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Death on the Cross!

Did Jesus die on the Cross for our sins?

Who is Jesus Christ?

(peace be upon him)

Jesus was the name of Mary's son. (Luke 2:21). Jesus of Nazareth is Christ (Messiah). The word “Christ” is not a name but a title. It is a translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah”, meaning “anointed”. The Greek word for “anointed” is Christos from which we get the word Christ. Kings and priests were “anointed” when being consecrated to their office. The Holy Bible confers this title even on a heathen king Cyrus. (Isaiah 45:1). Jesus claimed to be Christ after his baptism at the hands of John the Baptist. The Jews did not accept his title but the Muslims accept Jesus some Christ.

Jesus said:"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (The NIV Bible, John 14:5-7)"

"that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (The NIV Bible, John 3:15-17)"

The Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

Saint Paul writes:1 Corinthians 15:3 (New International Version)

3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

We are not born in sin!

When Adam dolve,

and Eve Span,

Who was then

the gentleman?

The Doctrine of Atonement and Original Sin

In Adam’s fall

We sinned all

The Christians say that they were born in sin. They say that the first human being, Adam, sinned, and through him sin entered the world; since sin entered the world, it corrupts everything, including every newborn baby. Could that possibly be true ? Can anyone follow that logic ?Let the Christians think about that for a moment. Would the just God blame them for a sin they never committed ? Which judge would condemn people for crimes they never committed ?Can human beings be condemned before they do anything ? Would God hold them responsible for what someone else did? Definitely not! We cannot imagine such false ideas about God. He is Just.

Adam ate the apple, and

Our teeth still ache.

You are not born in sin!

You are not responsible for others sin. You are not punished for others sin. Everyone is responsible for his / her 0wn sin. Adam and Eve were responsible for their sin, which had also been forgiven by God. You are responsible for only your own actions. You cannot sin until you do something wrong. And you certainly could not have done wrong before you were even born. God holds you  responsible for what you do, and He does not blame you for what the first human being did. But even after you do wrong, God is always willing to forgive.

God loves to forgive

God is full of loving kindness, And He loves to forgive. He is willing to forgive. God wants us to know about His love. He wants us to know the truth about Him so that when we turn to Him we know to Whom we are turning. This is so obvious isn’t it.

We don’t need any confession box

God is willing to forgive anyone who turns to Him and seeks forgiveness. This means that if a person does something wrong, he or she can still turn back to God and God would forgive, if the person is sincerely prepared to give up that sin. Isn’t refreshing to know ? Isn’t wonderful to know that even if we lived a whole life of sin but we decide today to change our lives and obey God. He would forgive us this minute ! And that’s just between us and God. We don’t need any confession box, and we don’t need anyone to suffer for our sins. Can we resist the loving  kindness that God is offering us.

The Doctrine of Antonement contradicts the Bible itself

The Doctrine of Antonement was accepted by the church three to four hundred centuries after Jesus left the earth and it is against the teachings of the Bible:

Children put to death for their fathers

2 Kings 14:6 (New International Version)

6 Yet he did not put the sons of the assassins to death, in accordance with what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses where the LORD commanded: "Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sins."

Son's can not be killed for their fathers' faults?

The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him. Ezekiel 18:20

But the sons, and even suckling infant babies, were put to death in the Bible’s verses!

30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. Jeremiah 31:30 (New King James Version)

Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor”. 1 Corinthians 3:8 (New King James Version)

Jesus says: 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (New King James Version).

Death by the sin of Adam

2 Chronicles 25:4 (New International Version)

4 Yet he did not put their sons to death, but acted in accordance with what is written in the Law, in the Book of Moses, where the LORD commanded: "Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sins." Deuteronomy 24:16 (New International Version)

16 Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.

All children are born without sin

Everybody is born without sin and all children belong to the kingdom of heaven. The Bible proves it: 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 (New King James Version)

Salvation!

Perhaps one of the worst and most serious contradictions that exist in the Bible is this one, because it is about Salvation!

 "But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself. "Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, HE WILL SURELY LIVE because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself." ( The NIV Bible, Ezekiel 3:19-21)"What saves the Bible followers? Righteousness alone?

Mercy or sacrifice?

Jesus’ death on the cross opposes Jesus’ own teaching:

13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:13 (New King James Version).

7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. Matthew 12:7 (New King James Version).

The Christian belief opposes the Bible’s teachings

6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
      And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 (New King James Version)

Salvation through commandments or Cross ?

   16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
17
So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:16-17 (New King James Version).

As against the teaching of Jesus Paul claims that salvation can only be obtained through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Salvation with bloodshed !

The perfection of Adam and inheritance of Sin is inconsistent with the Bible:16 “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin. Deuteronomy 24:16 (New King James Version)

2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Matthew 7:2 (New King James Version)

18As for his father,
      Because he cruelly oppressed,
      Robbed his brother by violence,
      And did what is not good among his people,
      Behold, he shall die for his iniquity.

19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he shall surely live. 20The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Ezekiel 18:19-20 (New King James Version)

The necessity of bloodshed for forgiveness

is also inconsistent with the Bible

13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”Matthew 9:13 (New King James Version).

