So Easter is soon upon us, and I swear, this is the time of year where Catholicism confuses me the most. First of all, the obvious, Good Friday. The fact that we refer to the Friday where Christ was crucified as "good" just drives me bananas. I get it, Jesus died for our sins, so it's good for us. GOOD FOR US?! The guy died! I'm not a huge fan of the "died for our sins" bit in the first place, because it just seems incredibly selfish on our part. It's sad that the symbol of Christianity is a man dying on a cross, doing us a favor. I guess it's human nature, we're always looking to see what we can gain from any situation. Maybe that's harsh. But the whole "he died for our sins, so we better be good" just seems like a warning from a parent. Most of us are adults, shouldn't we be good because it's the right thing to do? Why does there have to be fear of punishment for us to behave our selves? It usually doesn't even work. Look at the death penalty, has that deterred murder? No. This easter I'm going to celebrate by thanking Jesus for being a cool guy who loved everyone, even the sluts and thieves. I'll celebrate by helping someone else, not looking for my own reward.
As I reread this, I realize how "above it all" I sound, and that's not my intention at all. UGH, I just don't get the mysticism of it all. I wonder if that's a blessing or a curse. Or a little of both.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Posted by Unlikely Oilfield Wife at 11:21 AM