Christianity vs Superstition

I have often wondered how those who claim to be Christians and have faith in God can simultaneously be superstitious. Friday the 13th is a bad luck day, don’t split a pole, if a black cat crosses your path go around out of it’s path, don’t open an umbrella indoors or walk under a latter and breaking a mirror will bring bad luck.

Well I went searching and I found an answer on that I thought explained this pretty well so I thought I’d share it with you all:

This is indeed an interesting item to answer today, as we just finished looking at Romans 14 tonight at church. Romans 14 deals with eating meat or not eating meat, and also deals with how we should respond to one that has a problem with eating that meat. I realize that is not the issue here, but we can substitute the concept of opening an umbrella vs. not opening it inside. To one, it is taboo. To the other it is not. How should we respond?

Our response, according to the Apostle Paul, is that we should always respond in love for the other individual. It might be that they are the “weak in the faith”. Whatever it might be that we do, that could cause a brother or a sister to stumble, we should avoid. If we consider that they might not understand that there is no harm in opening the umbrella inside, and that they might consider it to be “bad luck” to do so, we should refrain from opening the umbrella inside. We should practice this in their presence, until such time that they become aware that superstitions are not of faith. When we trust in the Lord, we do not worry about such, but to those that may be weak in the faith, it could cause them much anguish.

We should make sure that our faith is established upon the principles of God’s Word, and in doing so, we have complete confidence in those convictions. Then, as we minister to that “weak” brother, we work toward edification (the building up) of him in the faith. Our influence in edifying him could be hindered if we engage in “doubtful disputations”. Instead we should take every opportunity to share about those things which edify and encourage others to trust in the Lord, rather than to be bothered by those superstitions.

I hope this has helped to encourage you to minister to that weaker brother/sister, and not to be too harsh with him/her.

With Love In Christ,
Phillip Senn

The complete Q&A can be found at:


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