What's good about Good Friday?
Why in the world would anyone celebrate Easter as anything other than the return of spring in the northern hemisphere? And of course there are a lot of spring themes around Easter like the bunny who strangely brings eggs. In Europe it is the bells of Rome that bring them. Bunnies bringing them make as much sense I suppose.
Spring has nothing to do with the religious side of the holiday of course. Instead it is the celebration of a murder on behalf of mankind. We celebrate at best the murder of a god, and at worst the murder of an innocent man. I’ve always thought it should be called Bad Friday rather than Good Friday. How is it good to have someone murdered on your behalf and then celebrate it?
Christianity has got to be the most selfish religion in the world. And I mean that in a negative way. It believes a man/god allowed himself to be murdered so his father could forgive original sin, and allow us to go to heaven and live forever. Funny how a god cannot bring himself to forgive without a blood sacrifice. And that is exactly what this is.
Aaron is said to have taken two perfect goats. On one he placed the sins of the people and sent it off in to the desert to be taken by a demon. The other he slaughtered for god. But that wasn’t enough for god. He didn’t want perfect animals anymore, they weren’t good enough. It took the murder of his own son before he was happy. And Christians are ok with this?
Christianity tells us that we have to accept the sacrifice Jesus made and we will be saved. Saved, of course from the wrath of god and eternal hell. So we have to accept the murder of an innocent and make it into a good thing if we want to live forever in heaven rather than living forever anyway and being tortured. What if you mess up and piss god off in heaven?
Was this god’s plan? If so then none of the participants can be held to account. They were all puppets doing god’s bidding. We wouldn’t expect Jesus to nail himself to a tree would we? Then god is the one who killed his son so he could forgive. Make sense? Not really. Even I can forgive without needing blood from someone to do it. Can’t you?
Was it not god’s plan? That is the only way you can say Jesus was murdered by the Romans. But then where is the intentional sacrifice? He didn’t ask someone to put him on an alter and offer him up to god. He was executed like a criminal.
Personally I think it is immoral to accept that someone else paid for your sins. Not that I think original sin was a big deal. They disobeyed and ate a fruit. Big deal. It taught them right from wrong and the difference between good and evil. It woke them up. Wasn’t that a good thing? Not according to god.
And I didn’t do it. You didn’t do it. I don’t remember asking to be born in to sin. Adam and Eve are said to have done it thousands of years ago. Why does that apply to me? In many other passages in the bible it says that the sins of the father are not to be visited on the sons. And daughters of course, but no one mentioned them much back then. But that sin was different. It was worse than murder, child molestation, and anything else we can name. Wow.
And ok. So Jesus died for my original sin so I’m good. I didn’t ask him to and I wouldn’t have. I’d have told him not to do it. Run man, go to France with Mary and your kid that’s on the way. But I wasn’t there so I couldn’t stop him. I have nothing to feel guilty about. But no. I have to cheer him on and say: Gee I’m glad Jesus was murdered so I can go to heaven.
No thanks. Even were I to believe that there is a god, which I do not, I would never be able to bring myself to accept that Jesus died for me and be happy about it. To me it is immoral and selfish beyond belief.