SUPERSTITION STOPPED

On taking a trip around the world, I had been struck by the widespread practice of superstition I had seen. While some countries shared particular superstitions, others practiced those that were uniquely their own. As I thought about superstition in this global context, I began to understand that underlying such practices is the belief that God is neither all good nor all-powerful.

In going through my mail upon returning, I found a bill that dumbfounded me. It was for consulting work I had not authorized. On my answering machine, there was a message inquiring why I had not responded to the invoice. The situation seemed outrageous. For several nights I could not sleep, I so dreaded the encounter with the individual sending the invoice since he was someone with whom I had enjoyed a very pleasant association in the past, and I did not want anything disagreeable to come between us.

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