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Superstition comes from the Latin words "Stand" and "Over,"
meaning a superior person standing higher than people who fail to be superstitious.
A belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic
or chance, a need to appease God or spirits, or a false conception of causation.
Advanced superstition is facilitated by magicians, witch doctors, mediums, Catholic
priests, Islamic mullahs, and some Christian pastors.
superstition is based on omens and signs which require action to avoid bad luck.
Other superstition involves action in order to gain good luck of assistance from
spirits. The fear of the number 13 is a classic form of fear of bad luck. The
elevator in the photo has no button for floor 13. This is done because rooms might
be hard to rent on a 13th floor.
an article on Superstition?
inspiration for this article is partly the fact that I have noticed more and more
superstitious talk in society today. But worse, I see superstition on the increase
in the Lord's Church. The immediate jolt was when my daughter saw a video by a
doctor on YouTube in which he said a young man came to him and said he would not
take the Covid vaccination because it would make him turn gay. Such insanity seems
patently obvious, but people today are believing many new superstitious myths
in all sincerity. This seems to be partly a result of teaching kids in school
to be Atheists for three generations.
people reading this will claim not to be infected with superstition. Then again,
do you open the fortune cookie to read the fortune in a Chinese restaurant? Hmmm
I was helping
my Dad and Mom buy a used car from a car rental company. The company had a pretty
typical show room with several salesmen. While we were there, a man came in with
a large salesman's case. He laid it on a table and opened it, and inside were
maybe twenty new neck ties. The car salesmen gathered around, and one by one they
bought a new tie. I asked one of them what was going on. He readily admitted that
car salesmen are deeply superstitious about the necktie they are wearing. If they
have failed to sell a car for several days, they assume their lucky tie has run
out of good luck, and they crave a new one. A tie from WalMart will not do. They
want a tie from that salesman who comes around regularly with sho nuff lucky ties.
They seemed to be just as superstitious about the guy selling ties as the tie
itself. They all at once disappeared into the back and put on their new ties.
could almost have pity on the car salesmen. Not making a sale for several days
is deadly on the cash flow if you are on commission. So, anything that might seem
to improve the odds seems justified, even if it has no science to back it. But,
that is the very nature of superstition. We can live without it, and we may even
admit we do not need it, but we give in to it in case it might just improve the
odds of success in life, or safety from disaster.
have proof read this article way too many times. I am in terror of missing a typo.
During the last read, it hit me that I sometimes have worn a red tie, referred
to by some people as a "power tie," to appointments or gatherings where
I wanted to command a presence. There is science in this, and research has proven
it works. But, when I put the tie on, am I thinking about science, or am I using
my magic tie? This article invites you to examine this in your own life.
the record, I now wear a bolo tie with a silver slide clasp with a huge setting
of copper patina malachite. I get exactly what I want..... attention. I also wear
a western shirt and urban cowboy boots to complete the persona. Top it off with
a Jackaroo drover hat from Australia, and voile, the waitress at the Mexican Restaurant
gives me great service. Call me what you want, but my outfit is not based on superstition.....
it is a Southwestern trick used by a child of Los Angeles to survive in Texas.
For a free steak, I will come to your Bar-B-Que and spin yarns about the good
old days in Oklahoma and Kenya. For big game hunting stories I need a stipend
to pay royalties to the hunters I borrow the stories from. It's a Texas thing.
are superstitious when we wrongly identify the cause of a particular life situation,
especially when we invoke a supernatural belief or myth in that estimation. When
we do this, we may have all sorts of explanations for our wrong beliefs, but our
explanations are all a lot of rubbish.
yourself..... what follows is very likely to be unpleasant.
history of Superstition
first thing to understand with superstition is that it is based in pride. The
superstitious person feels like he has the mystic secret, and everyone else lacks
it. This is true whether it is about carrying a rabbit foot or being in a church
building every time the doors are open. The act of superstition makes you more
wise, more safe, more godly, or more savvy about destiny.
am reminded of Margaret. She grew up in the Boston area, and her family was Catholic.
She said that her father was a generally godless and vicious man. He would have
nothing to do with the Catholic Church. But, when he was dying, his family prepared
to rush him to the local Catholic Church so that he could die next to the altar.
