Today is Good Friday, observed worldwide by Jesus buffs as the day on which the popular, bearded cultural figure, sometimes referred to as The Messiah, was allegedly crucified and - according to legend - died for mankind's so-called sin. Today kicks off a
holy weekend that culminates on Easter Sunday, when, it is widely believed, this dead
savior - who also, by the way, claimed to be the son of a sky-dwelling, invisible being known as God - mysteriously
rose from the dead.
According to the legend, by volunteering to be killed and actually going through with it, Jesus saves every person who has ever lived - and every person who ever will live - from an eternity of suffering in a fiery region popularly known as hell, providing - so the story goes - that the person to be
saved firmly believes this rather fanciful tale.