Exploring the human tradition of killing each other and killing innocent children in the name of God.

Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrated extensively throughout the world. It is said commonly that it commemorates the culmination of the Hebrew people’s enslavement by the Egyptians.

But what does the term really mean and what does it really refer to?

[From Wikipedia] In the story of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God inflicted ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves, with the tenth plague being the killing of firstborn sons. The Hebrews were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, hence the term “passover”.

Let’s break this thing down.

If you believe what most religious people believe, God created every single thing, creature and person in the universe. That, the largest blanket statement in history, would technically mean that he also created the Egyptians that are enslaving the Hebrews. Apparently, somewhere down the road he either stopped liking the Egyptians or started liking the Hebrews a little too much and began showing signs of “preferential treatment” which seems way too worldly a behavior for an infallible being, if you ask me.

In any event, this infallible being that is all mighty couldn’t just pluck his “people” out of harm’s way and place them in a safe environment; he had to get a representative (Moses) to go and first negotiate then threaten the Egyptian ruler with plagues and disaster.

If you have watched the Charlton Heston movie you know about the darkness, the frogs, the blood, the locusts, etc. But I want to concentrate in the whole “Pass-over” incident.

Urban comandos?

Again, this almighty God that sees everything and knows everything needed a worldly sign (namely the blood of a lamb) over the doors of everybody that was “in on it” so that their innocent first born children were not murdered in the middle of the night.

Even Santa Claus does a way better job at knowing who’s naughty and who’s nice without the need for blood signs over the door.

You see, my objective here is not to prove or disprove that there is a God (I’m sure I will tackle that one later) but instead is to show how clearly man made these “legends” and stories are and how effectively they have been used to scare entire communities into exodus, mass murder, war and all sorts of nonsense.

Please attempt for a second to put all your religious beliefs aside and as a reasonable person, analyze the story of the Hebrew emancipation from the Egyptians. If you were to hear the story without all the “divine intervention” embellishments you would probably conclude that the “Pass-over” events could very well describe a covert operation of a military nature or simply a revolt.

What seems to be more factual than the rest of the story is that Egyptian kids (or any other without blood on their door) were killed in the middle of the night in order to scare the Egyptian ruler into “releasing” the slaves.

God, as we have been led to believe, is as intolerant, vindictive and ultimately evil as the ones that created the idea of God, no surprises there.

Am I exaggerating? Well, to better answer this question let’s fast forward to “good Friday” 33 AD.

[From Wikipedia] Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by adherents to Christianity commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Golgotha.

To summarize, there’s this guy Jesus running around the streets telling people that he’s the son of God and that they should not hate each other (including their “enemies”) or stone women to death because they like sex.

Again, we’re not talking about whether Jesus existed (there is some historical evidence he did) or not nor whether he is of a divine nature or not.

Crucify him!

What I am discussing is how the religious leaders of that time, should have been involved in the commemoration of “Pass-over” and instead were consumed with the lynching of some “do-gooder” that was gaining a little too much notoriety.

One would assume that the leaders of these people that were so thankful for having been liberated by this murder-a-bunch-of-innocent

-kids-at-night God to grant them freedom, would not be eager to commit yet another first-born assassination in the name of religion. One would be wrong.

Anyway, the joke was on them. The Christians then countered with the legend of resurrection that turned Jesus into even more of a rockstar and gave Christians plenty of “moral authority” to kill some more people later in history.

I know what some people are going to say, this is an attack to the Jewish religion. Spare me. This is a swipe at all organized religion and hopefully an approximation to an intelligent look at how these stories and legends are manipulated into beliefs then into crusades and finally into war, violence and murder.

Think, ask questions and demand answers. Religion wouldn’t be nearly as destructive as it is if people had a critical approach to it and practiced it with the responsibility found in other disciplines.


19 thoughts on “The Passover-Good Friday connection

  1. Not to argue or discount your personal beliefs but your argument that G-d loved the Jews more than the Egyptians assumes that the Egyptians believed in the same G-d. That was the whole crux of the matter wasn’t it? A people, the Hebrews had adopted the idea of one G-d and asked that one G-d for help to be freed from bondage.
    It wasn’t preferential treatment it was a matter of belief. They believed in Him, asked for deliverance from bondage and was granted it, if the Egyptians had believed in the G-d of the Hebrews, the story would not have progressed past Mosses changing his staff into a serpent.
    Whether you believe in G-d or not it does make for some interesting discussion. AJ

    1. By the way, what’s the deal with the G-d thing? Are you like forbidden from writing the actual word? Just curious.

  2. Dear AJ,

    Thank you for your comment. Let me introduce you to a concept, we agnostics use a lot, it’s called sarcasm. My post is filled with it.

    When I say: “Apparently, somewhere down the road he either stopped liking the Egyptians or started liking the Hebrews a little too much and began showing signs of “preferential treatment” which seems way too worldly a behavior for an infallible being, if you ask me.”

    I’m referring to how the orthodox Jewish like to refer to themselves as the “chosen” people.

    The whole argument is that if GOD created everyone, he/she would have no reason whatsoever (specially being infallible and all) to choose or prefer anybody.

    The entire “story” of Passover is an attempt to make something mundane (as political or civil struggle) appear Divine and that is what I’m criticizing.

