There might be someone out there, who has grappled with this thought, for months and months, with questions like this one arising in their minds—is it okay for me to acknowledge what my star sign is? What is the harm in doing so?
For others, it might not be a bone of contention, once their birth month rolls around, then its Gemini season, or Cancer, or whatever else is wrapped up in this terminology known as astrology. To answer the question posed in the title of today’s article, no, they cannot coexist. The Bible is clear on its stance when it says—“you cannot serve two masters.” Today I will share with you why as a Christian, you shouldn’t indulge in certain practices, no matter how normal it might appear to be. Let’s talk!
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As a young teenager, growing up in Port Harcourt, I was obsessed with reading magazines. Ebony and Essence, are the two magazines I can remember seeing in my older cousin’s bathroom, anytime I went to visit her. I was quick to grab a copy, curl up in bed and enjoy myself, flipping through the pages, soaking up every word of entertainment, stories, or maybe even gossip. The love for magazines and also newspapers (the lifestyle ones and the ones released on the weekends) continued to grow, and there was no stopping that romance—little wonder I am now a writer.
When I was about 16, I moved to Lagos for school, and in my school at the time, there were a lot of rich kids who traveled abroad every summer, as for me, I had not stepped foot outside of Nigeria. So whenever they returned from holidays, they usually brought back with them magazines such as US Weekly, OK! Magazine, People, and the likes.
Now, tucked away in some of those magazines was something called horoscopes, according to the period you were born, they had a special reading for you every month. That was my encounter with astrology, not knowing what it meant at that time. I know I always looked forward to reading them and accepting (for myself) what it had to say about what I believed to be my star sign. Whenever people asked me what my star sign was, I was quick to answer. And over the years, I searched for what my reading was for a particular point in time.
But when I started reading the Bible, and as my relationship with God evolved, I began to see that such a practice was against Christianity.
The History of Astrology
According to Wikipedia.org, “Astrology is a pseudoscience that claims divine information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects.” This practice is dated back to the 2nd millennium BCE, and studies have shown that the practice originated in ancient Babylon, which is what is known as Iraq today.
Divination (such as astrology) was a practice that God detested. Because the people who indulged in them, in their quest for knowledge, disregarded going to Him for wisdom, but rather sort it from somewhere else, and began worshiping the very thing God created, instead of worshiping the Creator Himself (Romans 1:25.) And as such, God despised such practices, because anything which takes a person outside of God is sin and would soon prove destructive.
“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or 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 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 18:9-14 (NKJV).
From this passage above, we can deduce confidently (as Christians) that God is against such practices and belief systems. Believe it or not, these things still happen today, even in the western world, but it has tried so hard to be normalized and seen as okay. There are television shows, with people who claim to speak to the dead, and many flock to them, including celebrities.
You have to stop and ask yourselves a simple question, for these people (diviners) to remain on the air, that means they have to keep hearing from the dead consistently, if not there wouldn’t be any hit show, so to speak. So at what point do they start making up stuff? From the beginning, maybe? And if I have the slightest idea of how television works, there are people at the top who have the final say on how a show should go; so are they also diviners?
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Another way for this abomination to be normalized is through horoscopes (an astrological chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects and sensitive angles at the time of an event, such as the moment of a person's birth—Wikipedia.org), and it is disheartening that many people who claim to be Christians, subscribe to whatever is being sold.
Although they might not read much into it, if you give room, whatever wiggle room you have to the enemy, he will swoop in and make himself at home with you. You know, like that friend who comes around and spends the night one time, then the next time around, they stay three nights, then next thing they are with you for a month, and you start complaining to others that they just wouldn’t leave! That was because you gave them a bit of leg space. That is how it is with the enemy, he is very crafty and calculated.
On your birthday, when you make that hashtag, #SargittarusSeason, the next time around you might feel a push or a nudge to read about what your horoscope is saying. In fact, the so-called reading already floats around social media; the posts which often say, Sargittarus are these, and Cancers are that! It shouldn’t be so, especially for the Christian. Jesus addressing the Pharisees in the book of Luke said to them—“You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15.)
Dear Christian, Dear Human,
Isaiah addressed the people in Babylon (where all of this is said to have originated) in the book of Isaiah 47:13-14 saying—“You are wearied in the multitude of your counsel; let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you, from what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; it shall not be a coal to be warmed by, nor a fire to sit before!”
The only Person you should be getting information about yourself, your future, and your present from, amid many other things, is God. He knows the end from the beginning. He is the first and the last, no one knows the truth as He does, because He is truth personified. No one knows anything but Him, (which has been proven with 2020), because He is from everlasting to everlasting. Don’t be carried away by these things, don’t give room to the enemy, be sure to read your Bible, so you can be wise to discern what is right or wrong.
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About The Author: Evi Idoghor is a Christian, writer, and content creator on Letstalknationblog.com. She is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Consumed by her love for writing and desire to effect change, she launched her online platform––Let’s Talk Nation––to tap into her creativity and start meaningful conversations that would make a difference around the world.
Most of her writing has been influenced by her time spent in America, where she lived for about 11 years. Also, she lived in Nigeria and South Korea and currently loves traveling the world while learning about other fascinating cultures. You can find her on all social media platforms with @eviidoghor.