Both The Number 13 And Friday Are Both Scary Concepts In Christian Doctrine
Friday the 13th. A day that lives in infamy. A day that is so associated with bad mojo that an entire horror movie franchise is built around it. We are told that this date is particularly unlucky or filled with the heightened potential for disaster. But why? What makes a day that happens only a couple times a year at most so terrifying?
The number 13 can be linked to the disciplines of Jesus. Thirteen is the representation of Judas, the betrayer of Christ. It also was associated with a coven of witches. In ancient Norse tradition, a coven of witches would be 12, with 13 representing the goddess Frigg, the patron god of witches.
If you thought 13 was considered evil, Friday is one of the worst days in the Christian faith. Jesus was crucified on a Friday. The Great Flood happened on a Friday. Adam and Eve ate the fruit on Friday. Many weekends have been ruined in the Bible.
When you combine these two, it magnifies the superstition about the date. And this has not been a sudden fear. The British Navy refuses to launch ships on Friday. Some have blamed the disaster of Apollo 13 on the use of the number. There is even a fear of the number 13, triskaidekaphobia.
Religious historians point out the increased discussion of Friday the 13th is more of a modern concept. However, most Christians do not acknowledge the date as being significant. In fact, few people know about the Christian roots for this calendar anxiety.