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    Christian Advice Requested - Thread: "You are too superstitious!"

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      "You are too superstitious!"

      I have come across many renditions that state "you are too religious"
      Was Christ against big religious institution or against a personal relationship with him through the word of God?
      IS religion 'superstition'? Is believing in Christ teachings necessarily mark you as 'religious'?
      From a BBC doc it claimed that state-religion was 'religio' and that anyone who did not participate in the state/god reasoning (stayed in doors on festivals) namely Christians were 'superstigio' by the Romans..
      What did Paul mean when he said what he said in Athens?

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      Oooh good thread. Let me think about this and do some reading.

      One thing I want to say right away is that some people think that making the sign of the cross is some sort of superstition because they don't understand why those people make it and are thinking that it's to ward off evil spirits or something LOL
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      Quote Originally Posted by Lämmchen View Post
      Oooh good thread. Let me think about this and do some reading.

      One thing I want to say right away is that some people think that making the sign of the cross is some sort of superstition because they don't understand why those people make it and are thinking that it's to ward off evil spirits or something LOL
      I do it every now and again when im in panic mode or driving next to unstable 18 wheelers lol. Its more to get me prepared and ready I guess when fear does creep up on me and it works just fine.
      Its an itchy concept so I welcome any ideas to these terminologies. I believe he became irate do to some statue worshiping and weird traditions and philosophers so let me just quote the verses..

      "And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still. And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed. Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them."
      Acts 17:14-34




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      When I brought up the sign of the cross, I meant that some people who view others doing it think they're doing it as a magic charm or something but instead it is a remembrance of the trinity
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus

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      the early christians were also accused of being cannibals because they talked about eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ during the Lord's Supper.
      They were accused of all sorts of horrible things. It shows you just how blind some people can be about the truth of the Gospel

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      Quote Originally Posted by DHoffmann View Post
      I have come across many renditions that state "you are too religious"
      Was Christ against big religious institution or against a personal relationship with him through the word of God?
      IS religion 'superstition'? Is believing in Christ teachings necessarily mark you as 'religious'?
      From a BBC doc it claimed that state-religion was 'religio' and that anyone who did not participate in the state/god reasoning (stayed in doors on festivals) namely Christians were 'superstigio' by the Romans..
      What did Paul mean when he said what he said in Athens?

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      Do you think saying God bless you after a sneeze is superstitious? Kinda, huh?
      If you want to rile people up then go to a Christian site and give God ALL the glory for your salvation.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TurtleHare View Post
      Do you think saying God bless you after a sneeze is superstitious? Kinda, huh?
      Not at all, it's a means of respect I believe, not saying it is disrespectful.
      It is a side effect of early superstitions that has been adopted by western civilization.

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