Sunday, March 20, 2011
superstitions for a 'mormon' boy
While in my youth, my father taught me to be particularly critical of Catholics. He would point out how they were superstitious and used idols and amulets to protect them from evil -- generally pointing out the St Christopher statues on their car dashboards and prayer beads that they rolled in their fingers when faced with possible danger of any kind. His intent was not to poke fun of them, but to teach me that people who did such things were using "graven images" in opposition to the Bible commandments.
But my parents had their own kind of superstitions that they passed on to me that they may have been unaware they were teaching. Mormons have their own kinds of rituals and superstitions -- generally associated with the dangers of playing games and being frivolous on Sundays - or not wearing temple 'garments' all the time - or drinking even a small glass of Coca Cola or tea.
My skeptical mind now knows that there might be some personal feelings of being 'correct' when we follow various rituals of life, but there is no danger or evil that is automatic from any God that will punish us for not following life rituals to the letter.