Tuesday, 03 April 2012

Was Jesus Christ Nailed to a Cross?

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Was Jesus Christ Nailed to a “Cross”?

This month’s current event article is related to a common search on our website in regard to the origin of the cross. Was Jesus Christ nailed to a two member timber frame forming a cross? The Bible and history does not support Christ’s crucifix on a two-member beam that forms a cross. The New Testament of the Bible teaches that Christ died on a stake or pole. Most of Christendom believes Jesus Christ was crucified on a two-member timber frame forming a cross. The origin of the cross has pagan background. Christians who want to take Jesus Christ seriously should consider the true meaning behind the cross.

Jesus_Crucified_on_a_StakeThe cross is mentioned in the New Testament King James Version of the Bible 28 times. In Strong’s Concordance the word cross from the Greek language was Stauros. Stauros means an upright stake. [1] The Roman Empire used cruxification as a form of punishment for criminals which was done on a stake or pole. [2] There are some historical cases of an “X” form of punishment, and some in a “T” shape, but the most common was a single pole or stake. The Bible says a stake was used to crucify Jesus Christ.

The cross symbol has become a Christendom sign to denote Christianity. But the Bible suggests that this form of worship is wrong. The cross dates back to pagan worship long before Jesus Christ. Ancient Egyptian religions worshiped the Sun-God for in whom a cross was displayed as a sign of the symbol of life. It was Christendom that inherited the pagan idea some four hundred years after Christ’s death.

Like so many other inherited pagan ideas, Christendom misled people, and people accepted ideas causing false worship. Consider the economic value of cross jewelry and cross artifacts and souvenirs. The crucifix was a torture method on Jesus Christ. How do we suppose Jesus’ Father Jehovah sees the idea of his torture being displayed throughout Christendom? Scripture says to remember his death by taking the bread and wine. “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:26) We take on Jesus' death inwardly as we are baptized into it, but we do not adorn ourselves outwardly by wearing a non-accurate symbol.

Consider the true meaning behind the cross and worship Jesus Christ with heart and mind. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30)

[1] http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G4716&t=KJV
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion
[3] www.albatrus.org/english/religions/pagan/was_jesus_crucified_on_cross.htm 1/10
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