One of the great blessing of Jesus' childhood was that he didn't have to endure Easter. Yep, if Jesus were to return this Sunday as a little Jewish boy, he would get slapped around, insulted and mistreated.
Oh sure, Christians love "Baby Jesus" on Christmas, but do you honestly think "Toddler Jesus" or "Pre-School Jesus" would make it through Easter without winding up bloodied and muddied with nothing to show for His efforts but tears and a silly basket of plastic grass?
If you think I have a problem with Easter, you're right. I don't begrudge anyone having a happy day, a joyous holiday, a special family time, or a darn good parade and a new bonnet. I do have a problem with those who claim to follow the teachings of Jesus (go ahead, tell me what Jesus taught), who use Easter as an excuse to abuse children. Jesus didn't teach "Make the little children suffer." Trust me on that.
While I'm ranting, here's a question for you. What would you do if you found a pregnant homeless woman giving birth in your garage? Oh, and she isn't Christian. She also has no I.D. and claims she is a virgin…right, a virgin having contractions. Call the INS. And have a Merry Christmas, Mary. We really must do something about these vagrants.
Now, I'm not down on religion. I think religion is the greatest force for civilization that exists on Earth. It is prejudice and ignorance that irritates me. You want to believe in flying corpses? Tell it to your therapist, but please, for the love of God, leave Jesus out of that crackpot scenario. The Resurrection is far too significant to be reduced to an ill-conceived George Romero "Holiday of the Living Dead" sequel.
If we are going to celebrate, let's get real. No dead people fly through the sky and land anywhere. Not Jesus. Not you. Not Pat Robertson. No one. "Flesh and blood do not enter the kingdom of Heaven"
Let's get serious on the topic of resurrection. There is more to this than most people ever think about, and it doesn't conflict with science or reason.
it has been established and proved by science that the visible heaven is a limitless area, void and empty, where innumerable stars and planets revolve. Jesus' body didn't fly into outer space. Therefore, the meaning of Christ's resurrection is as follows: the disciples were troubled and agitated after the martyrdom of Christ. The Reality of Christ, which signifies His teachings, His bounties, His perfections and His spiritual power, was hidden and concealed for two or three days after His martyrdom, and was not resplendent and manifest. No, rather it was lost, for the believers were few in number and were troubled and agitated. The Cause of Christ was like a lifeless body; and when after three days the disciples became assured and steadfast, and began to serve the Cause of Christ, and resolved to spread the divine teachings, putting His counsels into practice, and arising to serve Him, the Reality of Christ became resplendent and His bounty appeared; His religion found life; His teachings and His admonitions became evident and visible. In other words, the Cause of Christ was like a lifeless body until the life and the bounty of the Holy Spirit surrounded it.
Such is the meaning of the resurrection of Christ, and this was a true resurrection. But as the clergy have neither understood the meaning of the Gospels nor comprehended the symbols, therefore, it has been said that religion is in contradiction to science, and science in opposition to religion, as, for example, this subject of the ascension of Christ with an elemental body to the visible heaven is contrary to the science of mathematics. But when the truth of this subject becomes clear, and the symbol is explained, science in no way contradicts it; but, on the contrary, science and the intelligence affirm it.
So, have a happy Easter. But please don't beat up any Jewish kids because it might be Jesus sneaking back to check up on your behavior.