The Chrisitian roots of some stupid superstitons and sayings.

Here is a selection of further stupidity linked to the christian faith. Man your brain has to be totally rotten to actually believe in religion.

It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder. This came from the early Christian belief that a leaning ladder formed a triangle with the wall and ground. You must never violate the Holy Trinity by walking through a triangle, lest you be considered in league with the devil. (And you all know what good Christians did to people they suspected of being in league with the devil.)

Beware of Friday the Thirteenth. Those who know about these things, inform us that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden on a Friday, Noah’s flood started on a Friday, and Christ was crucified on a Friday. Christians also noted that twelve witches plus one devil are present at Satanic ceremonies so Friday and 13 make a deadly combination.

God Bless You. During the sixth century, it was customary to congratulate people who sneezed because they were expelling evil from their bodies. Later, when a great plague took hold of Europe, and people began sneezing violently, the Pope passed a law. Since sneezing meant that the person was going to die of plague, people were required to bless the sneezer.

Don’t spill the salt. Although some people believe that Judas spilt salt during the last supper, this claim can’t be proven. Salt was a very precious expensive commodity in the middle ages. It was also used for medicinal purposes. If you spilled any, you must immediately throw it over your left shoulder to strike the nasty spirits in the eye, thus preventing sickness.

Black cats are evil. In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast, was a black female cat. Christian priests wanted to wipe out all traces of other religions so convinced their ignorant followers to destroy the evil demons that were black cats. While they were at it, they destroyed the kindly little old ladies who cared for the cats believing them to be witches.

Skin Of Your Teeth. This saying means to barely escape from a harrowing situation. It comes from Job 19:20, where God inflicts all sorts of terrible things on one of those who love him. Poor Job had all his animals stolen, his children die, his house collapse and his body covered with sores. Job has this to say; “My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.”

Fleshpot. – Today ‘fleshpot’ describes decadence. In the time of Moses, it was a large pot in which to boil meat. Somehow, preachers managed to change the meaning to scare their flock about ‘sins of the flesh’.

To make a scapegoat. – The poor scapegoat gets the punishment for everyone else’s mistakes. God condoned this cruelty to animals in Leviticus 16:7-10 “And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other for the scapegoat.” The scapegoat got to escape, and carry the tribe’s sins into the wilderness, to be eaten by some animal instead of being offered alive as a sacrifice for the Lord.

Christmas and the Star of Bethlehem. – There is no historical evidence that Christ was born on December 25th. December 25th was officially adopted by Bishop Liberius of Rome in 354. December 25th occurs during the rainy season in the Holy Land, so it is highly unlikely that shepherds would be outside in their pastures. The Hayden Planetarium in New York recreated the heavens as they were in the time that Christ was allegedly born. Although nothing spectacular happened in the skies on the date of Christ’s birth, the Planetarium went back to the year 6 B.C. On that date, there were three stars in close proximity which created a spectacularly bright beacon, which may account for the stories of the Star of Bethlehem. The most plausible reason that December 25 was chosen as a day to celebrate Christ’s birth was that the Christian fathers were trying to compete with another growing religion, Mithraism – the worship of a sun god – whose holy day was also December 25.

Easter – The name “Easter’ derives from Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon dawn goddess. She was traditionally honored at the beginning of spring. Easter wasn’t celebrated in North America until after the Civil War when religious leaders decided that the country needed a holiday which stressed rebirth.


5 Responses to The Chrisitian roots of some stupid superstitons and sayings.

  1. hoverfrog says:

    I don’t care what you say old ladies who keep cats are witches. 😉 I possibly might not like cats too much.

  2. Gracemark

    Although you are obviously religious i will not harass you as i usually do with most religious people that post on my blog.
    Firstly you aren’t quoting a bunch of bible verse at me, and you actually make my point for me.

    Secondly this isnt a post to de-bunk religion, you can pick almost any of my other posts to see me do that.

    I have just illustrated how tiny things become “Fact and tradition” if you apply this example to the Koran or the bible for example it becomes clear that what we read today is an edited piece of edited edited piece of edited (ad infinitum) work of fiction.

    Besides you seam to be able to separate the spiritual experience from the actual religion and from facts, most of the loonies that post to my blog dont have a clue how to do that. I am not against the feeling of spirituality, i am just against the organized religions themselves.

  3. gracemark says:

    I do want to emphasize that I do agree with much of what you wrote in this post. I know that Christ wasn’t born on December 25th. This is another example of where the human hand has perverted history. The Catholic church is to blame for a great deal of this. But, again, we’re focusing on the human, flawed aspect of the Church and not the God that provides meaning and life through unmerited grace.

  4. gracemark says:

    Some of these are completely foreign to me and thus, I’m not sure how much weight I would place on them. However, I am familiar with the “God Bless You” situation. The flaw in the case you make here, though, is in assuming that just because someone is a Christian, they must have a spotless past and walk only on the clean side of the street. If this was the case, your attempt to give evidence to debase Christianity would be more effective. I fully agree that the religious structure that has evolved throughout history is a problem. Humans are essentially human. Any thing run by humans will have flaws. Religion is no different. Too many Christians, over time, have placed inappropriate emphasis on tangential issues and unfounded beliefs. My faith is rooted directly in the life of Jesus as depicted in the bible. His actions, words, and wisdom, given as a person here on earth, are completely selfless and serving. Jesus sought to reemphasize the general, simple focus of the people from technicalities of the law and idolatry to two simple commands: love God with all of your being and love others as you love yourself. These two commands were given by Jesus as the most important commandments. Why is it, then, that so many Christians focus on other less important, tangential, and even unfounded aspects of Christianity? Because they are human. Take an honest glimpse at Jesus and you might find a different perspective. Thanks for taking the time to read my reply.

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