“Uy friend, good luck! You will need it!” Good luck, such a harmless word. Or is it? Aside from flippantly using this phrase, we Filipinos commonly do things such as knocking on wood, reading our horoscope, comparing our zodiac signs, wearing lucky charms or having our palms read by a fortuneteller. Our ancestors did, so why shouldn’t we? We just want to make sure that we cover all bases. Just in case.
The Word of God however tells us that we should not believe or follow such practices. To put it more strongly, we are forbidden to do these because they could lead to serious consequences. We would make decisions based on irrational factors and have disastrous results. We would be deceived into believing false predictions and we lose our focus on God and His direction. We open our lives to the manipulation by evil spirits. And worst of all, those who practice these would receive judgment in hell.
A personal relationship with God, our Father, entails a promise of His blessings. He created the heavens and the earth, and everything that exists here as His blessings to His children. We have assurance and peace because He sent us His Holy Spirit and angels to guide and watch over us. He gave us the Bible so that we could refer to it and meditate on it to know His will and direction.
Luck has no role in our lives. The next time you need to assure a friend (or yourself), say “God bless!” And tell him about the total confidence that we have if we put out trust and faith in Jesus Christ.
- Superstitious practices can lead to serious consequences to those who follow them.
- Christians must not believe in these kinds of practices because the true children of God always receive blessings from Him and are not dependent on luck.
- Do not keep any type of objects related to these practices and beliefs. This includes gifts.
- Never consult palm readers, diviners, fortune tellers, etc. You are opening a door to evil spirits.
- Meditate on the Word of God everyday.
- Practice blessing others and praying for them instead of wishing them luck.
- Superstition in the Philippines: http://www.philippine-portal.com/arts-and-culture/traditions-and-customs/superstition.html
- Christianity vs Superstitions: http://cwnewz.com/content/view/34/2/
- Superstitions everywhere: http://www.christianliteratureandliving.com/jan2002/ryanhaase1.html
- The 76.5 M Filipinos (2000) are composed of: Catholics – 82.9%; Protestants – 5.4%; Islam – 4.6%; Philippine Independent Church – 2.6%; Iglesia ni Cristo – 2.3%, etc.
- Christianity was introduced in the 16th century with the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.
- Protestantism came to the Philippines through First Presbyterian and Methodist missionaries who arrived with the American soldiers in 1899.
- Islam came around the 14th century through the expansion of Arab commercial ventures in Southeast Asia. Today, it is limited mostly to the southern region of the country.