A superstitious christian?

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  1. mwales28 profile image61
    mwales28posted 6 years ago

    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?

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      From dictionary dot com:

      su·per·sti·tious
         [soo-per-stish-uhs] Show IPA
      adjective
      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.

      And:

      su·per·sti·tion
         [soo-per-stish-uhn] Show IPA
      noun
      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.

    2. autumn18 profile image68
      autumn18posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    3. getitrite profile image79
      getitriteposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      No, actually the word you're looking for is REDUNDANT.

    4. pennyofheaven profile image79
      pennyofheavenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Beliefs can be very powerful in and of themselves. Conflicting beliefs may then not be that obvious to some.

  2. mwales28 profile image61
    mwales28posted 6 years ago

    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?

    1. profile image0
      jomineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. recommend1 profile image69
      recommend1posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    3. Titen-Sxull profile image85
      Titen-Sxullposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think its surprising. The Bible contains sorcery, curses, necromancy and other forms of superstition including astrology, prophecy, etc.

  3. Jewels profile image84
    Jewelsposted 6 years ago

    Maybe it's because Christianity came out of paganism and it's still running through their blood.

    1. mwales28 profile image61
      mwales28posted 6 years ago

      You all make so much sense and I really never looked at it from any another angle.  Thanks

    2. William Savage profile image76
      William Savageposted 6 years ago

      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!

      1. getitrite profile image79
        getitriteposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        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.

      2. recommend1 profile image69
        recommend1posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        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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