Superstitions

 

 

A superstition is a widely held but irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome. So there are objects, actions or circumstances which are believed to bring bad luck and others good luck.

We are surrounded by people who believe all kinds of superstitions. Let me cite some of these superstitions.

Bad luck superstitions. Opening an umbrella inside a house, walking under a ladder, taking a journey on the thirteenth day of every mouth (it is extremely unlucky on Friday the thirteenth) or at the thirteenth hour (that is, at one past twelve) of every day, living in a house whose street number is 13, a black cat crossing your path, spilling salt, putting a shirt on inside out, breaking a mirror, a picture falling. There are also two bad luck superstitions associated with the wedding ring (which, being considered a symbol of union, of love and of faithfulness, should be put on the left-hand annular finger, for it is believed that the fourth finger of the left hand has a vena amoris, that is, a love vein running directly to the heart, and that the nuptial sign is thus joined to the seat of life, which is obviously a superstition): it is extremely unlucky to drop the ring during the ceremony and to lose it.

Good luck superstitions. Crossing the fingers, knocking on wood, placing a horseshoe over the front door, wearing a horn-shaped amulet made of gold, wearing a locket round the neck, a robin flying into the house, to find a four-leaf clover, cutting your hair during a storm, avoiding cracks in the sidewalk.

Should we believe such things? Not at all, because all the above mentioned beliefs are lies, whose father is the devil, who uses them to cause millions of people to live in fear and to induce them not to trust in God but in objects, actions and circumstances. In other words, Satan uses superstitions to bind and oppress the lives of millions of people across the world. So – I say it again - don’t believe the above mentioned vanities and all the other vanities that I have not mentioned, lest you give place to the devil in your life.

You are sons of God, and God is your Keeper and Guide, therefore nothing can happen to you apart from His will. Whether an event is good or evil, it is the Lord who permits it to happen to you, it does not occur by chance or because you are a lucky or unlucky person. Furthermore, know this, that all things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28), thus even so called misfortunes work for good to you who love God. God turns evil into good, so be of good cheer.  

Fear God and trust in Him with all your heart and you will find good for He will bless you (Psalm 112:1; Jeremiah 17:7). When a distress comes upon you, examine your ways; if the distress is a judgment of God upon you because of some sins which you have committed, repent of them and confess them to God, and God will forgive you and deliver you out of your distress; whereas, if you are walking in righteousness before God and thus the distress which comes upon you is not a judgement of God but simply a trial, rejoice, for the testing of your faith develops perseverance (James 1:2), and call upon God so that He may deliver you and God will deliver you. When you are in danger call upon the name of the Lord, and He will deliver you (Psalm 50:15). You may ask me now, ‘What should I do then if God does not deliver me out of my distress after I have done what you tell me to do?’ Well, continue to fear His name and to trust in Him, knowing that – as I said before – all things work for good to those who love Him. Do not lose heart, God is always in control and somehow will turn evil into good.

Don’t be afraid of the bad luck superstitions and do not put your trust in the good luck superstitions, for numbers, specific rituals and circumstances cannot influence the course of events in your life. Let no one deceive you into believing that the performance of certain prescribed acts will bring good fortune, or cause something desired to happen, or prevent something unpleasant from occurring. If you want something desired to happen, or you want to prevent something unpleasant from occurring, pray to God in faith, and you will receive what you have asked in prayer (Matthew 21:22).

I exhort you to keep before your eyes the following biblical passages: “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25 – NKJV), “The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted” (Proverbs 10:24 – NKJV), for they clearly show the bad effects that superstitions have on those who accept them and they make it clear that believers do well to refuse superstitions.

 

 

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