@Yuvendran, Welcome back! It’s been a while since our last exchange on Connect. Thanks for your kind remarks. Interesting question! I am aware of some astrological predictions regarding Covid through my family’s ISKCON connections but had no idea about this 14 year old boy, Abhigya Anand who also seems to be an ISKCON devotee. He is well-advanced in his understanding about several issues for his age and when I looked him up, I noticed he has even won awards as a child prodigy in India.
In the video link you sent, he claims that his predictions about a major disease to hit the world in April 2020 and some other predictions have come true, so astrology as he follows is a trustworthy scientific practice, proving the validity of vedic scriptures, the source of his astrology. His objective in making these predictions is to exhort people to turn back to God, whether as a Muslim, a Christian, or a Hindu, as he sees these coming crises per his predictions as a judgment from God for increased atheism. He views astrology as a divine warning, which when heeded by man will favorably alter man’s karmic debt, the influence of the universe on man and thereby the course or the magnitude of these predictions of dangers. He also says elsewhere, " Purity of food results in purity of the inner self"
I appreciate Abhigya’s boldness, his concern for faith in God and the vigor with which he seems to follow his own religion, but he is sincerely misguided. Firstly, if we affirm the Bible as Christians, we could no longer be guided by his prophecy as the Bible condemns astrology very strongly. Though Abhigya may have good intentions, the teaching he shares is not cohesive. The Bible condemns astrology as it will sway our hearts away from the God of the Bible. Whether astrology does that by predictions that control our daily decisions or by causing us to put our trust in our good works to alter karmic debt, to be acceptable unto God, it doesn’t matter.
Fulfillment of prophecy can be supportive evidence but not enough for our faith in God, we need more than that! We need to know that the God we trust is trustworthy. Christ proved his divinity through resurrection, not just fulfillment of old testament prophecy though important (John 2:19, 1 Cor 15:12-19). We can’t just believe a spirit’s teaching because of some supenatural powers, we need to test the legitimacy of the spirit’s claims to God. Here’s what Ravi Zacharias says about testing a worldview, “A worldview basically offers answers to four necessary questions: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. In turn, these answers must be correspondingly true on particular questions and, as a whole, all answers put together must be coherent. Taking it a step further, the three tests for truth must be applied to any worldview: logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and experiential relevance. When submitted to these tests, the Christian message is utterly unique and meets the demand for truth”.
Abhigya says in another video that nobody can escape the law of karma. That’s precisely what Jesus offers, an escape from the law of karma! (Ps 103:10-14, John 3:17). This is another contradiction from Abhigya’s way of thinking, that we need to consider if we think his call for Christians to follow Christ is sincere. Jesus is unique in his offer of grace and forgiveness by being the perfect sacrifice of our sins, which Abhigya skips while seeming to acknowledge Christianity (but really just his version of christianity). Also, as opposed to what he believes, it’s not food but our sinful nature that needs to be transformed for us to attain purity in our inner self (Mt 15:11, Col 2:23), something that man can never achieve separated from God.
I didn’t even get into the topic of astrology, as it’s only a part of another whole system of vedic thinking, which this boy is advocating for. Even if someone’s predictions come true, only a true God can save us from our circumstances, whether in this life or eternity. Its sobering to read the words of prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah 47: 12-13
12“Stand now with your enchantments
And the multitude of your sorceries,
In which you have labored from your youth—
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you will prevail.
13You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels;
Let now the astrologers, the stargazers,
And the monthly prognosticators
Stand up and save you
From what shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble,
The fire shall burn them;
They shall not deliver themselves
From the power of the flame;
It shall not be a coal to be warmed by,
Nor a fire to sit before!
After making predictions, Abhigya provides solutions that are in the best of mans’s wisdom, such as buying gold and getting religious, but that’s what Jesus came to deliver us from. Abhigya makes another prophecy of a world war around June-July this year. We will need to see if his prediction will pan out, but even if it does, we better be sure all the more of whom we are trusting for our security. Jesus’s kingdom is not here on earth but in heaven (John 18:36). I think that is the reason for Jesus to not focus on things of the present world - like herbal remedies, astrology, investment etc. but Jesus points us to eternal hope. We shouldn’t make decisions of eternal significance based on temporal matters. In the Bible, the prince of this world is not Jesus! When we look at the philosophy of karma and reincarnation, the foundational doctrine of vedic system, it answers evil from the point of view of differences at birth in this natural world, but not with eternity in view, where there is the possibility of evil being fully conquered as Jesus did.
If you want to critique his view of vedic astrology, I think we can look into some scientific issues with astrology. Here’s a short article by Hugh Ross to think about. https://believersweb.org/view.cfm?ID=555
Hopefully, these points provide some ideas for further discussion. Thanks Yuven! Hope you are safe and well during the Covid season. Blessings!