SPF 239: When Christians are Superstitious

What are some superstitions Christians practice? What is the motivation behind being superstitious and what is the biblical response? Today my husband, Andy, joins me on the podcast to talk about Christians and the object of their worship. 

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Superstitious Christians

Let’s start with a definition.

I went to good ol websterdictionary1828.com SUPERSTI’TION, noun [Latin superstitio, supersto; super and sto, to stand.]

1. Excessive exactness or rigor in religious opinions or practice; extreme and unnecessary scruples in the observance of religious rites not commanded, or of points of minor importance; excess or extravagance in religion; the doing of things not required by God, or abstaining from things not forbidden; or the belief of what is absurd, or belief without evidence.

Superstition has reference to god, to religion, or to beings superior to man.

2. False religion; false worship.

3. Rite or practice proceeding from excess of scruples (doubts, reservations) in religion. In this sense, it admits of a plural.

They the truth

With superstitions and traditions taint.

4. Excessive nicety; scrupulous (extremely detailed) exactness.

5. Belief in the direct agency of superior powers in certain extraordinary or singular events, or in omens and prognostics.

What do you think Christian superstition is motivated by?

Christian superstition driven by fear – fear of evil, fear of displeasing God; and also driven by trying to manipulate fate or be in charge of an outcome by doing something they think will guarantee it. 

Protection and fate or outcome.

Solution to Superstition

“To follow the imagination of one’s heart in the realm of theology is the way to remain ignorant of God, and to become an idol-worshipper – the idol in this case being a false mental image of God, ‘made unto thee’ by speculation and imagination” – J.I. Packer Knowing God

  1. repent when we don’t trust in God

  2. biblical literacy – knowing the TRUE God of the Bible

  3. Not putting our faith in something we make up

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