Numerology: Is It Biblical? An In-Depth Look

Numerology, the study of the mystical relationship between numbers and events, has become increasingly popular in recent years. But is numerology compatible with Christianity and the Bible? In this lengthy blog post, we’ll take an in-depth look at numerology from a biblical perspective.

What is Numerology?

Numerology is defined as “the branch of knowledge that deals with the occult significance of numbers.”<sup>[1]</sup> Numerologists believe that numbers have divine, mystical meanings and can reveal insights about a person’s character, destiny, and life events.

Some key principles of numerology include:

  • Each number from 0 to 9 has its own unique vibrational essence and meaning.
  • A person’s “life path number” is the most significant number, calculated from their birth date. This reveals their core purpose and Direction in life.
  • Specific numbers hold special meaning for events and relationships. For example, the number 7 means spiritual awakening.
  • Certain number patterns and sequences (like repeated digits) have symbolic meaning.
  • The numerical value of letters and names can reveal hidden insights.

Numerologists use various calculations and charts to analyze the numbers in someone’s life and make predictions about their future.

A Brief History of Numerology

The origins of numerology date back thousands of years to ancient mystic traditions like Babylonia, Pythagoreanism, and Jewish Kabbalah.<sup>[2]</sup> Some researchers trace the beginnings of numerology to the very first words of the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Ancient Hebrew mystics analyzed the numerical values of words and letters in Scripture to find hidden meanings.

Modern numerology didn’t develop until the 20th century. In the early 1900s, Dr. Julian Stenton popularized numerology through books and school He founded. Today numerology is regarded as a pseudoscience, but still has many devoted followers.

Evaluating Numerology from a Biblical Perspective

When evaluating any belief system or practice, Christians should always turn to the Bible as the ultimate standard of truth. What does Scripture tell us about numerology and the use of numbers for prediction and divination?

The Bible Warns Strongly Against Divination Practices

The Bible clearly prohibits all forms of divination, sorcery, omens, witchcraft, and magic as detestable practices. For example:

  • “Do not practice divination or seek omens.” (Leviticus 19:26)
  • “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery…” (Deuteronomy 18:10)
  • “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)

This shows that the Bible condemns any attempt to gain hidden knowledge or predict the future through practices outside of God. Numerology clearly falls into this category of forbidden divination.

Attempting to Discover Hidden Knowledge Apart from God is Dangerous

Behind the occult practices listed above is a desire to unlock secret knowledge apart from God. The Bible warns that seeking out hidden knowledge through forbidden means is dangerous:

  • “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)
  • “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.” (1 Samuel 15:23)

Rather than turning to occult practices, Moses instructs the Israelites to rely fully on God:

  • “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

The Bible makes it clear that God condemns numerology as a way to discern hidden insights and predict the future.

Predicting the Future is Attempting to Usurp God’s Role

One major danger of numerology is that it presumes to predict future events and discern “destiny”—a role reserved for God alone. The prophet Isaiah declares:

  • “I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

Only God knows the future, and He reveals what He chooses in His perfect timing. Any human attempt to predict the future through numerological insights and calculations is a prideful attempt to usurp God’s role.

Conclusion: A Biblical Perspective on Numerology

In summary, although numerology has ancient roots and wide modern interest, it does not align with biblical truths. The Bible prohibits magical arts and divination practices. Numerology seeks hidden knowledge about the future in a way that God condemns and reserves only for Himself.

For Christians seeking direction, meaning, and identity, numerology proves inadequate compared to trusting in God’s perfect wisdom and timing. The wisest path is to rest in God’s sovereignty over the past, present, and future, while avoiding New Age pseudo-sciences that He declares off limits. God has provided all we need to live wisely and faithfully through His revealed Word alone.

References

  1. Numerology Definition.” Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/numerology
  2. “Numerology.” ReligionFacts. https://religionfacts.com/numerology

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