God's Law Written in the Heavens

by Ezequiel Gonzalez

There are two expressions of the Divine Will within our reach: The Gospel revealed in Bible History and the Cosmic Law written in the heavens. Chronologically, the first to become available to mankind was the Cosmic Law. Since the very beginning God told us to study the cosmic cycles and structure our lives in harmony with them, [Genesis 1:14]. From this study we were expected to infer the existence of God and His Transcendental nature. "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen," wrote Paul in Romans 1:20, "being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead."

Moses in Genesis 1:1 summarizes the whole act of creation with the words "In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth." This phrase "Heavens and Earth" is often use in the Bible denoting a dialectical relationship between them two. Both were created by God and in their daily interaction they reflect God's will, [Genesis 14:19]. In Job 38:33 God explicitly says that the cosmic laws do exert dominion upon the Earth. In the verses preceding Job 38:33 God himself is talking to Job about the constellations that were used for astrological purposes. Thus, this cosmic dominion must imply astrological rather than mere astronomical effects.

This is very important because the book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible originally written over three thousands years ago. Furthermore, in this specific passage, the one speaking is God himself. Thus, this should not be interpreted as a mere believe or concept typical of the time, but as a direct impression of the Godhead. Then, the fact that God is making reference to such an advance astrological concept [note, please, that He is saying that the cosmic laws, not the planets or cosmic deities, are the ones who exert dominion upon the Earth] clearly indicates that back then at least some people had a profound conceptual understanding of Astrology.

In Psalm 19 King David wrote:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night after night sheweth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the Earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In its literal interpretation this passage directly confirms Astrology. Some may argue, however, that this is no more than a beautiful poetic description of a star spangled night.

Two facts forbid such an interpretation: First, in the very next line this Psalm gives a clear and direct astrological definition-- "...the Sun... is as bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race." This clearcut astrological definition [used at a time when astrological ideas were very popular in that society] indicates the astrological tone of the entire passage. Secondly, in the following lines David exalts the virtues of the "law of the Lord." ¨But to what law is David referring?

A Psalm is a complete literary piece in itself; just like a novel, short story, poem or song. Thus, if in the first part of this Psalm David speaks about the heavens communicating a Divine message to the entire world and in the second part we are told about the virtues of the Law of the Lord, then the logical deduction is that what the heavens are communicating is the law and Will of the Lord.

Why a Written Revelation Became Necessary:

Having given us a clearcut expression of his Divine Will by means of the cosmic cycles, God expected mankind to acknowledge the existence and sovereignty of the Godhead. But we did not. As Paul said in Romans 1:13-32 instead of acknowledging and honoring the Creator God, mankind worshipped the created things. This lead man into ethical, moral and sexual degeneration.

But God foresaw that this might happen and developed a "plan of redemption" to restore and guide mankind in the direction he wanted us to follow. This plan started its historical unfolding in the city of Ur or the Chaldees, a name that translated means "light of the Astrologers," [Genesis 12:1]. Ur was one of the major metropolitan areas of the time and should had distinguished itself as a center of astrological development, but became instead a big center of astrolatry; that is, the worship of celestial objects. Out of that city God called Abram; and then Abraham's son, isaac; and then Isaac's son Jacob. And finally the twelve sons of Jacob whose descendants became the chosen Israelite race, destined to rule the Earth.

Is to this chosen people and race that God gave a progressive historic revelation of his divine will. The unfolding of this revelation took over 2,000 years; beginning with the Pentateuch revealed to Moses at Mount Sinai and ending with the Apocalypse revealed to John the only surviving apostle at the Isle of Patmos in the coast of Asia Minor.

In the Pentateuch God forbade many methods of divination, including some based on cosmic cycles [Deuteronomy 4:15-20 and Deuteronomy 18:9-14]. These prohibitions arose, however, not because divination or Astrology are bad in themselves; but because of the moral, sexual, and religious degeneration and depravation associated with those specific divinatory methods.

The primary purpose of God at the time was to raise a people and race of God loving, God fearing people able to restore the believe in a Supreme God as the basic principle of faith and conduct throughout the Earth. The raw material God had to work with were the Israelites, a tough material to work with, as a quick glance at the book of Numbers would clearly show. Thus, in order to mold them and guide them into the path God wanted them to follow he had to impose upon them a hard and highly restricted code of conduct. Treating them not as adults, but as kids.

Eventually, God himself took on human form and dwelled among us for some 33 years. With his own example he showed them, us and all, his true merciful, loving nature, character and will. Furthermore he showed us how he intended us to live, not according to the letter but according to the spirit; that is, not following strict, specific do's and do not's, but organizing our lives according to sound spiritual [ethical] principles. With his own sacrifice at Calvary he sealed the guarantee of his love, the assurance of our forgiveness. Before his incarnation He as the Creator God [the source from where everything else emanates] had the inherent right to rule and command. With his incarnation, life and vicarial death, he earned the moral right to rule and command. He is not only God, but he is also the only one who has earned the moral right to be God.

