“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness.” 1 Timothy 4:7
Mrs. Rosete thought she’d found the house of her dreams in Orange County, California. So she put down a $20,000 deposit. A few days later, after a consultant looked at the property, Rosete voided the contract and forfeited half the deposit.
Why? Because the spiritual energy wasn’t right.
As bizarre as it may sound, Rosete’s house, we’re told, had Feng shui problems. Feng shui, in case you haven’t heard, is a 3,000 year-old Chinese practice. Adherents believe that decorations, furniture arrangement, and direction of rooms can affect vital energy called “chi.” And, they’re quick to add, “Good chi” makes the difference between success and failure in life.
I understand how eastern mysticism gobbledygoop has managed to work its way into our culture, after all, we see it constantly on TV shows, movies, and magazines. What I don’t understand, is how it has managed to work its way into the vocabulary of those who say they are Bible believing Christians.
Sometimes I hear Christians say things that I’m sure they have picked up from others as popular sayings, but they should really work them out of their vocabulary. Examples would be; “I’ll keep my fingers crossed”, “knock on wood, “that’s bad Karma”, or “I’ll keep you in my thoughts”. What does that mean exactly?
Each of these sayings come from beliefs that defy the God of scripture, and some have deeply rooted origins in superstition and false gods. The druids worshipped trees, believing that spirits lived in all wood. Whenever the druids said something about good or bad fortune, they’d knock on the wood to perk up the spirits to work in their favor.
The bottom line is this; if I believe that there is only one God, who created everything, and is in total control of all things, then there is really only one source of power – so to speak – that I should call on, or be concerned about.
If I’m sick or hurting, or need help, I don’t want you knocking on wood, or crossing your fingers. And while I’m glad I’m in your thoughts, what I really want, is to be in your prayers!