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
† 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
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
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
(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.