6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
      And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 (New King James Version)

5 For His anger is but for a moment,
         His favor is for life;
         Weeping may endure for a night,
         But joy comes in the morning.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
         And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
         You do not delight in burnt offering.
 Psalm 30:5, 51:15-19 (New King James Version)

God is Most Merciful and Forgiving. His mercy and justice can be reconciled without bloodshed.

Sacrifices by Israelite or by Abraham are irrelevant to the concept of the ”Crucified God” .God never dies and the death of one man can not atone for all mankind.

Was Jesus(pbuh)crucified ?

The Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross and resurrected. They say that Jesus himself said that he will rise from the dead: 46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, Luke 24:46 (New King James Version)

Suffering is often exaggerated in the Bible and termed”dead”. Paul confirms it by saying:

31 ”I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily”. 1 Corinthians 15:31 (New King James Version)

The fact is that nobody saw the moment he was resurrected. They found the sepulchre, where Jesus was laid down, empty and made the conclusion that he was resurrected because the disciples and other witnesses saw him alive after the alleged crucifixion. It was actually the hearsay of the disciples, apostles and other witnesses.

How to get the eternal life?

Jesus Christ’s own testimony guides us on the right path leading towards the eternal life. He in befitting humility addresses God as “the only true God “, and he himself has been sent as a “messenger of God.

Jesus said: ”Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”. John 17:1,3 (New International Version).

16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good?
No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments. Matthew 19:16-17 (New King James Version)

The Jews and the Christians want to kill Jesus on the cross

It is a bitter fact that both the Jews and the Christians want to kill Jesus on the cross. Despite of their discords, they are at one that Jesus died on the Cross. The Jews maintained to have killed Jesus on the cross and consequently portrayed him to be false in his claim to prophethood. Christians believe in the crucifixion necessary for their redemption of sin and consequently have to accept the accursedness of Jesus, too.

Who is the “eye-witness” to the Crucifixion?

They all forsook Him and fled”

But unfortunately there is not any ”eye-witness” to the happenings because at the most critical juncture in the life of Jesus all his disciples forsook him and fled. The story of his death on the Cross is based on the hearsay evidence. “One eye-witness is better than ten ear witnesses”.

50 Then they all forsook Him and fled. Mark 14:50 (New King James Version)

A Young Man Flees Naked

Mark 14:51 (New King James Version)

A Young Man Flees Naked

51 Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him,

Nobody saw the the alleged crucifixion

The fact is that nobody saw the moment he was resurrected. They found the sepulchre where Jesus was laid down, empty and made the conclusion that he was resurrected because the disciples and other witnesses saw him alive after the alleged crucifixion. It was actually the hearsay of the disciples, apostles and other witnesses.

God’s shattering reply to the Jewish boast!

Did Jesus die on the Cross?” is a hot-bed of controversy between Christians and Muslims. The Muslims insist that God saved Jesus from death on the Cross because the Jews attempted to kill him on the Cross in order to render him accursed. God delivered him from the accursed death and took him up.

(Holy Qur’an 4:157)   And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him - they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him.

The death of Jesus on the Cross is not sustained by convincing evidence from the Gospel and in fact, there is a convincing evidence that Jesus did not die on the Cross.

Paul taught the resurrection

Paul never saw Jesus, but the modern Christianity is not a teaching of Jesus but of Paul.

It was Paul who taught the resurrection. Paul admitted himself that the resurrection was his gospel:

18 Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this babbler want to say?”
Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. Acts 17:18 (New King James Version)

Where is Paul’s Gospel?

8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, 2 Timothy 2:8 (New King James Version).

He was also the first who declared Jesus as Son of God:

20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Acts 9:20 (New King James Version).

No Cross No Christianity

Paul nails the law and the commandments to the Cross.

14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:14 (New King James Version).

1 Corinthians 15:14 (New King James Version)

14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

Paul gave a new belief which contains that there is nothing that Christianity can offer mankind, other than the blood and gore of Jesus. He insists that if Jesus did not die on the Cross, and was not resurrected from the dead, then there can be no salvation in Christianity and Christianity and its preaching become totally useless. It means that NO CROSS, NO CHRISTIANITY at all. The death of Jesus on the Cross is the centre of all Christian Theology.

14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 1 Corinthians 15:14 (New International Version).

Salvation through commandments or Cross ?

   16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
17
So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:16-17 (New King James Version).

As against the teaching of Jesus Paul claims that salvation can only be obtained through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The story of Crucifixion/crucifiction in the Gospels

The writers of the Gospels or the disciples of Jesus were not eyewitness to the Crucifiction.”They all forsook him and fled”(Mark 14:50). So this story is made from hearsay. Jesus wanted to establish the ”Kingdom of God” to fulfil prophecy.

The Coming King

    9 “ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
      Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
      
Behold, your King is coming to you;
      He is just and having salvation,
      Lowly and riding on a donkey,
      A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9 (New King James Version)

Jesus made his triumphant royal entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey.

