Happy “Good” Friday

Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these 10 things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send *you* to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever til the end of time…but he loves you.” — George Carlin

According to the christian mythology, 2000 odd years ago, they nailed the best guy in the world to two pieces of wood. And now they call it “good” Friday. How the hell does that make any sense? Shouldn’t it be “Bad Friday” or “Black Friday” or “Miserable Goddamned Friday?”

11 Responses to Happy “Good” Friday

  1. Charles Platt says:

    According to the Rev. Ken Collins web site, “if we call it Good Friday, as in English, we are confessing the Christian hope that no tragedy—not even death—can overwhelm God’s providence, love, and grace.”

    Oh right, that makes sense. He allowed his son to die a hideous torturous death because he loved him so much.

    Apparently there is some speculation that “Good Friday” was originally “God’s Friday.” Not that it matters.

    • mc says:

      “Oh right, that makes sense. He allowed his son to die a hideous torturous death because he loved him so much.”

      Actually you’re right, it doesn’t make sense at all. In fact, JC during the whole thing basically says “WTF, why does this have to be?” Bottom line is death of any kind doesn’t make much sense. Also, there is a theme through the whole Bible (most notably in Job) that God allows terrible things to happen in this world to good people who don’t do anything bad and don’t deserve it. It’s not an easy thing to get one’s mind around – may be the main struggle of Christianity, and of some non-Christian religions as well, for many thoughtful people.

  2. Larry Giles says:

    Because Gods love is so strong and forgiveness such a key, we can find the good in everything. That’s why it’s “Good Friday”. Many bad things happen because there is evil in the world. Many things we think are bad, are really an event that makes changes where good comes from it. We are on this earth for such a short time, and as Christians, we believe the life after this one is the best one. Life eternal in heaven. No Pain, No Sorrow, No Suffering. So how can dying be really bad? I walk with Jesus everyday now, except when he carries me. I only wish I could share what a tremendous burden he lifts off me everyday it seems by believing in him and allowing the Holy Spirit to enter my heart. Yes, beware the 10 Commandments, but fear more the 7 Deadly Sins, as those can lead to non believing and a ticket to that fiery place. God doesn’t ask much, but it is pretty clear, and he gives you a choice. He even sends lay, ordinary people like me, with a life of sin and experience to share, to help you find the way. I will pray for you my friend. God blessed you with being a great lawyer. But beware of being led down the dark path. The choice will be clearer as time goes on, and your choice will be known by all as non-believers will denounce him. May God Bless you in your journey.

    • Feldman says:

      It is funny how Religion, and Christianity in particular use the concept of “Origin Sin” as a powerful tool to subjugate the masses.

      The concept that humans where “Born” with sin and will ultimately pass through Dante’s version of hell unless they strictly follow some teachings that were allegedly passed down by a Jewish Carpenter living in the middle east is laughable.

      “Many bad things happen because there is evil in the world. Many things we think are bad, are really an event that makes changes where good comes from it.”

      Evil? Changes where good comes from it?

      Try telling that to the 250 deaf kids that looked to a representatives of your faith to communicate/guide/demonstrate “Gods Love” and all your fairytales through the use of sign-language. I wonder how man good things will come from your “Embodiment of God’s Love on Earth” who was complicit in allowing the molestation of hundreds of innocent children.

      It never ceases to amaze me how an entire group of people can proverbially stick their collective heads up their asses in order to follow outdated teachings just to be told they will be cleansed of “Original Sin” by doing so.

      If only the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster would actively shield it representatives from lawful prosecution for molesting little boys, then all of the Catholics could use one hand to point their fingers at others, while using the other to pat themselves on their backs for knowing how to avoid Dante’s version of the afterlife without having to remove their heads from their asses…


  3. Sean F. says:

    Christianity is complicated. Technically speaking, Jesus isn’t only God’s son, he IS God himself.

    It’s “Good” Friday because when Jesus died, we supposedly were washed of our sins (presumably this includes original sin so we should have been returned to Eden, but I digress). I’ve discussed with scholars who say that Jesus (God incarnate) forgave his murderers and, as a result, forgave all of mankind for their sins (or affronts to God).

    Or so the story goes. I doesn’t really matter to me except in the historical/anthropological sense.

  4. tom F says:

    Jesus is like the wing man of sin.

  5. McKingford says:

    But 3 days after being nailed to the cross, Jesus emerges from his hole, and if he doesn’t see his shadow, there is no more winter…= “good”!

  6. How about “Why can’t I eat anything but fish?” day. Or maybe “Let’s just forgive Judas because he didn’t actually do anything he wasn’t supposed to” day.

  7. Hey, I heqrd you on NPR tonight. YOU ROCKED!

  8. blueollie says:

    Well, there are lots of college students who rent houses in my neighborhood. If I can say “Quiet! Show some respect for Jesus on Good Friday” I might actually get a night of peace and quiet (these are rather gullible students) :-)

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