There is no God. The Absence of God: The Absurdity of the Christmas Story

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Absurdity of the Christmas Story

Seeing that today supposedly marks the 2011th anniversary of the birth of our savior, we take some time to talk about the Christmas story, or rather, how absurd it is. Because they are both too easy to lambaste and ridicule, we will ignore the idea of the "virgin birth" and the story where Jesus rose from the dead. 

The story goes that "For God so loved the world that he have is one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) to redeem us for the "original sin", which was when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. This story has many elements that are irrational or even simply foolish. Why did the people at the time of Christ have to be redeemed because of what two people did thousands of years before? Nobody, even the people in the Bible, are able to change the past. So essentially, God is blaming the human race for

This "sacrifice", if it can be called that, is probably the most ridiculous part of the Bible. Not just any, book, but the Bible, which is filled with illustrious tales of men named Jonah living in whales and women having babies in their old age. But so why does God need to be sacrificed to for forgiveness, ignoring the fact that the people are being forgiven for something they didn't do, if he loves us so much?

Thirdly is the issue of who is being sacrificed. Although the idea is preposterous, just say that God requires a sacrifice. So why is he sacrificing his only son? Especially to himself? And if God is so omniscient and omnipotent why can't he get more sons, instead of complaining about how he only has one? The idea is that for us to be forgiven in his eyes, God needed to give his son to the world, and then let him be killed. So really, this doesn't hurt anyone, because the thirty or so years Jesus was on Earth must be a very short time in God's eyes, so Jesus most likely wouldn't be missed in heaven. Yet it is portrayed in the Christian faith that God suffered so much for us by sacrificing his son. But wouldn't be God be glad to be reunited with his son after his son's Earthly adventure? Besides Jesus didn't in any way punish the human race, or at least according to the Bible. So we are led to believe that we need to redeem ourselves, so God has us benefit in a host of different ways, and supposedly suffers greatly so that he can forgive us. Why would anyone need to suffer so that a person or people that they think need to be redeemed can be, in their own eyes? That's right, they don't. This is one of the major absurdities of the Christmas story.

So, as my colleague described earlier, we don't have to be religious to celebrate Christmas, because today it really is a secular holiday. There is no reason to deny ourselves and our families gifts when everyone else is giving them to each other, regardless of whether or not the reason for giving is foolish. The fact is that in America, Christmas is a cultural, not a religious holiday, so it can be celebrated by atheists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus alike. So, this Christmas, you don't need to be the only family on the block without Christmas lights if you don't want to, and you don't have to refuse to partake in gift-giving, because it doesn't prove anything as long as you remember that at heart, you are an atheist.

Reasons Greetings and a Merry Hitchmas to all!

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