(Mad Rush Towards Soothsayers)
A knol on Astrology. The writer brings out certain facts what the Bible says on this issue. A Christian viewpoint.[--split--]
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It is very unfortunate to note that in India the politicians and the film personalities are the bunch of people who always in search of these soothsayers. In recent times this trend is spreading among the Indian cricketers' community and the television program producers and its anchors. What a shame and pathetic condition this is.?
The sad fact is that most of their predictions do not hit the bull's eye. One cannot understand still the mad rush towards these soothsayers. In the Indian political scenario the ministers, M Ps (Members of Parliament) and M L As (Members of Legislature Assembly), are on the run after these astrologers. Each of them have appointed or selected soothsayers for their functions and auspicious occasions.
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The only exception to this in the Indian political history is Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. She wrote in a letter to one of her close friends, Dr. M S Shastri of Bangalore, "...I have always tried to avoid astrologers; I do not believe in astrology and have refused to ask questions about the future even when pressed"
One thing is sure that our politicians and celebrities are addicted to this kind of superstitions. It seems like its diluted in their blood and with that they are fooling their fans too. It looks like it is very difficult to weed out from their system .
famous Indian writer, Khushwant Singh (a stalwart in the Indian
Journalism) the former Editor of famous English weekly, "The illustrated
Weekly of India", said in an interview, "Due to some problem the
astrology columnist of the weekly left the organization and the column
stopped abruptly. The readers started inquiring about it. I don't want
to displease the readers and I started compiling the column myself. I
selected some previous issues astrology column and reshuffled it and
arranged it for the week with a pen name. This was very much appreciated
by the poor readers".
is what is happening in many of the publications in the name of this
column called 'Astrology'. The gullible readers eagerly wait to read
this waste. How sad it is? Print and visual media is on a neck to neck
race on this issue of knowing the future and telling the future. They
run columns for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly forecasts for their
sad part is that, if we take a keen look into these soothsayers'
predictions 99% of them never fulfilled or happened as they predicted.
Still the people are in search of these people and their predictions.
A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
The point here is about the Christian flocks: Even among some of the so called Christians there are a good number of people who are after such people. They seek the guidance of astrologers, tarot readers and other soothsayers to know their future. For their children's education, marriage and other family auspicious occasion's dates etc they consult these astrologers. They eagerly look at the daily and weekly astrology columns in newspapers and weeklies. Some eagerly watch for the daily broadcasts through TV.
so called Christians must take note that they are going after the old
nature, a kind of idol worship. They are forgetting the fact that God is
the one who controls everything and He is the one who decide about the
future and every creator is in His hands. They just forget this great
truth and running after the creators of this world.
is a warning to such people!!! In the book of Isaiah chapter 47 we read
this: depending on the astrologers, the star gazers and monthly
prognosticators Babylon took proud in itself and said in thine heart, I
am and non else beside me. But alas God challenges them to save
themselves. But they could not save themselves or even others. God warns
the Babylonians about the consequences of their deeds. God challenges
them to save by the stars and star gazers could not.
God created the sun moon and stars to give light to the world. But alas people depend on them to know their future, what a pathetic state. It cannot save itself nor can't save others; indeed it faces the wrath of God. Isaiah chapter 13:10 says, "For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not flash forth their light; the sun will be dark when it rises and the moon will not shed its light." The word of God very clearly urge to the people to call upon the wonder working creator of this universe, stars like the seven stars and Orion (Amos 5:8)
A child of God is controlled and guided by the spirit of God, not the creations of this world. Creations should seek the face of the creator, not the stars, sun, moon or any other living or non-living things.
The Holy Bible: The God's special revelation in written form. There are a number of books revered as sacred, but God has given only one book that is the BIBLE. Its unique authority is affirmed from cover to cover. Therefore, occult knowledge like astrology, tarot cards reading etc are off limit and should not influence a real Christian.
occult means of knowledge (like astrology, tarot cards etc.) are off
limits and unnecessary for the Christian. Isaiah emphasis us to use
God's written Word as the standard to judge spiritual truth claims:
"Bind up the testimony, Seal up the law among my disciples.. When men
tell 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? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak
according to THIS WORD they have no light of dawn. (Isaiah 8:16,19-20).
The Bible gives us a basis for assured knowledge of God. The apostle Peter even ranked it as more valuable than eye-witness evidence! "We have the PROPHETIC WORD CONFIRMED, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts"(2 Peter 1:14-19).
Let me close this by quoting a verse from Deuteronomy: There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deuteronomy Chapter . 18:10-12. (KJV). END
First Published in Confident Living, A Back to the Bible Publication, Secunderabad
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(Willing Service )
An Article published in the recent edition of Grace & Truth Publication, IL, USA [--split--]
Psalm 1 begins with the word "blessed." One commentator has described this psalm as an introduction to Psalms which he called "God's hymnbook." Whenever we hear the word "blessed" what comes to mind is one who has everything. But in the Bible this word has an entirely different meaning.
The joy of the blessed man of Psalm 1 is his "delight" in God's Word, as one who has found a great treasure (Ps. 119:162). It is important to know the source of our joy. If it is in this world's pleasures, they will pass. Our real joy is to find delight in God's Word "day and night." Such a one is compared to "a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither" (Ps. 1:3 NIV). It has been said that palm trees are useful to us in over 250 ways. For example, grown trees inhale about 14,000 liters of carbon dioxide, and exhale double that amount in oxygen for us to inhale.
A godly man should be established in God's Word for nourishment, growth and maturity that brings forth blessing to many. We reflect the divine nature by our constant communion with God in His Word. This is how we can live a life without absorbing the impurities of this world.
a world full of changes, many storms and waves may lash against the
tree of our lives. But if we are "like a tree planted by streams of
water" - God's living water - we have no reason to fear. Let us grant
priority to the Lord and His Word. That's where our blessing is.
(Published in Grace & Truth Publication under the category “Serving”
January 2009 - Grace & Truth Magazine) & Confident Living Magazine, Secunderabad
( Used by permission)
Source: Grace & Truth Magazine.