Oct 28, David Sarkies rated it liked it Recommends it for: People interested in esoteric Christianity Recommended to David by: Bible College The Christian message in the Zodiac 28 October There was a time when I found the esoteric and mystical elements of Christianity to be quite fascinating, and in a sense I still do. However I now accept that a lot of these elements can distract you from the core elements of the faith. What need is there to understand the relationship of the zodiac with the grand story of the Bible when your neighbour is starving? Further, I have noted that the more fundamentalist the sect becomes, the more The Christian message in the Zodiac 28 October There was a time when I found the esoteric and mystical elements of Christianity to be quite fascinating, and in a sense I still do. Further, I have noted that the more fundamentalist the sect becomes, the more they read into elements to attempt to garner some Christian truth from it.

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Most of these myths derive from "Christian psychology. Some of the books published then have lately been brought back into print, among them E. It is asserted that the signs of the zodiac were originally designed by God to communicate the "gospel"; that this "Gospel in the Stars" was known to those living before the flood; that it was later corrupted into astrology; and that the alleged recovery of the "gospel interpretation" of the zodiac is a great witness to God and His Word.

Not one shred of historical evidence can be offered in support of this theory. It is based not upon fact but speculation. Seiss even admits that the insights leading to his thesis came "in connection with his studies of the marvelous wisdom embodied in the Great Pyramid at El Giza" p 5. The alleged "Gospel in the Stars" is simply a "Christian" interpretation of astrology and occultism, in the same class as pyramidology—and equally dangerous.

Not so! While the Bible frequently states that the heavens are given for "signs," it never even implies that these "signs" present the gospel. See All Never does it say that the heavens or any other part of creation declare the gospel. The idea of "The Gospel in the Stars" puts an alleged witness from creation on a par with the revelations contained in the Bible. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, See All HebrewsGod, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, See All Why does the Bible never propose this idea? Obviously because creation witnesses to one thing, prophets to something else.

This distinction is destroyed by asserting that the gospel is contained in the stars. Nor can these figures be seen in the natural formations of the stars; they are the arbitrary product of human imagination. One simply cannot derive the "gospel" from the starry heavens, or from any other part of creation!

Therefore, in no way can the alleged "Gospel in the Stars" be equated with what the Bible says the "heavens declare"—a message that Paul reminds us is "clearly seen" RomFor the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: See All That this is not the case with the "Gospel in the Stars" is obvious.

Yet, in complete contradiction both of Scripture and common sense, it is declared that the gospel "in all its length and breadth, stands written upon the stars Seiss, p The truth is that the alleged "Gospel in the Stars" is not contained in the stars at all. It is found only in the books that tell us about this supposed wonder of the heavens and pretend to give us the original meanings allegedly conveyed in ancient oral traditions—for which there can be found no historical evidence today.

Even the Southern Cross, which is the only constellation that really forms a somewhat recognizable figure and thus is "Exhibit A" for those who promote this myth , fails on at least two counts. First of all, the "gospel" is not clear from looking at a cross. One can only wonder that evangelicals, who reject the notion that the gospel is preached by a cross in a church, would suggest that it is preached by a much less clearly formed "cross" in the sky.

Even the physical meaning of such a symbol was unknown before Roman times; and to this day the spiritual meaning of the Cross is unknown to those who have never read the Bible or heard the gospel preached by men. How much less, then, could any other symbol do so—then or now! Even were the "signs of the zodiac" distinct, without the Bible, and with only the stars themselves to look at, no one could understand the gospel from them. In fact, the symbols of the zodiac have universally served to support occultism and astrology since the earliest times.

To suggest that the "gospel" was their "original meaning" promotes a deadly delusion. The word "gospel" is used times in 95 verses in the Bible all New Testament and it is never associated with the stars or the witness of creation. The gospel is always preached by men and must be made perfectly clear for it to be of any effect. The alleged "Gospel in the Stars" fails on both counts.

Moreover, MatthewAnd this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. The Bible indicates that the gospel began to be preached with the advent of Christ 2 TimBut is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: See All Paul refers to "the beginning of the gospel" PhilippiansNow ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

It is a contradiction of Scripture to suggest that for thousands of years before it was made clear in the Bible, the gospel had been proclaimed in an oral tradition associated with the stars.

Yet Seiss claims that "men who lived almost a thousand years [i. Yet Seiss, for example, swept up in an enthusiasm that carried him far beyond facts and reason, expansively declared: " That is quite simply false. One would think that such a witness would have had a powerful effect upon Jews "who require a sign.

Such total silence throughout Scripture upon a topic that we are now told is of great value disproves this thesis. Notice that Paul, in reasoning with his audience from creation, did not go beyond what creation declares plainly to all and that which is known by all in their consciences.

The very claim that the "gospel" is in the stars is inconsistent with the knowledge that Scripture attributes to creation and with the manner in which Christ and His apostles referred to creation for a witness.

Why devote a newsletter to the "Gospel in the Stars"? Preaching the gospel from the signs of the zodiac is like presenting it from Star Wars or other occultic stories, which some have done. Seiss himself fell into that trap. In his chapter titled "The Suffering Redeemer," Seiss declares p 38 , "In the divine triad of Brahmanic deities the second, the Son, the One who became incarnate in the man-god Krishna, sits upon his throne cross-legged, holding the cross in his right hand; and he is the god of deliverance It is the same story of deliverance and salvation through the Cross-bearer, the divine Son of the Virgin.

Though its promoters may be sincere, the "Gospel in the Stars" is just one more means of causing similar deadly confusion.



Dairr Critical gospel in the stars seiss of the gospel in the stars theory reveals that it relies thd embarrassingly poor scholarship. Although many ancient cultures referred to decans, they are defined differently than the way Rolleston uses the term. In addition to his pastoral duties, he was active as a lecturer and writer. Ryan Todd rated it it was amazing May 01, When confronted with criticism of their theory, supporters of the gospel in the stars generally have several possible responses. Examples include the Bible code, the da Vinci code, pyramidology, ancient astronauts, and various grand conspiracy theories. There is, however, a connection between Orion and Scorpius, although they are on opposite sides of the sky from one another.


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