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A Christian's Defense of Astrology

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 18:33


Katie K. has cache.

Katie K. (not her real initial) has been with us from the very beginning.

Katie was Terry D's first secretary and as such typed (I've always suspected wrote, which he vehemently denies while she stays mum which only hardens my opinion) Terry D's letters when we were nothing but a newly minted group of young grownups firing letters around to each other in an effort to figure out just what the hell was going on.

Anyway, Katie followed the conversation on facebook which resulted from the quotes on astrology you'll find three or five posts below, liked one of the comments and asked if I would give it a post of it's own.

Around here, whatever Katie wants, Katie gets.


A Christian's Defense of Astrology

If you are a Christian and have read the Bible, you have to acknowledge that it was a “Star” placed in the heavens that caused the Magi to mount up in search of “The King of the Jews”.

Genesis 1:14.

If you are a Christian and have read the Bible, you have to acknowledge that it was God himself who said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;

Matthew 2:1-2.

It wasn’t Pete Seeger who came up with the idea, it was Solomon in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 who says, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

The fact that men aren’t very good at understanding the times and cycles of our lives and world beyond the very simple patterns of the tides and the seasons and worse still at predicting them, is neither here nor there.

There are now thousands of years of man’s recorded history available for us to study.

And there are millions of years of astronomical history available for us to study.

Seems quite the waste not to spend a little time comparing the two.


Burning or banning books. What's the difference?

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 07:42


The following is a letter from Paul R. Wisgerhof to the Wall Street Journal dated 9/7/2010.


If burning the Qu'ran is bad in the United States, how does that square with the banning of the Christian and Jewish Bibles in Saudi Arabia and much of the rest of the Islamic world?

At least we have copies of the Qu'ran to burn; hard to find bibles to burn in most of Islam.

However, that is the fate prescribed for them by Islamic law.

We rightly tolerate the practice of religion in this country.

That includes the pastor in Florida.

What we should not tolerate is an attempt to subvert and overthrow the U.S. Constitution and our government by a "religion" which preaches world totalitarianism.



To quote C.S. Lewis

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 16:21


An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
If war is ever lawful, then peace is sometimes sinful.
Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
 Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.
There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.
A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness.  It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need forgiveness.
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.  The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim at earth and you get neither.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
Experience: that most brutal of teachers.  But you learn, my God do you learn.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.  There is no such thing.
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret?  There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.  It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."
Thirty was so strange for me.  I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.
We are what we believe we are.
What saves a man is to take a step.  Then another step.
You don't have a soul.  You are a Soul.  You have a body.
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