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Luck and Fortune

Do you consider yourself to be Lucky or Unfortunate? Many people consider themselves to be lucky, some people have what they consider to be lucky numbers or days, lucky charms such as four leaf clovers or a lucky rabbits foot. While other people feel they are unlucky or unfortunate and have no luck at all, or worse they have only bad luck. Still many more people hold the belief that there are unlucky numbers like the number 13, which leads to the unlucky day Friday the 13th, and the unlucky 13th floor in buildings. As children most of us learned that breaking a mirror is said to cause 7 years bad luck, walking under a ladder, having a black cat cross your path, or stepping on a crack is considered to bring back luck as well. Many people grow up to believe these things to be superstition, while countless others unconditionally believe them to be true all their lives. Have you ever wondered about the origins of these things? Where do the words luck and fortune even come from? We urge you to continue to read this article, as you may be very surprised to learn the origins and meanings of the words luck and fortune.

Luck and Fortune Defined

Webster's online dictionary defines the word luck as follows:

    1: a a force that brings good fortune or adversity

        b the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual

    2: favoring chance; also success (ex: had great luck growing orchids)

Webster's number one definition states that luck is a force that brings good fortune or adversity, or to put it another way, luck is a force that causes good or bad things to happen as seen in events or circumstances in an individuals life. Note that Webster's dictionary chose to use the word fortune in their definition, this was not by chance, as we shall see by looking at their definition for the word "fortune:"

    1: often capitalized: a hypothetical force or personified power that unpredictably determines events and issues favorably or unfavorably

    2: obsolete: accident, incident

    3: a prosperity attained partly through luck, success
        b luck
        c plural - the turns and courses of luck accompanying one's progress (as through life) (ex: her fortunes varied but she never gave up)

    4: destiny, fate can tell your fortune; also a prediction of fortune

    5: a riches, wealth (ex: a man of fortune)
        b a store of material possessions (ex: the family fortune)
        c a very large sum of money (ex: spent a fortune redecorating)

Here again we see that Webster's number one definition states that fortune is a force just like luck, and when we skip over the now obsolete second definition we see that fortune is considered to be highly associated with the word luck, or even that it has the same meaning as the word luck.

So to summarize Webster's definitions, we can appropriately say that luck and fortune are: A force that causes good or bad things to happen as seen in events or circumstances in ones life

One last interesting point to note about the word fortune and that is that Webster's states that the word fortune is often capitalized. Now why in the world would the word fortune be often times capitalized? To find the answer to that question we must research the word further, but first let us look elsewhere to see if others agree with Webster's definitions.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has this to say about luck and fortune - note they quote Webster's:

    The definition of luck (or chance) varies by the philosophical, religious, mystical, or emotional context of the one interpreting it; according to the classic Noah Webster's dictionary, luck is "a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favourably or unfavourably for an individual, group or cause." Yet the author Max Gunther defines it as [from his book "The Lucky Factor"] [1] "events that influence one's life and are seemingly beyond one's control".

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 [found in The Obscure Goddess Online Director] [1] whereas the philosopher Daniel Dennett believes that "luck is mere luck" [from his book "Elbow Room"] [1] rather than a property of a person or thing. Carl Jung viewed luck as synchronicity, which he described as "a meaningful coincidence." [Tarnas, Richard (2006). Cosmos and Psyche. New York: Penguin Group. p. 50.] [1]

Wikipedia's explanation of luck, that is, in the prescriptive sense states: luck is a supernatural force (e.g. god or spirit) that prescribe that certain events occur, such as defined by the Romans in their goddess Fortuna.

Hmmm! The name Fortuna sounds an awful lot like our word fortune, does it not? Could it be that the English word fortune comes from the Latin word, the name of the Roman goddess Fortuna? That would certainly explain why it is often times capitalized. If we look up the word fortune in Wikipedia, we see that the word is most often associated with a name, which is why it is capitalized. Fortune represents names of people, places, ships, music, entertainment, theaters, and businesses. Further, we note that fortune listed under the category other uses is stated as: Fortuna or Fortune, the Roman goddess of luck. Our hunch was right! The English word Fortune is the same as the Latin Fortuna!

Wikipedia has this to say about Fortuna: (Latin: Fortūna, equivalent to the Greek goddess Tyche) was the goddess of fortune and personification of luck in Roman religion. She might bring good or bad luck: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in our modern depiction of Justice, and came to represent life's capriciousness [unpredictability] [1]. She was also a goddess of fate: as Atrox Fortuna.

