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Why Horoscopes Aren’t Such “Innocent” Fun

“What harm can there really be in reading my horoscope with my friends?” “Are Tarot cards that big of a deal?” “So I went to visit a psychic, it was just for fun, I don’t really believe any of that.”

I can tell you right now, I have personal experience with all of those things and more, but it all started very innocently: Just me reading my horoscope for fun with my friends.

Imagine for a moment that you lived in a neighborhood surrounded by thieves. Everyone in your neighborhood, except your family, was a thief and they were all just waiting for the one night you forgot to lock your doors so they could come and mess with or steal all of your stuff.

I know that sounds a little weird, but that’s what experimenting with fortune-telling, new ageism and other seemingly innocent fringe activities is like for Christians. When we read our horoscopes, even just for “fun,” it’s like leaving our hearts and minds unlocked for the enemy to come in and start messing with us even more than he already does.

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness (2 Timothy 2:15-16).

One of the most harmful things Satan can make us believe is that playing around with these things is “no big deal” as long as we don’t really believe them. That’s not what the Bible says. Galatians says to stay away from such things entirely and 2 Timothy tells us that such worldly and empty things lead to further ungodliness.

You see, when we experiment with things that seem harmless or seem like a “gray area”–neither exactly right nor wrong–it erodes our faith a little bit at a time. Remember, it was a river and time that carved the Grand Canyon. It’s so subtle that it seems harmless and by the time we notice it, we’ve traveled much farther from God than we intended.

Instead of letting curiosity about these things erode our faith, let’s strengthen our faith according to God’s Word.

Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it (Song of Solomon 8:6-7a).

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers (Psalm 1:2-3).

Over time, whatever we put into our minds and hearts will begin to take root and affect who we are and what we believe. Even if it seems like harmless fun now, those things are already taking root like weeds in a garden, so let’s choose to put them away and start weeding out the things in our lives that don’t belong there!

What do you think, is it possible for horoscopes, fortune-telling and other things like these to be just harmless fun?

But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren (James 1:14-16).

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31 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by on December 8, 2012 at 13:58

    After my friends horoscope came true I have stoped reading them. They are creepy not cool!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Celeste_Is_A_Pretty_Misnomer on October 9, 2012 at 14:24

    Horoscopes will only indoctrinate you if you let them, just like anything else.

  3. horselover0509

    Posted by horselover0509 on June 23, 2012 at 07:36

    Thank you so much for sharing! i completely agree! never go near this stff!!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by JessicaIsMyName on June 19, 2012 at 19:35

    im confused? so i cant read my horoscopeN like i dont know. i am a christian and i go to church and i think im a good kid until i go on here and apparently i cant wear a bikini or shorts or drink i mean yolo. i have a good relationship with God and im pretty sure i can still listen to music and live young and wild and free.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on December 8, 2012 at 14:19

      As christians we must be set apart from this world. And it’s hard! But we can do all things through christ who strenghens us. Also just because you go to church does not make you a christian! You can go to church every sunday, but if you do not act it during the week. You are not saved. The bible says our actions mirror our heart. You should look deeper and see what your heart is like. Please note their is nowere in the bible that says you cannot wear shorts or bikinis. But their are verses against drinking and witchcraft (or horoscopes).
      I hope this did not sound judgmental! I am far from purfect. But that is the great thing about being a christian, is that god does not call us to purfection!

      LOVE YA!

  5. katie74340

    Posted by katie74340 on June 15, 2012 at 06:56

    They do take a toll on your Christian life. My father has started to read his horoscope and really think abut it. He will read them aloud to my mother and me. We don’t want to hear it. When he started reading them, I noticed a BIG change in his attitude. One day, we were taking the family dog (Clifford) for a walk. I started talking about something from our church. He said this, which totally surprised me: “Sometimes, it’s good to be a friend of the devil, and talk to God. A friend of the devil can be a friend of mine” The last part was a song he listens to. Do any of you at PI know what I can do to try and persuade him not to read his horoscope so often, or to not take it to heart?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on December 8, 2012 at 14:01

      Pray about it! I will be praying with you.

    • ruthie27064Him

      Posted by ruthie27064Him on June 16, 2012 at 20:41

      I want you to know I’ll be praying for you! I’m not sure what advise to give on this but two things: Scripture, (esp. 1 John – talks a LOT about that), and PRAY!
      Stay strong!
      God bless!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Attie the Jesus Freak on June 14, 2012 at 21:05

    AWESOME ARTICLE! TOTALLY TRUE! 🙂

  7. ruthie27064Him

    Posted by ruthie27064Him on June 8, 2012 at 20:25

    Couldn’t you say the same thing about Ghost Hunters, and other supernatural TV shows and movies? I know there are A LOT out there, and I don’t think they’re harmless at all!

    Also, a book called “This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti paints a great picture of the fight that goes on between angels and demons in the supernatural world. (I would recommend 13 or older though.)

    Another good book about fighting “the rulers of this world,” is “The Ishbane Conspiracy” by Randy Alcorn. SO good! Also PG 13, or run it through your parents at least.

  8. xJesusLovesYoux

    Posted by xJesusLovesYoux on June 7, 2012 at 09:14

    o-o i used to read my horoscope once a month….. now, uhh no. Bye bye horoscope.

