In natural terms, Jesus of Nazareth is the teacher or leader of
even if or even
this human being is only a fictional character.
(Because it is authority which has
in the Abraham religions, and not norms and values, the term leader
is more appropriate than teacher.)
Christmas is the festival in memory of the birth of Jesus Christ, the
leader hailed King and Messiah.
(It replaced the Roman Saturnalia, kept at about the same time of the
Good Friday is the day of Jesus' death.
Jesus' 'resurrection' at Easter is supernaturalist fiction, yet fiction
which concerns the life and death of the leader of the doctrine
'imself (himself or
On the fortieth day of Easter the teacher's disciples or leader's followers
—one hundred and twenty or more than five hundred of them, dependent
on where you open the Bible— are left alone after Jesus'
That Ascension itself is, again, an event which does not concern the
doctrine but the leader of the doctrine.
Then, at Pentecost or 'Whitsunday', on the fiftieth day, there are the
'firstlings of the ideological crop', the new converts who are
supposed to put themselves at the service of the deified resurrected One
and to spread His word.
All these Christianist religious holidays have little or nothing to do
with the content of the doctrine itself.
Any doctrine, however veracious or mendacious, however fair or
discriminatory, however balanced or
can seize upon events from the lives of the doctrine's teacher and
disciples or leader and followers, or from the history of the spread of
the doctrine, in order to commemorate or celebrate them.
It is quite something different, however, to commemorate or
celebrate on the basis of content or substance.
Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day and Pentecost: yes.
A Day of Faith, a Day of Hope, a Day of Love? No!
It is not that it would be a great improvement just like that,
a Day of Belief in God and Devil, of Hoping for the Blessed Best, of Joy
from Bodyless Love.
And it could all be much worse, if we took substance in a little
bit looser sense.
A Day of the Flood might, then, be a substantive Christian festival as
That deluge, in which all the world's entirely innocent plants and animals
were wiped out, with the exception of one or seven couples of each animal
species, was created by God, the Supreme Being in the story, because the
human kind (of which four couples were allowed to survive) had not
obeyed the divine law.
There is some gross injustice being meted out here, you would say; even if
all human beings had been guilty of something that deserved such a
Francis Teaching to the Animals.)
As a matter of fact, the Bible claims that the Flood raged for forty days
(At least, at one place, for at other places it states that 'the waters prevailed upon the Earth an hundred
and fifty days'.)
More importantly, thinking back to His Flood, God is reported to have
said to Himself:
"Never again will I curse the Earth for man's sake, ...
Never again will I smite every living being as I have done."
So, fifty days later (if the number is really 40, and not 150) the
postdiluvian believers of the Flood will have a much better reason for
celebration: a Pentecost of Supreme Remorse.