It is no secret that young people today have a fascination with lists and personality quizzes. While some are mere harmless fun, others however incorporate very dangerous occult ideas veiled by clever videography and apparent facts. One popular YouTube channel, Bright Side, which I have to admit produces some very interesting content, has published one seemingly benign video entitled What Your Foot Shape Reveals About You (click to watch). Many other channels have posted similar videos as well, most which have garnered millions of views.
The video opens showing a group of friends barefoot on the beach with a friendly female narrator saying, “We all have different feet and toes, but we hardly think what it might mean and how it connects to our personalities. However, it does!” The video also skillfully uses background music to psychologically alter the viewer so he or she is less likely to think critically about the premise of the video. Although the material is presented as though it is fact, it is entirely subjective, implanting thoughts about the viewer into him or her.
The various foot shapes presented in the video may seem to be a true depiction of one’s personality, but the video errs by assuming that a child’s future and personality can be determined by the shape of his or her foot. For example, it may be the reverse, that one who is secretive, a loner, and prone to mood swings will end up developing what the video calls “an Egyptian foot” based on actions they take in life. Or those who put in a considerable amount of effort in the sports they play may end up developing what the video calls “a Greek foot.” To summarize, the video overlooks all the possible variables that may have gone into the development of the person’s feet as well as all the possible variables that define personality, boiling personality down to the superficial shape of the foot. Furthermore, the narrator skillfully puts in at the end, “Wait, I have the exact same foot type; it seems it’s time to change my career,” psychologically planting in the minds of the 2.7 million who have viewed the video that they ought to pattern their lives in accordance to the pattern of their feet.
You may be asking, however, aren’t you taking this a little too seriously? After all, isn’t this just interesting, harmless fun? Well, the same can be said for reading a daily horoscope, or having one’s palms, tea leaves, or coffee grounds read. The fact of the matter is, this is a carefully crafted video that makes occult activities that the Bible forbids look benign. There is no difference between this and palmistry except for the location being the feet instead of the hands. The Word of God is clear in prohibiting such practices, saying plainly (Deuteronomy 18:10-11):
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
This verse describes a variety of occult activities. However, regarding the subject at hand, the word translated as “divination” describes practices of “divining knowledge or information” about oneself or one’s destiny. The methods of divination, however, vary considerably, ranging from daily horoscopes, palm reading or reading tea leaves to tarot cards, ESP, the use of Ouija boards, dream interpretations, table tipping, among many other practices. As Christians, we ought to always be wary of any idea that claims to be able to give us knowledge about our personalities or our futures. We all want to know what we should do with our lives and, consequently, it is incredibly easy to fall into the trap of divining knowledge about ourselves from sources outside the Word of God, especially when such sources are presented in such a benign manner.
Oftentimes we think of the occult solely in terms of secret societies, fortune tellers, or Wicca, and consequently, we never consider the occultic beliefs that permeate our society. In this age of entertainment and instant gratification, critical thinking based upon the Word of God is scarce. Many people – including Christians – will subscribe to a channel such as Bright Side, and without even thinking, watch a four minute video like this and swallow the lie hook, line, and sinker. They may even share it on Facebook or Twitter and get a lot of likes from their friends or followers while not even realizing that their actions are compromising their Christian faith.
The apostle Paul admonishes, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). That is, by “walk circumspectly,” we ought to continually keep our heads on a swivel, carefully watching our path so as to avoid the subtle traps set by the “god of this age,” Satan. The apostle Peter also admonishes that since angels are watching your lives, you ought to “gird up the loins of your mind, being sober-minded” (1 Peter 1:12-13). When a Christian’s mind is in neutral, it is an easy target for the lies of Satan to undermine his or her faith.