The exercise we had with our Community the Sunday before last did not go as far as I had hoped towards assisting all of us to understand what it is ‘not to understand the God who Speaks’
Acknowledge Christ Before Men
8“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, 9 but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:8-12 ESV
The God who speaks ( through the Scriptures) will, when the time is right, reveal to the extremely disabled an understanding of his Words which will make them His.
How simple can we echo his voice without removing meaning, original Meaning, perhaps it is here that the scholars in us have to part the way with historicity and seek another kind of Meaning.
8 I tell you that when you tell everyone you know Jesus then Jesus will tell God’s angels that he knows you.
9 If you tell everyone that you do not know Jesus then he will tell God’s angels that he does not know you.
10. If you say something bad about Jesus he will forgive you but if you say anything bad about the holy Spirit you can never be forgiven.
11. When they take you to be tried by the churches and those in charge because you know Jesus and he knows you, don’t worry about how to explain yourselves
12.because at the exact time the Holy Spirit will give you the right words to say.
We may paraphrase Jesus’ words as above depending upon our focus at that time – knowledge of Jesus in good times and in bad. The Holy Spirit as bringer of the right Words the ones that save, rescue, inform… etc.
A Theology for Disability, I believe, needs to be framed so that we do not teach whatever the individual wants to teach.
My considerations are for those whose grasping of words is like a bad day fishing, when Jesus is absent without the huge catch being manifest.