JUST WHAT IS THE FORCE WE TERM LUCK?
Does it come from God or from a more sinister root of Babalonian origin?
We who SAY we represent the Lord Jesus MUST be very careful in just HOW we represent him before the world..Why? because the world cares how its done more than the church seems too care these days. We can't allow our witness to become tainted by worldly influences no matter how innocent that stain may seem, for first impressions are those that LAST THE LONGEST because we all tend towards the lowest denominator when we view others. The world wallows in negative ideas, opinions, and viewpoints so they will see us this way WITHOUT our help so its time for the TRUE church to wake up to that fact!
1. the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities: With my luck I'll probably get pneumonia.
2. good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance: He had no luck finding work.
3. a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person: She's had nothing but bad luck all year.
4. some object on which good fortune is supposed to depend: This rabbit's foot is my luck.
5. down on one's luck, in unfortunate circumstances; unlucky: She hated to see her old friend so down on her luck.
6. in luck, lucky; fortunate: We were in luck, for the bakery was still open.
7. luck of the draw, the luck one has in or as if in drawing cards.
8. out of luck, unlucky; unfortunate: When it comes to getting World Series tickets, we're usually out of luck.
9. push one's luck, Informal.to try to make too much of an opportunity; go too far. Also,crowd one's luck.
1. luck into or onto, to meet, acquire, become, etc., by good luck: She lucked into a great job.
2. luck out,to have an instance or run of exceptionally good luck: He lucked out when he made a hole in one during the tournament.
3. luck upon, to come across by chance: to luck upon a profitable investment.
I have heard Christians say things like, "I don’t believe in luck" or "For Christians there is no such thing as luck", as though it is a biblical doctrine, but is that really true. Is there such a thing as "luck", happenstance, good fortune, flukes, breaks, etc. for Christians or does the Lord order everything? Does ‘life’ just happen to us or is everything in God’s plan. Do things sometimes "just happen" to us or is everything predetermined? Is there such a thing for Christians as accidents, good or bad? Is winning (or losing) the lottery and act of God or is it just luck?
The very IDEA of LUCK having ANY SWAY over God's creation is MANIFESTLY OPPOSITE of God's LAWS OF CREATION,EVERYTHING GOD MADE FUNCTIONS BY A SET OF UNCHANGING RULES CALLED SCIENCE,and even when WE THINK that things are OUT OF WHACK,THEY ARE STILL FUNCTIONING WITHIN THE SCIENTIFIC LAWS THAT GOD PLACED IN CREATION. What we term "LUCK:GOOD OR BAD" is "THE PRINCIPLE OF SIN NATURE" both in man and affecting nature that SEEMS to "TILT" our perceptions to believe in ANOTHER FORCE OUTSIDE OF GOD THAT CONTROLS OUR FATE AS IF GOD IS INSUFFICIENT TO HANDLE OUR LIFE!
It was not considered appropriate for a private person to approach the diety through dreams and visions. ( Oppenheim, p 182)
FATE AND DESTINY
Divination Divination was extremely important in the Mesopotamian society. Shamash and Adad were considered the gods of divination. (Contenau, p 281) Methods of divination varied from interpreting the placement of internal organs of a sacrificial animal, to astrology. A. Oppenheim divides Assyro-Babylonian divination into two categories:
Two-way communication [with the deity] requires a special technique; in fact, two techniques are kown in Mesopotamia: operational and magical. In both instances the answer comes forth in two possible manners: one is binary, that is, a yes-or-no answer; the other is based on a code accepted by both the deity and the diviner. (Opperhein, p 207-208) In operational divination, "the diviner offers the deity the opportunity to directly affecting an object activated by diviner." Some examples of that include: casting lots, pouring oil into water, producing smoke from a censer. In magical divination, deity produces changes in natural phenomena such as behavior of birds and animals, their internal organs, changes in positions of celestial bodies, etc. (Opperhein, p 208-209)
In operational divination, "the diviner offers the deity the opportunity to directly affecting an object activated by diviner." Some examples of that include: casting lots, pouring oil into water, producing smoke from a censer. In magical divination, deity produces changes in natural phenomena such as behavior of birds and animals, their internal organs, changes in positions of celestial bodies, etc. (Opperhein, p 208-209)
Extispicy, that is interpreting abnormalities in location and looks of animal's internal organs was a very popular method of divination. The organ of special importance was the liver, which was considered the seat of the soul of the animal ( Wikipedia). There have been found clay replicas of various level of detail of animal livers that were evidently used as examples in the training of baru (diviner) initiates. Divination using the liver even has its own name: hepatoscopy.
Behavior of live animals, birds in particular, was observed for divination as well. Archaeologists have discovered a collection of tablets, Summa alu that are a collection of omens derived from animal behavior. (Opperhein, p 213)
Another popular form of divination was using malformed infants born to either humans or animals. Summa izbu are a collection of omens pertaining to human and animal birth abnormalities. (Opperhein, p 218)
It seems that in Mesopotamian society, almost everything could be considered an omen. What we would call a random occurance in our society, a person of the Mesopotamian world view may consider an omen from the gods. Dreams were important divination tools as well.
Modern astrology had its beginnings in ancient Babylonia.(Wikipedia, "History of Astrology"). Not only were celestial events considered to be omens from the gods, some gods themselves were identified with celestial bodies. Marduk was identified with Jupiter, Ishtar with Venus, Shamash wit the sun, Sin with the moon, etc. (Wikipedia, "History of Astrology") However, the old Babylonian astrology was rather different from astrology we know today. Georges Contenau writes:
Babylonian astrology was fundamentally based on meteorology, being founded upon observations of the winds, the color of the stars, the occultation of the planets and eclipses… (Contenau, p 289)
In the name of the gods of heaven and earth the priest called on his adversary by name (this very exposure robbed him [the adversary] of his power). (Contenau, p 291)
The creating god mentally defines the nature-to-be of his creation: when it has taken final shape in his imagination and he has given it a name, he draws its shape, whereby it acquires almost complete life. (Contenau, p 197)
The Mesopotamians next conceived the idea of ascribing a numerical value to each sign in their syllabary so that every name was capable of numerical expression… (Contenau, p 166)
Perhaps the most important result was that the Babylonian ‘sexagesimal’ system became widespread, and as applied to the recording of time, this gave birth to the twelve-hour day. Although this was later replaced by the Egyptian twenty- four hour day, 20th century time is still based on the division of the hour into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 senconds. (Astrology at RIN.ru)