Fortune cookies often come at the end of a meal in a Chinese, and sometimes Japanese, restaurant.
Traditionally, the fortunes were Confucian phrases about life (Confucius was a famous Chinese philosopher from the 6th century BC—over 2500 years ago!).
Nowadays, the fortunes inside the cookies contain just about everything from quotes to advice.
Before we get to how fortune cookies are made, let’s try to find out where they originated.
The history of fortune cookies is a little murky. Some think that modern-day fortune cookies were inspired by 14th century Chinese rebels against Mongol invaders. Legend says that a Taoist priest and his followers sent messages hidden inside of traditional Chinese moon cakes (Chinese pastries stuffed with lotus seed paste) to inform rebels about potential uprisings against the invaders.
Others believe that the fortune cookies have Japanese roots in traditional tsujiura senbei (rice cakes with paper fortunes stuffed inside), made at the Hyotanyama Inari shrine in the 19th century.
Another group of fortune cookie enthusiasts thinks that the idea started around the same time, but in this instance by Chinese railroad workers in America who would hand out cakes stuffed with holiday wishes.
Today, many people and self professing Christians practice the belief in fortune cookies. Some just take it as a daily or weekly routine, some don’t take it seriously and some honestly believe that there is nothing wrong with relying on it.
Is this what we have learned from the Bible?
What does the Bible say when it comes to relying our lives on something?
Are we allowed to rely on other things besides the Words of God?
In a letter to Galatians, Apostle Paul remind them not to easily follow other teachings except the one they received from them, which is the true Words of God.
Galatians 1:6-9 - I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel – not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell! As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell!
The freedom to hear, speak and do all things is not a guarantee that we are doing what is necessary in the eyes of God. Some things are not really that bad, like the fortune cookies, which also meant to give and fulfill each person’s wishes. But relying on it so much is a dangerous thing.
It advocates different faith and belief other than believing on the true Words of God which must light up our path and guide our ways that will lead us to the promised eternal life.
We know how important the Words of God, that it will lead us to the promised salvation. But why some people or shall we say, some Christians still believe in other beliefs other than the Words of God?
Are the Words of God less appealing than the fortune cookies contents?
Or the fortune cookies give us more promise than the Words of God?
If we are real Christians, there is nothing we can rely on so much except the Words of God. God’s words are enough and complete. All we have to do is to search it.
Search from the book of the LORD, and read: Not one of these shall fail; Not one shall lack her mate. For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them. (Isaiah 34:16)