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“What’s Your Sign?” I don’t know!

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I recall a time when I thought I knew my zodiac sign; this time was most likely during my early teens–the time when I apparently knew everything. I would often buy the little, rolled-up monthly horoscope scrolls found in convenience stores and the horoscope books that that came out annually, and which provided readings for every day of the year. I can’t say I planned my days according to the readings, but I gave them enough merit in order to be held captive (John 8:34Acts 8:23).

While some may scoff at my regarding astrology with any degree of seriousness, my having an unchurched Chinese lineage often meant contact with superstition and fortune-telling. I had my tea leaves read and participated in various methods of divination such as Kau Chim, which is the practice of interpreting messages from fallen sticks. Having experienced all that, my seeking personal answers from celestial bodies seemed perfectly normal.

Since this is a faith-based blog and not a hot spot for fans of, say, Miss Cleo, you’re most likely familiar with Scripture’s warnings about astrology. If you are said fan, let me bring you up to speed. In Isaiah 47:12-15, Deuteronomy 17:2-5, and 18:9-12, God warns His people not to be involved in astrology. We are to have faith in God only.

With that said, let me point out how science debunks so-called astrology. (Credit to Walter Martin’s book The Kingdom of the Occult.)

Three Scientific Reasons Why We Do Not Know Our Signs

1. A Geocentric Solar System

In 150 A.D., Ptolemy believed the earth was the center of the solar system (geocentric). In 1543, Copernicus discovered the sun is the center (heliocentric); however, astrologers still use a geocentric chart. The calculations are wrong.

2. The Constellations Have Shifted

The astrological system was formed over 2000 years ago, which means the positions of the constellations have shifted. Your actual zodiac sign is one you probably haven’t heard of, such as Ophiuchus.

3. Astrology Doesn’t Include Everyone

People born above or below the latitude of 66° cannot have a horoscope charted because the sun never crosses the horizon when they are in total darkness. This seems really odd for a system whose astrologers claim it can predict every person’s future. How did astrology miss these people?

So the next time someone asks you, “What’s your sign?”, you can answer that you don’t know. Then, when the person looks at you strangely, as if you’re from the constellation of Ophiuchus, you can explain why you don’t know. Then would also be a great time to proclaim that you worship the Creator, not the creation (Romans 1:25), that you know your identity is not determined by things in the sky (1 Peter 2:9), and that you already know what your future holds (John 14:2).

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pamela

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8 Comments

8 Comments on “What’s Your Sign?” I don’t know!

  1. Susie
    December 10, 2014 at 11:46 am (3 years ago)

    Wow! I had no idea! I’m going to read the scriptures you reference again and read about geocentric and heliocentric. Thank you for educating us…

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    • Pamela
      December 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

      HI Susie,

      I find it quite fascinating. The account of Daniel and the astrologers is a good read as well.

      Walter Martin also mentions The Problem of New Planets, The Problem of Constellation Length, and The Problem of Multiple Births and Contrasting Character Traits as issues for astrology as well. I assume googling them will bring up information. I didn’t want to include them all as I wanted simple points we can all remember (or maybe it’s just me with a faulty memory :-))

      John MacArthur also mentions problems with astrology in this sermon: http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1218/demons-and-magic

      Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day,
      Pamela

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      • Susie
        February 6, 2015 at 3:41 am (3 years ago)

        Hello again Pamela, I came back to read your post again. 🙂 I was hoping to email you regarding scripture too.

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  2. Leah Adams
    January 23, 2015 at 11:53 am (3 years ago)

    This was quite an informative post. I have to say I wasn’t sure about it when I began reading it, but you quickly pointed us to the Father. Truly, we must keep our eyes fixed on Him, and not the things He created. Thanks for linking up with us at Grace & Truth today.

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    • Pamela
      January 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Leah, thank you for commenting. Amen, glory to God alone!

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  3. Rebeca Jones
    January 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Interesting points, Pamela. I dabbled in some occultism in my teen years–what a dark and spiritually dangerous place! I enjoy how your informative approach takes away the mysticism. Blessings to you!

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    • Pamela
      January 23, 2015 at 4:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for commenting Rebeca. When I look back during the times of my occultism, I too see how dark and dangerous is was. Praise God for rescuing us! Hmm, I like your point about “taking away the mysticism”. I’ll keep that in mind for upcoming posts. Blessings to you as well!

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