   11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Luke 19:11 (New King James Version).

5 “ Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘ Behold, your King is coming to you,
      Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
      A colt, the foal of a donkey.’

6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him[
b] on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“ Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’[
c]
      Hosanna in the highest!”

Matthew 21:5-9 (New King James Version)

Heavenly or earthly kingdom ?

Jesus was going to establish the ”Kingdom of God”. Was it Heavenly or earthly kingdom ?

The Triumphal Entry


The King of Israel!

12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
 “ Hosanna!
‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’

      The King of Israel!

(John 12:12-13)

37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:
 “
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!
      Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Luke 19:37-38 (New King James Version)

19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!” John 12:19 (New King James Version)

Every event shows that Jesus was going to establishment the ”earthly Kingdom of God”.

Kill my enemies, who did not want me to reign over them, before me

27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’” Luke 19:27 (New King James Version)

31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. John 12:31 (New King James Version)

Jesus (pbuh) overthrew the money-changer’s tables and drove them out with a whip of cord

Little wonder that Jesus was tempted physically to oust those that bought and sold within the temple precincts. He overthrew the money-changer’s tables and drove them out with a ”whip of cord”.

15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. John 2:15 (New King James Version)

Luke 19:11 (New King James Version)

The Parable of the Minas

11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.

John 12:31 (New King James Version)

31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Every event shows that Jesus was going to establishment the ”earthly Kingdom of God”.

Kill my enemies

who did not want me to reign over them, before me

The gentle Jesus was the prince of peace” according to the Christians. But he prepared his people for Jihaad, Jews against jews.

27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’” Luke 19:27 (New King James Version)

31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. John 12:31 (New King James Version)

Jesus “the prince of peace”?

Matthew 10:34 (New King James Version)

Christ Brings Division

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.

Luke 12:49, 51 (New King James Version)

Christ Brings Division

49 “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

51 Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.

Jesus overthrew the money-changer’s tables

and drove them out with a whip of cord

Little wonder that Jesus was tempted physically to oust those that bought and sold within the temple precints. He overthrew the money-changer’s tables and drove them out with a ”whip of cord”.

15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. John 2:15 (New King James Version)

One man should die and not the whole nation

The Jewish leaders reasoned that this one man (Jesus) had almost brought the nation to destruction. Therefore, ”

50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” John 11:50 (New King James Version)

It was not expedient to apprehend Jesus in public. They waited for the opportunity of a clandestine arrest.

Jesus and Jihaad (Holy war)

Jesus didn't want to be arrested by the Jews. He prepared his disciples for Jihaad. The disciples were already armed with sticks, stones and swords:

Luke 22:38 (New International Version)

38The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords."
      "That is enough," he replied.

If this was a preparation for war, then why should two swords “enough”? The reason is that Jesus was not contemplating a battle against the legions of Rome. Since his friend Judas was in league with the Temple authorities, he was expecting a clandestine, underhand attempt by the Jewish oligarchy to seize him. It would be a question of Jews against Jews. In such a battle against the Jewish temple servants and the riff-raff of the town, he would prevail. Of that he was sure He had with him Peter (the Rock) and John and James (the sons of Thunder) together with the other eight, each vying with one another to go to prison for him, to die for him.

Matthew 26:35 (New King James Version)

35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”
And so said all the disciples.

They had a reputation of Zealotism, terrorism, and repeated insurrections against the Romans. Armed with the sticks and stones, and the swords, and fortified with the spirit of self-sacrifice which they had avowed for their Master, he was sure to knock the hells into any Jewish rabble that dare accost him.

He lead his platoon, into the middle of the night, Gethsemane (It was an alive press, a courtyard built of stoneswalls, just 5 miles out of the town).

But the situation became very serious because the coup was failed. Now, as the price of failure, he had to bear the wrath of the powers.

Peeling onions with swords?

The swords were not spiritual? The only purpose of swords is to maim and to kill. People don't peel onions with swords.

Matthew 26:51 (New King James Version)

51 And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

Jesus deployed his forces

They didn't go to Gethsemane to pray. They went the Garden so that they might be in better position to defend themselves.

He placed eight of the eleven disciples at the the entrance to the courtyard.

Matthew 26:37-38 (New King James Version)

37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

Jesus didn't want to pray but he was making an inner line of defence and that's why he had put eight of his zealous Zealots with swords at the Gate-to keep guard.

Sleeping for sorrow

Luke 22:45 (New King James Version)

45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.

Under the shock, stress and fear the adrenal gland secretes a hormone into the bloodstreem-nature's own injection-which chases away all sleep.

Why were the disciples slumbering? It is quite impossible to sleep in these circumstances. The situation was very grave. There were the cries, wailing, sobs and sorrows in abundance on the lips of Jesus from Jerusalem to Gethsemane, which would shock and alert to wakefulness any un-ebriated person.

This theory of men”sleeping for sorrow” is unique and unbelievable!

