I am not the sort of person who needs to search for justification for who I am in the Christian canon. I am atheist—I believe not in deity, divinity, the supernatural or the mystical. But I also know that it is not necessary for me to believe that a man called Jesus was born of a virgin 2000 some years ago by the Grace of Adonai and was sacrificed by that entity, and that that act somehow redeems my sin against that entity, in order for me to understand that the teachings which were recorded and attributed to this Jesus are teachings by which one would do well to live.
' Love one another, even as I have loved you.'
' Love thy neighbor as thyself. There is no greater commandment. '
' That which you do for the least of these my brethren, you do also for me. '
' Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends. '
' Peace is my parting gift to you, my own peace, peace such as the world cannot give. Set your troubled hearts at rest, and banish your fears. '
It does not matter, really, if Jesus was a real person, or the construct of many. These are words of truth, and when we read them all, understanding them for what they are, a greater picture emerges, a picture of Love, of Compassion, of Peace, of Hope for a better world, for ourselves, for our children, and our children’s children yet to come.
None of these things require that we believe in a Jesus Christ, Son of God, Lord and Messiah and Savior. None of these things prevent us from seeing them in myriad symbols old and new, East and West, North and South. What is important is that we find the meaning of these symbols within ourselves and see them also in others, that we understand our own imperfection and that of others, that we forgive ourselves as well as others, that we trust that the Love we feel and desire for ourselves is also within every single life that surrounds us, and that it is meant to be shared, just as this whole of Nature was given to us all to be shared equally.
Happy Easter to you all, my friends, my family, and most of all to she who was named for the wisest among disciples, Madeleine Delphine Marie.
May Light shine ever upon thy Path, and guide thee unto Happiness all the days of our lives.