stars, galaxies and the universe.
When God told Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, Bible says Abraham counted it (them) for righteousness. Think how could Abraham count stars that too when we see only a part of the sky from any one point on the surface of the earth?
Many Christians do not realize the 'star' that showed over Bethlehem when Jesus was born was not really a star, for stars do not move like that.
Today if one studies Astronomy we are at the perfect time to capture waves from the start of creation of the universe (which the Hubble telescope did). From this data scientist have realized the Bible gives a very accurate record of the various stages of creation. There are some scientist who also teach the Bible and are doing an excellent job of bring down hills (worldly understanding) of the people of this world. It also helps us Christians to confirm our faith that indeed the God we worship is the Creator.
There is also a great depth of understanding we get from studying these heavenly bodies, about dark matter, black holes, galaxies, galactic clouds, solar waves etc. You may wonder how they help understand scriptures.
We see Job who was blessed with great wisdom, names some of the stars / formations in his book. We need to understand, all things God created has a purpose for man to understand the hidden things of the Kingdom of God. That does not mean we give undue importance to these things.
When a teacher teaches using the blackboard a student does not call the blackboard his or her teacher. The student knows the blackboard is just a means by which the teacher teaches us and brings us to the light of things we did not know.
Today the Lord is talking to all those who made the blackboard their god. He challenges them to call on these gods to save them and bring them out of their problems.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are God and in your wisdom You created all things. But people without wisdom have made your creation into gods, then there are the other lot who hate your creation, the very works of your hands. Lord, we pray You give wisdom to your people to understand your creation and increase their faith and discernment of spiritual things...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
14 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.
15 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.
4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars [poles] thereof tremble.
7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.
Job 38:31 - Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:
9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.
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