    • YoucatMarie

      Posted by YoucatMarie on June 7, 2012 at 17:51

      Coincidences are God’s way of staying anonymous! Earlier today, I was Googling up if palm reading is scientifically proven: it’s not. I came across a really interesting article about this guy who read people’s palms. At first, he wasn’t serious about it, but over time, as the devil slowly crept up on him, he believed that what he was “

      • YoucatMarie

        Posted by YoucatMarie on June 7, 2012 at 18:01

        (Sorry, my Kindle Fire was doing crazy things) pleased with his work because people were very pleased with his results. So one day, someone told him to say the exact opposite “what the person’s hand read”. People STILL believed him (like they knew what lines mean what was going to happen to them). Looks like somebody we ought to pray for! (I was going to include a link to the article, but I don’t know the URL, and I don’t want a portal for the devil worki g through me).

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by poochker on June 7, 2012 at 06:52

    I think horoscopes and that stuff is messed up, because it doesn’t agree with God’s Word. I have friends who think it’s no big deal, but it is.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by mc1207 on June 7, 2012 at 01:30

    I’ve never liked horoscopes. They’ve never gotten me right and always creep me out. But this is great! Even more proof to support the WHY they are fake and why we shouldn’t read em! Here’s a “horoscope” for the believer… the gospel!! 😀

  11. Paris

    Posted by Paris on June 6, 2012 at 16:54

    I don’t participate in any type of witchcraft. I get creeped out seeing it on television or movies,and just someone reading a horoscope creeps me out.

  12. kjm109

    Posted by kjm109 on June 6, 2012 at 15:42

    I used to read a weekly horoscope on another website, and after thinking about it and talking to my parents about what the bible said, i decided to stop reading them. It took a while, but now i don’t even notice them when the add pops up.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by AlyssaBillow on June 6, 2012 at 12:26

    Awesome! Great info!

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Esther on June 6, 2012 at 11:30

    Just want to say that in 8th paragraph, you say the Grand Canyon was formed over a long period of time. That’s NOT true. I’m not saying that we can’t slowly be slipping away from God and not realize it. That’s not my point. And I’m not trying to be a total perfectionist. My point is that the idea that the Grand Canyon was formed over a millions of years is supposed to support the theory of evolution. Really, the Grand Canyon was formed by Noah’s flood in Old Testament. EVIDENCE: If the Grand Canyon was formed slowly by a river, there would be a delta at the end of the canyon like there is at the end of the Nile River and many other rivers. There is no evidence that there was a delta at the end of the canyon. For more info see the book “Grand Canyon: A Different View” by veteran Colorado River guide Tom Vail.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by jesussaves on June 6, 2012 at 21:05

      I agree!! There is so much evidence that evolution is false, and not just the fact that the Bible says that God formed the world in 6 days.

    • violinist4Him

      Posted by violinist4Him on June 6, 2012 at 12:47

      I agree. thanks for putting that out there. That’s exactly what I thought when I read that.

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by peacefulgirl98 on June 6, 2012 at 11:02

    thanks for sharing this articel i had never really thought about it untill now

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sweetchild on June 6, 2012 at 10:46

    I learned that they were not Godly last year at a Bible study; I deleted all of my horoscope apps and I no longer believe in that stuff. Stay away from this type of stuff.

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by xALIYAH on June 6, 2012 at 09:14

    fortune cookies also because i remember i had a crush on this guy and i had the fortune cookie app and i had the god wants you to know app so the god wants you to know message told me you might be fooled. but the fortune cookie seemed to tell me your secret admirer is waiting for you to make the move. so instead of me listening to gods message i listened to the fortune cookie the after awhile i got hurt but i had to forgive him and myself :'( but i’ve moved on and came a long way :)) and god told me love is worth the wait. 🙂 but i have been so happy without boyfriends. like peace within myself.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by beautifulyou on June 13, 2012 at 08:36

      That is such a cool story. I have saved fortune cookies messages before and put them on my mirror. I thought they were pretty harmless ’till I heard your story. I think it’s pretty important to recognize the difference between what the world wants you to do and what God wants you to do. God gives you the wiser choice. Thanks for sharing that even cookies can influenece you!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by mc1207 on June 7, 2012 at 01:33

      I wanted a boyfriend for SUCH a long time. 17 and still no boyfriend ever. One day I was complaining to my mom, as per usual, about it and she said “I guess God doesn’t want you to have one if you don’t. Don’t worry though, He make it happen when He wants you to have one and knows you’re ready”. Gotta say, my mama is wise! I promise you, no matter what, God has your back!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by lisaleach602 on August 24, 2012 at 21:26

        I didnt have a real relationship until I was 17. didnt have my first kiss til i was 16 with some guy i didnt care much about and who didnt care much about me. (after that guy i kissed i decided to move boys out of my focus) when i did have that relationship at 17, it ended up being the man I married almost 4 years later. it was such a blessing that i hadnt been with another guy before, that i had never loved another guy before, that i didnt have more relationship baggage from other guys, that i had hardly kissed another guy, etc. it was great and if i could go back i would have even less relations with guys than i did, which was hardly anything.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by ClaudiaVerenisse on June 6, 2012 at 09:12

    Horoscopes, tarrot cards, palm readings, etc. count as witchcraft and sorcery so that’s why we should stay away from it. The enemy likes to sugarcoat things that are evil to make them look innocent and that’s why we must be cautious at all times because the enemy is always looking for that open window to come in and attack.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jadejam on June 6, 2012 at 06:48

    Wow, this is such news to me. Thank you for sharing this and those verses from the Bible. 🙂