Friday, June 13, 2008

triskaidekaphobia and paraskavedekatriaphobia

To all triskaidekaphobic and paraskavedekatriaphobic out there…maybe you’re quite afraid today.

Triskaidekaphobia is an irrational fear of number 13 and paraskavedekatriaphobia is an irrational fear of Friday the 13th. In the Philippines, Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day. In buildings, you’ll not see a floor written as 13th floor; they usually skip it.

Judas Iscariot was said to have been the 13th person during the Last Supper (if you’ll include Jesus Christ). Based on what I have read, fear of number 13 existed even before during the time of Jesus Christ. The Code of Hummarabi omitted number 13 (note: it’s not only 13 that were omitted in that code; numbers 66-99 are omitted. It shows that any number can be associated with something negative. It’s all in the perspective).

According to numerology, 12 is the number of completion, like 12 Disciples, 12 months in a year, 12 tribes of Israel. Adding 1 to 12, which is 13, destroys that completeness. There are other reasons for fear of 13 and Friday the 13th. Statistically speaking, there is a significant increase in traffic accidents, according to British Medical Journal.

Okay, I won’t play Brainiac or Mr. Bookworm or “pa-deep” here. I’m no Mensa or Prometheus. Maybe some don’t know, don’t care, and even don’t like that style.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no debunker or skeptic of these, well, fears of number 13 and Friday the 13th. Figures don’t lie. British Medical Journal had stated that there is a significant increase of traffic.

What I am saying is that I believe there’s an outside force that makes this irrational fear of numbers, and a specific day combine with a specific number. It is none other Satan. Satan is the author of all phobias, meaning all irrational fears. Why? He himself is afraid of his future; he’ll be cast in the lake of fire. Satan makes things happen during Friday the 13th so that people will be afraid of that day and number. Satan wanted people to be enslaved with a wrong kind of fear. Why did I say wrong kind of fear? There is a right kind of fear. Fear of God, by avoiding sin and obeying his commandments, is the right kind of fear. Ecclesiastes 12:13 said that fearing God is one of the whole duty of man. Revelations 21:8 is very clear that being fearful will lead someone not be saved by God from the Lake of Fire.

In other words, I believe that it’s not Friday the 13th that makes things happen; it is Satan THROUGH (I used this preposition because that’s how clever Satan is – he will make things happen that at the end, the blame will not be his. Still, God will put him in the Lake of Fire. Loser) the manipulation of people, place, and events that made Friday the 13th a subject of irrational fear.

For all Bible believing Christians, Apostle Paul had given us this verse: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7). Apostle Paul said these Holy Spirit-inspired words to Timothy, a young Pastor, but this is also applicable to all believers who are experiencing irrational fears.

God will take care of us even during Friday the 13th or when we see a number 13. If bad things still happen despite of our carefulness, both in traveling and in our testimony, Romans 8:28 said, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

So, go out. Enjoy this Friday the 13th, provided that what you enjoy is something good, not bad.

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