Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th

Some believe that Friday, the sixth day of the week, is inherently unlucky, for numerous reasons. One of those reasons, believe it or not, is because Christ was crucified on a Friday. Numerologists see the number 13 as an unlucky number, hence why some buildings famously don't have a thirteenth floor. So what we have when these two beliefs combine is a powerful set of latent beliefs that, any little occurrence that happens, might be given more significance than what it normally would.

But why?

I see "Friday the 13th" as the silliest of beliefs. For as scientific and technologically minded as we think we have become, there are still those who think that unseen forces choose such a day where their silly superstitions are magnified to the point where they might become paranoid. And perhaps they actually bring calamity on themselves. They will, of course, attribute it to "other" forces that are at work.

But what of those who understand that there is more to this life than what we can see or fully comprehend? Those of a religious mindset? Some of them, like their more "scientific" counterparts, might see supernatural forces at work. But are these forces given more credit than what they actually deserve?

While those who are more religiously minded might be seen by others as being lumped into "superstition", for those who believe in and live the reality of Christ, what room is there for silly superstition?

Superstition is motivated by fear of what is unknown. Where is there fear however when it comes to Jesus? Jesus came into our world and revealed to us Who God is. We are given the Holy Spirit to empower us to live according to God's standard and to lead us into His understanding. Plus, as scripture says in 1 John 4, particularly verse 18, the perfect love of God casts out fear, and love reveals who God is.

For those who believe in Christ, Friday the 13th, or any other superstition, is a mockery of all that Christianity is. We should not allow our minds to be dulled or diluted by unfounded belief motivated by fear of what is unknown. Why should we fear what is unknown when we know with our whole being who God is?

As for me, I am enjoying this day, as it is a day that the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it. 

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