Luck and Fortune - the Origin

So it certainly appears that the words luck and fortune have their origin in religion and mythology as detailed by Wikipedia under the word luck; sub-header "In religion and mythology"

Buddhism
Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, taught his followers not to believe in luck. He taught that all things which happen must have a cause, either material or spiritual, and do not occur due to luck, chance or fate. The idea of moral causality, karma (Pali: kamma), is central in Buddhism. In the Sutta Nipata, the Buddha is recorded as having said the following about selling luck:

Whereas some religious men, while living of food provided by the faithful make their living by such low arts, such wrong means of livelihood as palmistry, divining by signs, interpreting dreams ... bringing good or bad luck ... invoking the goodness of luck ... picking the lucky site for a building, the monk Gautama refrains from such low arts, such wrong means of livelihood. D.I, 9?12 ["A Basic Buddhism Guide: Good Luck and Fate". Buddhanet.net. Retrieved 2011-05-13.] [1]

However, belief in luck is prevalent in many predominantly Buddhist countries. In Thailand, Buddhists may wear verses (takrut) or lucky amulets which have been blessed by monks for protection against harm. [Thai Amulets (2007-02-09). "Thai Amulets". Thailand Life. Retrieved 2011-05-13] [1]

Hinduism
In Hinduism it is said that by proper worship, with a meticulous prayer procedure (Sanskrit: Shri Lakshmi Sahasranam Pujan Vidhi) the blessings of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of money and fortune, may be obtained. Lakshmi Parayan (prayer) is performed in most Hindu homes on the day of Diwali, the festival of lights. At that time also Rangoli are drawn, decorative designs on floors of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals that are meant as a sacred welcoming area for the luck.

Islam
There is no concept of luck in Islam other than actions determined by Allah based on the merit of the choice made by human beings. It is stated in the Qur'an (Sura: Adh-Dhariyat (The Wind that Scatter) verse:22) that one's sustenance is pre-determined in heaven when the Lord says: "And in the heaven is your provision and that which ye are promised." However, one should supplicate towards Allah to better one's life rather than hold faith in un-Islamic acts such as using "lucky charms". However, in Arabic language there is a word which directly means "luck", which is حظ (ḥaẓẓ,) and a related word for "lucky", محظوظ maḥẓūẓ. The Tunisians retain some native beliefs of Berber origin such as the evil eye. A number of practices, such as shutters painted blue are also used to repel evil spirits [Pagès, Jean-Louis (2005). Tunisie-Plus (in French). Limoges: éd. Solilang. p. 33]. [1]

Christianity and Judaism
In Proverbs 16:33 of the KJV it is stated, "the lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord."

Likewise in Ecclesiastes 9:11 of the KJV it is stated, "chance happeneth to them all".

We have so far found the origins and definitions of the words luck and fortune in Webster's and Wikipedia, which have stated that luck and fortune have their origin in religion and mythology, so let us now look to the Christian's source for information on the supernatural, gods and/or spirits.

Let us research what our Almighty Creator has to say in His Word which is the source of our testimony found in this article and in all articles on this website. We know of no other source to which we can turn which will provide as trustworthy an answer. To do this we turn to the Restored Names Version of Scripture (RNV). We strongly prefer and highly recommend the RNV as it uses the proper Ibriy (Hebrew) names for people and places, giving them the due respect they deserve. If you would like to download a FREE COPY of the RNV, at no charge to you, you may do so from this web page, Consider This.

We highly encourage you: DO NOT TAKE OUR WORDS AS FACT, but to search the scripture verses for yourself to prove them.

Here are those same two verses we read from Wikipedia, but as found in the RNV translation:

Proverbs 16:33 "The lot is cast into the lap and its every decision is from Yahuwah."

Ecclesiastes 9:11 "I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill, for time and chance happen to them all"

Please note that in the verse quoted from the book of Proverbs, 16:33 that the RNV uses the name of our creator Yahuwah as opposed to the title "the Lord." However, this article is not written to explain our Eloah's (God?s) name, we have many fine articles on our Eloah's name. To view a complete list of our articles please click here.

Here we see that scripture reveals in Proverbs 16:33 that "its every decision is from Yahuwah" and in Ecclesiastes 9:11 the word "chance" is translated from the Ibriy word pega (pronounced peh'-gah), Strong's number H6294, which the Strong's dictionary states comes from H6293; impact (casual): - chance, occurrence.

