|Today is "Good Friday." What's good about it, according to Christian mythology, is that Jesus Christ, our lord and savior, died for our sins. He sacrificed himself to atone for sins which we inherited from our ancestors Adam and Eve. "To cover the sin of Adam and Eve, the blood of an innocent lamb [Jesus Christ] was shed." (Genesis, 3:21) |
So, a perfect being -- an ideal embodiment of man -- was sacrificed on a cross to atone for sins that he did not commit in order to atone for sins that we did not commit, but "inherited" from our mythical ancestors, Adam and Eve. Is this the embodiment of justice? Is this what we are to consider "good" and must honor by closing down businesses on the Friday before Easter?
Quoting Rand, "A sin without volition is a slap at morality and an insolent contradiction in terms: that which is outside the possibility of choice is outside the province of morality. If man is evil by birth, he has no will, no power to change it; if he has no will, he can be neither good nor evil; a robot is amoral. To hold, as man’s sin, a fact not open to his choice is a mockery of morality. To hold man’s nature as his sin is a mockery of nature. To punish him for a crime he committed before he was born is a mockery of justice. To hold him guilty in a matter where no innocence exists is a mockery of reason. To destroy morality, nature, justice and reason by means of a single concept is a feat of evil hardly to be matched. Yet that is the root of your code.
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"What is the nature of the guilt that your teachers call his Original Sin? What are the evils man acquired when he fell from a state they consider perfection? Their myth declares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge—he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil—he became a moral being. He was sentenced to earn his bread by his labor—he became a productive being. He was sentenced to experience desire—he acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment. The evils for which they damn him are reason, morality, creativeness, joy—all the cardinal values of his existence. It is not his vices that their myth of man’s fall is designed to explain and condemn, it is not his errors that they hold as his guilt, but the essence of his nature as man. Whatever he was—that robot in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love—he was not man.
"Man’s fall, according to your teachers, was that he gained the virtues required to live. These virtues, by their standard, are his Sin. His evil, they charge, is that he’s man. His guilt, they charge, is that he lives.
"They call it a morality of mercy and a doctrine of love for man."
"Good" Friday? No! The proper name for it is "Black Friday"!