Good luck!

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Who or what governs the universe and our lives? Is it the stars?–then read your horoscope. Is it pure luck?–then good luck to you! Is it other gods?—then by all means bow down to them! The definition of luck (or chance) varies: for some it is “a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favourably or unfavourably for an individual, group or cause”. Others say it is “events that influence one’s life and are seemingly beyond one’s control”.[2]

When thought of as a factor beyond one’s control, without regard to one’s will, intention, or desired result, there are at least two senses that people usually mean when they use the term, the prescriptive sense and the descriptive sense. In the prescriptive sense, luck is a supernatural and deterministic concept that there are forces (e.g. gods or spirits) that prescribe that certain events occur very much the way laws of physics will prescribe that certain events occur. It is the prescriptive sense that people mean when they say they “do not believe in luck“. In the descriptive sense, people speak of luck after events that they find to be fortunate or unfortunate, and maybe improbable.

Therefore, cultural views of luck vary from perceiving luck as a matter of random chance to attributing to such explanations of faith or superstition. For example, the Romans believed in the embodiment of luck as the goddess Fortuna, Carl Jung viewed luck as synchronicity, which he described as “a meaningful coincidence”.

Adapted from Wikipedia

As Christians we discount these notions which dethrone God and purposely rob him of his glory! We believe in the God of the Bible who rules over all and in his son who said “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Any Christian who believes in luck is not worthy of the name! Moreover our theology can be summarised thus:

 

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Slides based on Ron Hanko’s “Doctrine according to godliness.”

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