Mar 27, 2007

Born (again) under the sign of the cross

by Will Mayer, Opinion
I recently received an e-mail that was one of those that have been forwarded over 1,000 times before it finally arrives in your inbox. The person who forwarded this e-mail is the type who usually is the first to pass along a message about God showing His power, keeping soldiers in our prayers, or keeping God in our schools. However, this e-mail contained something quite different: information about astrological signs.

There are a lot of Christians who have, what I believe to be, an unhealthy curiosity with astrology. In fact 27 percent of people who identify themselves as a Christian, also say they believe in astrology, according to a Harris Poll. As Christians, we are prone to believe in the supernatural. After all, we believe in God, angels, demons and that our souls will live on for eternity after our bodies pass away. But knowing all this, shouldn’t we be more afraid of the powers behind this seemingly innocent diversion?

We are warned in Scripture not to look up to the heavens in worship. Deuteronomy 4:19 says, “And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” (KJV).
      
God also warns of the consequences that may befall the astrologers. Isaiah 47:13-14 says, “Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it” (KJV).

Mal Fletcher, host of the Christian talk show, “Edges” talks about the danger behind the fascination people have with the occult. “Behind every occult practice there's the spiritual power of deception,” said Fletcher. “Astrology is a good example of this. One former professional astrologer warned people to think twice before they get involved with astrology because, “when you turn to astrology you are actually turning to advice from the ancient gods of [pagan] religion.” Fletcher went onto say, “Astrology is a doorway into spiritual deception. Only God really knows our future; and only he can be trusted to guide us well.”
    
The next time someone asks you what sign you are, I hope you’ll consider a new answer; an answer that doesn’t so much concern the arrangement of the planets you were born under, but more so the sign under which you were born again — the sign of the cross.

Contact Will Mayer at swmayer@liberty.edu.
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