posted on Apr, 4 2008 @ 03:35 PM
It's absolutely true that huge amounts of the Bible and other religious texts of the time are filled with astrological references. Prophecies and
predictions are loaded with astrology, as are the timing of major events.
In our more enlightened age, and with astrology being seen more these days as a "New Age" interest, most churches tend to downplay the big role
astrology played in the lives of the people in that time, and in particular the scholars who were writing the stuff.
Much of Jesus's claim to be the Messiah (Immanuel) rested on his ability to make his story conform to prophesies in earlier texts that were derived
from astrology and portents in the sky. The whole "Star of Bethlehem" thing is a blatant attempt to link the birth of Jesus with an astrological
event, as was the crucifixion. One is purported to occur near the first day of Winter, the other at Passover, which is roughly associated with the
first day of Spring. These are not coincidences, but meant to serve as symbolic reference points that back up the narrative. They're astrological
events, formerly utilized for "pagan" harvest and planting celebrations, restructured within Jewish and Christian contexts.
P.S. -- If there's any sort of conspiracy here, it's how the mainstream church has somehow turned around and labeled astrology as a pagan pursuit.
What are they trying to hide? Is there an astrological secret in the texts somewhere that would allow a person to pretend to be a Messiah or other
figure of power, that could ultimately rob them of theirs. Hmmm...
[edit on 4-4-2008 by Nohup]