Reflections on Christmas

As we head into this second most important of Christian holidays, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  Away in a manager, the sweet little baby Jesus was born.  His birth was heralded by angels, wise men bringing gifts, and apparently a number of kneeling sheep.  His soft olive skin and cute curls were adorable, I’m sure.  And up in heaven, God “the father” knew one thing for sure.

That little bastard had to die.

Not in the typical sense of “from dust you came and to dust you shall return.”  No, that’s the death that awaits us all, hopefully at the end of a good, long life.  Tiny little Jesus was born for a very specific purpose — to be tortured and killed to slake the bloodlust of Yahweh.  That’s it.  That was his whole reason for being.  That angelic little face was just made to be busted up.  Those teensy hands, grasping Joseph’s finger?  Oh yeah, Jehovah wanted to see some nails driven through those.  That would be the only thing that could satisfy his divine sense of justice.

You see, Adam, a man who we now know never existed, disobeyed God long ago.  This is known as The Fall.  Because of that single, fictional event, all humans are now weighed down by Original Sin and are born damned to Hell.  God decreed that only the shedding of blood could atone for sins in his eyes.  He was, after all, a jealous and vengeful god.  So, after a good many centuries, God impregnated a teen girl with…well, himself…but in the person of his son, the mewling infant Jesus, to be the perfect sacrifice to…well, himself.

So, when everyone sits around cooing over the baby Jesus in the plastic manger and singing all their joyful songs of salvation, remember the plan that their loving and merciful god allegedly had all along.  Then consider whether you’d worship such a being, even if any of it was real.

And if this all seems confusing, let Mr. Deity help you sort it out.

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5 Responses to Reflections on Christmas

  1. Rene Najera says:

    You seem pissed about this, and maybe a little worked up. Why?

  2. Not pissed, just trying to point out the absurd cruelty of the story. (The extra-thick sarcasm comes off pissed, I’ll confess.) The religious part of Christmas is portrayed as this joyous season, because “the Messiah is born!” Xians coo over baby Jesus and celebrate the coming redemption of mankind. But what was the price of that redemption, according to their story? The torture and execution of the man that little baby would become. And why did grown-up Baby Jesus have to be tortured and killed to redeem mankind? Because God the Father demands the shedding of blood to atone for sins. And why is that? Why couldn’t the omniscient, allegedly omni-benevolent deity just choose to forgive his imperfect creation? Err…ummm…we don’t know. The blood sacrifice is just how he rolls. So I’m left with the birth of an innocent baby for the sole purpose of growing up and being slaughtered in order to satisfy the inexplicable blood lust of the God who is “love.” It takes only a moment’s thought, the three simple questions I ask in this response, for the whole thing to be revealed as a farce of wanton cruelty.

  3. Rene Najera says:

    Yeah, if it was easy to understand, we wouldn’t need to understand it. Why the blood sacrifice? Why a sacrifice at all? Why not do the etch-a-sketch end of the world and start all over, like a picky artist who doesn’t like his art and just paints right over it?
    Why? Why? Why?
    Then again, I can live without knowing.

  4. And this is where, I’m afraid, I part company with religious thinking. If I ask “why” and there isn’t an answer that makes any sense, I have to conclude that the story is nonsense. You respond, I’m assuming from a position of faith, “if it was easy to understand, we wouldn’t need to understand it.” That floors me. It’s like saying the less sense something makes, the more profound it must be.

    But, I think you don’t need to live without knowing. The idea that gods can only be satisfied by animal or human blood sacrifices is as old as religion itself and occurred around the world. The authors who wrote the Bible were a product of their times, so it should come as no surprise that their mythology also included a requirement for a sacrifice. But that doesn’t make it make any more sense in the context of the Judeo-Christian god.

  5. Rene Najera says:

    That’s one way of looking at it.

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