When I turned on my computer yesterday, I did the thing I always do--I went straight to Google News to see what was going on with the world. It was interesting to see how many papers waited until Easter to talk about scientific studies that have been going on for months. One was about a new theory trying to disprove people who have a near death experience and "see the light at the end of the tunnel"; and believe that it is heaven --according to their study there's a chemical in your brain that makes this happen. Another article was about CERN project and the quest to find the so called "God particle."
It seems yesterday was a special holiday for non-believers too; it's the day to celebrate the accomplishments of science, and how soon we will at last be able to disprove God.
If you want to get scientific about it, there's nothing that is going to prove the existence of God. The only thing that proves God is faith.
There may very well be a chemical in your brain that disproves people who have near death experiences see heaven or that there is a "God particle." None of that matters, however, because science can never disprove faith.
And faith is was made millions of people around the world gather to celebrate that thing called Easter.
I have seen a lot of Easter talk thrown around in recent days, for obvious reasons. Easter brings out the best in Christians--it gives them something celebrate and look forward to. It's a special day, no doubt.
But every time I hear the Easter talk thrown around, I can't help but be just a little insulted. How many people do you know that got raised from the dead? I know of only one. So why do we only take one day to celebrate this fact.
What gives with all this Jesus Christ raised today stuff? As a matter of fact, he didn't raise today! It happened around this time, sure. Why pick one day to tell all your friends and family that you believe a miraculous thing happened? Seems newsworthy enough to make sure everyone knows at every possible moment.
And if we're being honest, the most important Sunday isn't Easter at all. It's next Sunday. Because, for Christianity's sake, what's more important than Jesus raising from the dead is what happened after he rose from the dead--it's what people did with that news.
It's easy to go to church on Easter Sunday all dressed up and with a little extra joy in your step. But what happens next week? You just heard the best news of all Christianity--that Christianity didn't end at the cross, rather it continued because of it. Now what?