DID JESUS REALLY DIE ON A CROSS - "Gu...
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bible student

United States

#1026 Jun 24, 2010
please people read the bible. jesus died on a stake. and god has a name and jesus is gods son. it tells us thru the whole bible. jehovahs name appears some 7,000 times in the bible before,during and after the new testament period to write the divine name.... right into the greek scripture."- biblical archaeology review. the first christians could read god's name both in their translations of the hebrew scriptures and in their copies of the christian scriptures. god;s name has been replaced by titles, such as "creator" "almighty" and "sovereign lord" TITLES.......... the vatican directive is aimed at eliminating the use of god's name this was i a letter dated june 29, 2008 to presidens of catholic bishops. a spokesman for the protestant-sponsored mew international version wrote " jehovah is a distinctive name for god and ideally we SHOULD have used it. the first century B.C.E. clearly show god;s name represented in the greek text by four hebrew letters(YHWH) JEHOVAH.
peter

Harlingen, TX

#1028 Aug 17, 2010
What Does the Cross Symbolize?
Long before the Christian era, crosses were used by the ancient Babylonians as symbols in their worship of the fertility god Tammuz. The use of the cross spread into Egypt, India, Syria, and China. Then, centuries later, the Israelites adulterated their worship of Jehovah with acts of veneration to the false god Tammuz. The Bible refers to this form of worship as a ‘detestable thing.’—Ezekiel 8:13, 14.
The Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John use the Greek word stau·ros′ when referring to the instrument of execution on which Jesus died.(Matthew 27:40; Mark 15:30; Luke 23:26) The word stau·ros′ refers to an upright pole, stake, or post. The book The Non-Christian Cross, by J. D. Parsons, explains:“There is not a single sentence in any of the numerous writings forming the New Testament, which, in the original Greek, bears even indirect evidence to the effect that the stauros used in the case of Jesus was other than an ordinary stauros; much less to the effect that it consisted, not of one piece of timber, but of two pieces nailed together in the form of a cross.”
Some ancient drawings depict the use of a single wooden pole in Roman executions
As recorded at Acts 5:30, the apostle Peter used the word xy′lon, meaning “tree,” as a synonym for stau·ros′, denoting, not a two-beamed cross, but an ordinary piece of upright timber or tree. It was not until about 300 years after Jesus’ death that some professed Christians promoted the idea that Jesus was put to death on a two-beamed cross. However, this view was based on tradition and a misuse of the Greek word stau·ros′. It is noteworthy that some ancient drawings depicting Roman executions feature a single wooden pole or tree.
“Guard Yourselves From Idols”
A more important issue for true Christians should be the propriety of venerating the instrument used to kill Jesus. Whether it was an upright single torture stake, a cross, an arrow, a lance, or a knife, should such an instrument be used in worship?
Suppose a loved one of yours was brutally murdered and the weapon was submitted to the court as evidence. Would you try to gain possession of the murder weapon, take photographs of it, and print many copies for distribution? Would you produce replicas of the weapon in various sizes? Would you then fashion some of them into jewelry? Or would you have these reproductions commercially manufactured and sold to friends and relatives to be venerated? Likely you would be repulsed at the idea! Yet, these very things have been done with the cross!
Besides, the use of the cross in worship is no different from the use of images in worship, a practice condemned in the Bible.(Exodus 20:2-5; Deuteronomy 4:25, 26) The apostle John accurately reflected the teachings of true Christianity when he admonished his fellow Christians with the words:“Guard yourselves from idols.”(1 John 5:21) This they did even when it meant facing death in the Roman arena.
First-century Christians, however, held the sacrificial death of Christ in high esteem. Likewise today, although the instrument used to torture and kill Jesus is not to be worshipped, true Christians commemorate Jesus’ death as the means by which God provides salvation to imperfect humans.(Matthew 20:28) This superlative expression of God’s love will bring untold blessings to lovers of truth, including the prospect of everlasting life.—John 17:3; Revelation 21:3, 4.
ADSR

Randolph, NJ

#1029 Aug 24, 2010
wow its a shame. i see in the big ball of confusion that only witnesses have the complete picture. sad state of affairs for the people who have so much faith in stuff that DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE. and atheists... all they can say is SPAGHETTI MONSTER!! it just shows how afraid they are to be wrong about something (meaning that they think the bible is wrong and they are to cowardly to look at it whole heartedly) and loss any face and not be "cool". you all are worshipers of things that rust and die. too too bad that your universe is a pointless explosion and implosion. every negative comment about God = another death bed plea. so short sighted! life will humble you very soon.
ADSR