  3. I for one back you up here, keep telling it like it is. Since breaking from the religion inculcated upon me by well-intending parents, I have often wondered how people can so readily accept Judeo-Christian or Islamic monotheism. I think it’s because as Joseph Campbell said, “Mythology is what we call other people’s religion.” There is a failure in Christianity to turn the analytic eye back onto the faith because doubt is anathema to it as a belief system. People are cowards, fearful of undermining their weakly formulated dogmas.

    But like Voltaire said: “Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.”

      1. Thank you. I always enjoy hearing people like you that just repeat what you are fed by your religious leaders. It’s refreshing.

      2. Oh, come on. I don’t know what’s so refreshing about the comment. Now you’re just echoing what I said, and I’m certainly no intellectual. The “you repeat what your religious leaders say” insult only works if I quote a Bible verse to point out why you sound like a theological moron.

      3. And Todd, you DON’T sound like a moron at all. By the way, religious fanatics have a lot of trouble understanding sarcasm.

    1. I will pray for you to find the truth B4 it’s too late. JESUS DOESN’T FORCE ANYONE INCLUDING YOU, BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU. No matter what you do or say, it doesn’t change His love for you.

      1. It’s always funny to read your comments. I write about and analyze with logic a fairy tale you have been fed and without exception, the most fundamentalists of you, turn it into a personal attack on me and my character.
        I don’t need any saving because I’m not doing anything wrong. I don’t need to be forgiven because I’m not operating against anybody. You can pray for me all you want but don’t come tell me that “I need to repent”.
        Carry on with your little crusade and save your blessings and prayers for someone who wants them.

        As Melvin Udall says: “Lady, go sell crazy somewhere else, we’re all stocked up in here”.

  4. Todd: There’s absolutely zero shame in deferring to the intelligence of others when their words make perfect logical sense. Of course that is something that people riding in on high horses always overlook and undermine without offering anything productive during the discussion. It’s easy to tear down another person’s argument, it is far more difficult to actually penetrate their understanding, which although different – may well be as valid as one’s own. I admonish trying it sometime rather than flinging around flimsy insults like a child.

  5. Con toda mi humildad, yo quiero decirle algo y que me preste de su atención.-
    Yo no voy a intentar convencerlo de nada, mi única intención es si ud puede oír completamente esta conferencia:
    [audio src="http://www.casadeoracionmexico.com/sanantonio/Armando%20Alducin/tdi-TemasDeImpacto/tdi-04-DiosYLaExistenciaDelMal.mp3" /]
    Si al final el Señor hace algo sobrenatural en su vida, no endurezca su corazón por favor .

  6. In Exodus 12:38 it says, “A mixed multitude went up with them when they left Egypt. There were Egyptians who had come to believe in the one, true Creator God, and they chose to go with Israel. God wasn’t against Egyptians, as it is clear He tried time after time to lead them to repent and admit He is the only true Creator God! Israel was chosen to take the message of God to the world, including Egypt, and they instead rebelled and rejected the Messiah. In Galatians 3:29 it says, “if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heir’s to the promise. Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour is spiritual Israel.
    My friend, I can show you a prophecy that proves that Jesus was the Messiah, and that He was anointed precisely on time, just as the Bible predicted almost 500 years in advance!
    Jesus already came as Messiah, and He is coming again, the second time, very soon! He said, “When you see earthquakes, the sea and the waves roaring, famine, pestilence, the nations angry, and the gospel of Him coming to save every person who will choose to listen and accept Him, going to the whole world, know that He is coming soon, even at the door…
    It’s time to wake up friend! You may think you’re right, but it doesn’t change who God is. He will not torture sinners forever as many ministers teach. The wages of sin is death, and the only way to have eternal life is through Jesus Christ.
    Check out halos.com for proof of God’s existence, and look up the 2300 year prophecy and study it out B 4 you deny any longer. God is a loving God, but He cannot tolerate sin. He has to secure His universe.
    I am absolutely certain God loves you, and He has changed me for the good. The greatest witness for the gospel is a changed life! Can’t argue with that!

  7. The blood on the doorposts is symbolic of the blood of Jesus Christ who saves us from eternal death! Without this protection, you will not have eternal life!
    There were some Egyptians in the houses of the Israelites that night, and they were spared right along with Israelites.

  8. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

    1. Oh well, that clarifies everything, doesn’t it?
      Most of you fundamentalist Christians think the bible is an acceptable excuse to not use your brains.

  9. Joy: “The blood on the doorposts is symbolic of the blood of Jesus Christ who saves us from eternal death! Without this protection, you will not have eternal life!” Wow. And Exodus happened, what – at least a few generations before Christ was born? (if, y’know, you believe all the stuff they ret-conned onto the Jesus story after the fact so that he appeared to fulfill the prophecies you mention). Yet the blood was a symbol of the blood of Christ. That must have been confusing to the Hebrews since they’d never heard of Christ (what with him not being born yet and all).

    The first rule of creating a believable story is keeping it internally consistent. You can break all the rules of science we have in the real world – unicorns, faeries, wizards, flying monkeys, whatever – as long as you don’t violate the rules you set up for the world you create. Inconsistencies destroy the verisimilitude (or at least the “willing suspension of disbelief”) and take the reader right out of the story. In other words….FAIL on that whole blood on the post equals blood of Christ thing (which you totally made up).

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