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We next consider horoscopes and examine their reliability. Many people might be dependant on horoscopes, unable to get rid of them. They may take their own horoscopes seriously and carefully study them to see if they promise something better or worse for their future. Generally, wishing for something better, finding a spouse or good luck may have got them interested in the first place.

There are, however, many problems with horoscopes and astrology. (The idea of astrology is to predict human nature and destiny from the stars and their positions. Stars are thought to strongly influence events here on Earth.) These problems indicate that horoscopes and astrology cannot be true. Letís consider the following points:

 

Why all stars do not affect? If it is assumed that the stars influence our destiny, why is it that just those twelve astrological constellations Ė where the stars may be quite far from each other and from Earth Ė are significant? Why would only the stars of the zodiac direct our destiny and not other celestial bodies? The fact is that nowadays we know thousands of stars, of which many are larger, clearer, and closer to the Earth than the stars of the zodiac. Their gravity and radiation may be much stronger. Should not these stars with greater gravity and radiation, and closer to us, affect our lives much more than the 12 zodiac constellations? There is no scientific support for their having a physical influence on earthly events. What makes them so significant?

 

The mechanism of effect. It is difficult to prove that Zodiac constellations affect our destiny. An equally difficult problem is the effect mechanism of the stars and their positions; how can the same stars cause a different destiny for each person? If stars themselves are lifeless, how can they actively influence our lives and destiny? Would this not require memory and should it not be impossible, because lifeless celestial bodies cannot intervene in Ė or direct -- our individual lives?

†† On the other hand, if there are 70,000 residents in a town, should not all them have the same destiny, because the stars in the sky are exactly the same for everyone? It is a mystery how the stars can cause a different destiny for everyone, even though the sky above them is the same. How can unliving celestial bodies affect our lives like this? Or is this only a question of superstition? It is difficult to find any clear explanation for the effect mechanism of the stars on our lives.

 

The moment of birth and fertilisation. In astrology, especially the moment of birth is supposed to have a great effect on one's future. It is proposed that our characters and destinies depend on the moment of birth and the position of the stars at that moment.

†† However, why pay so much attention on the moment of birth? Are not our qualities determined already in fertilisation and not when we are born? Birth cannot bring anything new to our characters, everything has already been determined in fertilisation, and in the combination of genes. We get most of our characteristics and other qualities already in fertilisation and while we are growing in our mother's womb, and not later at birth. A good question is, therefore, how could the position of the stars at the moment of our birth affect us? Is it not too late? It cannot surely be as important as the moment of fertilisation.

 

People born at the same time are problematic. The current estimate is that an average of 270 people are born every minute, meaning 4 or 5 children are being born every second. In a year, there would be millions of people born at the same time and the course of their life should be the same. Should not each of them then have the same destiny?

†† Is it not a fact that we only know of one Napoleon, one Picasso, one Leonardo da Vinci, even though many other children were born at the same time? Why did they not all get the same character, gifts, and destiny, since they were born at the same moment?††

†† Twins also present some challenges. It is possible that one twin dies before the other in a war. The survivor lives to be 70 years old. How is this possible in the light of astrology, because they were born and fertilised at the same moment? Should not their lives have been the same? Their different destinies show that the same position of the stars at the moment of their birth does not necessarily affect their lives at all.

 

Mass destruction. Long-lasting wars and mass destructions are problematic. Examples are World War II and the victims of atomic bombs in Japan. Millions of people died. Natural catastrophes such as earthquakes can also kill thousands of people at the same time.

†† A good question is how can the future of millions of people be predicted with horoscopes that are supposed to provide personal direction? How can these predictions be right for large groups of people who are born at the same time but die at different times? Is it not a fact that these predictions would have been wrong, because all individual horoscopes could not have predicted the same destiny for so many people?

 

Horoscopes have moved. Another problem for astrology is that the whole astrological system has moved one whole mark during the 2,000 years that have passed since the system was made.

†† This means that when someone now thinks that he is a Sagittarius, he is actually a Scorpio; and if someone now thinks that he is a Libra, he is as a matter of fact a Virgo. This means that each horoscope is always wrong by one month and that people use the wrong horoscopes. Merely on grounds of this point, horoscopes cannot be reliable.

 

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE. When one turns to horoscopes and other means to predict oneís future, one always wanders away from the guidance of God, and even opens his heart to influence from spiritual beings that oppose God. Jesus said about the devil that he ďcomes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroyĒ (John 10:10), which might also be one result of wrong predictions and prophecies. They can make us unnecessarily afraid or perhaps they force people to do all kinds of things, which are not Godís will and plan for them. The predictions, which at first seem to be captivating, can change into a burdensome yoke. It can be difficult to get rid of it, unless we really want to turn to God. Therefore it is worth our while to give up these wrong prediction methods and give our lives to God. We can always turn to Him:

 

- (Lev 19:26) You shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall you use enchantment, nor observe times.

 

- (Isa 47:13) You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from these things that shall come on you.

 

- (Ps 37:5) Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

 

- (Phil 1:6) Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

The future, however, is something we should be interested in and prepared for, especially when it is a question of eternal life. The problem with many people is that they invest only in this life and search pleasure in it, but they do not think what will happen after this life. Many Bible verses talk about eternal life and Heaven, and it is a much better future than the best horoscopes can ever promise. We can enter this eternal kingdom through His Son Jesus Christ if we turn to Him; He is the only way to this kingdom. Therefore, allow Godís good plan come true in your life and take hold of the eternal life, and a good future will be waiting for you:

 

- (John 14:1-6) Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Fatherís house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.

5 Thomas said to him, Lord, we know not where you go; and how can we know the way?

6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

 

- (John 10:9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

- (Rev 21:1-6) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.

 

 

 

Jari Iivanainen




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