Friday, March 21, 2008

What's so "Good" about it?

Good Friday? Good Friday? Are you kidding me?

I mean, okay, I get it. A path to absolution for the sins of humanity is of course "good". But still, we're talking about the death of God in human form here, not to mention the brutal torture of Him immediately prior. Someone please tell me what is "good" about that.

Get it straight people. The crucifixion sucked. The resurrection was awesome, but the crucifixion sucked. So can we please rename "Good Friday" and "Easter" to "Really Shitty Friday" and "Spectacular Sunday". It makes so much more sense.

One more thing: how can we possibly separate Easter from Passover, as we have this year? Is this part of some sort of vast Christian conspiracy to pretend Jesus wasn't Jewish? Passover isn't for another month. C'mon, folks.

(Note: while this over-the-top rant is not meant to be taken remotely seriously, it does embed some real questions I'm kinda curious about, so equally over-the-top rants with embedded answers are encouraged.)

Song lyric of the day (my theme song for Easter weekend the past two years):
"She crashed into the Easter Mass
With her hair done up in broken glass
She was limping left on broken heels
When she said Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?"
- the Hold Steady, How a Resurrection Really Feels


Blogger Jeff said...

Actually, the Greeks celebrate Easter with Pesach no matter where Pesach is. So since Pesach is massively late due to the extra month, the Greeks aren't celebrating Easter 'til late April.

Also, you took my blog post. Bastard.

March 21, 2008 10:35 AM  
Blogger Matthew B. Novak said...

The day was clearly named by Jesus' opponents. Duh.

The whole Passover/Easter thing is weird. My assumption is that the Christian churches have continued to set the date by reference to some sort of lunar calander dictated directly to Moses and reaffirmed in one of Paul's visions. The Jewish people have instead gotten lost (again) in the metaphorical desert of time, and so whenever the dates are different it's the Jews' fault. Kind of like Good Friday. ;-) Actually, I've got no real idea. I know the western Christian Easter date is set on the basis of some sort of lunar calander though.

March 21, 2008 2:15 PM  
Blogger Matthew B. Novak said...

Way to quote the Hold Steady too. A good Minnesota band.

March 21, 2008 2:19 PM  

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