Why So Superstitious?

No one can argue against the great advances of science and technology in virtually every sphere of modern life. We know more today than we have ever known. But we are more superstitious today than ever. Why?


Superstitions have lasted for millennia across every class, culture, and clan known to man. Did you know that the first cave paintings were probably part of a ceremony for good fortune in hunting?

The Soyuz TMA-19M rocket is launched with Expedition 46 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA, and Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency), Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Malenchenko, Kopra, and Peake will spend the next six-months living and working aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

I know brilliant scientists, researchers, doctors and surgeons working with the latest advances in scientific knowledge in their fields who are more likely to consult an astrologer than not for life-changing decisions or are devoted to the pursuit of what some may term the greatest superstition of all: religion. Why?

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The answer is simple. Science and technology cannot answer the big questions:

What’s going to happen tomorrow? Where will I be next year? What will my future be like? Is there a purpose to my existence? Why am I here? Where am I going? On what basis should I make the big decisions of life? What is truth? Is truth universal? Is there life beyond death?  How did life begin? Is there a God?

Why is there anything at all?

Science can’t answer any of these questions definitively. Neither can mere superstition. Only religion can.

Maybe you are one of those who have spent your life avoiding the big questions. That’s risky. Just ask Blaise Pascal.

Maybe it’s time you found the answers. Look at all the religions. Approach them with equal skepticism. There’s nothing wrong with that. The worst thing you can do is believe blindly. Study and seek. Ultimately, your destiny depends upon it.

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