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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

13 May 2011: John Studd, Life Church Petersfield and Web Master for the PACT web site

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

John Studd, Petersfield Life Church and Web Master of the PACT web siteToday is Friday 13 May and paraskevidekatriaphobia is defined as "a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th." It is one of many superstitions that, even in our technological age, we still refer to: touching wood, not walking under ladders or being careful not to break mirrors.

Superstition can be defined as: "An irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear" and is thus completely opposite to Christian beliefs which are based on a tremendous weight of evidence – there are, for example, far more early Christian documents than any secular documents from the time immediately after Jesus was on the earth in human form.

Many people are recorded as being visited by angels in the Bible and it interesting to note that, almost every time, the first words that the angels say is “Fear not”.

The Gospel is a message of hope and joy, of a God who loved us so much that he sent his son to earth in human form to die for each and every one of us.

This is no morbid, irrational superstition, it is a firm belief that changes lives and sets us free – and it’s available every day!

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