Yesterday in his sermon, the Vicar asked what believed, in fact if we believed in the Day of Judgement. The Gospel was about loving your neighbour and included the story of the Good Samaritan.
What I remember about the sermon:
The 10 commandments are the means to our liberation.
The fact that the Samaritan did all he could do for the victim and that the others did not implies that the others were not obeying the commandment of loving their neighbour.
But what is Judgement? Are we to face a list of our wrong-doings, sin by sin, throughout the days of our lives? Will there be a list and somewhere on that list will there be the date of 12 October and the fact that at 3.14 pm I beat my little brother to a pulp because he wouldn't give me his candy? Also, it seems to me that the idea of answering for our sins was somehow at odds with the teachings of our church that our sins are forgiven if we but ask -- the slate is wiped clean, we begin again.
But maybe that's not really what it is about at all. Somewhere in scripture, I believe it says there will be many tears and much gnashing of teeth. That image of 'gnashing teeth' has always been very clear to me, for some reason! So what could it be about, this Judgement Day?
Could it not be that it is about having the 'scales fall from our eyes' and the 'veil rent and torn' so that we can see who we are, who we have been and all the pain and sorrow that has made us that way as well as all the pain and sorrow that our ways have caused others. And this judgement is our catharsis -- our reconciliation with God. Judgement becomes revelation and cleansing.
So then what about condemnation? And Atonement? Redemption?
Ah! The Mysteries of Faith ...