“Good Friday” wasn’t so good for Jesus of Nazerath, because it was the day he was beaten, tortured and then had spikes driven through his feet and wrists to nail him onto a crucifix where he was left to die in agony. I don’t see a damn thing good about it.
One thing that’s good, he at least can’t be blamed for creating Christianity. That was a Roman piece of work. The Jewish slaves of the Romans took up the worship of Jesus as a son of their god and then their masters began to accept this new faith. Finally Christianity became so widely accepted that the priests of the various Roman gods gave up, “converted” to Christianity and claimed to be the ones that this god spoke through. They literally highjacked the religion from the Jews. From there they made up all sorts of lies about Jesus and saints and holy popes and all manner of crap, much of which they borrowed from their old pagan practices. Like Christmas. Jesus was born in the summer, actually. Christmas is a pagan holiday.
This is how and why the Roman Catholic Church came to power. Those priests, in succeeding centuries, caused the deaths of many thousands, if not millions of people through their crusades and inquisitions, in their attempt to dominate the world using religious terror and control. A lot like the following religion:
About 600 years after Jesus passed away, Mohammed came along and purposely created a new religion, Islam, and made sure that he was worshipped as it’s prophet. Countless millions of people have been tortured and murdered in the name of Islam and still are.
The problem with religions is that they kill people. They push their beliefs onto people and usually do so very aggressively, although Islam currently holds the title of Most Aggressive. Islam is deliberately that way and has been since it started, but the rest have been perverted by the priests, who control them, from the original teachings of the people they’re based on.
Buddhism was started by a guy named Siddhartha Gautama about 600 years before Jesus came along. His teachings are much the same as Jesus’s were, about living in peace and finding truth. It was the Roman priests who took Jesus’ teachings and the early books written about him, sorted through them for what they liked and called that bunch The Holy Bible. There’s a lot of early scripture detailing the life of Jesus that most people have never read because the priests don’t want you to know the stuff that conflicts with their bullshit.
Some religions are pretty peaceful, like some kinds of Paganism, although they can get carried away too, getting into sacrifices and bloody practices. Basically the problem with all religions is that they always lead to conflict, disagreement, bitterness, death, outright war.
Religions started as fear of the dark, fear of death, things that go bump in the night. Too bad they didn’t stay like that, we would have a lot less of sucking our wallets and purses dry and a lot less to fight about.
It baffles me how we can smugly tell our kids that the Tooth Fairy will leave money for that tooth and that Santa Claus brings gifts, when we know that it’s all silly fantasy, then turn right around and suck up the same sort of make-believe ourselves as being real.
Believing in a deity is fine. Claiming that your deity is the only, the One True Deity, and your faith is the only One True Faith and that there is life after life and you don’t get to share in that unless you bow down before the effing priests and swear that you believe…
now, that’s a load of crap.