Vol.VII No.X Pg.5
December 1970

Im Scorpio Maybe!

Robert F. Turner

The desire to penetrate the future and influence its events has shown itself in all lands and ages. But it is clear that a knowledge of the future does not lie within the scope of mans natural powers; divination therefore has always been an attempt to gain the help of beings possessing knowledge and power transcending those of man. (See Dan .2:10- 11 rft)... Divination, therefore, in all its forms is but an aspect of polytheism. (many-gods. rft)

The above is the opening statement of an article in International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, under the heading, Astrology. What the writer of this ISBE article sees so clearly, surely my brethren should understand; — and shun the current pagan fad of astrology. This ancient superstition enjoys a tremendous revival in our day, and silly (2 Tim. 3:6) men and women spend hours reading its ambiguous literature. I wonder if they are aware that one of the chief living astrologers said, The TRUE astrologer believes that the sun is the body of the Logos of this solar system, in Him we live and move and have our being. The planets are his angels, being modifications in the consciousness of the Logos. (Knowledge, XXIII, 228; from ISBE, ibid.)

Isaiah foretold the destruction of wicked Babylon, chiding them for such trust in sorceries, saying, Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels: let now the astrologers, the star-gazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from the things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them.. . (Isa. 47:12f) As a footnote to the word astrologers the ASV explains, dividers of the heavens. This is a reference to the arrangement of the zodiac, with its stations or houses.

Current fascination with astrology does not mean that these devotees are seriously and consciously seeking the message of other gods — in the sense that earlier men believed in gods — for our society is far too atheistic for that. The paganism of our day is not the philosophical seeking after Deity that it was in earlier days — although deluded members of various orders pay lip service to light which their borrowed symbolism is supposed to reveal. But in all of this we see evidence of a generation which has no real chart or compass. True objective faith in Jehovah God, as revealed in Jesus Christ and set forth in the Spirit -inspired word, is no longer regarded as valid or sufficient. Men grope for a firm foundation, grasping straws. The saddest aspect of it all is that people who are supposed to know God are taking part in the vain search.

William Barclay says the rudiments of Col. 2:8-10 may refer to elemental spirits of the world, and especially the spirits of the stars and planets. He says that Pauls answer is, You need nothing but Christ to overcome any power in the universe; for in Him is nothing less than the fullness of God; and He is the head of every power and authority for he created them. I say, Amen!

Brethren. quit this foolishness!!!