The BBC asked their listeners what Easter means to them. From the nation that originated Christian world Missions, the responses are a mosaic of perspectives in a post-Christian age.
“A nice long weekend.”
“Hot cross buns that are cold.”
How The World Views Easter
“I’m not religious but I do know that Good Friday is the most solemn day in the Christian Calendar, the day of the Crucifixtion. It is supposedly a day for contemplation Easter Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, a day for rejoicing and celebration.”
“As for the meaning of Easter, we ignore that. Our spiritual needs are well catered for by the splendor of the coastal scenery, the movement of the sea and communion with nature at its best. We marvel at the hand of physics rather than the hand of a godhead.”
“A break from the futile grind.”
“Myth and mirth.”
“Easter means nothing to me and the rise in the commercialism of Easter is alarming. As for my plans, I’m an auxillary nurse and will be working.”
“I long since gave up on religion, any religion, having found by reading, research and self examination that I do not, and cannot believe in any of the various stories and books held out as proof of a Divine God or Heavenly spirit, or whatever you want to call it.”
“I was brought up as a Catholic but Easter has no religious meaning to me anymore. Like Christmas it’s turned into a commercial enterprise and everyone feels that they have to buy Easter eggs.”
“As a Christian by birth & an atheist by choice, Easter is a complex set of experiences.”
Hope Or Hype
“Easter gives me the hope that our sins have been forgiven through the cross and when we die we can have eternal life with Jesus. Can genuine hope exist without Easter? If the only comfort left is the promise of chocolate and two days off work then what hope is that?”
“I can’t wait for Jesus to reappear. Isn’t it time?”
“As a Christian I am gratified that after 2000 years He still provokes a reaction. After 2000 years, the man, the cross and the book are still the most significant symbols that have ever been. He lived, he died, He rose again.”
“In my book I like to think of Easter as a time to celebrate the rebirth not of Christ , but of the countryside – plants, trees, animals all recovering from winter.”
“Garage clear out weekend and get the garden furniture up!”
“I spend Easter in astonishment that God, yes GOD, who came in human form, should take upon Himself every human misdeed ever committed – past, present and future. Then He took the punishment for it, so that we could be reconciled with Him forever. The debt of all human sin was paid. Why did this have to happen? Only God knows the full meaning, but He did commission 66 books to tell us how He loves us so very much and wants us just to love him back.”
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Easter is definitely a time to pause & reflect on the newness of life. I always take the time to notice the tiny buds on the trees, the pussywillows sprouting, and bathe in the longer days of sunlight. Yet, all of this means nothing if Jesus had not died, risen, & conquered the grave. Life can give rise to new beginnings but we can only truly experience the fullness of this idea when we realize that it is Christ who has given us our new life.