Publish by Elder K. Clark
There are many branches of superstitious beliefs and practices that have been uniquely intertwine with our everyday traditional customs. The mixture of superstition and customs are often openly accepted by most people. In fact the mixture of superstition and customs are so strong people never really question why they’re even practicing them. We can find superstitious beliefs in almost every cultural in the world, from the fear of black cats, Friday 13th, too breaking mirrors. Sweeping the feet, third time lucky, rabbit’s feet, saying ‘bless you after someone sneezes, too touching wood, knocking on wood, crossing your fingers, avoiding walking under ladders, and breaking a wish-bone from a chicken. Perhaps you found the above humorous and amusing, but did you know that superstition is link to magic, and curses?
“Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious” (Acts 17:22 KJV).
Athens (Greece) was and still is one of the must superstitious cultures in the world. Although they may have had good intention, Paul turned their superstitious religious practice away from vain worship, to celebrate God along. It is said that the Athens citizens serve over 30 thousands idols, and the visitors that traveled too and through Athens commended saying: “It was easier to find a god in Athens than a man“. The Greeks were known for the enormous temples of worship. The most famous temple and is name among the Seven Wonders of the World “The Temple of Artemis” which still stands today. Athens, doing its peek times and prosperity, it was known as the center of the world, and the cornerstone of the knowledge of men. Athens was the home of the Plato Academy and many other Greek philosophers.
(Act 17:16 KJV) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
It is here in Athens (Ancient Greece) where they worshipped the Moon Goddess Artemis by offering round honey cakes to celebrate her birthday. History has it that the Greeks (Athens, Greece) made cakes to honor the Greek goddess Artemis, whose birthday was celebrated with moon-shaped honey cakes topped with candles. Thus, Athens is the origin of candle lighting in the celebration of birthdays. There candles were place in the center to shine as a reminder of the moons splendor. The Greeks doing their superstitious service to the moon goddess would blow out the candles in hopes that the smoke would carry their wishes up to the goddess Artemis. The cutting of the cake is also a superstitious service, for everyone that shared in the cutting and eating of the cake would likewise share in the prosperity of that year.
Ancient Grecians weren’t the first to celebrated birthdays. Long before Christianity became a religion of practice and long before the temples of the Moon Goddess Artemis were build by the Ancient Grecians Ancient Egyptians celebrated birthdays, mainly Pharaoh’s. It appears that Ancient Egyptians were the first to explore the lunar solar system to track times. This explore of the lunar solar system to track times is called Astrology. Birthday celebration is indeed linked to the investigation of the heavens, and anyone that knows anything about astrology must acknowledge this to be true. Without the knowledge of the positions of the stars, moon and sun, the Egyptians could not accurately celebrate birthdays. It is in this practice of Astrology, that we find witchcraft, sorcery, horoscope, palm reading, fortune telling, dreamers, evil spirits, and all superstitious practices and beliefs.
Zodiac Sign In Astrology
“Not sure what your Zodiac Moon Sign is? Unlike the Sun’s Zodiac position, the speedily moving Moon is a wee bit more difficult to calculate and determine. Because the Moon speeds through the sky, the calculation of your Moon’s Zodiac Sign will be much more accurate if you know the exact time of day of your birth” -A certain website
History has it that many believed on the celebrant birthday he/she was closer to the spirit world then any other day. So these pagans through superstition would invite family and friends over to make “merry”. It was through the making merry and loud celebration that the evil spirits were supposedly chased away. It was necessary to speak good things to the celebrant since the evil spirits were lurking waiting for a chance to capture the birthday person, so here lays the origin of the invitation to the birthday parties and the saying “happy birthday”. At the start of birthday celebration it was only extended to Deities and the elite, such the royal family members. The general public was considered to be low life, poor and unworthy, and wasn’t allowed to celebrate birthdays. Thus birthday celebration was only for the “GODS”.
Exodus 22:18 You shall not allow a sorceress to live.
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, an observer of clouds, or a fortune-teller, or a witch,
Deuteronomy 18:11 or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or one who calls to the dead.
Deuteronomy 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination to God. And because of these abominations God your God drives them out from before you.
By the above verse condemns the investigation of the heavens as practice by fortune-teller, witch, wizard, palm readers, psychic, and horoscopes.
Birthday celebration at its best is nothing more then a branch of fortune-telling, witchcraft, wizardry, palm reading, and psychic. Thus, if the root be unholy then so are branches. The first century church withstood these false works with all their might and didn’t bow down to these pagan worships
“Nay, indeed, the law does not permit us to make festivals at the births of our children, and thereby afford occasion of drinking to excess; but it ordains that the very beginning of our education should be immediately directed to sobriety.” (Flavius Josephus Jewish historian, born A.D. 37, at Jerusalem died about 101)
The law doesn’t allow the Jews to make parties at their children birth. Then the law could not (as I have already proven) allow them to keep the child’s birthday once a year. There are certain Godly principles that never changes. It don’t matter who we are God is HOLY and commands that we be also.
Fact: Birthday cake origin is pagan and were made to Gods
Fact: Birthday candles origin is pagan and was say had power to take wish to the gods
Fact: The Celebrant is said to be closer to the spirit world on his day then any other day.
Fact: The Celebrant invited guess over to make merry and to scare off evil spirits.
Fact: The saying “Happy birthday” was used to express GOOD LUCK (a superstition beliefs and practices)
Fact: Birthday are link to superstition beliefs and practices.
Fact: Birthday are rooted in astrology
Fact: Birthday celebration started with the only to pagan Gods and rulers
Fact: Birthday celebration is link to palm readers, psychic, and horoscopes, and witchcraft
Fact: Birthday celebration were first found in history with the Ancient pagan Egypt
It’s nothing wrong with knowing every year when you turn another age, however, when we invite knowingly or unknowingly those superstitious pagan practices into our lives we violate the will of God. One of the strongest points in this article is that birthday celebration was only for the “GODS”. We know there is only one God to be celebrated and it’s not one of us. This is the reason on their birthdays there is BBQ, or a special dinner (offering), songs and dancing (worship) all on the behalf of Celebrant. But why are they receiving praise? Why are they receiving gifts and cards? Why are they receiving honor? Did they reach a year older of their own selves? Can they tell us about the delivery?
The answers to these questions are found in the root of the celebration it was for the GODS!!! Are you a God, are they? This celebration is so strong that people are often offended and angered when they aren’t given gifts and praised on their day. It all goes back to the root and spirit behind the celebration it makes them feel like GODS!
Christian isn’t allowed to practice anything that is rooted in paganism. We are a separated people unto God showing forth his praise and not ourselves. Let’s flee from even the very appearance of evil and release ourselves from those superstition beliefs and practices that have uniquely captured the majority.