Give Up One Occult Practice That Will Help You Glorify God

The Lie I Once Believed About Horoscopes

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When I was in grade school, one of the things my friends and I did for fun was to host a seance. We would sit in a circle with only the flicker of a candle for light and call on the spirits of the dead.

I admit it creeped me out and was not my favourite “game” to play. I much preferred games that didn’t leave goosebumps on my arms.

As a teenager, we played with a Ouija board. This seemed harmless enough but again it never sat comfortably with me when I’d place my finger tips on the planchette, pose a question, and watch as the device moved from letter to letter — seemingly on its own.

Compared to a seance or Ouija board, reading my horoscope in the newspaper seemed like innocent fun.

I’m a Libra and if I were to believe the character descriptions of my “sign” I’d have to agree that I like sharing with others and the outdoors while disliking violence and injustice. But I’m sure most of my friends (who aren’t Libras) would share these traits.

I assumed that reading my daily horoscope in the newspaper was harmless. Herein lies the lie.

The Bible actually denounces astrology along with divination, sorcery, magic, witchcraft, consulting mediums and spiritism.

When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? (Isaiah 8:19)
Do not practice divination or seek omens. (Leviticus 19:26)
When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 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 will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 18:9–13)

Even if you think it isn’t necessarily a bad thing to read your horoscope, by doing so you are not taking God’s Word to heart.

The occult is demonic and it’s a slippery slope from “entertaining” yourself with a daily horoscope reading.

If you’re truly interested in knowing what your future holds, spend time in prayer and in Bible study and ask God to reveal His will for you.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1)