The Jewish leaders found a traitor (Judas)

The Jewish leaders were lucky enough to find Judas, an elected disciple of Jesus (pbuh), a traitor, who would sell his Lord and Master for thirty miserable pieces of silver. He was not the greed of gold but he was disgrunted. He schemed. The suspicious behaviour and the furtive looks of Judas had revealed everything to Jesus. At the Table in the upper-room where Jesus and disciples were having that ”Last Supper”, Jesus dismissed Judas with the words:

He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do

quickly. John 13:26-27 (New King James Version).

Jesus miscalculated the situation

Jesus was sure that his disciples will resist his arrest after their enthusiastic demonstration in the upper room but they didn't. And the Jews were also more wily than he had thought. They brought with them the Roman soldiers.

John 18:3 (New King James Version)

3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

The Christians translators play hide and seek with their Bibles!

a detachment of troops” was actually “the Roman cohort”, as mentioned in other Bibles just like “New American Standard Bible” as below, but the Christians translators play hide and seek with their Bibles. This is the manipulation of the Bible.

John 18:3 (New American Standard Bible)

3Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

A price for failure

Jesus' disciples had been assuring him to die for him and to go to jail for him (Matthew 26:35), but they forsook him and fled(Mark 14:50).

Now Jesus was helpless, becausethe sabre-ratting in the Garden had proved abortive and the march on jerusalem had also fizzed out. He had to pay the price for his failure. The Roman soldiers, with heavy hands, dragged him from Gethsemane to Annas, and from Annas to Caiphas as directed by the Jews, for trial and excution. Caiphas was the High priest, at the head of the Sanhedrin, a Religious board of Jewish deputies. His prejudice against Jesus can be imagined by his recommendation to his council, even before the hearing:

John 11:50 (New International Version)

50You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."

Jesus was manhandled and buffeted towards his doom. He had to be liquidated because it was better for Jesus to die and not the whole nation.

His trial was a farce. The Jews had mustered up false witnesses to testify against Jesus. But they could not get two to agree:

Mark 14:59 (New King James Version)

59 But not even then did their testimony agree.

Jesus remonstrated and claimed in defending himself that he expounded no secret or esoteric doctrines:

John 18:20 (New King James Version)

20 Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.

Jesus protested:

John 18:23 (New King James Version)

23 Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?”

They could not incriminate him legally. The High Priest had to interject with a side thrust asking Jesus:

Mark 14:61-62 (New King James Version)

Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
62 Jesus said, “I am.

Word “Christ” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah”, which means “anointed2 or “appointed” one. The word “Christ” is not equated with God. So it was nothing blasphemous or treasonable in the simple avowal of Jesus. In Jews theology God seems to have sons by the tons in the Jewish Bible. But by hook or crook they would have Jesus convicted and done away with. They falsely charged that Jesus had blasphemed, which is like treason in the spiritual realm. Their verdict was quick and unanimous.

Mark 14:63-64 (New King James Version)

63 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?”
And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death
.

But without the Roman consent, they could not hang him:

John 18:31 (New King James Version)

31 Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.”
Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,”

They took Jesus to Pontius Pilate. When Pilate come to know that Jesus is Galilaean, he sent him to Herod (Luke 23:7). After a fruitless attempt to elicit co-operation from Jesus, Herod sent him back to Pilate.

The Jews had condemned Jesus of blasphemy. A man claiming to be God. This would not hold water before Pilate. He had his countless man-gods, e.g Appollo, Jupiter, Pluto, Vulcan, Eros, Mars, Neptune, Zeus etc. One more like Jesus or one less would not make any difference to him.

The Jews were this fact. They changed their charge from blasphemy to treason. They were accusing now in a different style:

Luke 23:2 (New King James Version)

2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

They invented the new meanings of the word “Christ”, viz,”a king”. To present Jesus some a challenge to thei Roman overlords.

This charge was absolutely false. Contrary to it Jesus had announced regarding taxation:

Matthew 22:21 (New King James Version)

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Pilate got the message and his wife also sent him a message under the trial.

Matthew 27:19 (New King James Version)

19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”

Pilate asked Jesus:

John 18:33-36 (New King James Version)

33 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

Jesus proved to him that his kingdom is a “spiritual kingdom” and he is not any danger to the State. He was on no collision course with Rome.

Jesus' own words ”My kingdom is not from here” satisfied Pilate. He went to the waiting Jews and delivered an unequivocal verdict:

I find no fault in Him at all”

John 18:38 (New King James Version)

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.

Pilate was sure that Jesus was an innocent and harmless person.

The Jews tried to blackmail him saying:

John 19:12 (New King James Version)

12 From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.”

Pilate couldn't prevail against Jewish pressure and he was forced to give in to the Jewish clamour of “

The Jews cried out “Let Him be crucified!”

Matthew 27:20-24 (New King James Version)

22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”

I am innocent of the blood of this just Person”

24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person.[a] You see to it.

Jesus told the Jews that they were culpable for this unjust crime. And he handed Jesus over to be crucified.

Didn't Jesus open his mouth?

Many Christians claim that Jesus didn't open his mouth as it was told before:

Isaiah 53:7 (New King James Version)

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
      Yet He opened not His mouth;
      He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
      And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
      So He opened not His mouth.

