Friday, April 14, 2006

What's so 'good' about Good Friday

Have you ever wondered why it's called Good Friday, since it's the day Jesus was crucified?
What could be so good about someone being nailed, hands and feet (or wrists and ankles) to a cross, with a crown of thorns, tortured until they died?

Isn't it a ghastly image, you might ask - George Carlin once said that he'd never want to be a part of any religion that had a guy hanging on a cross as it's logo.

Non Christians think it's really weird. A friend of mine in high school was distraught when someone saw her cross necklace and came up to her and asked,
"If Jesus died by firing squad, would you hang a MACHINE GUN around your neck???"
(my answer would have been yes). The method of death is not the issue, the cross is simply a reminder that Christ died for the sins of the world.

Yes it is a horrible image...that's the point.

Rather than good meaning something wonderful, I think for Good Friday it was meant to mean 'holy,' in early English.

If you'd like some more information on Good Friday, see the Wikipedia article.

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