Lent is just far enough into the year, where most if not all the new years resolutions went to crap. We usually either find ourselves cheating by now or in my case, I don’t even make them anymore. Lent gives us that second chance, its our redemption to the resolution failures. It’s our chance to give up something in our lives. Suppose to be something we enjoy though, a sacrifice for 40 days.
This year it starts on what’s called “Ash” Wednesday March 5, 2014. (For Catholics in the Eastern rite of the Church, Lent begins on Monday March 3rd.) If one follows through, it’ll last until Easter Sunday April 20, 2014. (Fun fact about April 20th- Hitler was born on this date, also shout out to all the chronics out there for 420.)
The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lenten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid, which literally means not only “Springtide” but also was the word for “March,” the month in which it usually falls on.
Growing up in a Christian household, I found it rather fun for some reason to give something up for the 40 days. I was taught from a very young age, I had to give something up, in respect to this Jesus guy who fasted during this time.
Most importantly, Jesus fasted and prayed for “40 days and 40 nights” in the desert before he began his public ministry (Mt 4:2). There was only a handful of times, where I would actually totally follow through, most years I cheated, but what I would call minor slips.
Jesus spent fasting in the Judean dessert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by the devil. However, different Christian denomination calculate the forty days of Lent differently. In most Western traditions, the Sundays are not counted as part of Lent since Sundays are always the weekly anniversary of the resurrection and exempt from fasting or abstinence from meat; thus the period from Ash Wednesday until Easter consists of 40 days when the Sundays are excluded. However in the Roman Catholic Church, Lent is now taken to end on Holy Thursday rather than Easter Eve, and hence lasts 38 days excluding Sundays, or 44 days in total. The Thursday before Easter is known as Maunday, or Holy Thursday, and is a day Christians commemorate the Last Supper shared by Christ with his disciples. The next day is Good Friday, on which Christians remember Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. 3 days later this magic man came back to life, Tada!! He’s back!!
My point of view has changed now from what it was as a child and young teen. The way its viewed by me now is the bible is filled with a lot of fun fairy tales, fables, some with great meanings behind them. Stories such as where Lent originated from, I just don’t buy into it at all. You can’t expect me to believe that a guy fasted in a desert for 40 days, was killed, then somehow came back to life days later. Its based upon a book, multiple people wrote, thousands of years ago in a language I don’t speak, translated and re written multiple times. I find it hard to fathom that the stories haven’t changed at all from the time written till now. Its like that game telephone you play in school. By the time the word or sentence makes it to the last kid its totally different, usually altered by the 2nd or 3rd kid in.
The Bible is based on forgiveness. Look at one of the first stories with gods other son Lucifer, he turned and never got forgave. Got sent to the lake of fire, what we all know as hell. I understand he probably never wanted to change, but I feel they never gave him a fair chance and didn’t put the necessary time into changing him .
In my opinion, Christianity has brainwashed millions of people right from childhood into following there sets of rules, based upon make believe. They set up these institutions worldwide for people to go to, teaching them that their way is the only way to live, if you don’t your going to hell. It’s a very closed mined mentality way of life, puts a lot of fear into us, very cult like. Not to mention supporting them financially usually costs about 10% of your total income or whatever denomination you decide to give.
They don’t pay taxes, they own massive amounts of land worldwide. According to Professor Ryan T. Cragun along with students Stephanie Yeager and Desmond Vega from the University of Tampa, ran some calculations and figured out they make $71 billion a year, worldwide. Weird how some pastors are living in multimillion dollar mansions, they live a very luxurious lifestyles. That’s no secret, I found multiple sources on the net exposing these guy’s.
It’s not all entirely bad though…. I guess, they do some good work for people around the world. People from that organization help feeding the less fortunate, building houses and schools.
I still have a spiritual side that I’ve been working on the best I can. I believe in a higher power. I think there is probably multiple gods of all sorts. I think there is a great place we all go after death, whether were good or bad. It’s possible some have a more difficult time transitioning if one does harmful, destructive things well they’re alive on earth. Just remember we’re just energy and it can’t be destroyed, only altered.
This year I have decided to participate in Lent. I believe its good to challenge ones self, helps build character. So as of Wednesday till Easter and hopefully even beyond, I’ll be giving up – Gluten, refined sugars and microwaves. I’ve been slowly cutting them out of my diet so it won’t be to big of shock when the time comes. Some real western world problems. It’ll be a challenge, but it’ll be nothing but a rewarding experience.
Although I may not agree with religion and most of the thing’s they are doing and have done in the past. It is fun participating in some of there crazy games. Challenge yourself often, Peace Out.
“The Christian Church is an encyclopedia of prehistoric cults.” – Friedrich Nietzche
“Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in my steps.” -Luke 9:23