About Easter

I grew up in a household that believed in God, more or less. I’m talking about the Christian one, the one with the Old Testament and the New Testament and Jesus as the Messiah and the Ten Commandments. All that stuff. We didn’t believe in Odin or Zeus or Hercules as the savior of man or that Balder died for our sins; we pretty much took the Bible on faith.

We didn’t go to church – I think that was my mother’s choice. My mother told me, much later in life, that she believed in God but did not enjoy going to church because of all the fighting. There was a controversy in her church about speaking in tongues, she said, and she just stopped going. She didn’t mind that everyone interpreted the Bible differently, she just didn’t like that people didn’t accept that everyone could. I guess she wanted God to be the judge of man, not man to be the judge of man. She was a good Christian, I would say.

When I went to church regularly, in my teens, I ran afoul of the same controversy. A friend of mine had gone to his uncle’s church – I think it was an uncle’s church – and found out that the only way into heaven was to speak in tongues. The only way. If you don’t speak in tongues at some point the Holy Spirit never moved through you and you have no access through the pearly gates. Harsh. My church believed it was optional; we were Pentecostal and tongues were fairly common. As I recall, though, only a select few ever spoke, and only a select few ever interpreted. No problem, according to my church. You’re baptized. No problem. God would let you in.

I did some research around that time. This was a hundred years ago, give or take seven decades, so there wasn’t any internet. I researched it the old-fashioned way. I read books, I asked people, and I looked stuff up in Bibles and magazines and encyclopedias. I found a third belief about the same topic. There were chapters of Christian believers who held that if you speak in tongues it was the devil moving through you and you were going to Hell. Going. To. Hell.

To summarize, there were three different types of Christians: the ones that believed you only get into Heaven if you speak in tongues, the ones that believed it had no bearing whatsoever on your afterlife, and the ones that believed if you speak in tongues you were eternally damned. That’s a pretty wide gulf.

I get asked a lot why I’m an atheist. I used to believe in God, when I was young, for the same reason I believed in Santa Claus – it’s what I was told. I won’t say that the controversy about tongues drove me away from faith in a Christian God, any more than it specifically drove my mother from church, but it made me question the validity of it. It made me dig deeper and look beyond what I was told. If my life has a theme, it is that. Dig deeper. Look beyond what you’re told.

I hope everyone has a spectacular day, whatever you believe. Hug tightly to all the family you see. Love one another as much as you love your faith. In fact, love each other more. Speak to them in whatever tongue you favor, and don’t judge them for their sins or even for their beliefs. Nobody knows the truth about why we’re here, especially not the people that swear they do. But while we are here we have each other and we have days like today to be together.

I would give anything I have to hug my mother today. Not judge her, just hug her. And I would give anything if you could, too.

Happy Easter. Everyone.

15 thoughts on “About Easter”

    1. Thank you, sister! I’m a big believer in one thing: the right to believe what we will. As I told a good friend a few weeks back, there’s no chance that all of us are right but there’s a very good chance that all of us are wrong. 😉 Hope your day is fabulous, C!

  1. I am not a religious person, meaning I do not believe that any one religion is absolutely right or perfect. I am, however, a Christian, meaning I do believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God who is our creator. I also believe in the Bible. The Bible can be and is interpreted differently by each and everyone of us. I look at God as my Father who created me and the Bible as his teachings. He said that we must search the scriptures. But he did not promise that we’d find all the answers. Anyone who thinks they know, is delusional. Our God knows beforehand what we are going to do. He gave us free will to make our ownselves as comfortable or as miserable as we wish. He does not control our every thought or action but He does already know before it happens. My main point is supposed to be that God does exist, He is real. He loves you and me! He is watching over us all and someday He will reveal the truth(which by the way none of us actually know). We will all be in AWE!!!! Looking forward to that day when all is revealed!! Just some thoughts to consider…. I do have more thoughts but this is your blog so I’ll shut up now and give it back to you. I do like your blogs!!

    1. Hahaha! Thank you for reading and for the great, well-thought out response, Auntie W! I absolutely agree with you that we do not know all the answers, and I would guess that we never will. The old question asks: do gods create man or does man create gods? A friend of mine said something similar to me on Sunday and phrased it like the old chicken and egg argument. I believe that man created gods to explain the universe and all of its mysteries which is why we have so many of them to choose from throughout history!

      Thanks again for being a part of it; more to come!

      1. I thought this response would post to fb. Guess I screwed that one up!!! There are many out there who might benefit from( my words of wisdom). Is there a way for my response to post to fb??

  2. Very well said! Made want to dig deeper in what I have been told when I was younger. Make me miss my family thst are so far way.

    1. Thank you for reading, Allison! We are all overlaid with social and cultural programmings from when we were young and most of us choose to accept these programmings as fact. Everything we experience runs through these filters. If we have an “experience” we immediately relate it to the programming, without a second thought. There are hundreds of different belief systems and thousands of different cultures and every individual relates each experience to their own cultural reference. That realization was the first one that made me question … everything … more than three decades ago. 🙂

      Again, thank you for reading and responding; I hope you had a great Easter!

    1. Very nice of you to say; thanks for reading! It’s not too late to catch my calling, is it? 😉

      Love and miss you, too, Sister Kat!

  3. Amen to that brother! Very well written and I was very touched and wish I could hug my mother today as well! Have a wonderful Easter with your beautiful wife! 😘😘

    1. Thank you for the wonderful compliment, Alanna! Today was indeed a good day; hope you had a wonderful Easter, as well!

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