Did Jesus Really Die on a Cross?
April 28, 2007 2:15am CST
The cross is the one of the most recognizable religious symbol knowm to man. Millions revere it, considering it to be the sacred instrument on which Jesus was put to death. Roman Catholic writer and archaeologist Adolphe-Napoleon Didron stated:"The cross has recieved a worship similar, if not equal, to that of Christ, this sacred wood is adored almost equally with God Himself." Some say that the cross makes them feel closer to God.Others use it as an amulet, thinking that it protects them from evil. But should a Christian use the cross as an object of veneration? Did Jesus really die on a cross? What does the Bible teach on this subject?
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28 Apr 07
The bible clearly states that Jesus was crucified. The standard method of crucifixion was being tied or nailed to an upright pole with a crossbeam. The actual cross probably looked like a T instead of the cross we recognize today. It may have just been an upright pole, but more likely than not it had a crossbeam. Either way the cross is a symbol. It should not be worshipped, but reverred because of Christ. Christ's blood made it a holy thing. The symbol calls to mind the real cross, but it has no magical powers or anything like that.
28 Apr 07
Cruxifiction was a particularly brutal way of killing people. The Romans used it (Jews stonned people) as means of executing common criminals. Leaving out the Biblical references, there are some independent writers like Josephus who mentioned the crixifiction of one that was called Christ. From a theological perspective, its not so much his cruxifiction but what happened afterwards. From a personal perspective - who cares if he was cruxified on or not. What should matter is the message that he preached - that was Godly, regardless of your religion.