The sad truth is most Christians can't even defend their faith because they themselves are ignorant of God's word.

Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. -- Colossians 2:8
"My people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Hosea 4:6


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Astrology from the Bible?

Remember when I told you that there are many dedicated men and women out there who are bent on teaching us another "gospel" as if there is another gospel. 
   Just a couple of month ago I came across some websites that Reads the Holy Bible "astrologically". There was even a writer that interprets the Gospels, especially The Book of Revelations comparing them to astronomical activities. They claimed the Bible is actually a Book of Astrology. 
  Can you imagine, what this soothsayers are doing? They are utterly blaspheming the very command of God. 
    When I first look at it, they seem to have sense. I must admit I was a little shaken by these new revelations. Again, as if this is a revelation at all. Sometimes, I do get that feeling of being off balance with my faith but God always came on time, and He always allows the Holy Spirit to lead me what to do. God once again assures me and exposes these fraud...

    Re-thinking what I have read...they only seems to agree with astronomy or movements of the planets because I am not an astronomer. I believe them to be knowledgeable on astronomy so I accepts what they said. But then, an inspirational question came to me, "How about the Biblical perspective?" Yes! How about putting the Bible on trial once again...I am sure it has the answer. 

Let us evaluate some of this Zodiac worshiper's claim. 
   When I said they make sense, because they make reference to the Bible, even call our attention to verses that confirms the union of the Bible and Astrology. I found a page that states these:

 The Bible and Astrology are NOT in conflict. It is the tampering or misenterpretation of the scriptures by the priests and the clergy and other learned men that have brought the two in conflict.

   The Earth and the Heavens declare the glory and will of God, and astrology is simply the universal means by which to interpret this glory or will.

   Many scriptures in the bible appear to support astrology while others appear to condemn it. This contradiction often stems from the fact that many of the verses are often interpreted out of context. Also, many words, verses, and often entire segments of the bible have been changed, added or ommitted, to suit the prevailing religious or political agendas of the time.

   All of the Old Testament prophets were learned in astrology, from Moses to Isaiah to Daniel. Jesus/Paul/Apollonious was the greatest astrologer of all, and so were his disciples. The twelve tribes and apostles are all based on astrological symbolism. The bible itself is an astrological textbook whose roots go back to Egypt, India, and the Orient. (source: Libra
    Let us see who are out of context. Okay, let us accepts that probably Moses was an expert in astrology being brought up in the Egyptian educations system but we don't see any indication that Moses taught astrological teachings in the Torah. In fact, the writings of Moses (let us assume for awhile it was his own concoctions) are very different in all aspect and style from the institution he grew up with. For example, The medical practices of the ancient Egyptian during that time was way beyond the practices he suggest on Deuteronomy, Numbers, or Exodus...There was no indication at all that Moses look at the stars or heavenly bodies for advises and guidance. Why would he wrote this after all:
9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 18: 9-13)
   Are you saying Moses, is uttering a curse against himself? The same is true to Isaiah, Paul, Apollos, or even Jesus...even if this people were said to be learned in the science of astrology, there was no indications whatsoever that they uphold divination. Almost all prophesies start with "This is what the Lord says..."  and they were all instructed by God and not by the "stars". 
    By the way, at the end of the page we will hear what Isaiah (they claimed to be an astrologer) had to say what will be their destiny.


