Cheryl is a licensed, ordained minister and founder of two outreach ministries. Shew has been writing based on her faith since 1999.
The origin of Friday the 13th
Many people, myself included grew up being told that Friday the 13th was an unlucky day. As a child, I heard that on this particular date you should not walk under a ladder or allow a black cat to cross your path. It was said that if you did these things, something bad would happen to you. It was my understanding that this date was rooted in fear, the occult, and black magic, but the actual origin surprised me as it may stun some of those reading. There can be up to 3 Friday the 13th's in any calendar year.
Friday the 13th actually originated from the night of the last supper which was on the 13th of Nisan based on the Jewish calendar. The fact that Jesus and his 12 disciples numbered 13 and that the crucifixion was believed to have taken place on Friday were also factors in this date being considered unlucky. Historians however say He was most likely crucified on Thursday and some say Wednesday. If either is true, it invalidated the myth surrounding Friday the 13th.
No need to fear
There are several myths and legends surrounding Friday the 13th but believers in Christ have no need to fear the 6th day of the week or the number 13 because 2 Timothy 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV) tells us:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
I John 4:4 says: You, little children, are from God and have overcome them because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. The power of the cross destroyed the works of the devil, so believers should not participate in superstitious nonsense. Greater is He who is in us that Satan who is in the world.
Every day is the Lord's day
Every day of the week belongs to the Lord and believers should not fear or value one day more than another. Sunday through Saturday Christ-followers can confess Psalm 118:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Mature Christians understand and should teach the young babes in Christ that Yeshua/Jesus came to this world to be crucified. It was His purpose and His destiny. Considering this, no believer should say the night of the last supper and or the day of the crucifixion was unlucky, because they were predestined and preordained by The Father before time began. This, in my opinion, is similar to people being anti-Semitic and saying the Jews killed Christ. I John 3:8 KJV tells us He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
John 10:18 New Living Translation reads No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
No one took His life, He gave it willingly, so blaming an entire ethnicity is racist and not backed by scripture. Those who say the News killed Jesus are in error.
Life can happen at any given moment
In my 61 years on this earth, I can only recall one Friday the 13th that anything unusual happened and it was in the spring of 1970. My older cousin and I had gone to the restroom after school and missed the bus home. We walked the mile up the country road to our houses and joked that it was probably because of the significance of the day. I was 11 and she was 12 and we did not know any better. I know now, children miss school buses all the time, and life can happen on any given date.
My first grandchild, my father's youngest sister, and my husband's middle brother were all born on May 23rd. My husband's older sibling and my dad both died on May 23rd. So we have three birthdays and two deaths on this one day, but It is purely coincidence and not anything special.
Science behind Friday the 13th
Matthew 6:34The fear of Friday the 13th is called Friggatriskaideaphopia or Paraskevidaktriaphobia and a lot of people have it. Many times if you really believe something bad will happen to you on this date, you can become so nervous that you cause accidents all on your own. It is true that here are a number of tragedies that have happened on Friday the 13th and several websites are dedicated to listing all the bad things that have taken place on this date. Truthfully, however, if you do enough research you will find that the same can be said of every single day of the week. The Christian response for Friday day the 13th can be found in the scriptures accompanying this article along with words of Christ from Matthew 6:34. Sufficient unto the day is the trouble thereof. Each day of th was ear presents it’s own challenges so pray and all times.(Luke 18:1)
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 14, 2019:
Yes. I did not see your article until after I wrote mine.
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on September 13, 2019:
Cheryl, I see both of us were on the same page today when we wrote about Friday the 13th. However, we approached the subject in different ways. That shows that we are good writers with our own styles.
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on September 13, 2019:
Very well said and researched, Cheryl, it has been so long since I've considered that calendar date as unlucky until I had forgotten about it had originated with the last supper and crucifixion of Christ. However, instead of saying "the night of the last supper and or the day of the crucifixion" it would be more in tune with the Jewish view of a day to say "the evening of it and the morning of it." You will notice Genesis begins with "the evening and the morning were the first day"; eve means "to precede" which make it mean "the time preceding morning" with morning meaning "the time of light".
Thank you for sharing your presentation, it is very informative.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 13, 2019:
Oh, I didn't realise the fear of Friday the 13th actually had a name. How interesting. No, I don't believe in all that, but I know a lot do. They were talking about this on the radio this morning and getting people to phone in with any superstitions they had.