A few weeks ago I blogged about going to a Sunday church service for the first time in years.
During the service, Luke 13 : 10-17 was read by one of my neighbours.
10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.The Holy Bible – King James Version – Luke 13 : 10-17
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
Previously, I wrote about how verses 10-13 seemed significant to me (I am like the woman who was healed). But I also said that I didn’t understand how verses 14-17 might be relevant to me.
Well, now I think I understand…
It’s about being unafraid to do things unconventionally. My flexible belief system and my ability to collapse houses of cards (deconstruct meaning) are evidence of this.
My belief system borrows elements from Christianity, Spirituality and Science (Atheism). Strict adherents of any of those belief systems would call me a heretic and eject me from their church.
I’m happy being a heretic, overturning convention and ignoring dogma. After all, I have a firm base of spiritual beliefs and I have God on my side.