Astrology Rising

When one of America’s leading newspapers prints a story about horoscopes, it’s bound to attract attention. The angle of the piece is that the practice of astrology provides comfort to anxious souls living in a time of dramatic change and chaos.

“What makes us feel safe in the world is order, boundaries and sequence, and those three things are things that astrology can give us,” New York University clinical professor Galit Atlas told the paper. “Especially in a time when the world doesn’t feel safe, we tend to search for an order that makes sense.”

What’s interesting is that The New York Times doesn’t publish a horoscope column, and never has. Of course, other newspapers in New York City publish astrology columns every day, a trend that some say began with London’s Sunday Express in 1930.

Astrology is a big business in the United States, claiming receipts in the hundreds of millions of dollars each year. According to some research, up to 33 percent of Americans believe in astrology as an accurate predictor of the future. While The New York Times was friendly in its coverage of the subject and its practitioners, it did acknowledge that most people remain cynical about the accuracy of astrology and its practitioners.

Such skepticism is well founded. The Bible is clear about what kinds of prophecy and prophets are acceptable to God, and Christians are cautioned against such practices. Deuteronomy 18:10–12 says, “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”

Yet, the Bible also tells us prophecy—advance news about what is going to happen—will be a hallmark of God’s people in the last days: “It shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28 NKJV).

If you compare what God says through His Word with the horoscope columns in your local paper, you’ll find that He is dependable, reliable, and that His prophets are safe guides. What’s more, the great news is that the prophecies of God don’t depend on what day of the month a reader is born, or some astrological chart that only an “expert” can interpret.

Click here to learn more about genuine prophecy and why astrology and similar ventures are dead ends.

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