(with thanks to Jenna H. for the topic.)
It’s a question I’m asked every so often, especially by people who are relatively new in the Christian faith: does God ever use astrology/horoscopes/etc. to guide us?
Thankfully, the answer is an easy one: no, He doesn’t. We know that for at least two very clear reasons:
1. God “detests” it
Astrology very clearly falls into the category of the practices mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:10-14, all of which God says He both “detests”, and prohibits His followers from partaking in:
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, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God [drove out nations before the Israelites]. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. The nations [the Israelites dispossessed] listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.
Obviously, God would neither support, nor make use of, any practices that He “detests”—which is a very strong word in the Hebrew language that passage was originally written in. (In fact, it can also be translated as “a loathsome abomination that is contrary to God’s nature.”*)
However, even beyond God’s direct command concerning things like astrology,
2. It’s obvious that astrology is nonsense
Consider any mass tragedy that has ever happened in the history of the world, for example.
There’s no way that literally every person who was killed on September 11, 2001, had the same horoscope that day. Nor it is possible that “only” people who were predicted to die that day died as a result of the terrorist attacks.
The same could be said of mass casualties that came as the result of any natural disaster, illness outbreak, and so forth.
Clearly, astrology simply doesn’t work.
A Far Better Option
Instead of listening to people like astrologers, God goes on to say in Deuteronomy 18:15, He commands His people to listen to the “Prophet” He would send to them in time—the man we now know as God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
That’s still the best option for anyone seeking guidance for life today, too: get into a personal relationship with God via the Bible, and follow Jesus. He’ll lead you to abundant life (see John 10:10), and will never let you down.
*Definition taken from Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary by W.E. Vine.