To go outside the Jewish context, I try to imagine an Easter celebration which glorified the “render unto Caesar” teaching of Jesus by reveling in the agony of the crucifixion as a “good thing”, an “example to us all”, “God’s will manifest”, “patriotism”, etc.
Of course, this would be quite contradictory to the meaning of Easter whereas the meaning of the Seder seems to be entirely consistent with horrible tribalistic cruelty and inhumanity.
Perhaps someone can explain an oddity that I see in this practice of the Seder.
Much of the Torah was created at a time when every little tribe had its own god, and everybody understood that there were lots of gods, each jealous of the others (hence — have no other god before ME) and JWH was only one of many. And his cruelty toward non-Jews was state of the art for the times. A time seems to have come — but did it come to Jews? — when people began to believe that there was only ONE god, and he was universal, everyone’s god. Such a god — one imagines — would not justify wiping out one tribe’s enemies root and branch, and the “eye for an eye” idea is widely believed to mean “only an eye for an eye, not more” which seems to go against genocide and other jolly practices we read about in Torah.
If the Seder was invented (or at least passed along) by the revisionist rabbis who decided that Judaism was NOT any longer a Bible-based religion but, instead, a religion based on rabbinic teaching (which could and it is said did ignore much of the horror of Torah), then why was Seder preserved “as is” ?