Is the Star of Bethlehem that appeared in the sky last night the same star that guided the Wise Men to Jesus more than two thousand years ago? And if so, why can’t we use the stars to guide us in life, just like the Wise Men?
MN: “Don’t we all have psychic power? How else can you explain what happens when a mother instinctively knows her absent child is in danger? Is this just a ‘sixth sense’? How is this different from what psychics do?”
This is not the first time a reader wrote to this blog to complain about their child being introduced to a superstitious practice known as “worry dolls” in school. But this time the parent is allowing us to publish their account of exactly what happened.
JH writes: “I cant find much on the topic but am curious if the pendulum wives tale (tie a ring on a string) to predict baby gender falls into a superstition/new age category to be avoided? I tried this recently and have found it to be very accurate on multiple occasions. If there is any validity to the results I’d like to believe there is a God given explanation that is scientifically based (even if yet discovered). . . .”
SM writes: “Please help me explain the dangers of 11:11 sightings in everyday life. Does it have origins in sorcery or occult? If someone sees 11:11, they believe they are being given a moment to anticipate something momentous about to happen?”
Fortune cookies are a traditional end-of-meal treat at most Chinese restaurants in the United States these days, but what exactly is the connection between this treat and the fortune inside? Is there anything wrong with reading these “fortunes?”
TO asks: “What about those ‘quizzes’ on Facebook that come up with things like who is your guardian angel, what will your year be like, things like that. I play the quizzes just to see the results but I don’t believe in them, even though it would be nice if they were true like meeting the man of my dreams this year, LOL. Should these things be avoided?”