Everyone who has the faintest inkling of the Christian faith is familiar with the Creation story of Adam and Eve. The story is a stern reminder of the importance of obedience and complete surrender to God´s will. Make no mistake that, in the biblical context, disobedience is sinful before God´s eyes. It might come across as harsh but the various references in Bible makes no bones about this expectation of obedience.
The whole saga started with Lucifer, one of God´s favourite angels who turned against Him and rebelled in all disobedience. As the legend goes, the disobedience proved costly as Lucifer went down in History as ´The Fallen Angel´ or popularly known as ´Satan´. Then, God created Adam and Eve and gave them everything in the world for their take and pleasure. Except for one thing! He forbidded them from accessing ´The Tree of Life´. Guess what? They ate the fruit from the forbidden tree upon the insistence of Satan (who else?) and invited sin and death into human life from that day on. In another case, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son Issac. Guess what? Abraham obeyed God and was about to sacrifice Issac when God stopped him right on his tracks. It was a tricky test of character, you see! Issac´s life was saved and Abraham was blessed with even more prosperity, happiness and a very long life. And who can forget the appearance of Angel Gabriel to Virgin Mary with God´s command. Guess what again? Mother Mary obeyed God´s will.
For today´s highly individualistic generation, obedience is a spiky thorn in the flesh. Disobedience or rebellion is seen as acts of truth, valour and authenticity. Obedience to any individual is akin to giving the keys of your life away. Let´s admit it! Obedience calls for a LOT of trust..to the point of even blind faith. And in today´s times, Trust comes with a whole lot of baggage and liability. In short, it spells the perfect recipe for disaster. Disobedience makes a much safer bet in comparison. But, is that so?
On the contrary, the ancient books still hold good in the modern times. By and large, the general rule of thumb is – ´Obedience is wisdom. Disobedience is folly.´ Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. And, it is perfectly okay to disagree politely while making a valid point or taking a firm stance. Disagreement is very different from disobedience. One can bring around someone in due course of time via polite disagreements. But, outright disobedience symbolises lack of trust in and respect for the other person.
In most cases, obedience is sought to a higher power or authority such a God, parents, grandparents or elders, teachers, the Law, Government etc. Obviously, the higher power is the dominant and the lesser power, the submissive. There is nothing wrong in being obedient or submissive to a trusted authority. In fact, Obedience is the beginning of wisdom.
I´d like to conclude with two thought-provoking quotes –
´Obedience is the mother of success and wedded to safety.´– Aeshchylus (Greek tragedian)
Í don´t see success as the goal. Obedience is the goal.´- Jerry.B.Jenkins (American novelist)
I’m participating in the Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge through October and will be following the prompts suggested.