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Astrology and New Age

Astrology is based on the magical belief that the planetary positions at one’s birth time and birthplace determine that person’s character, future and spiritual path. Therefore the ‘star sign’ we were born under will affect our character and destiny. Most astrologers believe that the universe is connected by a mystical force into a supernatural oneness (monism), so what happens to our lives here on earth is affected by external factors, such as the planets. This belief is stated in the occult expression, ‘As above, so below’. Astrology is a form of divination, a method used not only to predict events, but also to gain information about past and present through esoteric techniques.

Astrology originated in ancient Babylon and many scholars believe the Tower of Babel was constructed for astrological purposes. ‘Ziggurats’ were constructed by the Babylonians to survey the heavens. Priests acted as mediators between kings and gods.

The towers were constructed as platforms for astrologically calculating the movements of the sun, moon and planets in order to discern the will of the gods for the destiny of kings and nations.

The Bible has consistently condemned astrology, warning people not to consult with astrologers, stargazers and monthly prognosticators (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!

Isaiah 47.13-14

or to worship the constellations and the host of heaven (2 Kings 23.5).

Then he removed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense on the high places in the cities of Judah and in the places all around Jerusalem, and those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all the host of heaven.

2 Kings 23.5

Since astrology is a branch of the occult those who involve themselves in it are exposed to satanic influences which can lead to demonic oppression and deception. Those who allow it to govern any aspect of their lives by its predictions, run the risk of being led astray into wrong decisions bringing financial and moral ruin. Because of its fatalistic approach to life it can have disastrous psychological consequences, and paralyse people’s ability to make reasonable decisions about their lives. The fact that so many people take note of ‘star signs’ and astrological predictions is another sign of the spiritual deception which will come in the last days of this age.

This extract from the article ‘What does the Bible say about astrology?’ from https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/astrology-mentioned-bible explains the problem with astrology:

This extract from the article ‘What does the Bible say about astrology?’ from https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/astrology-mentioned-bible explains the problem with astrology:

‘Isaiah 47:13-15 in the NIV reads: “All the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the flame… Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you.”

In this first mention of astrology in the Bible, God is speaking to the people of ancient pagan Babylon. Middle East archaeology has confirmed that astrology did indeed originate in the nation of Babylon, now called the country of Iraq. Cuneiform tablets have been excavated depicting horoscope charts dating from the 5th Century BC and earlier. Astrology is a divination art which teaches that the relative positioning in the sky of the Sun, Moon and planets has an influence upon individuals and upon the course of human affairs. In our modern times, just like in ancient Babylon, a growing number of people are utilizing the services of astrology consultants.

In the Book of Daniel, there is narrated a profound event in the life of Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon. The king had a very disturbing dream, and he wanted to understand its meaning. Daniel 2:2 NIV, informs us, “So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed.”

The astrologers, also known as ‘Chaldeans’, were part of the king’s circle of so-called ‘wise men’ who practiced divination. The actual word for astrology in the Hebrew language literally means, ‘divining the heavens’. Divination is the act of foretelling future events, or of revealing secret knowledge, by means of signs and omens or other supernatural agency. The practice of pagan divination is prohibited by God. It’s in the Bible, Leviticus 19:26 NIV, “Do not practice divination or sorcery.”

Divination was common among the pagan peoples of the Bible lands. When the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land of Canaan, God warned them not to practice astrology. Says Deuteronomy 18:9, 12 & 14 NIV, “Do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there… The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so… Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” Divination is actually regarded to be a grave sin. Declares 1 Samuel 15:23 NIV, “Rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.”

For curiosity and amusement, millions of ordinary citizens read the daily horoscopes published in mass-circulation newspapers. Is it okay to have this kind of casual ‘fun’ interest in astrology? What counsel does the Bible give on this type of issue? In 1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV, God emphatically states that we should “abstain from all appearance of evil.”

King Nebuchadnezzar had asked his astrologers and other wizards to tell him his dream and interpret its meaning. How did they respond? Daniel 2:10 NIV, informs us, “The astrologers answered the king, ‘There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.’ “

What does the Bible say about astrology? | Bibleinfo.com

The astrologers of Babylon were unable to help the King with his troublesome dream. However, God had blessed his prayerful prophet Daniel with the true gifts of the Holy Spirit, and he was brought before the king to interpret the dream. The Bible says in Daniel 2:27-28 NKJ, “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, ‘The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these…’ ” With God’s anointing, Daniel was able to then describe and explain the king’s great prophetic dream.