Randolph, NJ

#1031 Aug 25, 2010
justme wrote:
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i'm sorry but that last sentnce 'THANK YOU LORD FOR THE BLOOD OF JESUS WASHING OVER ME' sounds like devil worship. sacrificing, washing in blood...it is one of the things that really turns me off from the christian religion. i just know i could never worship this way
hey good for you. i believe that those wacky forms of worship are designed to turn people off to the bible tho. i am not a Jehovahs Witness but the way they worship is respectable. most people have issues with the door to door service but mostly because they dont want their consciences bothered. they are only doing what it says true christians would be doing in "the time of the end". but my point is that you said 'look outside and worship', the only problem is that we cant really appreciate life too well with all the suffering and injustice. there is something poetic about you.. consider that i learned from the JWs that God has 4 main attributes listed in the bible: LOVE, POWER, WISDOM and JUSTICE. at close inspection this fact is worthy of our deep respect.-power without love is dangerous and justice is useless without wisdom. those qualities are also evident in nature around us when we consider how conditions are on other planets. it seems God has given ENDLESS possibilities to continue to improve our environment!! life is beautiful because God is. atheists will try to make you feel stupid but they have given you nothing. i dont mean to pressure one way or the other but stay open to decent information. take care!
Ricky

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1032 Jan 16, 2011
Lenny Bruce wrote:
Just think, if Jesus had died within the last 50 yrs. We'd all be wearin little electric chairs hanging on chains from our necks.
Awesome point! lol
The kid

Liverpool, Australia

#1033 Aug 14, 2012
Nice speach but Christ died on a tree or torchures stake. Do your homework!!!! Hanging the cross around your neck celebrates nothing except that your an idol worshiper originating from ancient Babylonian practices. Your blurb has done nothing but prove your lack of understanding of the bible.
mark

Union City, OK

#1034 Aug 14, 2012
bible student wrote:
please people read the bible. jesus died on a stake. and god has a name and jesus is gods son. it tells us thru the whole bible. jehovahs name appears some 7,000 times in the bible before,during and after the new testament period to write the divine name.... right into the greek scripture."- biblical archaeology review. the first christians could read god's name both in their translations of the hebrew scriptures and in their copies of the christian scriptures. god;s name has been replaced by titles, such as "creator" "almighty" and "sovereign lord" TITLES.......... the vatican directive is aimed at eliminating the use of god's name this was i a letter dated june 29, 2008 to presidens of catholic bishops. a spokesman for the protestant-sponsored mew international version wrote " Jehovah is a distinctive name for god and ideally we SHOULD have used it. the first century B.C.E. clearly show god;s name represented in the greek text by four hebrew letters(YHWH) JEHOVAH.
you lack understanding he died on a pole it was not a cross the creator is not a god man made him a god his name Is Yahweh he is not a god the oldest text is the dead sea scrolls it reads YHWH in short Yahweh his sons name is yahshua.the world has been deceived by satan and hell no his name is not jehovah all this info is in every king james that has a concordance and most concordances.the words lord god baal elohim were added to his name because the divine reverence of his name was believed to be to holy to be spoken so man made him a god the very thing he warns you not to worship a god and or gods...but most will not understand this because you have been brainwashed from children and satan has the world deceived rev 12/9.
Yahweh is not a god the creator is not a god.he is your heavenly father Yahweh.but again will you understand this no..why????????only very few are called and chosen to even understand the name much less how the biggest hoax ever played on man kind was the laws were nailed to a cross.and because no one keeps the laws we live in A sinful giant shit hole.
bgh

Phenix City, AL

#1035 Jan 23, 2013
The Bible was not written under Constantine. He lived 200-300 years AFTER Christ. Christ died in 33 C.E. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls included scripture such as Ten Commandments and some Psalms. These were dated to 1st century B.C
http://www.npr.org/2012/12/29/168223286/virtu...
Bev Jamison

Denver, CO

#1036 Sep 27, 2014
The bible is a book written by people and not inspired by god.
Jesus never existed.
Stop deluding yourselves.
Doctor REALITY

United States

#1037 Sep 27, 2014
Yes He did. And if He hadn't.......I would still be the same evil hopeless sinner that I was before I accepted Him. Just keepin' it.................REAL.

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