Jesus' Suffering:

To recognize Jesus as Saviour is to recognize the historical fact that as a race we had set in motion a cosmic process [the continuous and accelerating corruption of the Earth's orgone energy field] that would have resulted in our collective destruction a long time ago. Jesus with his death at Calvary reversed that process at a cost that we are just barely beginning to understand. His suffering went far beyond the beatings, whippings, nailing to the cross and crucifixion that he had to endure within the last 24 hours of his life [and no regular human being would had endured such accumulation of physical punishment; just the bleeding that started the night before at Gethsemane and was augmented with the subsequents beatings that same night was enough to kill any human being in just a few hours. If you doubt that ask any boxer or wrestler whose matches are stop as soon as they start bleeding profusely.]

His suffering as a matter of fact lasted the entire 33 years of his life. From the very beginning he was conscious of his mission on this planet. He came to die a horrible death and he knew it very well; thus, the psychological martyrdom he suffered as a child, teenager and young adult must have been horrible.

Not only that, but as a man knowing his destiny he must had deprived himself of sex and romance [two basic emotional needs] not because they were bad but because to get married and begot children would have meant to impose upon them the pain of seen husband and father dying, leaving them fatherless and unprotected in a world that would have hated them as much as it hated him.

Another source of agony was his family. From the fact that Joseph, his stepfather, is mentioned during his childhood years, but not during his adult life we may infer that Joseph died somewhere in between. His mother, brothers, and sisters thought him to be "out of his mind" even after he had began his ministry [see Mark 3:21 & 3:31-35]. Thus, he must had been a lonely young man full of sorrows, as it was predicted in Isaiah 53.

Finally, at the cross he not only suffered the physical pain inflicted by man, but the psychological hell of finding himself removed from the Godhead, as his cry "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" recorded in Matthew 27:46 clearly indicates. Considering that he came out of God as the purest manifestation of the Godhead, to find himself cut out from it must had felt horrible. A pain he had never experience before. If we feel bad when someone we have come to love suddenly rejects us. How much more painful must it have been for him to find himself rejected by the Godhead he loved and belonged to. And all that for no fault of his own!

Yes indeed, to price for our redemption was huge and he was the one who paid it. To accept his as Saviour is to accept this not as a mere religious dogma but as a historical fact.

To accept Jesus as Lord is to accept that as individuals and as a race we are not able to fulfil our destiny by ourselves. We must depend on Him. Not in the neurotic way some people rely on him, expecting him to do everything in their daily lives, but in a historical sense. Human history should be a continuous search, along an ascendant path, but only His presence empowered us to move along this ascendant path. He is our leader, our north and our goal. To life our daily lives we need to contact and feed on the cosmic life energy. For that we may not need Jesus, but to be able to move forward as a race and civilization, we certainly need to follow his example, and to make his priorities our own. As we make his priorities our priorities, we are in a very real sense accepting his lordship upon us.

This message was implicit in the pages of the Old Testament, and became explicit in the New. Our own neuroticism, however, have prevented us from seeing Christ as a historical reality. Instead, we first killed him in order to get him out of our World, and then made him an object of worship. I am sure that he would like to see more people willing to follow his ethical example, instead of the billions who worship him as "God" but follow his example not. For millennia the neurotic fear of the Godhead has kept mankind hiding like cockroaches in daylight; afraid of living a full live; disconnected from the rest of creation, out of tune with God, with the cosmos and even with themselves. The Gospel message should have the effect of restoring us to a condition of peace and communion with God. This, however, must not be seen as the end of our spiritual - intellectual search, but as a new beginning: the first step, but just the first step, along a new and ascending path.

As Paul once said in Romans 12:2 our inner being must renew itself continually in its understanding. Peter described us as coheirs of the divine nature [Second Peter 1:4], and John declared us heirs of the divine throne, [Revelation 3:21]. Obviously, if that is what we are and are bound to become, then we must prepare ourselves for it. Our perception and understanding must renew itself continuously under this new light.

Being coheirs of the divine nature, we are an integral part of the Godhead. In a way we are God but had forgotten it. We must therefore continually renew our understanding of what we are, of what the Godhead is, and of what our role within the Godhead is. We are Divine in origin, nature, and destiny; but in order to actualize al that Divine potential we must continuously renew our understanding in search of the full realization of our own divinity -- never forgetting the huge prize Christ paid for it.

A new Astrological Viewpoint:

Is within this renewed reality [made possible by the incarnation, exemplary life, and expiatory death of the Verb of God] that the "Divine Law Written in the Heavens" must be approached. We are not talking about the astrolatry [worship of the heavenly bodies] so popular in the ancient world and still prevalent among certain people. Neither are we talking about religious theories "brought from the East" that denied or minimized the existence of a Self Conscious Cosmic Intelligence (God as we understand it). We are talking about the Cosmic Law as originally established by God; which as David once said, "is perfect, converting the soul."

