Of hippies and eggs

Easter is upon us again. It’s a funny old time of year when you really think about.

Once upon a time, apparently, there was this hippy-like Jew living in the middle east and he had some pretty radical ideas about life. He wasn’t very happy with the way things were going under the Romans and he became quite vocal about it. Alongside this, he tried to convince people to be nice to each other.

Naturally enough, the Romans were a bit upset about this and harried him all over the place until they’d eventually amassed or created enough evidence against him to stage a rather shaky trial. His trial went badly for him and he ended up dead. They didn’t muck about, the Romans. There’s a fairly common view of how this death happened and then there are several other points of view of how it might have happened. Along with that there are several points of view of the hippy’s real ideas, his relationships and how he may or may not have left a descendant line and so on.

Either way, he was a hippy with pretty cool ideas about peace and love that ended up dead. (And he was not the first or the last, of course).

About three decades later this dude called Saul (Latinised as Paul) started a cult, loosely based on the hippy’s ideas. He had never met the man on who’s teachings he based his cult, but he claimed to have received a vision in which he was given permission to go ahead anyway. It became known as the Cult of Christianity. It gained a fair amount of followers and over the next two thousand years became quite popular. A big book was written about it, based firstly on an older book supposedly penned by an older hippy that allegedly got his inspiration while alone up in the mountains. This old book was combined (rather loosely and haphazardly on many occasions) with Paul’s new book and the whole thing gained a great deal of momentum.

Over the years that book has been rewritten time and again, with lots of bits added and lots taken away, dependant on the whim and personal desires of each editor. Throughout this slow and sometimes quite malevolent transformation, the Cult of Christianity itself has grown and morphed along with it, also gaining and losing things as it went.

Today men (as women are fairly universally excluded) control all sorts of factions and splinter groups of the original Cult. They are frowned upon by the followers of the older way of Judaism, on which the Cult is based, and the followers of the younger way of Islam, which is supposedly the real version, demoting the hippy back from Messiah to Prophet and putting the emphasis back on the over-riding theme of a monotheistic god. Ironically, they’ve ended up raising their own Prophet to a status higher than any other, which defeats the object a little bit. And while these people frown on all the various forms of Christianity around today, so do all sorts of other groups. And the Christians frown back. An awful lot of blood has been spilt in the name of the hippy’s teachings. Most of these groups seem to think that killing people that don’t believe them is the surest way to spread their original message of peace and love.

And now, two thousand years later, people will spend this long weekend looking solemnly at images of this Jewish, middle-eastern hippy, himself transformed into a handsome blond haired, blue eyed paragon of harmony, rather than the swarthy political agitator that he most likely was in reality. They will ask themselves why there isn’t more love and peace in the world as they marvel at his death and subsequent alleged resurrection and they’ll silently thank him, as he died for their sins.

Then they’ll give each other eggs made of chocolate and laugh at the antics of a funny rabbit.

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4 thoughts on “Of hippies and eggs

  1. You trying to tell me that easter has something to do with religion?

    You made the point well – what a bunch of arse. There is no doubt in my mind that whatever Jesus was, or stood for, he would have been horrified at what has happened since as a result of different interpretations of the same events.

    There are probably more people killed in the name of religion than in any other ’cause’. Its time they all got together and started to celebrate the differences, rather than to argue over them.

    Sad really. I’ll not be eating a single piece of crappy chocolate.

  2. I couldn’t believe my eyes, as I went through the words. In this solemn day in which all humanity was offered Eternal Life only if they believe, but they still don’t.

    Christianity is not a cult even if some believe it is. Paul who was blinded after his encounter with Jesus, so that he could reflect upon his destructive actions and was blessed with sight again to serve the Lord; to help others like him who were blind. Many are still blind and prefer to stay that way. It’s a shame, all Christians can do is continue to pray for conversion.
    There is power in prayer and Jesus is God. Like gravity you can deny it, but it still exist.

    If we still don’t have peace is because God gave us freewill and even though peace is what He desires for humanity, we don’t want it for ourselves. We don’t have an oppresive God but a loving one and that’s why he sent his only Son to teach us how to live. If men decide they know better and they can do without Him, so beat it, they’ll live with the consequences which you are seeing today. But if you embrace everything he taught and live on earth following His Commandments, your recompense will be the Heaven you are longing to live in.

    All I have left to say is that Jesus loves you just as much as they day He died for all humanity on the cross. Think or say what you will, He still loves you the same and He will never stop looking for you and calling you, so that when you come to Him He can give you what you will never find anywhere in this world; Love and Peace.

  3. Well, I think there’s a good reason to stick to secular politics – namely, we blame people rather than divine forces for both the positive and negative actions that are made by our leaders. American politics scares the **** out of me LOL

    I think religions can play a role in ‘teaching’ (funny how it becomes a tainted word in a religious context, isn’t it?) us values that – let’s face it – have been developed over a long course of time, generally for good reason – and tend to appear across the religious board.

    In order for a religion to be useful, it needs to be respected and, what’s more ‘successful’ at being spread about. Unfortunately, this also makes it a mighty great sword, which the power-hungry are only too happy to take up and use as they wont.

    As for Easter itself? Well, Christians enjoy it, and the rest of us get a bank holiday – in my mind, you can’t knock it! hehe

  4. I couldn’t believe my eyes, as I went through the words. In this solemn day in which all humanity was offered Eternal Life only if they believe, but they still don’t.

    Christianity is not a cult even if some believe it is. Paul who was blinded after his encounter with Jesus, so that he could reflect upon his destructive actions and was blessed with sight again to serve the Lord; to help others like him who were blind. Many are still blind and prefer to stay that way. It’s a shame, all Christians can do is continue to pray for conversion.
    There is power in prayer and Jesus is God. Like gravity you can deny it, but it still exist.

    If we still don’t have peace is because God gave us freewill and even though peace is what He desires for humanity, we don’t want it for ourselves. We don’t have an oppresive God but a loving one and that’s why he sent his only Son to teach us how to live. If men decide they know better and they can do without Him, so beat it, they’ll live with the consequences which you are seeing today. But if you embrace everything he taught and live on earth following His Commandments, your recompense will be the Heaven you are longing to live in.

    All I have left to say is that Jesus loves you just as much as they day He died for all humanity on the cross. Think or say what you will, He still loves you the same and He will never stop looking for you and calling you, so that when you come to Him He can give you what you will never find anywhere in this world; Love and Peace.

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