Did Jesus utter the following sentenses without opening his mouth?

How did he say to before the Sanhedrin:

John 18:23 (New King James Version)

23 Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?”

How did he explain to Pontius Pilate:

John 18:36 (New King James Version)

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

How did he pray to God:

Matthew 26:39 (New King James Version)

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

Did he dabble in ventriloquism?

Crucifixion

Crucifixion is a system, which was invented to produce a slow lingering death. But the Romans developed it for fast death and disposal, and another for a slow death and disposal. In the case of the fast method the legs were broken and the victim had expired by suffocation within the hour.

The Jews were in extreme haste to have Jesus done away with. There were trials again and again. They managed to have Jesus on the Cross by the 6th hour (by 12 noon) By 9th hour(by 3 o'clock)he had given op the ghost-he had died(?).

The Jews were in a hurry again to bring Jesus down the Cross. Why? Deuteronomy 21:23 (New King James Version)

23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.

Death on the cross is an open proof that Jesus was a false prophet

To believe in his death on the cross is to discredit his prophethood. It is an open proof that he was a false prophet and accursed of God according to the Bible:

5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst. Deuteronomy 13:5 (New King James Version).

The Bible says about the imposter prophet:

And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death.

22 “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God. Deuteronomy 21:22-23 (New King James Version).

 

Was Jesus an imposter?   

Jesus was a claimant to prophethood, but the Jews regard him as an imposter. They want to kill him on the Cross to prove that he is an accursed. His crucifixion negates his truth.

Jesus prays for rescue

Matthew 26:37-39 (New King James Version)

37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

Jesus didn't cry to to save his skin. He was protesting against his nation's (Jews) attitude, who were trying to kill (would-be Messiah or Christ) him to give a sure proof of his imposture. For God Almighty will never allow his truly ”anointed one” (Christ) to be killed. Only en imposter has to be died:

Deuteronomy 18:20 (New King James Version)

20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’

Hence the Jews carried on insisting the eternal rejection of Jesus as their promised Messiah (Christ). Jesus tried to evoke sympathy in the hardest of hearts with the blood-curdling cries and lamentations.

Jesus was protesting and resisting. It shows that he was not destined to die for the sins of mankind. He was not ready to get himself hanged to redeem mankind from the Original Sin and their actual sins.

Jesus heartfelt prayers and blood-curdling cries

Luke 22:44 (New King James Version)

44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Jesus knew nothing about his sacrifice (crucifixion)!

The above mentined verses show that Jesus knew nothing about the contract for his crucifixion, being prepared by God for his vicarious atonement to redeem mankind before the foundation of the world (as the Christians claim). Jesus was most reluctant to die. He was crying, complaining and lamenting.

Why was Jesus crying on the cross?

Jesus was disappointed and highly depressed. He was crying.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46 (New King James Version)

Jesus didn,t want to die on the cross and he prayed to God to remove the cup of death from him. 41 He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:41-42 (New King James Version)

Jesus teaches that ask, and it will be given to you: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? Matthew 7:7-10 (New King James Version)

God accepted Jesus’ prayer not to die on the cross

He besought God for help on the cross and God accepted his prayer not to die on the cross. His prayers were heard i.e. answered in a positive way by God.

 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, Hebrews 5:7 (New King James Version).James confirms: ”The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”. James 5:16 (New King James Version).

An angel appeared to Jesus , strengthening Him

An angel appeared there and he assured him that God would not leave him helpless

43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. Luke 22:43 (New King James Version)

His legs were not broken by Roman soldiers

The Roman soldiers found Jesus innocent and they wanted to save him. They pronounced his death: 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. John 19:32-33 (New King James Version).

Blood and water came out immediately ?

If Jesus died on the cross, his blood would clot and no blood would gush out of his body when his side was pierced.

34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. John 19:34 (New King James Version). It is clear that Jesus was alive on the cross.

Was Jonas alive in the belly of the whale?

When the learned men among the Jews – the Scribers and pharisees asked Jesus for a sign of his true mission he answered:

40 . no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:39-40 (New King James Version)

The sign of the Prophet Jonah

15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:15. 17 (New King James Version). 10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Jonah 2:10 (New King James Version). 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journeyin extent. Jonah 3:3 (New King James Version).

Jonah was alive when he was vomited out of the belly of the whale. In thev same way Jesus was also alive when he was out of the sepulchre.

Jonah was alive when he was thrown into the sea and in the belly of the whale. In the same way

Jesus was also alive when he was on the cross and when he was laid down in the sepulchre.

If Jonah was alive for three days and three nights, then Jesus also ought to have been alive in the tomb as he himself had foretold (Like Jonah and not unlike Jonah).

Good Friday

Jesus was crucified on Friday according to the Christians and it is the reason that they celebrate “Good Friday”at Easter. They believe that the death of the Christ on the Cross on this day has washed all of their sins.

The Jews worried, hurried and buried!

