Truth or blatant heresy?

Am I a bad Christian for believing in the truth of star signs?

Again, I plead, hold your fire all thou holy and righteous and let me explain myself. Back in the day, I NEVER believed in anything that claimed to predict personality traits. I thought it was a whole load of bullocks! That was until I read The Spirit-Controlled Temperament by Tim LaHaye. I read that book when I was 15, I believe. I finished it in a few hours! All 251 pages of it! Why was I so glued to it? Well, aside of the fact that I used to read like my life depended on it as a teenager (I read everything that came my way: From John Grisham to Danielle Steel to M & B, Hints and Hearts *covering eyes in shame*, to the Bible *smiling with pride*, I related to The Spirit-Controlled Temperament on a deep level. I quickly identified my dad as a MelChol, my mom as a SanChol and myself as a SanMelCholPhleg (yes I am 25% of all temperaments! bite me :p) It was just so true, so real, so relatable.

 

An amazing read!

 

I especially love the way Tim linked it all to the Holy Spirit. He made it clear that the Holy Spirit-filled temperament does not have weaknesses; instead it has nine strengths which happen to be the fruit of the Spirit! Irrespective of ones natural temperament, the Spirit gives strength for every weakness. The perfect characteristics of each temperament were shown in Jesus Christ who stands as our example, the One we should look to as the perfect personality.

This is all nice and dandy. But I was so keen to know more about myself. Why do I act the way I do? Why am I so emotional? Then I probed further into another source of personality trait predictor and decided to read about my Zodiac star sign, Pisces. What I saw left me weak in the knees. I was dumbfounded. I was intrigued. My insides screamed out ‘this is so me!’

Let me give you a few of the characteristics that embody the Pisces which I culled from the internet.

Key Words of the Pisces: Shy* Romantic *Trustworthy *Dreamy *Creative *Understanding *Unrealistic *Impractical*.

I BELIEVE’ is the motto for Pisces. You are drawn to religion and anything of a spiritual or esoteric nature. You have a very creative imagination and an artistic temperament.

You are a compassionate, sympathetic and loving soul. You are so sensitive that unconsciously you may absorb the moods and thoughts of the people around you.

It’s easy for you to become emotionally drained by the needs of friends, family and lovers, so it’s important for you to take time out for yourself.

You can be very impressionable. You can also be indecisive, but that’s partly because you don’t like to be pinned down.

These to a great extent describe myself and a lot of other Pisces I know. The same also goes for other star signs.

But is this Biblical? Should I be reading this? Or is it knowledge given by God but now distorted by the devil because wisdom comes from God alone (Romans 16:24, Proverbs 2:6). I really am confused. Like I am wont to saying and mentioned in my recent post on another blog, when confused, reach for the Word of God. It never fails. So what sayeth the Bible about star signs, astrology, zodiac signs and why are they so annoyingly almost always accurate? Let’s go there.

 

What does the Bible say?

 

In Psalms 147:4, we discover that “He telleth the number of the stars, He calleth them all by their NAMES.” If God created the stars, then are they not ‘good’? Genesis 1:31 says that ‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.’ Hence, we have established that stars are good. For example, the wise men (we were lied to, they were not three!) in the Bible saw Jesus’ star and were able to go and worship Him (Matthew 2:10).

The problem however is that they have become perverted by workers of iniquity for their own use and to mislead people from God. Whereby, people would rather subscribe to Astrological Daily Predictions than read Open Heavens or better still, the Bible. That, my friends, is where the problem lies!

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 clearly states that,

‘There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer, 11 or one who binds others with a spell or anyone who consults a spirit medium or a professional foreteller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For everybody doing these things is something detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable things Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you.’ So, whilst I don’t think it is wrong to understand personality traits of people, it is a problem to replace the knowledge of God with this.

