Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. Mark 3:1-6
I remember seeing a documentary about a zoo. About how on Christmas Day the animals still had to be fed, watered and cared-for. About how there was no “Sabbath” when all work ceased and a multiplicity of religious laws forensically judged who was holy and who was not.
I remember when Sunday trading came into law. The outrage. The furor. The religious venom directed at all who shopped on the Day of the Lord. Church was the acceptable activity. Sunday trading was an abuse of God and the shop-workers who were no longer able to
be in church or see their families or have a day of rest or …
I remember on Christmas Day having no cranberry sauce. We had either forgotten to buy enough or had already used it. I popped to the local Asian shopkeeper who was very happy to serve me and wished me a very Merry Christmas as I dashed in and out again. Thank God for Muslims!
I remember Christian Sundays being really boring after church was done and dusted. Dad slept. Mum read books. We had to keep quiet. No playing out on Sunday. It was “Sunday”. I don’t remember it being a particularly great day. Stuck in the house with not much going on.
I recall reading about potential saints. How the church goes to investigate. Determines if the show is indeed miraculous enough for their endorsement. I always think it nice of God to oblige on cue so the church finders find enough evidence.
Religion hasn’t dropped many laws over the years. Different denominations and faiths dismiss the opposition but carry-on with the legal frameworks to differentiate one brand from another. I do wonder what God thinks. Does he ever feel he should withdraw his endorsement?
Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?
I have a problem with “believers” and “unbelievers” … Christians or atheists … Hindus or humanists … Muslims or secularists … I have a problem if your version of “belief” (or “unbelief”) tells me whether me “doing good” is actually “doing good” or not doing good.