Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Empty Tomb


As a child,

I remember Easter as a time that I got new clothes.

Everyone got new clothes.

And we all went to church.

Even my dad went to church on Easter.

That's a nice metaphor.

New clothes.

For the New Person.

I always thought the empty tomb,

was a stronger image than the cross.

Like Bill Hicks said,

wearing the cross around your neck,

to honor Christ,

is a little like wearing a carbine on your lapel

to honor JFK.

Jesus is probably up there right now saying,

"I don't know Dad,

I'm not going down there quite yet,

They are still wearing those crosses"

"Folks: It's time to evolve ideas. You know, evolution didn't end with us growing thumbs. You do know that, right? Didn't end there. We're at the point, now, where we're going to have to evolve ideas. The reason the world is so fv(ked up is we're undergoing evolution. And the reason our institutions, our traditional religions, are all crumbling, is because ... they're no longer relevant. They're no longer relevant. So it's time for us to create a new philosophy and perhaps even a new religion, you see. And that's OK 'cause that's our right, 'cause we are free children of God with minds who can imagine anything, and that's kind of our role." Bill Hicks

Maybe we should focus less on the cross,

and more on the empty tomb.

And our new clothes.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to church here in Deer Corn and I found it relevant. Relevant for me. I like the vicar and he doesn't waste a lot of words. And he spoke about the empty tomb. Think about that empty tomb, we don't even know where it is. We know where the one in Egypt is, that one is huge and what do we know about that fellow other than he builr one of the wonders of the world. The fellow who left the tomb empty has caused a great deal of bloodshed and happiness. Christians are a strange lot. I waver between agnostic and believer.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the cross reminds us of god's suffering so that we might be saved. it is the basic idea of christianity.

I doubt if we are going to evolve beyond our present views of god anytime soon.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your easter post.

A new way of looking at a holiday that is so important to many, but doesn't have much import for those of us that are less tuned into the christian story.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Hicks is so fv(king funny and the quote is perfect.

10:14 AM  

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