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.
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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.
To me it seems a little contrived in his attempt to squeeze the Christian message into the zodiac. The zodiac is a lot more complicated than simply the twelve signs, and even then, despite being able to connect each of the twelve signs with some section of the Christian story, it must be remembered that based on the order of the Zodiac and I am only speaking of the twelve signs here the story simply does not fit. It is because of this that I am very reluctant to use the zodiac as a means of explaining the gospel.
However, remember that the zodiac had its roots in the Babylonian empire, and the Jewish people originally came out of Mesopotamia, so it would not be not unusual from them to borrow something from their old culture. However, as we read through Genesis and Exodus and see the development of the Jewish Culture, there is a significant trend away from the Babylonian practices. The opening chapters of Genesis are set to contrast the Jewish aetiological myth from that of their neighbours. However, the Bible does suggest that there was a reason why God created the stars, though it does not explicitly saying that it was to tell a story.
Genesis suggests that the stars were created to assist in telling the time and for navigating, and the Psalms indicates that they declare the glory of God. A final point I wish to make is that the Zodiac is cyclical.
It does not progress in a straight line, but turns around to end where it begins. Christianity and Judaism is teleological, meaning that it has a distinct beginning and end point, and history moves from the start to the finish.
The author, Joseph Seiss, has a bit of a cumbersome writing style first published in , but the book contains some wondrous and powerful information. I highly recommend it. Seiss observed that certain skeptics had found ancient traditions that had common elements with the Christian Gospel. He reported that these skeptics used their research in a manner to throw contempt on Christianity as a mere This is an eye-opening book regarding the ancient myths, their symbolism and importance.
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GOSPEL IN THE STARS SEISS PDF
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.
The Gospel in the Stars by Joseph A. Seis
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