Monthly Archives: October 2009

Life

I have just got home from work. I also expect to have to work a few hours on Saturday morning as well.

My new colleague is away this week and I have been given no help. When I go away the week after next they will have someone from Bristol over to cover. Mmmmm!!!

To pile things up, I had a half day on Tuesday for a Plot meeting. As I approached the motorway junction for work I had a blow out. So from Tuesday to this morning I have had to commute via train, as my tyres had to be ordered in. Doesn’t sound arduous does it? But it costs twice as much as using the car and takes longer; is overcrowded – but not by London standards – and has been very noisy.

This morning the train was late. This may not sound unusual, or very inconvenient, but our station is only served by one, or maybe two trains an hour, so there is no alternative.

I’m looking forward to our mini break in London in 2 weeks. I’ll not have to worry about keeping up with work and don’t want to. Then I know that Christmas is just around the corner, a few more days off then.

What I have come to realise is that my bosses have no idea how much work I do, or the effort I put in. Maybe they’ll listen when I shout at them when I get back from London.

Fiction Breeds Religious Thought

I have almost finished C J Sansom’s Revelation. It has thrown up a few intriguing questions about non-conformist belief.

For those unaware. The series, of which this is the fourth, is set in late 1530’s and early 1540’s during the reign of Henry VIII and the reformation of the church in England. He manages to bring Tudor England and the religious turmoil very well.

What sets this book apart is that it deals with a serial killer who is following Revelation’s story of the angel with the 7 vials. This is a pre-cursor to the end of the Whore of Babylon and Armageddon. Thus the beginning of the Second Coming.

The other thing that this deals with is the way people at the time were struggling to come to terms with the change in the uprising of Protestant belief and the downfall of the primacy of the Catholic church. The people are divided between past forms of belief, the new form that is beginning to spring forth and a king who let the genie out of the bottle, and struggles to put the lid partially back on.

We also encounter people who were former reformers but are no longer certain of their faith. The writer sees the good and bad in Christianity and shows that they are uncomfortable with present fundamentalism.

Christianity was changing in ways that people have still not come to terms with. The Christianity of the Catholic church was ordered and had a basis of theology that was regimented and known to all. Then came the Protestant form. Here anyone can claim their own theology and interpretation of scripture. They also have a get out of jail free card, in the form of the Holy Spirit.

Any fool can claim that they can interpret scripture, wihout any theological training, just by claiming that the Spirit spoke to them; for example, the Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses etc. There is no way that you can disprove their claims totally so Christianity is weakened and divided.

One of the things highlighted is that many fundamentalists believe that they are the elect of God – the chosen who are predestined to be saved. This is a Calvinist trait that I’ve always had problems with. If God created with free will then we choose to belief or not. Equally, Christ’s sacrifice is belittled because God has already chosen who will and will not be saved. So why did he sacrifice Himself on the cross, the deed was unnecessary?

Neither am I saying that the Catholic church is right in all its teachings. Neither am I saying that Protestant belief is any more accurate or wrong. In addition we do not have the right to reinterpret the scriptures and bend their teachings to fit our own time and place in history.

I think that Christians need to discuss their beliefs, to see where there is common ground and also where there is poor, and non scriptual, theology. We should be working together to unify our faith but seem to be happy to remain entrenched in our own particular denominational ghettoes.

Then again, if we did this then people may actually become more interested in Christianity. Then where would the world be? Better to muddy the waters, and argue over obscure theological points, than actually do the work that Christians are here for.

Leaving Work

Work Colleague is due to depart this coming Friday. He took us all out for a meal last Friday after work. I felt guilty that he insisted upon paying for us all. He always buys flowers for the women on their birthdays and Valentine’s Day. He even bought them a rose each on Friday night. Every now and then he goes to Tesco and comes back with doughnuts for everyone.

So imagine my surprise when I got an e-mail saying that we were all going to contribute £5 for his leaving present. After all he has spent on people, over the 10 years that he has been with the company, and all they give is £5 each.

My guilt got the better of me and I contributed a little more than the others. After all, I owe him the most as he got me the job.