During this spooky time of the year, I thought it might be a good time to talk about superstitions. A few years ago, I asked people I knew to submit superstitions that they either believed or had heard about. It didn’t take me long to come up with a list.
If you are interested in reading more about this subject, I wrote an article a few years ago titled Christianity Vs. Superstitions – you can see it here http://cwnewz.com/content/view/34/2/
I will tell you up front that I am not superstitious. I put my full faith in trust in Jesus Christ. Once, when I posted my list to a writing community, a response to my comment that I wasn’t superstitious was that the Christian Faith was based on superstitions. I beg to differ with him then and now. Christianity is based on truth found in the Bible. I believe in the Holy Bible from the beginning through the end.
That said, I thought you might find some of the superstitions interesting and humorous. Look at the list and if you think of some that are different or know about someone who is very superstitious, share with us what they believe and why – if you know why.
My mother, who is a great Christian woman, does not claim to be superstitious, but she won’t break a mirror, walk under a ladder or go out a door she did not enter. My father always X’ed out the black cat crossing in front of him. I must admit I fell for the, “its bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding,” and the “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,” thing.
My uncle was very superstitious. He died in 1994 from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). In all of the years I knew him, I was fascinated with his superstitious beliefs. If he started somewhere and had to turn back, he would draw an X on the ground with his foot before going back. Like my dad, he was adamant about marking out a black cat if it crossed in front of him and if a bird entered his house, it was a sure sign to him death was coming to someone in the household.
Superstitions are folk beliefs and have been around for many years. These beliefs can be powerful in that they can influence the sanest person’s behavior. My uncle I mentioned earlier is a case in point. I’ve seen him hold his breath when passing a cemetery so evil spirits would not enter in through his mouth. He would never get out of bed on the opposite side he entered for fear of bad luck. He always knocked on wood for good luck, never realizing the history behind it. This particular superstition came about as an effort to appease the tree spirits.
I often wonder if my uncle ever read Proverbs 29:25,
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (NIV)
Many of these superstitions are harmless, but if we dig deep into their meaning, we will find some of them come from beliefs that are not consistent with what the Bible teaches. For example, one superstition states it is bad luck to spill salt. Some believe Judas spilt salt at the last supper. This can’t be proven and is not mentioned in the Bible. Some people believe you should hold your hand over your mouth when you yawn to keep the devil from entering in. As Christians, we do believe there is a devil roaming the world but placing our trust in Christ is what gives us strength to overcome his advances.
Look at some of the other superstions I received…: If you spill salt, pour some in your hand, throw it over your shoulder for good luck. Speaking of salt, if you borrow salt, it is bad luck to return it. If you find a snake in your house, it means you have an enemy. A picture falling off the wall is a sign of death. It is bad luck to rock an empty rocking chair. You should never open an umbrella in the house or else you will really have bad luck. It is bad luck to sing at the table, kill a granddaddy long leg spider, and have scissors in your hand on Sunday, walk with one shoe on and one shoe off, hit a bird with your vehicle, give a knife as a gift or schedule appointments on the 13th.
Are You a Superstious Person?