I'm a real bad Christian. I haven't read my bible for many years, not that I ever finished reading it to begin with! Now, I don't even have a bible in my home! What do I have? Lots of useless and "worthless" stuff. In most days, I've forgotten about Christ existence or his callings. Life has been good. And for most part, as with many people, I remember about Jesus and his sacrifices when I'm in pain or in want of something real bad! I know, I'm a hopeless case, regardless that I have had my callings many times and had responded too!
I relented about 20 years ago and got myself baptised on Christmas Day. Yet, I haven't fulfilled my destiny nor my intended destiny in life here on Earth. So, on this Good Friday where most in this part of the world celebrates, I am reminded of the day of Christ's crucification and his resurrection three days later. I'll try to go to church on this Easter Sunday since I'd be in Hong Kong that very day. I don't even know where the church is where I'm living now (China). Don't think I've seen one around! However, if HE can die for us the believers (and also the non-believers) the way he did, I do believe the least I could do is to go church on this very day. It's not a bunny day, despite that in the Chinese calendar, it's the year of the rabbit. (I'm not in the habit of doing or painting those eggs anyway...)
However, it is a day I do believe more people need to go pray for our very existence in this planet. The year 2011 has began with so many calamities and things that we humans had been unable to control and to regulate. We may well be fighting for our own and children's (physical & spiritual) survival. If God is not walking with us (or vice versa), then we are sure to be going downhill in speed (much faster than any computers can evaluate).
Money is not bad per se. The way society had been dealing with money, imho, had been "evil". From the look of the past few years and what had happened to businesses at large, the ordinary folks had been "sacrificed" for the good of a few individuals. I do not believe in what many Americans had persuaded themselves to believe in (and I'm more for democratic, capitalist society than most Asians I know); that if you don't allow others to make the money they do (for some selected individuals, it's amounting to hundred of millions!), then you won't give yourself the chance to make those money too. That's total BS. People are allowed to make as much as they are able to, however, that doesn't mean it comes at the price of manipulating the government (or governments), hiring lobbyist to influence federal programs and people in power. With such extreme power given to those leaders (be it governmental or conglomerates) we live under their clouds and abuses of power. If one can trust just an individual or group of people to that extent, then why is it one is not so trusting of people whom they live with, work with or love? Have you ever ask yourself that question?
Last but not least, do you trust Jesus and God more than you trust those individuals? If you do, good for you. If not, isn't it about time you ask yourself that question? And isn't Easter the best time to do so? Stop making those Easter eggs just for the fun of it. Rather, ask your question what Easter entails? I know, I shouldn't be the person asking these questions... instead I'm offering you these chocolates if you do! How about it?! Are you tempted?
Some people look forward to Easter. Me, I just don’t see it. Beyond the religious ramifications involved, the non-religious activities have always seemed a bit more bizarre than usual. Take the Easter Bunny, for example. While much has been made of the rediculous notion of an animal that does not lay eggs delivering and/or hiding them, I think it is more important to point out that we do not eat rabbit for Easter. That might not seem odd on the surface. However, when … more
Easter is the most important annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day of his crucifixion. Christians celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday), two days after Good Friday and three days after Maundy Thursday. The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between 26 and 36 AD. Easter also refers to the season of the church year calledEastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the twenty-first century, to April 3 in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar their celebration of Easter therefore varies between April ...