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Astrology and God

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Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” Let there be lights in the Heaven and let them be for Signs”

Genesis 1:14

” There shall be signs in the Sun, the Moon and the stars. ”

Jesus Christ, Luke 21:25

Enn Kasak wrote in an article, that Lynn Thorndike  ( July 24, 1882-December 28, 1965)  the American historian of medieval science and Paul Feyerabend  (January 13, 1924-February 11,1994)  the Austrian born philosopher of science warned us, that we should not condone the practice of  separating the history of astronomy and the history of  astrology. A closer look at the subject somewhat unexpectedly reveals that compared to other ancient practices, ancient astrology complies more closely with modern scientific requirements. Some important scientific paradigms may in fact prove to originate in astrology. Prior to the Renaissance astronomy and astrology were one and the same.  Claudius Ptolemy , who has been considered the most influential astronomer and astrologer of antiquity, for instance wrote Almagest , arguably the most influential book of  astronomy in the 15th century. He also wrote Tetrabiblos, or The Four Books, which was a work on astrology.  ( The first book deals with astrology from a technical aspect,  including astrogeography,  medical,  horoscopic astrology.  The second book deals with universal astrology.  The third and fourth book deal with personal astrology).  Modern astrology is based on formal rationalism , prediction is derived from effects that must be physically determined ( i.e. the placement of the planets, the degree where planets aspect each other), but cannot be proved by scientific method.  Anyone who has ever built an astrological chart from scratch, realizes the considerable amount of astronomy and math it requires to complete the task. Astrological  interpretation is a different story,  it is based on mythological thinking and archetypes.  Modern Christian thought is also based on mythology and archetypes.  Similarly when people approach these subjects, it is through a fog of myth and archaic archetype.

In his article , Is There a Christian Zodiac, A Gospel in the Stars;  Charles Strohmer  from the Christian Research Institute reports. Since the 1980s, an increasing number of Christian ministers, authors, and apologists have been teaching that the signs of the zodiac and the names of certain stars once carried a nonoccult meaning to the Hebrew patriarchs and ancient Israel. Allegedly, this meaning was conveyed in the story of Israel’s Messiah-Redeemer, which today Christians know as the gospel of Jesus Christ.  In other words , A Gospel in the Stars, or the GIS theory. In her book, Mazzaroth, or the Constellations,  Frances Rolleston ( 1781-1864), laid the ground work for what would become modern GIS theory. By unearthing  the ancient names of the signs of the zodiac and numerous stars. Rolleston elucidated their pagan meanings in various cultures and then proposed gospel-meanings for these signs and stars through an impressive and systematic biblical exegesis surrounding hundreds of verses.  this encyclopedic work eventually became the four-part book. Recently prominent Christians, including Dr. D. James Kennedy, Kenneth C. Fleming, Marilyn Hickey, Chuck Missler, Henry Morris, and the Southwest Bible Church radio program, have promoted GIS theory in books and sermons.

In ” Astrology from a Christian Perspective” , Carmen Turner-Schott, a Christian therapist and astrologer states that ,according to a recent study, nearly 30 percent of Catholics stated that they believed in astrology. Among white evangelicals there was 13 percent that professed a belief in astrology.  She feels that many Christians are turning to astrology as a tool because of its accuracy and the comfort they find from it.  ” I feel that astrology was a tool created by God for us to understand ourselves better and to use as a spiritual tool.”  “As a Christian, I focus on what Jesus taught. Christ himself talked about the importance of astrology when he said in Luke 21:25, “There shall be signs in the sun, moon, and stars.” He discusses with the disciples the importance of astrology and how it can be used as a sign of his return. If we are not supposed to interpret the energies of the planets and signs and if Jesus was truly against it, why would he tell us this important information?”  Mrs Turner-Schott feels there is much evidence in the Bible that supports Christian astrology, and feels this is not a relevant issue;  at best this is a progressive and exceptional perspective. Mrs Turner-Scott also speaks of  pre-Christian, religious based astrology in Kabbalistic astrology. “In the book Kabalistic Astrology, it is written that the twelve sons of Jacob were representative of the twelve signs of the zodiac and that the personality traits of each son were used to describe each sun sign we know today.”

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage”, Mather 2.1-12. These wise men who found Jesus following the Star of Bethlehem, have also been referred to as the Magi.  Upon closer observation the Magi were priestly like men who practiced  Zoroastrianism, a pre-Christian religion that followed the teachings of a prophet named Zoroaster. As part of their religion, these priests paid particular attention to the stars, and gained an international reputation for astrology, which was at that time highly regarded as a science.  The Magi have been ex’tensively researched throughout the years, probably most notably by British scholar Mary Boyce, in her book , A History of Zoroastrianism.   In his blog, Zoroastrian Astrology and Cosmology ,  K.E.Eduljee writes. ” In maintaining the tradition of astronomical observations and a resulting calendar initiated by Zoroaster, the magi became keen and systematic observers of the movements of celestial bodies.
Despite the attempts of a few Hellenic authors to belittle the magi by naming magic after their practice, the credibility of the magi as wise healers, physicians and seers was without parallel in the known world, so much so, that Christian tradition found it necessary to claim that it was the magi who found Jesus based on an astronomical observation that was prophesized by ancient magian astrology.”

There are many theories as to why the Magi used astrology, but one thing remains certain, the three wise men that found Jesus were astrologers.  So from Christianity”s origin astrology and God were collectively present.

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