But anyway, often on Good Friday, I recollect a conversation I had many years ago, when I was in college, with a devout Christian classmate regarding this wonderful holiday. Since this happened many years ago, I obviously do not recollect it verbatim, but the conversation went something like this:
Christian Classmate: We don't wish each other "Happy Good Friday" and we don't 'celebrate'; it is not a festival!
Me: Oh really? But it is a holiday, so thought . . . .
Christian Classmate: It is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross . . .
Me: Oh, so it is like Moharrum where they mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussain?
Christian Classmate: No no what are you talking about.
Me: OK, hmm, but very weird, why do you call it "Good" Friday then, you know, it was the day Jesus like died and all . . .
Christian Classmate: No no, but He came back from the dead after three days so it is Good Friday!
Me: That's not logical is it, I mean the day He comes back from the dead would be a 'Good' day, but the day he dies has to be bad! I mean you don't even celebrate it as a festival because it was the day he died, wo why the hell do you call it 'Good' then! You should call it Lousy Friday!
Christian Classmate: No, no, it is Good Friday because He died for our sins!
Christian Classmate: Yes, he died on the cross for our sins, hence it is Good Friday!
Me: But that's absurd, you have a god who bcomes a scapegoat so that you can sin!
Christian Classmate: No no, he washes our sins by dying on the cross!
Me: Yikes. Why the hell does a god need to die to wash your sins! I mean he's a god, he can just cancel off your wicked karma or something can't he?
Christian Classmate: Oh don't ask me all these difficult questions, I don't know. Look, I need to leave early this evening going to church to pray and all. Bye!