Is it an oxymoron? I know a lot of people who consider themselves Christian yet they cringe when a broom is swept over their feet, the sight of a black cat, or breaking a mirror. How does one explain being a devout Christian and being superstitious?
From dictionary dot com:
[soo-per-stish-uhs] Show IPA
1.of the nature of, characterized by, or proceeding from superstition: superstitious fears.
2.pertaining to or connected with superstition: superstitious legends.
3.believing in, full of, or influenced by superstition.
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1.a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.
2.a system or collection of such beliefs.
3.a custom or act based on such a belief.
4.irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially in connection with religion.
5.any blindly accepted belief or notion.
According to the definition, there isn't any difference between Christianity and superstition.
I've noticed this occurring as well and thought it interesting. I really think it's because there is so much superstition in Christianity. Plus I think it's another thing that some people just buy into in everyday life without really thinking about it.
No, actually the word you're looking for is REDUNDANT.
Beliefs can be very powerful in and of themselves. Conflicting beliefs may then not be that obvious to some.
Ok, let me clarify! Christians who believe that God is divine and is the creator of all things. How can one believe in God and that he is the way and the light but also believe that breaking a mirror will give them 7 years of bad luck?
Because superstitions (Christian or otherwise) are blind faith with no logic or reason.
In fact, religion is what I believe and superstition is what you do.
If you believe that an invisible god exists in some other dimension around us, then why not spirits, ghosties and goblins ???
The simple answer is that simple people are just. well, simple.
I don't think its surprising. The Bible contains sorcery, curses, necromancy and other forms of superstition including astrology, prophecy, etc.
Maybe it's because Christianity came out of paganism and it's still running through their blood.
You all make so much sense and I really never looked at it from any another angle. Thanks
Whether there be ghost, goblins, or some other mere form of superstitious "belief", as a Christian, I believe we are obligated to tap into the truth, ALL POWER has been given unto Christ who in turn, has empowered the body of Christ with POWER from on High to tread upon scorpions and serpents (metaphorically). If we believe in the 7 years of bad luck, then what is the significance of trusting in a Savior that claimed to be the WORD OF GOD made flesh, having power of demons, and doctrines of devils.
There is a supernatural world, but we as Christians, tend to be so "natural" in it. Christ modeled for us as the (God/Man) and what that man was suppose to be in the earthly realm. What God intended for his creation; a divine extension of HIMSELF, is that we HAVE DOMINION....not to merely gain material bliss, but to rule over the principalities and powers of the darkness of this age.
If we struggle with the cracking of a mirror, then we might as well throw in the towel when it comes to casting out devils.
Just my two cents. Great Question!
Your religious beliefs are nothing more than another superstition.
Here you are talking about an imaginary god, yet you are trying to distinguish this nonsense from other nonsensical superstitions.
Christianity is not 'natural' it is just the formalising of all the superstitious nonsense that science has mostly exposed as parlour tricks, effects and manifestations of brain disfunction and persuasive myths - in a word SUPERSTITION.
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