When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he said "Our heavenly father... may your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven." During his three years of public ministry his message was "repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." [Matthew 4:17]. When asked where was that mysterious kingdom, He answered that it is among us [Luke 17:20-21]. This verses summarizes Jesus message, purpose and goal among us: to make it possible that the same laws that rule the Heavens may rule human society as well. The basic difference is that the celestial bodies, being inanimated objects, cannot choose whether they will obey these rules or not, while we certainly can. This, then, was his ultimate goal. His death at Calvary, and the establishment of the social institution of the Church, were secondary things that became necessary in order to accomplish his primary goal.

The institution of the Christian Church as originally established by Jesus is a group of people who acting apart from secular society seek to live in harmony and resonance with the Godhead. The newborn lives in harmony with the Godhead, but as he grows into this world and begins to act in egocentric ways he becomes alienated from the Godhead and the Cosmos. Thus, in order to reestablish that communion with the Godhead a conscious choice must be made by the individual. He must consciously accept that he as an individual is not the center of the universe, but a part of a divine totality by whose rules he must abide. This act brings about a new birth or beginning in the life of the individual. Then and only then would he be a member of the Church of Christ: The Assembly of those who in spite of their limitations, consciously seek to live in resonance and communion with the Godhead.

This special assembly, [what anthropologist or sociologist may call a religious sub-culture] became necessary because our society is based on man-centered concepts, where God is seen, not as a higher force we should live in resonance with, but as a do-gooder we should use to satisfy our whims. Eventually, the church should influence the secular society to such an extent that it will be force to choose between the ego-centered and the God centered foundation.

At the present time this critical moment is at hand. Mankind is coming to realize that ego-centered concepts are leading us nowhere. The concept of resonance with nature and the cosmos is starting to gain ground. Also the Church has grown beyond any and every man made organization and has become a worldwide, interdenominational, interreligious living network of individuals who seek to live in harmony with the Godhead. Eventually, all humans attempt to centralize collective authority in humans hands will fall (including all religious and political centers of power), and mankind will start to live in natural harmony and resonance with the Godhead in both his personal and impersonal manifestations. Then, the Church as a social institution will be needed no more; for the entire society will live in natural harmony with the Godhead.

However as mankind struggles to free herself from the old ego-centered attitudes of the past, a worldwide crisis will become inevitable. The centers of religious and political power [primarily Washington and Rome] will try to retain their authority, while the progressive thinkers will forge ahead toward a new social order with no centralized power in human hands.

Till that happens the Christian Church, existing as a separate and holy institutions made up of born again individuals, would be needed among us. But even this concept of the Church as a separate and holy organization, is compatible with the astrological worldview. Paul taught in First Corinthians 12:1-31 and Ephesians 4:16 that within the Church each and every member has a unique role to play. Common sense [and Christianity is a religion that, starting from a few basic premises, is based entirely on common sense] would tell us that a mechanism must exist to guarantee that each and every one of us develops an identity that enables us to fulfil our individual and collective roles within the Church. The Natal Chart upon which all astrological analysis is based could be seen as such a mechanism.

The Natal Chart may be defined as a diagram of tendencies, potentialities and cosmic sensitivities that the cosmic cycles imprint upon our spirits at the moment of birth. Upon this foundation is that our individual identity eventually develops. This concept is fully compatible with the emphasis God himself placed on the cosmic cycles, commanding us to study them in order to organize our social live around them [Genesis 1:14].It is also compatible with the direct asseveration God himself made while speaking to Job about the influence of the cosmic laws upon mankind. Thus, since Astrology as a philosophical or scientific discipline is nowhere condemn in the Bible, its practice should not be considered alien or antagonistic to Christian faith, or practice.

Therefore, as long as we don't use Astrology to justify philosophical or religious tendencies contrary to Christian faith, I propose Astrology not only as a permissible but also as a highly beneficial theological science. However, if at this moment in your own personal development you feel Astrology to be "wrong" or "evil" or simply incompatible with Christianity, then don't practice it. It would do you no good to practice or study something you consider evil.

Our primary goal should always be to live and grow in God. For this to happen we must be honestly truthful at all times. We may err now and then, but if our intentions are honest and true, and if we honor God in our hearts, then He has promised that sooner or latter the net result of our actions would be for good. [Romans 8:28, Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 3:5-6].

Thus, if at the present time you honestly feel Astrology to be incompatible with Christianity, then don't practice it. Follow your own path of inner development. Sooner or latter, if not in this life then inevitable in the next, your understanding on this subject will broaden...

On the other hand, if you want to practice Astrology I hasten to remember you that through the majesty of the cosmic cycles God has given us a revelation of Himself and of his Divine will for us. Thus, Astrology as seen within a Christian context is not a mere art, science, or philosophical viewpoint, but the Highest, must Sublime and Sensitive of all the Theological Sciences -- and as such must be practiced. God Bless You.