Friday, 24 March 2006

One wonders if this is going to cause similar riots as the ones of Muhammad did...

For some of us, Sabbath means a day of extra special rest (early Friday night, sleeping in on Saturday morning, afternoon naps...) but it's a manic day for others (preparing lesson studies, sermons or some sort of program on Friday night, early Saturday morning to make that one hour trip to church, activities till evening...)

The truth is, the Sabbath day is pretty different and special.

The only problem is, for some of us, it's also the only special day where we suddenly become a completely different person doing things we would not "normally" do.

Shouldn't our lives be more consistent than that?

There's nothing wrong in doing what you feel is the best way in which you can honour the Sabbath for God. The problem only comes when we suddenly get all high and mighty on the Sabbath, tsk-tsking at others who may not observe it the way we would.

No wonder cartoons like this exists.

[Thanks to Kristin for the link.]

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Della said...

Just so long as a jihad isn't declared against Thursdays ;)

But yes, religious beliefs shouldn't make us think that we can bash others for not thinking like we do.

Kev said...

cool cartoon.

Sabbath afternoon is truly a rest for me. I am very busy working with the youth and when Sabbath afternoon comes around, I am taking a nap. Maybe I do too much? But it is definitely a different day in a good way. But you don't have to be a different person. I know what you mean, though. People are so involved in other's lives on Sabbath but sometimes the other 6 days they don't seem to be. Some people only think about God on Sabbath.

No riot here...just love!

-ben said...

Some years back, the Jewish community in the city of Palo Alto wanted to put a string around the north neighborhood downtown area. This string will be blessed by a rabbi and would symbolize the area enclosed within the string as "home ground." This way, Jews would not be restricted to a certain number of steps when they go shopping or strolling downtown on Sabbath. (Going beyond a certain number of steps constitutes "work"; and work is banned on Sabbath).

The atheists and ACLU went ape-sh1t. They protested. They flooded the mailboxes of the neighborhood with flyers. They retained a lawyer and threatened to sue. Finally, the Jews had to abandon the idea.

The situation was ridiculous on both ends. In my humble and unschooled opinion (I'm not a Jew and do not pretend to be cognizant of all the rules), the Jews were seeking to defeat the spirit of the religious law by circumventing its letter. That says a lot about religious piety. The atheists and ACLU, on the other hand, were just being intolerant and anal-retentive pr1cks: what harm is there in a piece of string from lamp post to lamp post?

Kev said...

wh0a -ben. th0se were s0me ser10us w0rds.

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