Hope in stars…

The sun’s rays may shape human lives in a surprising way: High levels of sun exposure during the year of birth may increase infant mortality and shorten the average lifespan of a population, a new study by Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway finds.

Now many Christians are more interested in daily horoscope than the daily readings. And some say Cheiro’s books on astrology and numerology are accurate and happens exactly as the predictions. I read those books when I was a young boy and found that they are in fact accurate to predict the future. And even Cheiro predicted his own death. But for a dedicated Christian what these are meant to be?

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“All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.” CCC 2116. So basically it doesn’t matter whether if these are true, if they can accurately predict the future or if there is any science support for practicing these.

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a disturbing dream that none of his astrologers or “wise men” could interpret. Having prayed to God and received the answer in a vision, told King Nebuchadnezzar: “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king; but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these…” (Daniel 2:27-28)

God commanded His people, the nation of Israel, not to practice astrology by looking at “signs of the heavens.” God calls such “signs” delusions: “Thus says the Lord, “Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them; For the customs of the peoples are delusion…”

It was common practice at the time the Israelites came into the promised land that the native peoples would practice astrology and worship the heavenly bodies. The Bible specifically warned the Israelites not to practice those things also ( Jeremiah 10:2) “And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven”. (Deuteronomy 4:19)

The Bible says that those who are stargazers and make predictions based upon that are in error and will not be saved from judgment: “All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! That is all they can do for you—these you have laboured with and trafficked with since childhood. Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you. “(Isaiah 47:12-15)

God destroyed the ten northern tribes of Israel because they indulged in astrology and other forms of demon worship (2 Kings 17).

As in the Old Testament, the New Testament also condemns astrology: But God turned away and gave them over to the worship of the heavenly bodies. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets: “‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the desert, O house of Israel? You have lifted up the shrine of Molech and the star of your god Rephan, the idols you made to worship. Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Babylon. (Acts 7:42-43)

Some people say that they are not worshiping these stars but using it as a tool to predict. So it is good to find why basically it is wrong.

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First, the desire to know the future is not divine. A Christian doesn’t need to worry about the future, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” Matthew 6:34. For Christians there will be trouble everyday, and these troubles are there for us to take carry our cross and follow him. Trying to know these in advance and finding remedies to solve it is not advised.

Second, these attempts to know the future will deteriorate our relationship with Christ, our trust in him. If the disciples know about the storm in the middle of the sea they wont sail the ship and find a safe place their own and will keep their trust in themselves. They will be more confident about their knowledge about the weather and behaving of the sea, so the next time, there will not be any role for a Christ.

Third, when God created the human being He gave him certain abilities. This includes intelligence and mind power. But using this against or to control the law of nature is actually against the will of God. Using mind power techniques to form our future more interesting is there fore absolutely wrong. Our prayer should be as Jesus’s one in John 17: “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by  the truth; your word is truth.” While we try to attract wealth and gain success with the help of mind power techniques we keep out God from our canvas.

Fourth, for a Christian the real success is not in this world. “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.” John 17. An ultimate failure in this world is not all a big matter for Christian because his model, Jesus died as a thief. The real attempt should be to “seek his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you” . Matthew 6:33.

Fifth, Christianity is not against fulfilling our desires. Jesus promises: “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:19. So this is not a one-man exercise, and it is not good be alone on this world too. “Then the Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18. So a Christian’s effort should be based on brotherly love than on self-abilities.

Sixth, the attitude of a Christian while trying for his future will be that of Jesus. “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42. When we use these techniques to predict the future and act based upon them, we are not showing this attitude. We are not giving God a chance to take the final decision.

Seventh, it God’s duty to reveal the mysteries. A mystery is something what a normal human intelligence cant explain. So there is no way a man can explain a mystery without the help of an external power. So contacting subconscious mind to solve an issue is wrong. “But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries” Daniel 2:27. And we cant serve two masters(Matthew 6:24).

 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.” (Jesus Christ, John 14:1)

Lord, I believe:
I wish to believe in Thee.
Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved,
and let it penetrate my thought,
my way of judging Divine things and human things.
Lord, let my faith be joyful
and give peace and gladness to my spirit,
and dispose it for prayer with God
and conversation with men,
so that the inner bliss of its fortunate possession
may shine forth in sacred and secular conversation.
Lord, let my faith be humble and not presume
to be based on the experience of my thought and of my
feeling; but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit,
and not have any better guarantee than in docility to  tradition
and to the authority of the magisterium of the Holy Church.

Amen.

 

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