Happy Easter!

Today billions of people around the world will be celebrating Easter Sunday. Around ⅓ of the world’s population is Christian, which is why so many people will today, be celebrating Easter.

But do you know the real meaning behind the festival that so many people celebrate? If you are Christian I hope this article helps give you a better understanding of the religion you follow, and if you are not, I hope you can learn something new too 🙂

Happy Easter 2011
So, to the origins!

It all started around 2000 years ago with the birth of Jesus Christ. I suspect you already know that he was executed on Good Friday, as you have probably read my post on that, so at this point around 2000 years ago, Jesus should have been dead. However, it is said that he rose from the dead, which is exactly what this day is about for Christians: celebrating the resurrection of Christ their saviour.

So what exactly happened then? Well the bible says that after Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, his body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a tomb, which was guarded by Roman Soldiers. An enormous stone was put over the entrance, to stop people from trying to steal the body.

It is then said that Mary (followed later by some of Jesus’ disciples) then visited the tomb, only to find that the stone had been moved and that his body had gone.

Jesus himself was then by Mary and the disciples later that day and for a short while afterwards by lots of people. His believed that God had raised him from the dead, this is now referred to as the Resurrection.

On Easter Day, many people celebrate by feasting and/or eating chocolate eggs (which symbolise life and rebirth) due to it being the end of Lent, and the beginning of Christ’s rebirth many years ago.

So there you have it, the Holy Week is drawing to a close, so tuck into those Easter eggs!

Today is Good Friday

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ (according to the Bible) happened today around two thousand years ago. Good Friday is a day of mourning in church for Christians.

Jesus was crucified by the Romans, because he was getting to be known by the people as the king of the Jews. The Romans disliked this.

Jesus’ last words are said to be

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit

After his death Jesus’ body was said to have been taken to a cave, where a large stone was rolled over the entrance.

Good Friday 2011

The cross is now a major symbol for Christianity, as the death of Christ on the cross, lead to the beginnings of Christianity.

Merry Christmas!

Billions of people around the world today will be celebrating the Christian festival of Christmas. On this day Christians mark the birth of the founder of the religion – Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Father Christmas (A.K.A. Santa Claus/Saint Nicholas) is commonly associated with the festival in many countries. He is the bringer of gifts, perceiving whether someone has been good or bad throughout the year and giving them a present/presents reflecting that. In France they have a similar character known as Papá Noel/Père Noël, in Iceland he is known as Jólasveinn, Joulupukki in Finland etc.

Father Christmas

I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, I hope you have a really great time!

Merry Christmas! 😀

What is God?

Before I start this post, I would just like to make it crystal clear that I am not trying to offend anyone, or make anyone change their beliefs. Nether am I stating that this is what I believe, I am simply trying to present a theory that I have come up with.

I am not trying to offend anyone and I do not believe this. It is simply an alternative theory.

Okay, so to the theory. Many religions have a concept of a ‘greater being’ or God. Now what is this concept of God is not actually an entity in itself, but as a group of things? What if God is actually everyone?

The concept that God is every living thing or every person seems to work for many things that God is described to be. God can perceive all. If God is every living thing then it can perceive all, as anything going on can be seen be the living.

God is said to be able to perform miracles. People can perform miracles; people will go to amazing measures and do extraordinary things.

Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God, and if God is everyone, then Jesus (son of Joseph) was a son of one person that makes up the entity of God.

When you die, most religions believe in an afterlife which is dependant on what you did in your living life.

The concept of the afterlife could be that if you are good in life, people will remember you for the good that you did. This means that despite your body being dead, your memory lives on in others. Using the theory that everyone is God, God gives you an afterlife, as you are remembered by people who make up god.

There is also the concept of hell, which you go to if you are bad in life. This could mean that you die, but you are remembered for the evil that you have done in your life. This is like hell, as you are not remembered in a positive way.

Stephen Hawking recently said that

“Because there are laws, such as gravity, the Universe can and will, create itself out of nothing. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.”

This would fit in with the theory of God being a body of things, rather than a single entity, as the body would not have been around at creation.

Its just a theory, and I am not trying to impose it on anyone, but one thing does strike me: it does kind of work.

If we all make up God, then are we not God?

There is a famous song, “He’s got the whole world in his hands”. If we are God, is the world not in our hands?

The Earth in peoples hands

I am not trying to offend anyone and I do not believe this. It is simply an alternative theory.

Comments and opinions welcome as always 🙂