Let me start with the problem: I don’t believe we are inherently sinful. So, for me, Easter is… unnecessary. *ducks* Woah, hear me out! The whole thing is predicated on the notion that human beings are, by nature, sinful, and thus need to be ‘saved’ by the sacrifice of a God-ordained martyr (a logic itself predicated on the Old Testament vision of God as essentially jealous and vengeful… which doesn’t exactly work harmoniously with the more or less loving God of the NT…). Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me if we’re supposed to have been made in God’s perfect image, and the Fall doesn’t sufficiently explain it for my inquiring mind, because I think the Fall really constitutes circumstance, not nature. Still… that’s another debate.
Treat the above as a kind of pre-disclaimer, which I am obliged to include for the sake of agnostic integrity.
For the sake of agnostic integrity (it’s my favorite turn of phrase at the moment) and for the sake of argument, I’m going to accept that the inherent sinfulness of mankind necessitated the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ….
IOW: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16… from memory… I may be paraphrasing)
What a beautiful notion.
Happy Easter everyone, for whatever it means to you. I’m off to hunt for eggs, cook hot crossed buns, and enjoy my family, for what it’s worth. X