Monday, April 25, 2011

What Easter Means to Me

"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there." ~Clarence W. Hall
I like this quote. Of course it will mean different things to different people. I like the symbolism of Easter. I personally believe that Jesus was at least a great teacher. I am open to the possibility that he may have been more than that. I might learn the truth of this mystery when I die. 
I do believe that there are many roads to heaven, salvation, enlightenment (whatever your chosen word for the highest achievement possible for the soul). Christianity may be one of those paths, but I'm not certain of that. It might also be the one and only path which leads to an eternal heaven. For me, personally, there is no way to know these answers on this earth. 
I am no longer concerned with my lack of solid faith. I am honest about my genuine and sincere efforts to understand as much as I can, my cynicism and doubt about any one religion's truth, as well as my inner sense of spirituality and hope. But that hope is not for an afterlife, or for a God that I can anthropomorphize, or for answers to the mysteries of life that I can understand. 
My hope is that we humans can see that no matter what is waiting for us on the other side, we have the opportunity right here and now to create a more loving and compassionate world. I like the symbolism of Easter. It means that the legacy of our lives, our words and our efforts in life do not end with death.