In natural terms, Jesus of Nazareth is the teacher or leader of the
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
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', the fiftieth day, there are the
'firstlings of the ideological crop', the new converts who are supposed to
adhere to the doctrine and to spread the 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 extremist, 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 an improvement just like that, a Day of Belief
in God and Devil, of Hoping for the Blessed Best, of Bodyless Love.
And it could all be much worse, if we take substance in a little bit
A Day of the Flood might, then, be a substantive Christian festival as well.
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, you no doubt
know, 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 two other places it states that 'the waters prevailed upon the Earth an hundred
and fifty days'.)
More importantly, thinking back to the Flood God is reported to have said:
"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 40 is the number) postdiluvian believers in the
Flood will have a better reason for celebration: a Pentecost of Supreme