If there is a need to understand perplexing situations in our lives, we are wise to shun the error and evil of astrology divination; but rather let us know that “there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets.” Like Daniel, in prayer we can turn to God for help. And in the Bible, we have the assured counsel of His truth.’

https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/astrology-mentioned-bible

Apart from the personal aspect of astrological predictions there is also a view that the earth passes through the ages of the twelve zodiacs approximately every 2,000 years, often called the astrological ages or World Ages. According to this interpretation of astrology we are now passing from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. Pisces is associated with the sign of the fish and so with Christianity and so this view means we are now moving into a ‘New Age’ which will be post-Christian. Marcia Montenegro, a former astrologer who is now a Christian, describes this:

Since the birth of Christ came at the beginning of the Age of Pisces, and 2,000 years have now passed. The Age of Pisces is ending and the Age of Aquarius is upon us. With the focus on the collective meanings of planetary symbols, the Age of Pisces is interpreted as a passage for all humanity that has spanned the birth of Christ until now. Christ becomes the living symbol of the Piscean Age. Aquarius and Pisces are the two most collective signs since they pull the self away from its own journey and confront it with the demands of society, the community, and the larger spiritual self, or Self, as it is usually perceived.

The sign before Pisces, the eleventh sign, is Aquarius, representing recognition of one’s role in collective humanity, the need for service to mankind, egalitarianism, and a desire for a utopian good of the whole over the good of the individual.  

This leads into the New Age view of Jesus, which is radically different from the Jesus of the New Testament. For those who follow the new spirituality, Jesus becomes the man who realized Christ Consciousness, the innate divinity in all men. Paramahansa Yogananda, the Hindu guru who came to America and whose book, Autobiography of a Yogi, inspired many Westerners to follow Hindu-based teachings, defines Christ Consciousness as

‘the universal consciousness, oneness with God, manifested by Jesus, Krishna, and other avatars,’ and is the realization of ‘God immanent in all creation.’

Paramahansa YoganandaAutobiography of a Yogi

In the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary  (Unity Village, MO: Unity, 1995), it states:  

Christ is the divine-idea of man.  Each of us has within him the Christ, just as Jesus had.  The cosmic man is the Christ.  We are not persons, but factors in the cosmic mind. Reveal yourself to yourself by affirming “I am the Christ, son of the living God.

Metaphysical Bible Dictionary

The New Age Christ is the one who awakens Christ Consciousness within. As astrologer Alan Oken puts it:

Let us make it absolutely clear that when we use the world ‘Christ,’ we do not necessarily mean Jesus. The Christ is the final step in the evolution of Man. It is a level of consciousness in which the individual has completely unified his Self with the Godhead. In this respect Buddha was a Christ as was Krishna as was Jesus.

As above, so below: A primary guide to astrological awareness – Oken, Alan

(Information from The Piscean Avatar: the Jesus of Astrology by Marcia Montenegro. www.christiananswersforthenewage.org )

In the New Age view, Jesus may have been a great teacher, a Messiah for his time, but not the Messiah for all time. This idea comes out in the Course in Miracles written by Helen Shuchman. She says:

Jesus was an historical person, but the Christ is an eternal transpersonal condition.

Helen Shuchman

What she means by this is that ‘Christ’ as a condition came upon Jesus at some time in his life (usually considered to be his baptism) and left him when his mission ended. That same ‘Christ condition’ had previously come upon other great religious teachers of other faiths and will come upon the New Age ‘messiah’ who is believed to be coming for our time.

This ties in with the real meaning of the word ‘avatar’, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘descent’ which describes a deity coming down to earth in Hinduism.

In fact this whole way of thinking fits in with the coming Antichrist. Behind it is the idea that Jesus was a Messiah or Avatar for his time, but not the Messiah for all time; and that now we need a new Messiah for our time.  

Occultist and New Age leader Benjamin Crème has also written about such a new Messiah who will come for our generation in his book The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom:  

But eventually a new world religion will be inaugurated which will be a fusion and synthesis of the approach of the East and the approach of the West. The Christ will bring together, not simply Christianity and Buddhism, but the concept of God transcendent — outside of His creation — and also the concept of God immanent in all creation — in man and all creation.

The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom by Benjamin Crème

By separating the historical person of Jesus from his title Christ / Messiah the spirit of antichrist is revealed, as 1 John 4.2-3 teaches:

This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist.

1 John 4.2-3

Jesus is the unique Saviour who came once to redeem us from sin through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. The same Jesus is coming again, not as a ‘Christ consciousness’ but in the same way in which He left the earth at the time of His ascension, in the clouds of glory, and to the same place, the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem. On the occasion of His ascension the angel told the disciples:

‘This same Jesus who was taken from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.’

Acts 1.11

Tony Pearce

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