How is it that Christians do not believe in astrology?

Horoscopes: right or wrong?

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adobest / istockphotoThe constellations are the basis for horoscopes

Horoscopes are a popular pastime. Because they seem to give answers, individual solutions, self-confirmation and advice to very personal questions. Whoever believes in horoscopes leaves the rational world and experiences something like a different truth. The Bible already deals with the answers of the astrologers.

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Author: Hans Genthe

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“Which constellation are you?” Is a question that is easy to get into conversation with. "Oh, that's what you are? Scorpios are always like that ... ”And the conversation leads in depth. Then two talk about their feelings and wishes. Fate and the gentle powers of the stars are then much closer than any boring rational questions about age, occupation and hobbies. Every third woman believes in horoscopes and every sixth man gets involved.

The majority of Germans consider horoscopes to be nonsense, and yet almost everyone looks into the newspaper column with the signs of the zodiac or answers the question about the sign of the zodiac in a casual conversation. Because beyond all reason, the interpretations of the stars in view of one's own life leave the limitations of this world and suddenly answer questions that no one can really answer. These are the questions about the future and personal happiness - the most important questions in life.

Thousands of years old star interpretation

Even in ancient times, the stars, which changed in the yearly cycle, were used for navigation in deserts and on the sea. In addition, attempts have been made to store their movements with a deeper meaning, so to speak for the navigation of life. The horoscope is a snapshot of the precisely calculated planetary positions. There are two different answers to the question of how the stars and one's own life are related. According to one view, the heavenly bodies have a direct effect on the life of every single person. And according to the other view, the celestial bodies give information about the life of individual people: "As above, so also below". There is a certain synchronicity between heaven and earth, which is why you can read the fate of people from the stars and planets.

Star interpretation in the Bible

In the Bible, too, the stars are sometimes used to explain facts. God indicates to Abraham the multitude of stars on his abundant offspring. “I want to multiply your offspring like the stars in heaven (Exodus 32:13). Jesus is born under the sign of a star: “When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the time of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and said, Where is the newborn King of the Jews? We have seen his star rise and have come to worship him ”(Gospel of Matthew 2: 1). And Jesus himself announces the beginning of the kingdom of God with the end of this world: "And signs will take place in the sun and moon and stars, and on earth the peoples will be afraid, and they will be despondent at the roar and waves of the sea" ( Luke 21:25).

Critical discussion in the Bible

The Old Testament already takes a critical look at the magicians in Babylon and forbids predictions of this kind: “You should not turn to fortune-tellers, and do not seek out the interpreters of signs so that you are not defiled by them; for I am the Lord your God ”(Leviticus 19:31). The prophet Jeremiah also quotes God: "You should not learn according to the way of the Gentiles and you should not be afraid of the signs of heaven, as the Gentiles fear" (Jeremiah 10: 2). The New Testament also warns: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world ”(1 John 4: 1).

Scientific debate

The signs of the zodiac come from ancient Babylon, where there were no telescopes yet. The earth was believed to be the fixed center of the universe, around which everything revolves. Of the billions of celestial bodies, only seven planets, one dwarf planet, the earth's moon and one star (the sun) are taken into account according to the old model. One planet, four dwarf planets and 167 moons are missing, as well as billions of galaxies. In addition, due to the inclination of the earth's axis, there is a slow shift of the sun's path against the zodiac signs over the millennia.

Studies on horoscopes

Numerous tests have refuted the truthfulness of horoscopes: For example, the French psychologist and astrologer Michel Gauquelin sent an allegedly personal horoscope to 150 test subjects. Over 90 percent found themselves in it. What they didn't know: it was the horoscope of the French serial killer Marcel Petiot. Florian Freistetter from the Astronomical Computing Institute of Heidelberg University considers astrology to be a "fortune-telling and association system that is completely decoupled from physical reality and whose elements and rules of interpretation depend exclusively on the preferences of the respective astrologer."

Horoscopes promise what we want to hear

As long as horoscopes lighten the mood, they do no harm. Since the statements of common horoscopes are very general, they almost always apply (Barnum effect) and address the reader directly. Seen in this way, horoscopes can support understanding and the search for meaning. However, when people become dependent on horoscopes, it can get dangerous. "The longing for personal advice is obviously strong," it says on the website