Astrology in Myanmar

We learned a great deal from our Buddhist guides while traveling in Myanmar (formerly Burma).  For example, the people there don’t have surnames.  Their last name is the day of the week on which they were born.  They divide Wednesday into two days: Midnight til 12 noon is one day; noon to midnight another day. That way there are eight days in the week—and for them, eight is a lucky number.

It is their belief that the day of the week on which they are born determines their personalities. There are certain days of the week—let’s say Monday. If you’re born that day, then you would not make a good match with a person born on another day—let’s say Wednesday.  An astrologer is consulted before a marriage consideration, to ensure a good match according to the astrological chart.

As a follower of Jesus, I believe astrology is the “interpretation” of an assumed influence the stars and planets have on human destiny.  According to the Bible, this is a false belief.

  1. In Daniel 1:20 the royal astrologers of the Babylonian court were put to   shame by God’s prophet Daniel.
  2. The astrologers were powerless to interpret the king’s dream in Daniel 2:27.
  3. In Isaiah 47:13-14, God specifies astrologers as among those who will be burned as stubble in God’s judgment.
  4. We read in Deuteronomy 18:10-14 that astrology as a form of divination is forbidden in Scripture.
  5. The sun, moon and stars are designated “host of heaven” in Genesis 2:1.  In Deuteronomy 4:19 God forbids the children of Israel to worship or serve the “host of heaven.”
  6. We read in 2 Kings 17:16 that the Israelites fell into that very sin several times. Their worship of the stars brought God’s judgment each time.
  • In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.     Daniel 1:20
  •  Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about.     Daniel 2:27
  • All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!  Let your astrologers come forward, those star-gazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.  Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up.  They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by.     Isaiah 47:13-14
  • And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.          Deuteronomy 4:19
  • They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves,and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal.     2 Kings 17:16
  • SONG:  THE PARALYTICMusic by Kathleen, Lyrics from Mark 2:3, 5-12
This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Astrology in Myanmar

  1. Linda says:

    The Farmers Almanac deceives people into believing that the stars can predict when to plant crops, and even my dearly departed mother put a lot of faith into making decisions based upon the Almanac. What do you think of that practice?

    • Kathleen says:

      Dear Linda, My understanding is that the Old Farmer’s Almanac, first published around 1792, used the science of astronomy, not astrology, in its publications. According to Genesis 1:14, the lights in the sky were to “serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.” Apparently, modern Farmers’ Almanacs include both astronomy AND astrology.

  2. Kristi says:

    I Do Not Believe in Astrology!! I Believe in Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ as HE is in CONTROL of Everything from Heaven Above!
    Love Kristi

  3. Mika says:

    Most interesting post. Thank you!

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