D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Easter Time Is Here Again

Saturday, April 7, 2007 10:31 PM

So Easter has finally come upon us, and millions of children are currently nervously sleeping, waiting for the morning when they'll run around their homes searching for chocolate scattered in odd places. We had our family Easter meal today...and let me tell you: protein extraveganza! Turkey AND ham, potatoes, stuffing and crrranberry sauce (ha! I always think of Little Richard from that insurance commercial when I think of cranberry sauce now). My sister-in-law made some pumpkin pies as well (yeah, more thanksgiving-ish, but her pies rule so I'm not complaining).

Of course, this is also a time to contemplate the meaning of the holiday. No doubt you've seen some recent posts made by myself and Lorin about evolution/creationism, and thoughts on how we got here. Regardless of what your view is, you have to admit that the events some 2000 years ago obviously still reverberate accross time since we still celebrate the death and resurection of Jesus today. Moreso than Christmas, this IS the feature holiday/celebration for Christians. If the resurection didn't happen, then our faith is laid to ruin.

Dwelling on the holiday, I wanted to throw out one other issue that has to be addressed in the evolution vs. young creationism vs. old creationism (young being a literal translation of 6 days of creation and the Earth being less than 10,000 years old and old creationism being an interpreted translation that the 6 days of creation were actually longer - potentially thousdands to millions of years - and a sort of middle ground). And that issue is the whole reason we celebrate Easter.

The Christian faith is built around some key beliefs:

- Man was made in God's image and is the most loved over all creation

- Man sinned when he disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and allowed death to enter the world

- God demanded a blood atonement for the sin of mankind, which was dealt with using animal sacrifices in the old testament

- Jesus was God as man, and died on the cross as a perfect and sinless sacrifice to allow us to regain communion with God if we only believe in His Son, Jesus.

That, in a nutshell, is why Easter is so important to the Christian faith: if Jesus didn't rise from the dead on the third day, then our sins are not dealt with and we're still in the same sinful state. Also, Jesus wasn't who he claimed to be which makes the entire Christian faith false.

But in the evolution/creationism debate this also raises some issues and, I believe, negates the ability to argue the "middle ground" view of old-creationism.

The whole point of Jesus' coming to Earth was to atone for all the sin in the world that originated from the original sin that Adam committed back in the Garden of Eden. Remember that nothing died before sin entered the picture; everything was perfect and as it should have been, but one action plunged reality into a state of death and decay from everlasting life and fullness.

But evolution says that Homosapiens didn't evolve until recently (according to the fossil records). So here we have an issue: when did sin enter the picture. If it wasn't at the beginning of creation, then how do we reconcile the pre-homosapien planet? The Bible says that Adam named all the animals and was appointed to care for the Earth...but if man didn't come until later than who was in charge for all that time? The reality is that without original sin occuring, there is no reason for Jesus to have died on the cross. Jesus wasn't just a good teacher, he came for a purpose; evolution negates that purpose, which in turn negates the entire faith.

Ok, that's enough heaviness for a weekend. I hope you all enjoy your Easter or Passover festivities this weekend, eat lots of chocolate, and get in a turkey or ham (or two if you're lucky).

D




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# re: Easter Time Is Here Again

Good post. I'm not going to address the evolution/creationism issue, but this made me think of something I saw this weekend:

"Jesus was God as man, and died on the cross as a perfect and sinless sacrifice to allow us to regain communion with God if we only believe in His Son, Jesus."

This weekend on the History channel (I think) they were playing the documentary "Banned from the Bible". The idea behind the documentary is that there are several ancient books that did not become part of the official canon of the bible. I only caught a piece of documentary, but the part I saw was discussing a book that describes a young Jesus who is naughty, or perhaps even malevolent at times.

The narrator in the documentary suggests that seeing Jesus evolve from a brat into some of greatness might have been useful to the church members, because they could see that even Jesus didn't start out perfect. Of course, this "logic" misses the whole point. If Jesus had committed sins, he couldn't have been God as man, and he wouldn't have been able to fulfill his role as a sacrifice for our sins. It is almost as if the filmmakers don't really "get it". Very odd.

Well, I only watched a bit of it anyway. Hey, at least it mostly relates to "history" - I still can't figure out what UFOs are doing on the history channel!

Happy Easter!

4/8/2007 9:47 PM | Avonelle Lovhaug

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Oh yeah, there are a bunch of "gospels" that didn't make it into the Bible:

Gospel of Judas
Gospel of Mary Magdeline
...

I remember hearing a story from one of those books (the one you probably caught a bit on, since it was about the youth of Jesus) where Jesus was turning other children into frogs or something like that.

Hope your Easter was a good one!

D 4/8/2007 10:45 PM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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What surprised me was how they presented it. It was like - "gee, they should have considered including this; readers would have gotten a lot out of it." The fact that it completely would contradict the whole point of Christ's sacrifice just seemed to have escaped the filmmakers.

4/8/2007 11:01 PM | Avonelle Lovhaug

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