Margaret, though young at the time, decided they were fools and that God was not
conned by their last minute piety. This was not an act of faith..... it was all
about superstition and geography.
is a very useful video on superstition origins. Please notice how religious imagery
can become a good luck charm. Also, notice that some superstition is derived from
biblical truth that is twisted and warped.
from old Europe
ancient Europe people often accepted that kings and queens, by virtue of their
divine right to rule, had the power to heal disease by their touch. One particular
malady called scrofula, a tubercular inflammation of the lymph glands in the neck,
was believed to be healed when touched by a sovereign. This healing was seen as
validation of the monarch’s appointment from God. It was claimed that the first
to practice the healing touch was Edward the Confessor, ruler of England from
1042 to 1066.
nonsense is undoubtedly the result of pseudo Christians craving for the miraculous
touch of Jesus. It is seen today in the faith healers of the Charismatic community.
you perpetuating a devilish superstition? One of the most well-known superstitions
that is believed to come from the Middle Ages is the need to say, “bless you”
after someone sneezes. There was a belief that sneezing gave Satan the opportunity
to enter the body and the person who sneezed, and they needed the help of God
to exorcise the devil. Saying “God bless you” (Gesundheit) was believed to be
a way to keep the Devil from entering the body and therefore save the person who
had sneezed. It was a way to explain the death that sometimes occurred after a
person sneezed and it instilled in people the sense that they could do something
to help. There was also the prevailing belief that a person could ’sneeze out
their soul’. This was also counteracted by a person saying “God bless you” or
covering the face to keep the soul in. This superstition was encouraged with the
spread of illness during a time when there was little way to help people to overcome
the Middle Ages, salt was a precious resource, and it was believed to have medicinal
properties. If salt was ever spilled, it was no longer able to be used for medicine
and therefore it was gathered up and thrown over the left shoulder in order to
blind the evil spirits that were said to constantly follow people around.
garments were considered blessed. The bride would have all her clothes ripped
from her by the guests on the wedding night as everyone tried to snatch a piece.
Gradually attention focused on the bride’s garter-ribbon – a symbol of sexuality
and fertility. In Medieval times, unmarried men fought for the bride’s garter
to ensure they would be the next to find a beautiful and fertile wife. Bachelors
even mobbed the bride as she stood at the altar, throwing her to the ground and
ripping the garters from her during the wedding ceremony. When the church protested,
the custom evolved to the groom removing the lucky garter from his new wife in
the bridal chamber and tossing it down to the waiting men.
believed that if you used a candle to light a cigarette (or anything else), a
coffee is a sign that money is coming to you.
your clothes on inside out in Hungary is thought by some to be a sign of good
luck, but only if you leave the clothing inside out until the time you’d normally
undress for bed.
Spain, it’s customary to eat one grape every second for the final twelve seconds
of the year. This is thought to bring twelve months good luck.
Croatia, some think it’s bad luck to cut your nails on a Sunday – in fact it does
not bode well to use any sort of clippers or scissors on a Sunday at all.
you see a chimney sweep in Poland, it’s the perfect opportunity to make a wish…
but ONLY if you hold or rub one of your buttons when you see him, and keep holding
it until you see a man wearing glasses.
is actually a LUCKY number in Italy. The number is associated with the ‘Great
Goddess’ of Fertility as well as with lunar cycles, so rather than bad fortune
the number 13 is all about abundance, prosperity, and good luck when gambling.
The only time the number is unlucky is if you are the thirteenth person to sit
at the dinner table. If you are, keep a sharp eye for any Judases in your midst
and you should be OK.
Irish great grandmother told me that if a horse hair fell into the rain barrel,
it would turn into a snake.
Appalachia, they say that if you sweep in the house after sunset, you will sweep
someone away, meaning they will die.
you can see how America came to be infested with all sorts of superstitions. Our
ancestors brought them along with them. It is ungodly to perpetuate any of these
FAMOUS SUPERSTITIOUS NUT CASES MAKE THEIR OWN LUCK This
article shows how pervasive superstition is in Hollywood. Are you letting your
kids watch Disney movies that are loaded with magic and superstition. Your kids
will get the impression that superstition is serious or fun, and it will one day
come back to torment you when they dive into magic.
of the key factors in historic superstition was that the person using it wanted
power. They wanted to restrain the gods or devils, or they wanted power over people.
The specialist in this cult was the witch doctor in Africa, the Shaman among American
Indians, and the wizard in Europe. Today, we have the magic makers in the form
of witches, fortune tellers, faith healers, and water witchers. We also have witch
doctors in Washington DC in the form of politicians who claim the power to force
people to perform acts of alleged democracy by powers of persuasion.
as you thoughtlessly dip into the pool of superstition, you are defying God and
seeking power over people. Since God does not respond to your demands, any power
you do receive comes directly from Satan or his devils. In the case of the faith
healers and prosperity doctrine preachers, they are exorcising God as if he were
their genie in a bottle. These preachers seduce you to believe you can actually
exercise power over God and force him to make you rich by tossing him a few dollars
in the offering plate. This is nothing but witchcraft and old fashioned black
photo above is of First Lady Roslyn Carter and Jim Jones.
charming man, and such a killer. He is the man who lead a huge group of his followers
to Jonestown, Guyana where he convinced them to commit suicide by drinking poisoned
Kool Aid. The deception is strong. Who is your guru? Any man you must have before
you to feel right with God is not a servant of God. He is your guru. Any performance
that you must participate in to feel right with God is superstition and nothing
but magic. For Catholics, that includes the Mass.