There was never any mention of Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy or Phlegmatic temperaments in the Bible, yet Tim LaHaye has successfully related it to the Word of God, teaching us how we can be strengthened even in our weaknesses through the help of the Holy Spirit. I think the same can be done with these Zodiac signs. For instance, the Aries can learn to be less aggressive by building up a meek and gentle spirit (1 Peter 3:3), the Pisces can learn to be more decisive through the help of the Holy Spirit etc.

I feel we ought to stop dismissing things we do not understand as ‘alien’, ‘demonic’ and try and understand them better but with caution though! It becomes WITCHCRAFT however when we depend on it instead of on the Holy Spirit and on GOD and look to it for help instead of looking into the Word. Nothing must be exalted above GOD.  Take your daily cues from the Word of God and not from the back page of some silly newspaper written by some ignorant person!

Do I speak truth or is this blatant heresy?

In other unrelated news, let’s say a word of prayer for Gamu and her family in what must be undoubtedly, difficult times.

That’s all folks (for now)

Temiville.xoxo


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  1. I agree with you that “we ought to stop dismissing things we do not understand as ‘alien’, ‘demonic’ and try and understand them better”. But it is also easy to distort anything to seem godly as well. The art of counterfeiting is the greatest skill of the devil. God creates but the devil counterfeits. It is important to investigate the root history of things. I am surprised to discover that Zodiac is rooted in Greek mythology. It actually means “The circle of animals”. Check out the origin and description of each animal here:

    http://www.spiffy-entertainment.com/zodiac.html

    The problem with Zodiac reading is that it is not consistent and reliable because every astrologer will give you a different reading. This is because it is rooted in mythology with some element of psychology thrown in. Also what is the source of their information – the reading of stars? My question is: why read the stars for answers when you can read the Word of God?

    1. Thanks for your comment! But the question is: is it wrong for me to read up on your star sign in order to understand your personality traits? Whilst I would NEVER replace zodiac stuff with God, I find that they are quite true.

      Do we reject the truth in them simply because the devil is trying to distort it? The devil goes about distorting a lot of things! Some years ago, Christians believed the internet was just a tool of the devil and refused to engage with it. Now, years later, they see what vast opportunities that had let slip. If the children of God don’t use it, the devil will forever use it and confuse people with it.

      It all gets confusing sometimes :s

  2. I think the bottom line about Star Signs, Astrology and all that jazz is the danger of putting all your trust in them. Yes, If they describe your personality to a T, It is ok, But the question is, what do you do with the info?. Nothing should ever replace the Trust we have in Jesus, and the way God sees us as ‘Wonderfully and Beautifully made’. These things are just tools. and can be used for good or bad.

  3. Temi you are wrong, Very wrong, How can you associate Chorl with me in any way.

    Sanphleg looks more like it.

    I also think your dad is Chorl-Chorl-Mel

  4. well! well!! well!!!
    temperaments hmmmmmmm.
    this is what i feel.
    it is important to get to know what your make up is, u get to know urself alil more and appreciate other people also. knowing their strengths and weaknesses. once that is established, life is much easier.
    haven said that i must point out that the EXTREME of things may not be the best. alot of people dwell on the fact that they possess a temperament make up or mixture of the two but never wanna try and work on the weaknesses thereof. it is common to hear people say things like, its my nature, you cant change me- but the fact is u cannot remain like that. you should try and make conscious effort to change or reduce it to the barest minimum.
    the tot for that is, is that one of the fruit of the spirit that as a christian you should possess???
    aspa zodiac signs—-long tin—wot i would just say is that people choose to believe woteva they feel works for them. yes the signs might have some element of truth but when it is used as a basis for life, when u cannot pray to God and ask him for direction and guidance and all you do is to check some horoscope to guide u through the day, month …..
    me i no dey ooooo. people always go the EXTREME and end up being initiated oooo.
    i rest my case

  5. TRUTH…I’m Leo. And almost all the traits of Leos, I find in myself. I agree wt u that the devil is perverting God’s wisdom. But I so much believe the star signs are at least 70% accurate!

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