<<irrational belief>>

An irrational belief or fear that an object or other factor has the power to affect a person's life with some action bringing bad luck or occasionally good luck. There is no Christian, rational or scientific basis for such behaviour as putting confidence in a lucky charm or doing something to gain protection from misfortune or to bring good luck. God causes or allows everything in keeping with His divine plan (Isa 46:9-11; Act 4:26-28; Eph 1:9,10).  Any unbiblical, irrational fear or ritual falls into the realm of superstition with some things what is often termed just a coincidence (1 Sam 5:4,5; 1 Kgs 20:23; Act 28:3-6). However, the Bible says that God’s purposes will prevail and that He is in control of even the most random event (Prov 19:21).

Superstitions range from not walking under a ladder, through astrology, black magic and divination, to voodoo and sorcery. These types of practices are forbidden in Scripture (Deut 18:10-12; 2 Kgs 21:6; Isa 2:6). The Bible warns against being taken captive by deceptive philosophies, which are based on human traditions, rather than on Christ; instead we should be alert to the enemies’ tactics as these practices open the mind of the practitioners to the influence of evil (Col 2:8-10; 1 Tim 4:7; 1 Pet 5:8). We are not to give credence or pay attention to superstitions instead God’s laws, plans and help should be our focus.

See also: chance, fatalism, luck, magic.



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