IS THIS DIFFERENT? Please notice the hypnotic expressions on the faces
of Jim Jones' followers. This is Satanic seduction via superstition.
Arussi Galla tribe in Ethiopia
was the tribe we worked with in Ethiopia in the 1970s. They professed to be Muslim,
but they were really totally committed to animism and superstition. They determined
how to finish a day by walking in the woods, and when a certain little bird flew
up and to the right of left or did some other odd thing, that would tell them
whether to keep going and finish the day as planned or whether to go home and
do nothing all day. How is this different from some of the alleged "signs"
Charismatics and Pentecostals use to decide what to do next.
the right, a sacred ibis bird of Egypt.
had a piano tuning customer in Michigan who was Pentecostal and totally filled
with superstition. After I finished tuning her piano and was about to leave, I
asked the usual question, "Do you want me to call you in a year when it is
time to tune the piano again?" She said, "Wait a minute," and she
leaned against the door post, bowed her head, and meditated. She then told me,
"Father does not want me to decide that now." God gave us brains to
determine whether to wash the car, buy chocolate instead of vanilla, and decide
things based on what we like or think is prudent. If you have the mind of Christ,
you will be free to decide whether to go through Chattanooga or Bogaloosa on your
way to Georgia. And, you will be expected by God to figure out if you need to
tune the piano in a year.
2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
is virtually no example of Jesus showing any sign of superstition. He knew who
he was and who had sent him, and he made choices with the mind he had.
you make a choice that is against God's will, and if you are zealous to walk in
his will, he quickly steps in and interrupts you. Interruptions are the mercy
of God sending you in the right direction to fulfill his will. You don't need
some superstitious trick to exercise God into choosing every detail in your life.
Luke tells us how God redirected the Apostle Paul, and Paul did not rub a rabbit's
foot to learn God's perfect will:
16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and
were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 After they
were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered
them not. 8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
had decided to go to Asia and preach the Gospel. Did he fail to consult with God?
Nothing in the text indicates Paul was operating under self-will or lacked prayer.
God simply stepped in, and Paul ended up right where God wanted him.
30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk
ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
not sit down and wait for God to turn on a neon light in the sky telling you his
will. KEEP MOVING, and God will guide you. You cannot steer a ship that is dead
in the water.... it must be moving to respond to the helmsman.
Wasukuma tribe in Tanzania
Wasukuma tribe in Tanzania believe evil spirits want to live in their home. So,
when they build a new hut, they put a clay pot over the peak of the roof. They
believe the spirits will be content to live in the clay pot.
tribes in Africa will kill both babies when twins are born. Some kill only one.
I have never learned why they think twins are bad luck.
Arussi Galla tribe with whom we lived in Ethiopia believe that spirits inhabit
Lake Langano nearby. They are just sure that if they go out into the water, the
spirits will pull them under and drown them. We had a worker who was not a believer
in Christ, and he would not get into the lake. But, we swam in the lake, and he
saw that we did not get pulled under, so if we were present he would get into
the water and enjoy himself. He undoubtedly believed that our God protected us,
so he reasoned that if he stayed close to us, he would be safe.
are tribes around the world who do not want their photo taken or their portrait
painted. They believe that the picture will rob them of their spirit. Strangely,
there are people in our allegedly civilized world who believe that if they are
photographed, something evil will come of it. Of course, with the Internet such
things could actually happen, but not from spirits or bad luck.
what fetish do you have in your home that you think will make God more likely
to help you or give you good things? How about a cross up on the wall? Why is
it there? How about the cross you wear around you neck? Do you feel more right
with God that way?
object or fetish in your home, car, or life that has to be there in order for
you to feel right with God IS A PAGAN FETISH. I do not care how sacred it feels,
it is your magic talisman. Even a Bible, sitting on the coffee table, that you
never open and read, is a fetish. That Bible will not get you any closer to God
or Heaven unless you read it. The paper, leather cover, and gold "Holy Bible"
has no power to change your life. It is the reading of that Bible that changes
fortune telling by "Cutting the Koran"
are Islamic Mullahs in North African nations who are fortune tellers. They use
the Koran, the holy book of Islam. The Koran they use is special and printed with
signs, notes, and talismen in the margins and in the script. See the photo at
Mullah places the Koran on a table spine down, and holds it between his hands.
