Jeopardy On Easter
My oldest son Nigel and I went to an Easter Worship Service at a Christian Church with my cousin’s family. We were visiting for the holiday and I thought it polite to accept his invitation to attend the service. I believe it was a Methodist Church. “There’s a Methodist to the madness.” My son was maybe nineteen years old at the time and had never attended a Christian Church Service. Unlike my daughter McKenzie who at age 11 became fascinated with all types of religions. She became obsessed with Buddhism but was confused by why it was defined by some as a religion and considered by others as a way of life.
” How can there be a religion without there being a God to worship?” She questioned.
” I’m not sure what the rules are according to the Religious Practices Counsel?” I answered.
” There’s no such organization. You just made that up. Didn’t you?”
” Yes I did McKenzie. I was without a logical explanation to your question, so I made it up.”
She was correct, however Buddhism is not a religion but a “Way of Life”. And there is no Central Deity or God. Someone had definitely been doing her homework. My children certainly kept me on my toes when it came to answers to questions on a wide variety of subject matter. Sometimes it seems as if I was a contestant on a Game Show, constantly having questions fired at me.
“I’ll take Potpourri for Five Hundred Dollars Alex.”
McKenzie being the inquisitive skeptic she was, a trait inherited from none other than myself, decided we would attend a different Church every Sunday until she was satisfied she had enough information to make an educated decision on God and religion. I was excited to accompany her on the Odyssey. We did the Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Jehovah’s Witness, LDS, Jewish,(which she enjoyed most) Christian Reformed, Baptist, you get the idea. Luckily her interest diminished right before Football Season started. Evidently the whole business of religion and the worship of a sadistic, mystical entity became unappealing. She focused on Beads, Bead Stringing and Semi-precious Stones. This pleased her mother being she owned a Bead Shop and is a talented jewelry designer also teaching classes. I was becoming exhausted and uninspired being dragged around Tucson every Sunday. I looked forward to being able to enjoy my hangovers.
The sermon was lengthy and uninspiring delivered by a monotoned Minister to a yawning congregation.
The stage was filled with scenery representing the miraculous event which was assembled for a play to be performed by the Sunday School class . There was an imitation cave structure with a large boulder set off to the side. For some reason Nigel was fascinated and puzzled by the cave with the large rock.
” Hey Santi, I understand about the cross and Roman Soldiers and all but what does the cave have to do with it?”
” Well son understand that after the Jesus guy was crucified on what they refer to as Good Friday.”
” If they killed him why is it called Good Friday?”
” Great observation. Let me finish and I’ll address that issue.”
I went on with my explanation.
“The body of Jesus was given to his followers and they placed his corpse in the cave. Then they rolled the large rock in front of the entrance so no one could desecrate the grave. After three days a miracle occurred some say witnessed only by Bartholomew a disciple of the once Jew now Christian, Jesus.”
” Just tell me, don’t go making stuff up.”
” The rock had been rolled away and Jesus came back to life then arose into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God.”
” No way. Tell me the truth!”
I told my children any information I revealed would always be the truth. I never wanted them to be armed with incorrect information. If they repeated my statement it would be factual. It would be the truth.
” Nigel that is exactly what happened the best I’m able to describe. Well, as told in the Bible the book of a thousand fantastic fairy tales and unsubstantiated stories.”
“So you’re saying all these people believe that story? All Christians in the world believe it?”
” Yes son I swear to you it is what they believe. That’s just one instance of an unbelievable event. There are many more..”
” No way. What’s wrong with them? How can they believe such a fable?”
” They call it faith. I call it gullibility.”
” The Easter Bunny is more believable than the Jesus Christ story.” He continued. ” Now what’s with the Easter Bunny delivering colored eggs? Can you please make sense of how this all fits together? Why isn’t there an Easter Chicken?”
“I’ll take Paganism for one thousand Alex. Oh boy a Daily Double!”