April 4, 2010

Happy Zombie Jesus Day!

Zombie Jesus

Today is the day that many Christians around the world celebrate the supposed resurrection of a man who has been dead for over 2,000 years (if he lived at all). Believe it or not, some of these Christians go so far as to claim that they have a "personal relationship" with this re-animated corpse and that they love him. Best of all, they insist that he loves them back, that he "saved" them, and that he is active in their lives in various ways. You know, I love horror movies as much as the next guy, but this all seems like a bit much.

Still, it is not my intent to rain on anyone's parade. Far be it for me to tell anybody that they shouldn't celebrate Easter if they enjoy doing so. In fact, I think there really is something worth celebrating today even for this atheist. I plan to celebrate the joy I feel in knowing that I managed to escape this particular delusion and move on with my life.

Yes, I suppose I do get to celebrate that every day, but Easter still seems like a great excuse to spend some time reflecting on it. I used to believe many of the absurd things most Christians claim to believe. I no longer do. If that sort of progress isn't worth celebrating, I'm not sure what is.

And besides, what atheist doesn't love Zombie Jesus Day? Not only does it cap off a great weekend of fun, but the imagery of Zombie Jesus roaming the Earth and feasting on the brains of those who believe in him is fun. Christians have taken more than enough holidays away from pagans; maybe it is time that atheists take one from them and turn it into something that we'd enjoy.

If you are in the mood to read more thoughts on Zombie Jesus Day (i.e., Easter) from an atheist, you might enjoy An Atheist Revolution Easter Collection.