The Jews were in hurry to eliminate Jesus because he became the public's hero. They were in a hurry to hang him on the Cross and to bring him down from the Cross before sunset on Friday because of the Sabbath, which starts at about 6 p.m. On Friday. The reason was that the Jews were warned in Deuteronomy 21.23 that the victim on crucifixion was an “accursed of God”and was not permitted to remain hanging on the Sabbath day. To satisfy the religious scruples of the Scribes and Pharisees the “secrets disciples” of Jesus took down the body from the cross. They gave the body the Jewish burial. bath plastered with” one hundred pounds weight of aloes and myrrh” (John 19:30) and then placed the shrouded body into the sepulchre before night-fall. The sepulchre was a big, airy chamber, 5 feet wide by 7 feet high by 15 feet deep (“The Day Christ Died”, written by Jim Bishop). It was not a grave.

 

Time factor

Jesus remained one day and two nights in the tomb(Friday night+Saturday day+night) and not 3 days and 3 nights like Jonah because it was “before sunrise” on Sunday morning, the first day of week, that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found it empty. So Jesus could not fulfil his promise to the Jews regarding the length of time (he had to remain in the tomb for three days and three nights as Jonah did, but he failed to fulfil the time factor and remained there one day and two nights only)

Jonah, a “vicarious” sacrifice

Jonah offered himself as a “vicarious” sacrifice. There was no need for stranging him before throwing him into the sea, no need to spear him or break his arm or limb:

Jonah 1:12 (New International Version)

12 "Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied, "and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you."

 

Alive, alive, alive!

When the shipmaster and the crew threw him overboard, he was alive and not dead.

He was alive, when a fish swallowed him:

Jonah 2:1 (New International Version)

Jonah's Prayer

1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.

It is clear that Jonah was alive, because dead men don't cry and don't pray.

The fish took him around the ocean alive for three days and three nights and on the third day it vomited him alive on the seashore.

The Jews, Christians and the Muslims believe that Jonah was alive.

Like Jonah or unlike Jonah

If Jonah was alive for three days and three nights, then Jesus ought to have been alive on the Cross and in the tomb as he himself has foretold:

Matthew 12:39-40 (New International Version)

40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

But Christianity hangs Jesus til death for its salvation. So it has to answer that why was Jesus dead for three days and three nights. If Jonah is alive and Jesus is also alive, it is like Jonah, but if Jonah is alive and Jesus is dead, it is unlike Jonah.

Jesus said that he was like Jonah(as he was alive on the cross and afterward), but the Christians say that he was unlike Jonah because he was dead for three days and three nights.

Who is telling a lie? Surely Jesus cannot tell a lie as he is sent by God. There cannot be any contradiction between his utterance and its fulfilment. So he was alive to fulfil his prophecy.

Who is misleading the Christians? Who is deceiving them?

Mary Magdalene & Jesus

Mark 16:9 (New King James Version)

Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord

9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.

Mark 16:1 (New King James Version)

Mark 16

He Is Risen

1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.

 

Do the Christians/Jews massage dead bodies?

1 The Hebrew word for anoint is ”masaha”, which means to rub, to massage, to anointe.

The Jews, Christians or Muslims don't massage their dead bodies after 3 days, as she wished. She was the only person besides Joseph of rimathe´a and Nicodemus who had given the final rites to the body of Jesus. She knew that Jesus was alive. In fact she wanted to take care of Jesus.

She was taken aback when she found on arrival that somebody had already removed the stone and the winding sheets(shroud) were folded up inside the tomb. His secrets disciples had done it. Mary started crying. Jesus was watching her crying.

Jesus was disguised as a gardener

Jesus was disguised as a gardener. because he was afraid of the Jews. He didn't die. If he had died then he would not be afraid anymore. Because a resurrected body cannot die twice.

Hebrews 9:27 (New King James Version)

27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

Jesus asked the crying woman :

John 20:15 (New King James Version)

15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me
where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

She used the word “him” i.e a live person (for a corpse the word “it” is used).

Jesus was alive.

The following are some of the arguments to prove that Jesus did not die on the Cross:

John 20:17 (New King James Version)

17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

Jesus himself stated that he didn’t die on the cross.

 1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. John 20:1 (New King James Version). She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.
14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “
Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17
Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:13-17 (New King James Version)

Jesus said: ”Do not cling to Me, (perhaps because the fresh wound would heart him) for I have not yet ascended to My Father”;(It means that he was still alive, not dead yet, because if somebody dies, then he goes back to the Creator. This was the strongest proof admitted by Jesus himself.

Doubting Thomas

John 20:25 (New King James Version)

25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

Jesus commanded “doubting Thomas” to put the fingers into the print of the nails to assure him that he is still alive.

John 20:27 (New King James Version)

27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

In the upper room

Luke 24:36-37 (New King James Version)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.

The disciples were terrified for all their knowledge about Jesus' death on the Cross, was from hearsay. They thought that he was dead and buried.

a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

Luke 24:39-40 (New King James Version)

39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.

To assure them that he was alive he ate before them.

Luke 24:41-43 (New King James Version)

41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.[a] 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

 

Was Jesus raised up to heaven?

Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand

   19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19 (New King James Version).

