Thinking Out Loud

May 22, 2016

A Non-Christian Looks at My Faith

We had lost contact over the last decade, but I had been thinking about her just a few days ago. And then, in the grocery store parking lot, there she was.

The Christian bookstore was next door to a store where she worked part time. I would drop in periodically. My own context for being there created instant discussion.

Oh, did I mention that she is Wiccan?

I didn’t have a lot of experience with that particular religion, but I decided to just be myself and we got along well. See… Christians can have non-Christian friends.

So after catching up — sadly, I’d forgotten her first name — we started right back where we left off all those years ago; talking about faith. She has a lot of objections to Christianity of course, and I’ve never been afraid to tell her that I think she’s just looking for an out.

But the one she sprang on me Friday was a new one. Are you sitting down?

blank calendarThe changing date of Easter.

So of course the first thing I did was take the objection at face value. The date of Easter isn’t a theological problem. We remember Christ’s death and resurrection every time we have a Communion service. Catholics do this every time they attend Mass.

I then seized the opportunity to reminder her that Christianity is rooted in an historical fact, the life and death and resurrection of Jesus.

And she was willing to admit that Christmas was not the day that Jesus was born; at least probably not.

I also was willing to meet her half way when I mentioned there is a movement in Europe to standardize the dates of Good Friday and Easter.

Even then she kept coming at this date thing from different angles. “Usually it’s in April, but sometimes it’s in March;” she reminded me. Followed by, “How many times did this guy die and come back to life?” (Not sure I saw that one coming, either; nor do I get the logic.)

I simply used it as an opportunity to continue rhyming off why we can trust the Gospels’ record of Christ’s life and ministry.

And she agreed to track me down at some future date.

I hope it’s not ten years…

People will invent all types of excuses to dismiss the core tenets of the Christian faith. The problem of evil. Noah’s ark. The global flood. Talking donkeys. I have to admit that if I were writing the script, I would have left Balaam’s donkey out of the final draft.

But as excuses go, I thought the whole changing date of Easter thing was rather lame; but I think it’s an example of how people will use anything to avoid admitting the obvious: One man claimed to be equal with God, lived and taught in such a way that changed the world then and now, and kicked off a movement that shows no signs of slowing down. (Just to mention a few things.)

“…a person who denies spiritual realities will not accept the things that come through the Spirit of God; they all sound like foolishness to him. He is incapable of grasping them because they are disseminated, discerned, and valued by the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 (The Voice)




  1. Correct me if I’m wrong–or I’ll look it up and maybe correct myself–but the changing dates of Easter are because it coincides with the Jewish Passover, which is based on a lunar calendar and not a solar like what we use today.
    Bah, now I have to learn things (or refresh my memory about them at least).

    Comment by sonworshiper — May 22, 2016 @ 10:52 am

    • There we go. Easter is the Sunday following the first full moon following the vernal equinox (March 20th).

      Comment by sonworshiper — May 22, 2016 @ 10:59 am

  2. Some years it’s very close to Passover, and other years not so much.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 22, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

  3. I too have found the proposed fixing of Easter unsettling and view it as one more example of the hijacking of spirituality that man has done and then forced upon humankind for millennia.

    This decision makes religion seem made up, false, as if there is an ulterior motive behind the church. Personally, I believe there is: It is about money and control, that of a few over many.
    Easter will be fixed so that multinational companies can make their Easter candy predictably, This decision is about convenience and commerce. This is one modern example of the distortion and manufacturing of religion for profit that we can not pretend away.

    This makes people uncomfortable to face the lie and I’m not talking about your courageous Wiccan friend.

    Comment by MJ — May 22, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

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