A friend joked yesterday about how even as christians, there are some superstitious beliefs that we have unconsciously adopted without questioning the rationale behind them. The funny thing about these beliefs is the fact that one do not even need to do any serious analysis to realize they are just figments of someone’s imagination or products of one mischievous mind meant to pull the wool over our eyes that has been handed down through generations. One of such unconsciously widely held beliefs especially in this part of the world (Nigeria, Africa) is that something (good or evil depending on which part of Nigeria you are from) will happen to you if you stumble on your left toes.
Experience, they say is the best teacher but the irony is the likelihood of the student to draw the wrong lessons from whatever experience is teaching. A case of different people doing different things with the same lessons from Mister Experience. Whether good or bad or outright ugly, whatever happens to the student is usually the result of their own individual thought patterns and interpretations of such lessons which is why some of us have over the years built and closely guarded all sort of erroneous beliefs and they have in turn become strongholds in our lives. Some are cultural or religious beliefs that even defies common sense and inspite of their seemingly silliness, we still cling to them simply because many of our opinions about life are ours only because we know of no other ways to think.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”- 2Corinthians 10:3-5.
The scripture above admonished us as christians to do away with all sort of thoughts, imaginations, beliefs and knowledge that does not in anyway glorify God or edify us. Every of our thought patterns should be in obedience of christ. Whatever interpretations we give our experience(s) should be based on the Word of God. Superstitions and heresies should have no place amidst us. Our experience(s) are part of our past and whatever lessons we draw from them should never limit us. We should do away with all that robs us of our dreams and destinies and strive to model Christ and Christ alone!