When you believe in things that you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain’t the way.
So says Stevie Wonder in his famous song.

As a teenager I was very superstitious. I dabbled in many scary things. I read Tara cards; tealeaves & I had Chinese fortune telling sticks. Of course I had a quigi board & read all the horoscopes. I throw salt over my shoulder; I dreaded a black cat crossing my path. However, after I studied the Bible, I left all that behind. I found out the truth about all of it. So I re- read scriptures in the Word of God on this subject & I learned even more now than I had ever before. So, this is a brief word study on Superstition. I was compelled to do this since get many forwards often in my e-mails that are sent around containing Superstition. The person who sent the most recent one to me apologized for sending it. This got me to thinking what does it mean and what does God say on this subject. So I decided to reacquaint myself with the truth. As well as enlighten anyone who has ears to hear.

According to the dictionary:

Superstition (Latin superstitio, literally “standing over”; derived perhaps from standing in awe;1 used in Latin as an unreasonable or excessive belief in fear or magic, especially foreign or fantastical ideas, and thus came to mean a “cult” in the Roman empire)23 is a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to supposedly irrational beliefs of others, and its precise meaning is therefore subjective. It is commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the irrational belief that future events can be influenced or foretold by specific, unrelated behaviors or occurrences.

Superstition—gullible ideas based on fancy or fear

I have a great program called the Logos, and here are some of the verses to study.

SUPERSTITION (scripture instances of )
Ark of Covenant for good omen, 1 Samuel 4:3.
Dangerous gods of hills, 1 Kings 20:23.
Use of incense, Jeremiah 44:18.
Use of magic charms, Ezekiel 13:18.
Disciples thought to be gods, Acts 14:11–15.
Sign of the serpent, Acts 28:3–6.

Now if you read some of these stories in the bible you can have an eye opening experience.
1 Sam. 4:3
The Israelites wanted to know why did the Lord God brought defeat upon us today?

So they figure it was because they did not have the Arc of the Covenant with them. So they had it brought to the battlefield. It was to be their lucky charm. They expected it to bring guaranteed good results instead of what God’s decision was.
That way is a pagan notion. They think the deity is identified with the symbol of his presence (or God’s presence) so God’s favor was automatic. It was and is a false manipulation & a way we try to take control. But GOD is in control not us. We need to let go & give it to God. We have to trust God because God’s will is what will be done.

1 Kings 20: 23-29
The man of God told the Israelites they would win the battle against the Arameans. The Arameans think the God of Israel is the god of the hills only & not the god of the valley. So the battle was fought in the plains of the valley not the hills. The enemy was incorrect. God wanted to show he is God not just in the hills but everywhere.

The use of incense was a biggie. Burning incense to pagan gods or to the queen of heaven was idolatry. God tells us this is a detestable act. It is worshipping pagan or false gods. So as the ten commandments specify. Deut 5:6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Deut 5:7 Thou shall have none other gods before me.
Deut 5:8 Thou shall not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
Deut 5:9 Thou shall not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me….

Jerm.44:22 the people deliberately went against God to worship the queen of heaven or Mary. They sinned against God & refused to follow his word—his decrees & stipulations.

Ezec.13: 18 Woe to the women who sew magic charms (lies or sorcery) these women were using black arts with devil spirit powers. They practiced divination Ezek 13:22 Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:
Ezek 13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and you shall know that I am the LORD
Ezek 14 Idols of the heart –seeking an oracle or spirituals- they are not really from God. They practice divination & the black arts. 1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
We see continuously how we need to listen to God & stay away from whatever God tells us to stay away from. He knows what is good, he made us.

Acts 25:19 The religion there was superstition as is in Acts 17:22 Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelled not in temples made with hands;
Act 17:25 Neither is he worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he gives to all life, and breath, and all things;
Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he is not far from every one of us:
Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Act 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commanded all men every where to repent:
Act 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Act 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, we will hear thee again of this matter.
As we understand God does not want us to make statues let alone worship them, nor be superstitious. God has determined the times.

The old wives tales, misconceptions, pagan notions and chain letters can be laid to rest. They are all just a big waste of time. Today it seems we call sin by other popular names. We trivialize it but it is still very harmful for us. We just need to go to God, talk to him. We can pray then trust God. He will take care of us because we are precious in his sight. We are his children if we love God by listening to Him. The knowledge of God’s word and his promises will keep you safe.

Now I entered this word into Libronix Digital Library and here is some of the information I found. And other instances of: SUPERSTITION —you can look up.

A. Causes of, in wrong views of:
God 1 Kin. 20:23
Holy objects 1 Sam. 4:3
God’s providence Jer. 44:15–19

B. Manifestations of, in:
Seeking illogical causes Acts 28:4
Ignorance of the true God Acts 17:22
Perverting true religion Mark 7:1–16

Israelites, supposing that their defeat in battle with the Philistines was due to their not having brought with them the ark of the covenant, 1 Sam. 4:3, with vs. 10,11. Philistines, refusing to tread the threshold of the temple of Dagon after the image of Dagon had repeatedly fallen, 1 Sam. 5:5. The belief of the Syrians concerning the help of the gods, 1 Kin. 20:23. Jews, attributing their calamities to having ceased offering sacrifices to the queen of heaven, Jer. 44:17–19. Nebuchadnezzar, supposing that the spirit of the gods was upon Daniel, Dan. 4:8, 9. The sailors who cast Jonah into the sea, Jonah 1:4–16. The disciples, supposing they saw a spirit when Jesus came walking upon the sea, Matt. 14:26; Mark 6:49, 50. Herod, imagining that John the Baptist had risen from the dead, Mark 6:14, 16. The Gadarenes, on account of Jesus casting devils out of the man from there, Matt. 8:34. The disciples who were frightened at the appearance of Peter, Acts 12:14, 15. The Ephesians, in their sorceries, Acts 19:13–19. The people of the island of Melita, in imagining Paul to be a god, Acts 28:6.
Superstition (Lat superstitio; Gk deisidaimonia) is the term which referring to pagan religion as superstitio or deisidaimonia
The ancients already disagreed among themselves over the etymology of superstitio . The attempt to trace the word’s origin comes from Cicero(?), who says that “superstition” defines the faith of people “who spend the whole day in prayer and sacrifice in order that their children may survive (superstites) them” . This derivation of superstitio from superstes (“witness” or “survivor”) became increasingly associated in Latin literature with a personal survival instinct of “loyalty,” pietas, “piety,” and humanitas, “civilized behavior” . Its own history thus helps explain the similar degeneration of superstitio from an expression of positive religious meaning into a term of abuse.

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