(We will try to fit what "The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold" written by Acharya S...a famous hater of The Bible account. Let us see how she connects Zodiac and Bible and other ridiculous claims from false prophets )
    Although this book seems to make sense like when Reuben was called "unstable as water" in Genesis 49:4, they are quick to say it correspond to Aquarius, but if you take a closer look it doesn't make sense at all, and there is another water sign that might fit the description than Aquarius, like Cancer the Crab...Hahaha! Maybe they should revised that assumption and adopt my  interpretation. That is simply to illustrate that we can stretch our vain imaginations and make an assumption to fit our frame of mind. 
   Wild interpretation are often attached to Bible personality to identify them with the Zodiac signs
   Joseph is identified with Sagittarius just because he was "fiercely attacked by archers" -- Silly isn't it? Isn't Sagittarius the  archer? So when did it ever happen that a victim of archers became symbols for archers? I also don't remember that Joseph was ever describe as half horse or even a horse-like characteristic. 
    Now to fit a Zodiac sign to a character from the 12 tribe of Israel they even bend word meanings like for example Napthali as a "hind let loose" and therefore correspond to Capricorn; as far as I know that hinds are female deer and not goats like Capricorn. 
    Even Jesus' description of Heaven were distorted in reference to John 14:2, that God's kingdom have "many mansions," this they say refer to the "houses of the moon" or the Zodiac Constellation. What a crap? The constellation inside the moon? And even by the naked eye we knew aside from the 12 group of stars, we see other stars gliding in our Milky Way.   
   They think we can easily be persuaded by just simply changing the vowel. The argument that THE JESUS STORY is paralleled by sun mythology, but they are actually informing us with mis-information. 
   "The sun 'dies' for three days at the winter solstice, to be born again or resurrected on December 25th." 
   What parallel are they talking about? The false teachings of the Catholic Church that Jesus was born on December 25? Well, the assumed date was of course from pagan origin, knowing Ancient Romans attachment to sun worship. Okay, so let us say Jesus was born on Dec. 25, it doesn't mean he was "born-again" like the winter solstice. Again, if the sun dies, I think I would not have the chance in writing this blog anyway...
    Next another parallel claims that Jesus is also the SUN was...
   "The sun at its zenith, or 12 noon, is in the house or heavenly temple of the 'Most High'; thus, 'he' begins 'his Father's work' at 'age' 12."
   Hold it! Noon time to the Jews is the 6th hour. So where did that 12 noon came from? Next, does the sun begins it work at noon or at dawn? 
   Noon isn't even "age" 12 for the sun; at that point the sun is around five to six hours "old," depending on the time of year. Perhaps it is more likely that this story of Jesus alluded to has something to do with the fact that at 12, Jewish boys were considered to be taking steps into manhood and independence.
   "The sun enters into each sign of the zodiac at 30 [degrees]; hence, the 'Sun of God' begins his ministry at 'age' 30."
   Let us check what Luke 3:23 tells us "Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry...." This mean Jesus could be 29 or 31 years old, or okay let's give them a chance...say 30.
   "The sun is the 'Lion' when in Leo, the hottest time of the year, called the 'throne of the Lord.' "
     I am fainting now with so much absurdity: The hottest time of the year is called the "throne of the Lord"? By whom? Or is it Leo that is called that, and again, by whom? I think the hottest time is when this Astrologers finally reach hell for twisting the Word of God. 

   "The sun is 'betrayed' by the constellation of the Scorpion, the backbiter, the time of the year when the solar hero loses his strength."
    Yes there is betrayal and backbiting happening. This false teachers are betraying the animal kingdom. Why Scorpions anyway? Aha, because it bites using its back or tail. Does it make sense to you. Where does the 30 pieces of silver fits here? 
     "The sun is hung on a cross, which represents its passing through the equinoxes, the vernal equinox being Easter."
     Oh this I can not accept!!! Science told me that heavenly bodies  rotates or follow invisible axis and does not do Zigzag motion to come up with the cross.

   "The sun does a 'stutter-step' at the winter solstice, unsure whether to return to life or 'resurrect,' doubted by this 'twin' Thomas."
   If I understood this right, as I am very much trying to hold my sanity, Jesus was unsure whether to resurrect or not? Thomas and Jesus was not even blood relatives, so how did they became twins? Do we have to continue the claims of this false teachers? By the way, the doubt in Thomas came after Jesus was resurrected, not before or during Jesus death. 

    Let me stretch your imagination some more by the wisdom of Astrology:

1. The sun of god is born of a virgin
    The virgin new moon and the constellation virgo equals the sun? Virgin Mary as Virgo? Did the moon produce the sun or vise versa? Honestly I can not stretch my imagination this far....
2. The 12 Disciple are the 12 Zodiacs sign
      Here we have the Sun with Disciples, the constellation? When did the other stars follow the sun?  The 12 Zodiacs to which the sun must pass? Was that correct? The Sun passing the constellation?
3. The Sun is crucified between two thieves of Sagittarius and Capricorn
       I am ignorant about astrology as I told you so I can not tell if Sagittarius and Capricorn were indeed thieves, but the Bible said they were criminals but not thieves. If so, Capricorn as a thief, how can a goat do that? Or maybe because Sagittarius have a weapon? And just may I ask, who crucified the sun? How was it possible to crucify the center of the solar system? 
4. The sun is the Word of God
       Explain! Explain! Explain! Can anyone explain this to me? Word in Greek is Logos, so there must be a logic on this claim.

   You know what, I think I was just so naive that I can not even level my brain to their wild imaginations.
    Think for example that Jesus was pierce at the side by Sagittarius or a Centaur?  Do I need to upgrade my eyeglasses that Centaur and Centurion are the same? And what was really the truth, is Sagittarius a Centaur or an Archer? 
     For all I know these Diviners are stretching metaphors to fit what they believe and to earn Huge amount of money. Well, astrology is big business after all. How much do they pay the author of Horoscope section on Newspaper?  How much do you pay tarot cards reader? 

     Can we conclude now who are out of context? Read...

Isaiah 47:13-14

13  You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; 

Let now  the  astrologers, the stargazers

And  the monthly prognosticators 

Stand up and save you 
From what shall come upon you.

14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, 

The fire shall  burn them; 

They shall not deliver themselves 

From the power of the flame; 
It shall not be a coal to be warmed by, 
Nor a fire to sit before!

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