The way I see it, people ought to stop believing in SUPERSTITIONS.
WIKEPEDIA gives me this definition: “Superstition is a pejorative term for any belief or practice that is considered irrational: for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a positive belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown. “Superstition” also refers to religious beliefs or actions arising from irrationality.’
And of course in searching for the definition of one term, the brilliant minds did not cater for me and you, so they included the word PEJORATIVE.
So, I did a search for the word PEJORATIVE and discovered that it refers to a word or phrase that has negative connotations. That is our new word for the week.
So, it is natural to deduce… (I have to use a big word, in order to show that I went to school too).
So, as I was saying, it is natural to deduce that the word SUPERSTITION has negative connotations and relates to a belief in magic and a fear of the unknown.
That brings me to my real point. Today is the 13th of April and even more significantly for some, it is a Friday.
Now if it was any other day of the week, it would not have been a problem to persons who are superstitious, but to have the 13th fall on a Friday! Problems for some people.
Once there is such an occurrence, some persons would not even leave their homes to go to work; they refuse to travel by land, by air, by sea. They are convinced that something BAD is going to happen.
Now maybe something bad happened earlier in the week, on the Monday or Thursday, but it really registers home with them if it happens on Friday 13th.
So I again checked Wikipedia: “Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in the same year. In 2017, it occurred twice, on January 13 and October 13. In 2018, it will also occur twice on April 13 and July 13. There will be two Friday the 13ths every year until 2020, where 2021 and 2022 will have just one occurrence, in August and May respectively. It is uncertain how this key date became associated with bad luck, but the number 13 has been considered unlucky for some time.’
Even some well-known cricketers, get nervous when they are on 13 runs.
Well I newa!
Now, one well known superstition circulating Nevis, is that you should never dare point with your fingers to the graves in a cemetery, ‘or your fingers gonna drop off!’ I am sure that you have heard that one before right?
Elder Phinehas Griffin of blessed memory, once told me of an occasion that he attended a funeral service in Gingerland. While they were at the Gingerland cemetery, a well-known civil servant then (name reserved to protect her right to secrecy), asked him where a particular individual was buried and he pointed to the particular grave. She screamed out and hit his hand sharply and shouted: ‘Don’t do that—you finger gonna drop off!’
Now, if you knew the Elder Griffin I knew, you would know that he could have been a real PAPPYSHOW sometimes and so he played the game and kept pointing and she kept beating him on his hand, sadly not realizing that he still had all of his fingers intact, despite all of the pointing!
Well I newa!
So all of these ‘turn your shirt inside out,’ to get rid of jumbies; ‘making sure that you enter an exam room with your left foot first,’ in order to ensure success; ‘throwing salt over your left shoulder,’ again to rid yourself of jumbies….
Sad truth is dear reader, all of these are just UTTER NONSENSE.
Now don’t get me wrong. There is evil in the world and a lot of unexplained things still happen, but rest assured, they are not caused by any DEAD PEOPLE.
My bible is clear that when a man dies, his very thoughts perish.
So who is the culprit here?
Answer: Satan and his wicked angels. Remember, he came out of heaven with a whole one third of them and don’t underestimate him. He is powerful and can even imitate a dead loved one, from very familiar perfume, to mannerisms, to make people believe that they are communicating with their dead loved ones.
So, how do we counter these evil things and the fear of superstitions?
Well, I recommend the one and only JESUS and it does not take an A student nor rocket science to figure it out.
We just go to Jesus as we are, let him know (what he already knows), that we have these particular problems/issues and that we need his help.
From there we continue to pray and study his word and strive by his grace to live in accordance with his principles and the devil will flee! The bible indicates that when the devil sees the weakest saint on his or her knees, he takes ‘head and mek foot.’
‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind!’
So, whether Friday is the 6th; 21st or 13th go about your business, as usual, in Jesus name and live happily ever after.
That’s the way I see it. How do you see it?