Christian Inspiration: Friday the 13th 2015

Friday the 13th

Here we are again, another weekend after Friday the 13th. No one really knows why it is called that or what started this unlucky day. The Da Vinci Code falsely claimed it was the day the church killed off the Knights Templar. The evidence of that is completely and utterly contradictory as Friday and Tuesday the 13th were considered unlucky for quite sometime before that. In some places in Italy, Friday the 17th is considered unlucky. 

Did I say Tuesday? Why yes I did. In Greek culture, the superstition rest on Tuesday the 13th because that day is when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire. Very interesting I’d say.

While no one truly knows the origin of the day being considered bad luck, some originated being the thirteenth of The Last Supper, Judas Iscariot, who of course betrayed Jesus Christ, which led to his death on Good Friday.

While no one knows for sure,  it is clear that this superstition goes all the way past up to the time of the Fall of the Roman Empire. How should Christians handle superstitions like there? How do we handle them especially when they could possibly be connected so deeply to our faith?

Critics, especially atheists, of the Christian religion (yes, I did say religion) have long been highly aggressive in accusing Christians of spreading superstitions like these. Of course, when you remind atheists that they use to think frogs evolved from mud and flies from raw meat, they tend to ignore you.

Christian do not give into superstitions, especially ones that run contrary to the Bible. They are a short fleeting answer to something you fear. Get into the Bible, the Word of God, and you will find that God has given you faith, hope, and love.

Jesus said in one of his biographies, the Gospel of John, 33 I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world. (John 16:33, HCSB)

 

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