Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Waking on Water

Whether we are a religious fundamentalist, a strident materialist, someone who is a convinced theist or whoever, we all live our lives in a state of trust or, for more specifically, faith.

Each morning I get up (sometimes somewhat reluctantly...) I do not for one moment consider whether or not I will float to the ceiling when I step out of bed. I have not once in my life thought that there may be a possibility that the gravitational pull that keeps my feet on the ground will have changed so dramatically that I no longer find it is able to keep my from floating off in to the air. Not once have I considered that this might be a possibility.

This is down to faith.

Before I ever learned about gravity I have always found myself connected the ground. When I was little if I leaned out of my bed I would fall. When I jumped I came back down again. When I crawled as a baby I stayed on the floor. When I learnt to walk I never floated away. Indeed helium balloons amazed my because they seemed to do something that was entirely different to my own experience. How did they float? Why did the balloons at my party that we blew up not float? Superman was amazing because when he jumped he flew. Then at school we discovered what gravity was. But here is the thing, gravity as with so many other things in this world, exist of course, but their existence is a reality to us because of mental impressions, our consciousness and shared conceptual paradigms. In other words, our consciousness is what makes these things a reality to us and in doing so we have faith in the way the world is, often never even questioning the way things are.


You have no idea if you will step out of bed one morning and simply float away, but you do not ever think that it will happen because of the way the world is. Our consciousness determine reality for us well before we ever really ever think about it.

However sometimes the way we see the world, the way we simply have always interpreted the world, can be shaken and transformed. And I believe that sometimes we need this, however uncomfortable it might be.

Sometimes we are introduced to a new paradigm of thought, a different way of seeing the world, a different way of interpreting our own tribe, and it can be like we have encountered something from beyond this world we live in. Some respond with total negativity and dismiss out of hand, whilst others may initially listen, only to find it is beyond their realm of thinking. There are often some who pursue it though and believe that in some way this way of seeing things may actually lead them to a truer reality for their own existence.

I often think Jesus did this to people.

Take the Sabbath for instance. Jewish Law was such that Sabbath was not an optional extra, something that people may or may not participate in, rather it was and is foundational to their very life. God had ordained since the beginning of time that Sabbath was important and it formed the very identity of Israel reminding them that they were a people who were delivered out of slavery into the Promised Land. They kept Sabbath whilst in slavery to show that they were a different people, a set apart people, a people devoted to YHWH. So Sabbath was immensely important to their identity.

Jesus however reinterprets Sabbath. He does this even though the Hebrew Scriptures seem to be quite clear about Sabbath. Yet Jesus reveals the very heart of God to humanity and reveals that identity lies not in Sabbath but in the God of Sabbath. What Jesus does is help people see in different ways, to recognise how God continues to be the God who redeems people out of slavery, continuing to use Sabbath, but as a sign and symbol of identity with God, in a way that reveals life with God and freedom in relationship with him. What Jesus shows through his actions is the the Scriptures reveal a God who is passionate about people, especially those who are suffering.

Jesus' response to holiness codes, 'sinners', money, violence, peace, neighbour, enemy, etc etc all subvert and transform previous understandings of life and reality. Indeed, I think we struggle to fully grasp the impact of his teachings and actions; if we did the Church may look significantly different.

Maybe the Spirit is doing something in our midst in this day in the Church that feels like such a different paradigm of thinking that it completely unsettles us. But maybe we need it. Perhaps people are feeling like seeing someone walking on the ceiling (or water)...?

1 comment:

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