by Matt Slick
It is not okay for Christians to read or consult horoscopes for entertainment or direction. Horoscopes are a form of astrology which is condemned in Scripture and Christians should avoid them. Let's see what the Bible says.
- Deuteronomy 4:19, "And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.
- Isaiah 47:13–14, "You are wearied with your many counsels; Let now the astrologers, those who prophesy by the stars, those who predict by the new moons, stand up and save you from what will come upon you. 14 Behold, they have become like stubble, fire burns them; They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame; There will be no coal to warm by nor a fire to sit before!"
As you can see, Scripture condemns the idea of looking to the stars for any direction. God clearly speaks against it. But why is this so important? First, it is important because we ought to keep our eyes on the word of God, and not upon creation. The stars moving above us, are part of creation. We don't look to points of light in the sky in order to find direction for our lives. We need to look at the word of God and seek to understand what God is saying for us there, not to creatures, things, birds, or men. We are to look to Christ alone.
Romans 1:22–23, "Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures."
Another reason Christians should not be involved with horoscopes is because it's a form of idolatry. It brings the person who indulges in it closer to trusting something other than God for purpose and wisdom and guidance. This is idolatry because God alone is the one from whom all wisdom and purpose is derived. To give to a created thing (stars and moon) that which belongs to God alone (wisdom and direction) is to commit idolatry.
Furthermore, astrology can open up a person to demonic oppression which could leave to possession. Astrology is a form of the occult. It is a form of divination and is spiritually dangerous.
- "Astrology is an ancient system of divination based on the belief that the stars can influence the fate and behavior of men and the general course of human events. A belief in the supernatural powers of the celestial bodies was common to the Babylonians, Egyptians, Assyrians and Chaldeans. In the 4th century BC it reached the Greeks and somewhat later the Romans."1
- 1. Negev, Avraham. The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1990.