Please note: The god luck or fortune IS NOT to be found in either of these two verses, here scripture is actually speaking about Yahuwah and occurrences.

So you may now be wondering does scripture speak of luck or fortune, and if so where? This is where we really have to do some searching of scripture, however, the answer is revealed to us in the book of YashaYahuw (Isaiah).

We read in YashaYahuw 65:11, "And you are those who forsake Yahuwah, who forget My sacred mountain who arrange a table for God and who fill mixed wine for Meniy"

Wait a minute you might be thinking to yourself, I thought you said that luck or fortune can be found in that verse, well where are they then?

To answer that question we must take a closer look at the word God in this verse, which is Strong's number H1409. When we look up the word God (H1409) in Strong's dictionary, we see that it is translated from the Ibriy word גָּד gâd (pronounced [1] gawd) From H1464 (in the sense of distributing); fortune, rendered in the KJV as "troop."

Scripture goes on to further reveal to us just who it is truly speaking about in YashaYahuw 65:11, by using the word Meniy!

Meniy is another word that has been mistranslated by many theologians and thus versions of scripture, including the ever-popular King James Version (KJV) which translates the word Meniy as "unto that number." Others translate the word Meniy as simply "many." Let us turn once again to Strong's dictionary to see what it states about the word:

    מְנִי menı̂y [pronounced] [1] (men-ee') H4507 is From H4487; the Apportioner, that is, Fate (as an idol), rendered in the KJV as "number."

Note also that the word Meniy is capitalized, that is because it is a name, it is the name of the "god" of destiny or fate.

Now you may be thinking that just because the RNV uses the name Meniy that does not mean that it is correct. Well my friend, the RNV is not the only version of scripture to use the name or a form of it.

Let us look at some other versions:

    (ISR) "But you are those who forsake hwhy, who forget My set-apart mountain, who prepare a table for Gad, and who fill a drink offering for Meni.

    (JPS) But ye that forsake the LORD, that forget My holy mountain, that prepare a table for Fortune, and that offer mingled wine in full measure unto Destiny,

    (NAS 1995+) "But you who forsake H5800 the LORD H3068, Who H7913 forget H7913 My holy H6944 mountain H2022, Who H7913 set H6186 a table H7979 for Fortune H1409, And who fill H4390 [cups] with mixed H4469 wine H4469 for Destiny H4507,

    (NKJV) "But you [are] those who forsake the LORD, Who forget My holy mountain, Who prepare a table for Gad, And who furnish a drink offering for Meni.

    (NWT) "But YOU men are those leaving Jehovah, those forgetting my holy mountain, those setting in order a table for the god of Good Luck and those filling up mixed wine for the god of Destiny.

    (OJB) But ye are they that forsake Hashem, that forget My Har Kadosh, that prepare a shulchan for Fortune, and that furnish the drink offering for Destiny.

    (RV) But ye that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for Fortune, and that fill up mingled wine unto Destiny;

    (WES) "But you who forsake Yahweh, who forget my holy mountain, who prepare a table for Fortune, and who fill up mixed wine to Destiny.

    (WEV) "But you who forsake Yahweh, who forget my holy mountain, who prepare a table for Fortune, and who fill up mixed wine to Destiny.

Did you happen to catch what words/names the New King James Version (NKJV) used? The (NKJV) now uses "Who prepare a table for Gad, And who furnish a drink offering for Meni."

By now it should be pretty clear that the English words and concepts of Luck and Fortune actually are based in the names of ancient pagan elohiym (gods).

Okay, but what does that have to do with anything you might be asking yourself?

Well, when we use the words Luck and Fortune, we are actually speaking the names of those elohiym. You not only honor and validate those deities if and when you subscribe to the belief in lucky numbers, days, or charms, or unlucky numbers, days, charms, or events, but you greatly dishonor and abandon Yahuwah the one true Eloah. So we should never speak the names of false elohiym, nor should we validate them by subscribing to the practices that surround them.

The strongest and most obvious reason for not using the names of these and other pagan deities is because Yahuwah has explicitly stated that we are not to do so (Shemot 22:13 below).

"And in all that I have said to you give heed and make no mention of the name of other elohiym nor let it be heard from your mouth."

