Superstition
An Open Door for Evil

 

Superstition - Catholic Reviews

On one superstitious website the following advice is given for those who want to protect themselves from evil spirits on Halloween night:

  1. To prevent a ghost from coming into the house on Halloween, bury animal bones near the front door.
  2. If that doesn't work, you should walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.
  3. If you hear footsteps behind you on this night, don't look back, it may be the dead following you.1

By making agreements with these types of superstitious beliefs, a person gives a spirit of fear the ability to enter his life. After giving divine assent to a superstitious belief, a person may even start to imagine what a dead person would sound like. Soon, he may become very sensitive to the slightest noise behind him, while being ever so careful not to look back. Before long, the controlling spirit of fear may have that person running for his very life, yet if he would only turn around to face his fear, he would quickly discover that it was all a deception.

Other forms of superstition include the Saint Benedict medal that needs to be buried in the ground to ward off evil spirits. According to one Catholic website, the St. Benedict medal contains supernatural powers to "cure bodily ills and protect against contagious diseases. In time of storms, tempests and other dangers on land and sea it has been found to be a protection. Even domestic animals have been visibly aided by it when infected with disease."2

Although there is nothing superstitious about Saint Benedict, the problem lies within the heart of the person who participates in these types of behaviors. All protection comes from God alone—not from religious objects or any other type of superstitious beliefs. God has already given us all the protection that we need when he assigned our guardian angels to watch over us night and day. According to the Catechism in section 336, "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading that person to life.3 From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession."4

Not only are all Christians surrounded by God's angelic army, but Jesus has given his followers power over all the works of the enemy. After Jesus sent seventy men and women on their first missionary assignment, they returned with great joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!"5 Jesus responded by saying, "See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you."6

This same power has been given to all believers; all we need to do is put our trust in God, and start using our authority in Christ. According to the book of Romans, "If God is for us, who is against us? Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."7

Your heavenly Father wants you to enter into a deep and personal relationship with him. He wants your complete trust and obedience. He wants you to fall into his loving arms just like a little child. Your Abba Father is calling you right now. He has all the power and protection that you need.

 

Scripture Passages to Set the Captives Free
 

"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
— Matthew 18:3

"God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love." — 1 John 4:16, 18

"For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, 'Abba Father!' it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ." — Romans 8:14–17

 

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Notes

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from the English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for use in the United States of America, © 1994, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Modifications from the Editio Typica copyright © 1997, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission.

  1. Old Superstitions website: http://www.oldsu p erstitions.com
  2. Holy Images website, Saint Benedict Medals: http://holy-images.com/medals_benedict.htm
  3. Catechism of the Catholic Church: 336; Cf. Mt 18:10; Lk 16:22; Ps 34:7; 91:10–13; Job 33:23–24; Zech 1:12; Tob 12:12.
  4. Catechism of the Catholic Church: 336; St. Basil, Adv. Eunomium III, 1: PG 29, 656B.
  5. Luke 10:17.
  6. Luke 10:19.
  7. Romans 8:31, 35, 37.
  8. Halloween Web, Where Things Go Bump in the Night: http://www.halloween-website.com/superstitions.htm