He jerks his hands away, and the Koran falls open at random. The Mullah pays no
attention to the text message. He looks at all the markings on the two pages,
and he then gives you your fortune, and you give him a goat.
is a Fundamental Baptist pastor in the hills of Tennessee who boasts that he has
no idea what he will preach on Sunday morning. He claims he walks into the pulpit,
places his Bible on the pulpit between his hands, and lets it fall open. He believes
that the Holy Spirit chooses the topic for him to preach on in this way. His sermons
reveal the fact that the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with this superstition
because they are dull and filled with stock phrases that have no teaching value.
Here is how to get ready to preach according to the Apostle Paul:
Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
short cut to avoid the hard work of study is NOT of the Holy Spirit, and it may
be superstition and mystic machinations.
can dispense with superstition the day we go to the Word of God for our world
view. The culture of the world, especially the White race world, has transitioned
from binary and duality to unity or universality.
do I mean?
Christian, and society at large in past years, assumed there were two entities
with whom we deal. God and the creation, including we humans. God is a spirit,
he is other, he is the one who made us, and not we ourselves. The world today
has imported the singular view of all things from Buddhism and Hinduism. Everything
id part of everything. God is permitted to participate, but only an a part of
the whole. Jesus had his day, but what we need today may not be provided by the
Jesus of Galilee.
dual world we live in was so from day one:
1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
is God, and there is everything else- two distinct entities. And, One made the
other. Superstition believes all is one big lump, and God may not be quite enough
top get us through the day safely.
we see that Jesus Christ is working on our behalf from his side of the duality:
Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man
you going to the mediator, or are you going to the lucky money on the lottery
terror of this paganizing of society is that it is in Christendom with a vengeance.
Joel Osteen tells us that we are the great "I am." We are encouraged
to see ourselves as the center of the universe, and all of us together can create
a great force for good. Good is not sourced from One being, as the Bible teaches.
1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature
more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
creature are you clinging to? You know, it could be your pastor if you believe
he is the source of you Christian victory. Worshiping the creature is not only
about dodging black cats.
when you slip from the narrow way, even for a moment, and "knock on wood,"
you are entering the world of oneness. You are denying the your world is ruled
by Another. And, you solicit help from wood, rocks, and rabbit's feet. When you
go to church to buy accident insurance from God, by racking up good behavior points
with God, you are not there to worship him and be edified. That is the horror
of superstition. You have left the habitat of Christ, where all things are of
God, and you have entered the habitat of universalism. This is what the Pope did
when he called a prayer meeting at Asissi, and he invited Buddhist monks, American
Indian shamans, and Muslim Mullahs. The Pope denied the sovereignty and prior
claim of Jehovah God, and he played church with the heathen.
about this the next time you pin a cross on your lapel, or hang a cross around
your neck. Is it to exalt Jesus Christ, or is it to feel pious and give you some
immunity from fender benders in traffic?
YOU LEAVE THE DUAL WORLD OF GOD AND HIS CREATION, AND GO TO A UNIVERSAL WORLD
IN WHICH YOU MAKE GOD A PARTICIPANT AND NOT SOVEREIGN, HERE
IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN.
Graham started out in a tent in 1938 preaching the old time Gospel once delivered,
and he somehow ended up in the Slough of Despond recruiting Atheists and Buddhists
into the Church who don't even know who Jesus is. All it takes is a little false
doctrine to start down this road..... Like, "We must be living right, we
got a bargain on that car."
CAUSED THE RECENT SURGE IN SUPERSTITION?
as a cultural and anthropological feature, has returned with a vengeance. The
Enlightenment Era was marked with scientific discovery, and this increased the
level of education of the masses. This resulted in enlightened people abandoning
superstition. This can be seen in Africa in a microcosm that has happened much
faster than it did in the West. Africans who, one hundred years ago, left food
under a small shelter to appease devils and keep them away now laugh at such notions.
In Europe and America superstition largely disappeared. But, for some reason,
superstition is back with amazing results.
have a theory which I cannot prove, but I feel it is a reasonable possibility.
The modern world has had five factors driving superstition.
Consider Hollywood, TV, and movies in which fictitious notions are presented as
facts. Star Wars was a classic. All sorts of effects were introduced which are
beyond scientific fact. These movies take the viewer into a world of make believe
that is highly realistic. The result is that people have come to believe in effects
around us which are totally fake.
Social media has given superstition addicts a medium to promote their fake beliefs.
