“And if Christ be not risen, then [is] our preaching vain, and your faith [is] also vain.”
-1 Corinthians 14:15.
Easter is here, along with the promises and beliefs of every shade and nuance. On this day, we of the predominantly Christian west are given to the celebration of the purportedly literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus from Nazareth.
Now, to some, this is a crucial point, upon which their entire faith hinges. If you are among those, you may want to save yourself the trial of reading on.
“Man is something to be overcome”, said St. Nietzsche in a remarkably poorly-understood passage, whereby he – in my not-so-humble opinion – meant that this, our earthly existence, was our chance to write our lives upon the very walls of reality. We could change reality itself, make it more to our liking. Depending on how good a writer you are, reality will change.
It is a widely-held notion that the Christian Bible had the best ghost-writing team in the history of literature, and that in spite of literary critics’ often scathing reviews, it remains one of, if not THE most influential work of our time. Even so, its central concepts are still very much the subject of extremely heated arguments on exegesis.
Still and all, it appears unequivocal that the Nazarene’s message was one of love and tolerance, conflicting interpretations notwithstanding. That is a decent and good message most people could get behind.
It speaks to our weaknesses – those to be overcome – that we still require the carrot of Heaven and the stick of Hell to believe in love and tolerance, when it is our very deeds here on earth that create Heaven or Hell, and our immortality is assured by the permanence of our good deeds.
Happy Easter. May your Great Work be crowned with success.