Superstition

There are many different forms of superstitions. They may be called old wives tales or urban legends. Some are child’s games. Others are more sinister. They a belief that certain events may influence other unrelated events or actions. It is not a cause and effect. Superstitions usually involve supernatural, mystical powers. The dictionary defines superstition as an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear.

The recent full solar eclipse in India and Asia is a prime example. Days in advance, press releases were given that evil would result from the eclipse. Women even changed their cesarean elective delivery dates so their babies wouldn’t be born on that day. Still others went to rivers for holy cleansing to ward off evil effects from the eclipse. Of course no evil came. The world didn’t end. No wars started or natural disasters happened.

While we can look on the belief a eclipse could cause in itself havoc and chaos as silly, there are other more subtle forms of superstition that have crept into aspects of American culture. Just about every newspaper prints horoscopes. While most people see this as harmless fun, the Bible deals with it just like any other superstition.

Dueteronomy 18:9-11 told the Israelites when traveling in foreign lands

When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

All forms of astrology and New Age practices including Tarot cards, horoscopes, oiji boards, and even fortune cookies fall under this admonition. Often these are consulted when a person is afraid, unsure, or curious of the future. Instead we are to trust and commit our days and future to the Lord. Psalm 37:4-5

Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to abstain from all appearance of evil. This is a very direct command. This doesn’t just mean avoid the obviously evil, but even questionable actions, activities, or things. When in doubt, don’t. It doesn’t say it’s ok if it’s for fun or socially acceptable.

Often evil creeps into the church under the guise as culturally appropriate or fun behavior. Christians should stand up and resist this. We need to trust the Lord to provide for our future, not be given to superstition. We need to teach our children and youth to avoid such things.

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