Friday the 13th

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Man made traditions are deeply rooted into our lives and culture.  For some reason people love them more than the voice of reason or better stated – the Holy Spirit.  Friday the 13th is yet another famous superstition to be worshiped by many folks around the world.

Let me explain briefly the origins of this Unlucky Day and I’ll let you decide if it has anything to do with you.

History tell us exactly what occurred during this legendary Friday.  First, a little bit of background.  “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon” who were also called the Knights Templar were one of the most wealthy people on Earth in the Middle Ages.  Officially, Templars were endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129.  They weren’t only guarding the path to Jerusalem for pilgrims from around the globe, but they also mastered many financial techniques that today we are call banking.  The “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ” became wealthier than the world kings and the Pope himself.  The Templar’s pride and self centered motives grew more and more and soon they had created their own anti christian doctrine.  King Phillip IV of France as well as Pope Clement V had their reasons to be finished with the Templars. The King of France began pressing the Pope to take serious actions against the Templars.  It is worth mentioning what many historians said during that era, that King Phillip IV was indebted to Templars in very large sums.

The next thing you know, the Templar Knights were charged of heresy and much more…

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Pope Clement V

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On October Friday the 13, 1307 King Philip IV ordered the arrest of the Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay, and several thousand of his fellow members – knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren.  The arrest warrant started with the phrase:

“Dieu n’est pas content, nous avons des ennemis de la foi dans le Royaume” [“God is not pleased. We have enemies of the faith in the kingdom”] – “Les derniers jours des Templiers”.  Science et Avenir: 52–61.  July 2010.

Many accusations were made of Templars, that they were encouraging homosexual practices, that knights were forced to spit on the cross of Jesus Christ as well deny that Jesus is the Saviour and only God.

“The prisoners were coerced to confess that they had spat on the Cross : “Moi Raymond de La Fère, 21 ans, reconnais que (J’ai) craché trois fois sur la Croix, mais de bouche et pas de coeur” (free translation : “I, Raymond de La Fère, 21 years old, admit that I have spat three times on the Cross, but only from my mouth and not from my heart”).” — Wikipedia

Templars were accused of idolatry and worshiping a figure of Baphomet, as well as worshipping a mummified head that supposedly belonged to John the Baptist.  They also were charged with financial fraud and secrecy.  Under torture many of the Templars admitted to the accusations which later caused scandal.

Supposedly none of these accusations were true.  Anyhow whoever got caught was tortured to death or burned at the stake.
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Burning of de Molay
And this ladies and gentleman where the superstition of Friday the 13th originates.
As I told my friend who believes in many superstitions (especially about black cats): “If a black cat crossed your path, and then you were to see your child in the middle of the road and in front of an oncoming car, wouldn’t you save your child’s life regardless of the black cat who crossed your path?!  Of course you would save your child, and not even give a second thought to the cat minding his own business and going wherever he was going!”
Remember that anyone can make up a lie and tell you anything you would like to hear just to scare you, take advantage of you or somehow impress you with his/her knowledge.  Do not believe in everything! Do your research and pray to God to take the blindfold off of your eyes.
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