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Article 92 - Astrology
What About Astrology?
Jon Gary Williams
Practices such as witchcraft, fortune telling, numerology and astrology have one thing in common -- they all sprang out of pagan religion and have been around for centuries.
However, in more recent times these "cult" beliefs have taken on a certain phenomenon. More and more unsuspecting people are being lured into these occult related groups. As modern society drifts further away from Biblical teaching, people tend to be attracted to the mysterious and unusual. Over the last few decades interest in these superstitions has grown dramatically.
I. Astrology Has The Largest Following Of All Cult Persuasions.
A. In the U.S. astrology has more than 20 million followers.II. What Is Astrology?
B. It is estimated that one fifth of all U.S. citizens believe is some form of astrology.
C. In the U.S. it is estimated there are more than 250,000 practitioners of astrology.
A. Note: "Astrology" is not to be confused with "astronomy."III. Astrology Is An Outgrowth Of Pagan Superstition.
B. Webster: "The divination of the supposed influences of the stars upon human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects."
C. Encyclopedia America: "Belief in the occult . . . the influences of heavenly bodies from astronomical observations."
D. It is the belief that stars can influence one's thoughts, attitudes and actions.
E. Depending on the position of the stars and one's date of birth, practitioners claim to discover clues to future events, including predicting occurrences in one's life.
A. It is merely a revision of ancient practices reaching back several thousand years.IV. Astrology In Modern Times.
B. The first known astrologers were in Mesopotamia (the Akkado-Sumerians, 2000 B.C.).
C. It was later seen among the Persians, Assyrians and Egyptians.
D. It was then passed on to the Greeks by the Persians.
E. In the first century A.D. the Roman world inherited it from the Greeks.
A. In the 21 century astrology holds sway over the minds of multiplied millions.V. The Truth About Astrology.
B. It has become so widely accepted that many treat it as a science.
C. A large percent of newspapers carry astrological columns.
D. Many novels have astrology as a basic theme.
E. Hundreds of toll-free numbers peddle astrology.
F. Thousands of astrology web sites traverse cyberspace.
A. Astrology prospers in times of uncertainty and confusion.VI. The Bible Condemns Astrology.
B. It drags people downward into superstition, fear and ignorance.
C. Practitioners deceive people with flagrant, fraudulent claims.
D. With many, astrology has become a virtual "religion."
E. Though some try to make astrology respectable, it is still pagan to the core.
F. Christians can have no part in astrology.
A. Deut. 18:9-12 "observer of times" (ASV - "augury"; NKJ - "soothsayer") -- One who claims to foretell the future.VII. The Scriptures Alone Are All Sufficient.
B. II Kings 23:5 "burned incense...to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets [the twelve signs]"
C. Isa. 47:13,14 "astrologers, stargazers, monthly prognosticators"
D. Jer. 10:1-3a "learn not the way of the heathen [nations] and be not dismayed at signs of heaven, for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain [vanity]..."
A. II Pet. 1:3 "as his divine power given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness"
B. II Tim. 3:16,17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God...that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped to every good work"