With respect to special days, scripture reveals that Yahuwah has set aside one day, that He has made it sacred, and that He requires us to observe or keep that day. Scripture first reveals this to us in the book of B'ereshiyth (Genesis) chapter 2 verses 2-3, "And on the seventh day Elohiym finished His work that He had done and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. And Elohiym blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it He rested from all His work that Elohiym had created and done." Notice that scripture says it was the seventh day that Yahuwah blessed and sanctified. Scripture goes on to tell us in Shemot (Exodus) chapter 20 verse 8 where it states: "Remember the Shabbath day to keep it sacred." We are told to follow the commandments given by Yahuwah all throughout scripture, from the beginning to the end. We read in Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Hear an end to the whole matter! Fear the Elohiym and keep His commandments for this is man's all," and, "This is the love of Yahuwah, that we keep His commandments." in 1 Yahuchanan (John) 5:3, and in the book of Revelation chapter 22 verse 14 "Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have right upon the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city." We have many fine and informative articles regarding the Shabbath, and if you would like to read more about it we suggest starting with the following The Shabbath Day of Yahuwah.

So if we are to believe in any day that is special, we should put our trust and faith in Yahuwah and keep His Shabbath day, and not practice or participate in the ideas and beliefs that come from false elohiym such as the idea of Friday the 13th.

To make it abundantly clear for us, in Shemot chapter 20 verse 3 Yahuwah has charged us: "You will have no other elohiym before Me." He has also ordered us not to make graven images [carvings, paintings, jewelry, etc.] [1] to represent those elohiym in Shemot chapter 20 verse 4-5.

This command on graven images may give you cause to wonder about some of the items used by some Christians, such as the use of the Rosary by the Catholics, or a crucifix, or a statuette of the virgin mother? Nowhere in scripture does it say we have need of a Rosary, a crucifix, or a statuette of the "virgin mother" to use when we are communicating with and worshiping Yahuwah. So then, are those items considered graven images? The answer is an astounding YES my friend they are. Most every Christian denomination has replaced our Almighty Father Yahuwah in one way or another. In the versions of scripture they use, they choose not to use His name and worship instead what they call God, which we have shown is the name for Gad or Fortune. Catholics replace Yahuwah when they pray to their virgin Mary, their so called "Mother of God". Many Christian denominations proudly display a crucifix front and center in their "churches" and many of their followers wear or carry the cross/crucifix in the form of jewelry. Unhappily, those are all graven images if they are used in worship, or to represent their God.

Luck and Fortune - a Summary
So as this article draws to a close, let us take a moment to summarize what we have learned:

  1. We have learned that Luck and Fortune mean the same thing
  2. We have learned that Luck and Fortune are defined as: A force that causes good or bad things to happen as seen in events or circumstances in ones life
  3. We have learned that Luck and Fortune have their origins in religion and mythology
  4. We have learned that Luck and Fortune are supernatural forces (e.g. gods or spirits)
  5. We have learned that the English word Fortune comes from the Latin name for the Roman goddess Fortuna, who was also the goddess of fate
  6. We have learned that some religions support the concepts of Luck, Fortune, Fate, and Destiny while others do not
  7. We have learned that in Christian Scripture the word God actually means Gad, or Fortune and is the name for the god of Good Luck
  8. We have learned that in Christian Scripture the name Meni is the name for the god of Destiny
  9. We dishonor Yahuwah and validate the false gods Luck and Fortune when we use their names, or use the word "God" instead of using His name Yahuwah
  10. We show our the love of Yahuwah when we keep His commandments, in keeping the Shabbath day, and by not having graven images which represent false elohiym

It is our earnest and heartfelt hope that you have found this article to be informative, but more importantly that we have given you ample reason as to why you should not use the words / names God, Luck and Fortune.

For many years I myself used the word "unfortunate" frequently, and at times I still find myself using the word in my writings, however, when I do I quickly catch myself and change the word to unhappily. However sometimes I do not catch myself and my friends and brothers must point it out my error to me. When this happens, I ask for their forgiveness and I also say a quick prayer to Yahuwah asking for His forgiveness for my mistake, with the understanding that I am forgiven by the blood His son Yahushua shed for us all.

We encourage any and all questions you may have on this topic, or surrounding our Almighty Father Yahuwah's name or the commandments He has given us. If you do have more questions or would like to further discuss how to get into and stay in the body of Yahushua the Anointed, please feel free to contact us at the email addresses in the menu bar above.

Lastly it is my sincere hope that Yahuwah call you to grow closer to Him, so that you may find salvation and eternal life through His son Yahushua.

Brother Craig Timmreck
http://www.considerthis.net

Notes:

1. Words contained in brackets [ ] [1] were added by me to help better define where the information came from or as to what it means.

Craig Timmreck
Craig@considerthis.net
http://www.considerthis.net