Triskaidekaphobia and Other Superstitions


1 black cat 

1 Timothy 4:7

“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;”

There is a black cat in my neighborhood that occasionally runs in front of me. Fortunately I’m not a superstitious person. It’s just a cat, it’s not going to cause me bad luck. When I hear concern about today being “Friday the 13th” and “to be careful,” I have to wonder, “Why are you concerned?” What beliefs does this person have that makes today different from any other day?

Dictionary.com defines superstition as a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, and an irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially in connection with religion. Put another way, superstitions are based on the ignorant faith of an object having magical powers. Another word for this is idolatry. There is nothing in the Bible that supports the idea of things occurring by chance. God is completely in control.

 Proverbs 19:21

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

 Romans 8:28

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

 In 1 Kings 18:20-40 the Prophet Elijah went to great lengths to show the foolishness of superstitious beliefs. He challenged the priests of Baal to a showdown, their god against the one true God. Baal  failed to act, so Elijah mocked them—“Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 1 Kings 18:27. Our great God did perform, showing the people how foolish their superstitious beliefs were (1 Kings 18:38).

The Apostle Paul also dealt with superstition. The Greeks and Romans had so many gods they  created a place to worship the gods they did not know yet. “For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” Paul went on to explain they should seek the one true god.

We should get our faith not from objects or man-made rituals, but from the one true God who gives eternal life.

“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” Colossians 2:8-10

May your day be filled with blessings from the one true God.

Scripture: www.biblegateway.com (ESV)

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4 thoughts on “Triskaidekaphobia and Other Superstitions

  1. Maybe one day a black car run out in from of a spooky horse while pulling a wagon, the horse darted, wrecked the wagon, and thus the superstition began. It would be interesting to know.

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