It struck me while watching an episode of Robin Hood the other day, that the loss of superstition is not a good thing. We tend to look on superstitious people, be they medieval or modern, as foolish or crazy or maybe even unbiblical – but it hit me that maybe the loss of superstition has been more bad than good for us. It used to be that people believed in the supernatural. People believed in demons, in witches, in curses and spells and ghosts, while nowadays they’re plastic figurines that people hang around their lawns during Halloween. They’ve become so commercialized, so fictionalized, so watered-down and discarded, that they aren’t even considered real anymore.
It’s just that they are real. Witches and demons and curses are not only stuff of spooky tales, they’re the stuff of the Bible. They’re evil, yes – but they’re real. I think our modern ‘enlightenment’ and disbelief in the supernatural is a huge victory for the forces of darkness. Because why would we see something as a threat, if we don’t even believe in its reality?