@monteiro_savio, good questions! I have been asked these questions previously and I dont think the evidence for rebirth or astrology is as convincing as is claimed to be.
Past-life recalls by children
Past-life recall is ofen presented by reincarnationists as proof for their philosophy. As far as I know it is based on the works of hypnosis by Dr. Brian Weiss and children’s spontaneous recall of events by Dr. Ian Stevenson. I am curious if there is more recent information on past-life recall. Most of the evidence cited is anecdotal. Here are some criticisms that I have come across regarding their findings and methodology-
- Hypnosis involves inducing an altered state of consciousness where a person is in a higly suggestive state and can easily mix real with fictitious memories. Many a times patients assume a different personality, a changed voice and behavior. One possible explanation is something called “Cryptoamnesia” where things that are not in conscious memory are brought to surface in hypnosis by mere exposure to particular information in the past and is applied to a new scenario in hypnosis. Another anomaly is that these past life recalls were culturally or religiously conditioned based on the background of the individual.
- One possibility that cannot be ruled out in an altered state of consciousness is that the person is being subjected to influence from other spirits i.e channeling. That’s a distinct possibility considering the change in voice and personality in many of the cases. Ian Stevenson admits in his writings of instances of ‘possessing influences’ in some cases where the same person exhibited two different personalities.
- Interestingly, all of the cases of children studied were from countries where reincarnation is the prevailing view. Ian Stevenson’s work had no external unbiased interpreters to confirm the findings.
- There was also no direct relationship between morality of the previous life and the alleged reincarnated life in Stevenson’s work.
You will find a more detailed response on this question here.
Again, I have had to deal much with this in my family. There was nothing done in my family that I grew up in, without considering the position of stars. Astrology was so built into my family traditions- whether it was naming a baby, the first time a baby ate food, the day chosen to move into a new home, choosing a suitable life partner, the day chosen for a wedding, for a job, for a religious ceremony etc. Its often touted as a scientific practice but does science really support it? Dr. Hugh Ross 's responses suggest otherwise. Any scientific phenomenon will be based on regularity and will have high predictability but that is not the case with astrology. A simple argument I have come across is - Why twins born at the same time are so different in personality despite similar positions of planets at their time of birth? A few of the scientific objections that Dr. Ross raises are here-
. bases horoscopes on the moment of birth, not the moment of
conception when, in fact, ones genetic characteristics are
. ignores the gravitational forces of non-solar system bodies
(e.g. the pull of gravity by the obstetrician upon a newborn
child is about six times greater than that of Mars);
. treats the various nuclear, magnetic, and gravitational forces
exerted by solar system bodies (e.g. the sun, planets, moons,
asteroids, comets, etc.) as if they were of the same magnitude.
In reality, differences of many orders of magnitude were long
ago verified by research;
. ignores significant solar system bodies, e.g. Uranus, Neptune,
Pluto, asteroids, comets, etc.;
. fails to take into account tidal forces, also gravitational
differences resulting from the irregular shape of some solar
. ignores the motion of the Sun with respect to other stars and
with respect to the center of the galaxy;
. fails to provide conclusive evidence of a direct causal link
between celestial positions or RaspectsS and human personality
So why does astrology seem to work sometimes? If it’s not scientifically explained, if it’s opposed by the Bible, there is only one other source to consider- false spirits. False spirits can be partially right but only God can be always right. The Bible pronounces pretty strong judgment for astrolgers!
All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers 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 . . . Isaiah 47:13-14
Another possible argument I have heard is, the devil always takes what is true and twists it and perhaps God created the planets to influence our personalities. Didn’t the magi follow a star to visit Jesus at the time of His birth? I tend to think that the event of the birth of Jesus, was just another way we see the fulfillment of heavens declaring the glory of God and pointing men to its Maker.
Ps 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handywork.
The heavens which were meant to direct our attention to God according to the Bible, has been turned around in Astrology to direct attention to self. That to me look like the fingerprints of the enemy of God. God on the other hand seeks for us to not just better ourselves by our strength but by His Spirit.
2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
When we choose a way not authorized by the Bible as a Christian for our growth, I think we just make it harder for ourselves to be led by God’s Spirit. I too have dabbled in horoscopes in the past unknowingly for fun but on seeing its connection with the occult I have chosen to walk away from it.
There is a lot more that could be said but I think I should stop here for now. A book called “Reincarnation, a Christian Appraisal - Mark Albrecht” also addressed the past life recall studies. May God guide you as you look into these answers and witness for Christ.