But how can we trust on these above mentioned verses because these verses (Mark 16:9-20), announcing Jesus’ Ascension are expunged in certain Bibles ! (see the Revised Standard Bible, the New American Standard Bible, the New World Translation of the Holr Scripture etc.).

God had raised Jesus up to heaven

(according to the Holy Qur’an)

[4:157]   And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him - (Qur’an 4:157)

[4:158]   Instead, GOD raised him to Him; GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.(Qur’an 4:158).

Other Prophets were also raised up to heaven

If the Christians believe that Jesus is divine because he was raised up to heaven, why don’t they accept other prophets as divine who were also raised up to heaven ?

Enoch was taken by God to heaven

(according to the Bible)

24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:24-25 (New King James Version).

5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”;[a] for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5 (New King James Version).

Elijah went up into heaven

(according to the Bible)

11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 2 Kings 2:11-12 (New King James Version).

Who were they? Were they also Gods?

Hearsay!

The story of Crucifixion is made from hearsay because all had forsaken Jesus and fled. (Mark 14:50) Therefore the writers of the Gospels or the disciples of Jesus were not eyewitness to the Crucifixion. There contradictions reveal it:

Find the facts?

Contradictions in the New Testament

None of the four Gospels was an eye-witness to the crucifiction. Gospels writers were not even Jesus' disciples. Their editing is therefore mere hearsay. Their evidence is based on second-hand reporting. In their reportings there are so many discrepancies, which discredit the crucifixion.

The Gospels testimony about the Crucifixion is at variance. It is the law of all courts of the world that when witnesses are at variance their evidence cannot be relied upon.

 

Who approached Jesus?  

The Centurion approached Jesus, beseeching help for a sick servant. (Matthew 8:5-7)    

 The Centurion did not approach Jesus.  He sent friends and elders of the Jews.(Luke 7:3 & 7:6-7)

Who bought the Sepulcher?

Abraham:

Acts 7:16 (New King James Version)

16 And they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem.

Andrew followed Jesus first and then he went and informed Peter. John 1:40-42

How many angels were within the sepulcher? 

(Two or one?)

John 20:11-12 (New King James Version)

Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord

11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Mark 16:5 (New King James Version)

5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

How many persons were talking?

(one or two?)

One person was talking Mark 16:6

Two people talking. John 20:13

How many days ? 6 or 8 ?

Jesus took Peter, James and John up the mountain six days (Matthew 17:1)

 (No ! ), Eight days (Luke 9:7) after he told them that they will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.

Did Jesus taste wine mixed with myrrh or vinegar?

He tasted it. Matthew 27:33-34)

He did not take it. (Mark 15:23).

At what time was Jesus put on the tree?

The sixth hour. (John 19:14-169

It was the third hour(Mark 15.25).

Did darkness engulf the whole world?

There was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. (Mark 15:33).

until sixth hour.(Luke 23:44).

 

Where did Jesus first appear to the eleven disciples?  

In a room in Jerusalem.  Luke 24:32-37                     

On a mountain in Galilee. Matthew 28:15-17

Where did Christ ascend from?

 From Mount Olives.  Acts 1:9-12          From Bethany. Luke 24:50-51

Where did Jesus Christ preach his first sermon ?

Christ preached his first sermon on the mount.  Matthew 5:1-2 

Christ preached his first sermon in the plain. Luke 6:17 & 20

what did Jesus instruct  his disciples to take?  

Jesus instructed his disciples to wear sandals and take a staff on their journey. (Mark 6:8-9)

Jesus instructed them not to take a staff, not to wear sandals. (Matthew 10:10)

What color was the robe the blessed Jesus was put in?

And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him. (Matthew 27:28).

And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe. (John 19:2)

Has anyone ascended up to heaven?  

Elijah went up to heaven: "And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven."  2 Kings 2:11 "

No man hath ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man."  John 3:13

He asked for help, saying his daughter was already dead. (Matthew 9:18)   

Are we saved by works as well as faith? 

No. Ephesians 2:8-9           yes.( James 2:24)

To baptize or not ?

Jesus  said Clearly "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them…"28:19 

 Peter taught it also. "and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also -- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." 1 Pet. 3:21

it’s a contradiction because Paul said : ” For Christ sent me [Paul] not to baptize but to preach the gospel" 1 Corinthians 1:17

Simon carried the Cross

Who shouldered the Cross?

Luke 23:26 (New International Version)

The Crucifixion

 26As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.

Jesus carried the Cross

John 19:17 (New International Version)

The Crucifixion

    So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).

Did Judas hang himself?

Matthew 27:5 (New International Version)

5So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Judas fell headlong and all his intestines spilled out

Acts 1:18 (New King James Version)

18 (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.

Did Judas hange himself or he fell headlong and died?

How did his intestines spill out just by falling on the ground?

Jesus sat on a donkey and her colt at the same time!

Matthew 21:1-7 (New International Version)

Matthew 21

The Triumphal Entry

 1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."
 
