Easter

Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re not fully sold on the idea behind the holiday today. For people like me that used to believe, it’s a time of watching others enthralled by blood sacrifices to give thanks for it. It’s hard to ignore that even when some people dress it up with bunnies and eggs.

This really is the focus point of Christianity, but there really are a lot of unanswered questions regarding it.
Take Matthew 27:51-53 for example. During all my time as a Christian, I never once heard about Jesus’s death prompting a mass resurrection witnessed by everyone that saw Jesus die. With so many people immaculately returned to life, one would think it ought to show up elsewhere in the New Testament.

It doesn’t.

Then there’s the need for Jesus’s sacrifice. Why couldn’t a deity just forgive Adam? Why not drown all of humanity including Noah and start over? Why create just one chosen race and not give everyone a fair chance to worship this deity from the beginning? Granted, all of these problems get bandied about in the problem of evil, but on a practical level this seems inherently too complicated a story. If other faiths used excuses like this to justify their reality, they would get scrutinized more carefully.

But the Easter story doesn’t.

I’m only scratching the surface here.
Between pagan celebrations and some Christians using this holiday to trash each other, there’s a lot of reasons to question how the alleged resurrection of one person actually affects reality as we know it. An important thing to remember is that these questions only arise when others demand everyone accept this as a real thing instead of a religious celebration or a cultural holiday. Take that away, and you’d probably have a celebration that more people could enjoy.

Speaking of which, I think I’m going to see if I can find some good Easter cookies to enjoy.

Image source: Tornado Alley Atheists.

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14 thoughts on “Easter

    • Even Saul/Paul missed the walkabout, as well as every other literate person who could have written about it (including literate people who might have heard about it).

      One thing I didn’t include is that everyone in every biblical version I could read talked about Jesus’s hand wounds, despite being in the wrists. It was even there in the Vulgate version, with Thomas asking to see hands.

      It’s almost as if nobody writing about the crucifixion was actually there to see it.

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  1. You raise a great point. If there was no strife of trying to prove one view or the other the most correct, people could celebrate the holiday with their view and everyone would be happy. This is not so much about religious doctrine as much as it is about ego. I think x so x must be the best. I use b so b must be used by everyone. Hugs

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