Memes are very powerful in this regard. The poor fool who thought that Covid vaccinations
would make him turn gay probably read about it on social media, and he took it
at face value.
The god of Science has betrayed millions of people. The Covid epidemic is classic.
Dr. Fauci, at first, told the masses not to wear masks. Whatever his motive, he
was going against well known precautions during an epidemic, while he appealed
to "the science." Later, he went stark raving mad trying to convince
people to all wear masks. This sort of insanity by scientists and alleged "experts"
is causing people to leave science behind and believe in Mother Goose. Global
warming, global cooling, climate change..... which is it? Thousands of scientists
are walking away from any of these panic parties. So, who shall we believe.....
an overweight ex-Vice President, a retarded Senator from South Dakota, a crack
addicted Hollywood star, a street brat from Manhattan, or the scientist who has
denied Climate Change? Superstition is a great shortcut to what appears to be
Since the 1970s, we have had a serious rise in mystical distractions. New Age
Yoginis, like Ruth Montgomery and Marilyn Fergussen, have preached New Age religion
while claiming it was not religion. Yoga and Karate have taken hold powerfully
in the culture, and people are more and more willing to abandon God and turn to
mysticism. Many church denominations have added mystic aspects to their programs,
like walking the Labyrinth in the Episcopal Church. According to Malchi Martin,
theologian from the Vatican turned descenter, witchcraft and superstition are
rampant in the Vatican. Superstition fits well with the possibility of finding
a spiritual quality to nature and the unknown.
Many people, frustrated by conflicting stories and myths from alleged "experts,"
are fleeing to the refuge of ignorance. Some people willfully keep themselves
dumbed down in order to avoid taking sides and having an opinion. The new era
superstition gives them what seems like a tangible way to explain the various
cultural conflicts while explaining the mysteries of life.
factors, in my estimation, have caused the average person to become prone to look
elsewhere for the answers to life. And, superstition is a handy way to deal with
the unknown and the mixed signals of modern "experts." As I write, the
US Military is releasing information suggesting that space aliens are real. So,
people have a whole new area of life where they need some magic rabbit foot or
St Christopher medal to protect them.
is important to understand that modern superstition is unlike the historic carrying
of a rabbit's foot or other talisman-based good or back luck fetishes. But, there
is some similarity also. In the following video you can learn about the power
of superstition as it exists today:
Movement of East Africa- Obsessive confession of secret sin. This video
exalts the Revival Movement. But, if you pay attention, you will hear the narrator
tell about confession of secret sin. This movement was still raging when I was
growing up in Africa, and it was clearly based on run away Religious Obsessive
Compulsive Scrupulosity. Many missionaries were sucked into it out of a desire
to be more godly. They sat in groups and confessed wicked and sensual thoughts
to one another which they should have confessed in their closet. The result was
that they became suspicious of one another, and they lost faith in Christian fellowship.
ABUSE AND THOSE WHO CRAVE IT By Mary Van Nattan Superstition is at the
root of spiritual abuse. The followers of the Indian guru or Baptist pastor are
both holding the leader in awe as a supernatural manifestation whom they must
adore and submit to in order to prosper spiritually. These leaders are virtual
talisman. Excerpt from the article linked:
because you, or anyone else, chooses to think that spiritual abuse and brutality
is helpful or satisfying or "serves a useful purpose" does not make it so. It
is still destructive. It is destructive to both those who abuse and those who
are abused. I don't care who it is - Phil Kidd, Lee Roberson, Paul Washer, Mark
Driscoll, Kenneth Hagin, Bill Gothard, or your own pastor - men who are motivated
to shame, berate and belittle Christians as a constant thread in their preaching
or practice are abusers. Men who use fear and guilt to keep people performing
to their expectations are abusers. An abuser, no matter how he is defined, is
an abuser still. He may claim the title of pastor, preacher, evangelist, missionary,
etc., but if he is beating the flock of God, he is an abuser. It is not necessary
to beat the sheep in order to get God's work done. This is not the way to feed
RAVENHILL SOUNDS VERY PIOUS, BUT HE WILL INSPIRE YOU TO TEAR YOURSELF TO SHREDS. This
is not the voice of Jesus who said..... Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden
is light. Ravenhill's burden is not light. He inspires Religious Obsessive
Compulsive Scrupulosity. And, right next door is superstition, in which, you
will add to your life the fear that, if you fail to do certain acts, God will
cast you away.
BILL GOTHARD SCANDAL Gothard used girls, whom he claimed to be rescuing,
in his sexual perversion. You need to understand that the track record of family
guidance gurus is horrible. Get your child raising guidelines from ONLY the King