The Royal Wedding

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

I have observed that many have been theologising on the recent royal wedding. In fact in some quarters, God favoured Meghan Merkel to be blessed with Prince Harry.

While I am happy for the newly weds, in my view, If it was God who favoured Meghan over the billions of single women who would have wanted to be married to Prince Harry in the world today, then God would not be benevolent – at least as we understand the concept.

Fundamentally, the idea of God’s sovereignty often leads to more ethical and philosophical questions when we try to explain it using such examples.

By the way, the question of injustice, or the Problem of Evil, is a cross cutting theme in most faith. It is a debate that has been with us from our very existence.

In Judaism for instance, thinkers would often ask why God did nothing to save the innocent from natural disasters, famine, sickness, diseases, pain, suffering and death. In some cases, they interpreted it as judgement for one reason or the other.

They asked why change or redemption often failed to materialise for the poor, vulnerable and powerless. Why their oppressors seemed to prosper, in spite of their evil deeds.

Put in today’s context, why most of the richest and prosperous countries tend to be countries that have prospered through exploitative practices, aggressive policies, nationalistic goals, and industrial scale corruption; and their victims still languish in poverty.

These thinkers observe that some evil people prospered, and some good people suffered till death with no form of justice, while others were killed for doing nothing wrong or illegal. Then they began to toy with the possibility of life after death. And subsequently, judgement for our actions while alive in the shape of heaven and hell.

The questions for believers then, especially those of the Abrahamic faith is: will we still continue within the doctrinal and moral framework of our faith if we knew that heaven and hell were only ideas developed by Jewish philosophers as a means of regulating their community through fear against behaviours that endangered their existence and prosperity?

This question is vitally important because a humanist will still be fighting for justice, and doing what is ethically and morally right, regardless of the existence of God, judgement, heaven, or hell.

This is because they are not motivated by the fear of going to hell, or by rewards, rather, they are inspired by what they believe is morally and ethically right for peaceful coexistence and prosperity of all humanity, regardless of faith, colour, gender, social class; or anything else that religion teaches or instructs which alienates, or divides humanity.

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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Today we build upon the success of our first seminar last week, in our study of the Old Testament, in particular, the biblical figure, Moses.

In previous weeks, we established that unlike traditional doctrine that the Old Testament was written by Moses, it was in fact written retrospectively.

Perhaps most importantly that it was written as a means of galvanising a people towards a metaphysical and physical identity, and towards nationhood.

To this end, I will be embedding into this theme the concept of The Evil Eye, also referred to in Hebrew literature as The Eye of Evil.

In simple terms The Evil Eye is described as a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. In fact, many cultures believe that receiving The Evil Eye will cause misfortune or injury. Thus, talismans were created to protect against it.

In the Bible, The Evil Eye is synonymous with envy, jealousy and some forms of covetousness. Within the commonwealth of Israel we see lots of examples: Esau and Jacob, Rachel and Leah, Joseph and his brothers, David and Uriah, David and Absalom, Saul and David; and the list goes on.

We also see it in the hostility they face from gentile nations. Thus, the Israelites saw themselves as victims to The Evil Eye, because of their unique relationship with Yahweh. Notable examples include the Book of Esther and other exilic writings.

In relation to their captivity in Egypt, we see Joseph being sold to slavery by envious brothers, and much later, a pharaoh that envied the Israelites in Egypt.

  • What does this mean to us today?
  • What lessons can we deduce from the story presented by the redactors?

Core text: Exodus, chapters 4-6 NRSV

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St John the Evangelist Hall

Church Rd,

Sidcup DA14 6BX

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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Our Operative Narratives (ON) can be simply defined as scripts, rule book, philosophy, stories or narratives; we use to navigate our lives through the complexities of this world.

There are good and bad scripts. Good scripts enhance our personal effectiveness, while bad scripts hinders it. Perhaps most importantly, bad scripts are often replayed in times of change or difficulty.

Scripts can also be divided into two levels, namely: meta scripts and personal scripts. Meta-scripts are the overarching stories of how the world operates, and personal scripts are our understanding of how the world operates.

Daniel Taylor puts it this way:

“You are your stories. You are the product of all the stories you have heard and lived – and many that you have never heard. They have shaped how you see yourself, the world, and your place in it…

Our stories teach us that there is a place for us, that we fit… the more conscious we are about our stories, and our roles as characters in them, the more clarity we have about who we are, and why we are here, and how we should act in the world.”

– Tell Me a Story: The Life Shaping Power of Our Stories

To this end Jesus urged his audience to Repent with a view to identify these scripts – especially bad ones, and begin the process of personal transformation.

Join us for Operating Narratives as part of my end of year reflections.

3:00-4:30pm, coffee afterwards.

St John’s Hall

Church Rd,

Sidcup DA14 6BX

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