4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
 5"Say to the Daughter of Zion,
      'See, your king comes to you,
   gentle and riding on a donkey,
      on a colt, the foal of a donkey.' "

 
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.

Jesus sat on the colt only. Poor colt!

Mark 11:2-7 (New International Version)

2saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.' "
 
4They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5some people standing there asked, "What are you doing, untying that colt?" 6They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7
When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.

Jesus sat on the colt. Would that there were ”Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals”!

Did they return home beating their breasts?

Yes. (Luke 23:48-49)

Other gospels give no account of this matter.

Are these contradictions the words of God?

These are very small samples of thousands of other contradictions. There are still dozens and dozens of more contradictions which are important and relate to key issues of doctrine.

The Bible says:”For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book”.

19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.( Revelation 22: 18 – 19).

Such grave contradictions in only one incident affirm that these assertions are nor from God. The witnesses whose “evidence” Christians not only believe, but insist on making others believe too, have no basis from what we have examined above to stand on. No sound judge will accept these statements as foundation for decision since they are wrong. It is evident that Christians claims on these matters are false.

Was Jesus a spirit ?

Were the disciples seeing a ghost?

St. Mark says that the most critical juncture in the life of Jesus was that his disciples forsook him. They all fled. (Mark 14:50).

They were not eye-witnesses or ear-witnesses to the alleged crucifixion.

The only knowledge they got about Jesus was from hearsay. They had heard that Jesus was hanged on the Cross and was buried after giving up the ghost over there. That was the only reason that When Jesus returned to the upper room after his alleged crucifixion, his disciples were terrified on recognizing him. They thought that they were seeing a ghost, although he didn't look like a ghost. It was only fear in their minds.

They were mistaken.They thought that jesus was not same in his real

body but spiritualized. Why did they think that? It was because Jesus said according to the Bible that the resurrected bodies are spiritualized. They are equal to angels. ” 34 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. Luke 20:34-36 (New King James Version).

Jesus reasoned with his terrified disciples and tried to convince them by letting them touch his hands and feet, that he was the same person. As they could not believe him yet , he asked for meat to show them that he is still like any living individual.

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

In other words he is trying to prove them by all his demonstrations: if I have flesh and bones, then I am not a ghost, not a spook and not a spirit. He was explaining to them that he was not a translated, metamorphosed or resurrected body, because a resurrected body is a spiritualised body. He was emphasizing that he is still alive and he didn't come back from dead.
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.[
a] 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here? 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.” Luke 24:36-42 (New King James Version). Jesus was trying to prove that he didn't die on the cross and he was still alive!

On the Cross or on the tree?

Acts 5:30 (New King James Version)

30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.

Galatians 3:13 (New King James Version)

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),

Acts 13:29 (New King James Version)

29 Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.

 

Jesus was alive on the Cross and in the tomb!

(according to the Bible) 

Jesus was never killed nor was he crucified as alleged by the Christians and the Jews. Jesus was alive and there are crystal clear evidences in the Bible about his life.

1: Jesus wanted to remain alive. He was reluctant to die. Therefore he defended himself to repel the Jews.

Matthew 26:39 (New King James Version)

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

2: He prayed to God with strong crying and tears to keep him alive.

Luke 22:44 (New King James Version)

44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

3: God “heard” (it means God accepted) his prayers to keep him alive.

Hebrews 5:7 (New King James Version)

7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,

4: God sent an angle to strengthen him. It was to an assure from Heaven that God will save him.

Luke 22:43 (New King James Version)

43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.

5: Jesus should be saved alive and no harm should come to him was told to Pilate's wife in a dream. It was a scheme to keep Jesus alive 6: Pilate didn't find Jesus guilty. It was a good reason to keep Jesus alive.

John 18:38 (New King James Version)

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.

7: Crucifixion was a system to produce a slow lingering death. Jesus was fastened and not nailed to the Cross. He was still alive. Because He was on the Cross for only three hours. In a hurry they brought him down from the Cross. No man could die by crucifixion in such a short time. It helped to save Jesus' life.

In Philippine every year so many Christians hang themselves and are nailed on the cross to celebrate Easter, but they do not die like Jesus Christ.

8: Jesus' two other “crossmates” were also alive just like him on their respective crosses.

Jesus' legs were not broken.

John 19:33 (New King James Version)

33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.

It made all the differences between life and death. They could be of benefit if the person is alive otherwise intact bones mean nothing for a person who is already dead. Jesus could use his legs as a living person.

9: Jesus was alive, When the spear was thrust. The flow of his blood and water was instantaneous. It was a sure sign that Jesus was alive.

John 19:34 (New King James Version)

34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

10: There was thunderstorm, earthquake and darkening of the Sun all within 3 hours to disperse the sadistic mob and to enable his “secret disciples” to help him to keep him alive.

11: They hurried and buried Jesus.

Deuteronomy 21:23 (New King James Version)

23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.

12: Pilate knew from experience that no man can die so soon by crucifixion . He suspected that Jesus was alive. He marvels to hear that Jesus was dead.

Mark 15:44 (New King James Version)

44 Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time.

13: Jews doubted Jesus' death and they suspected that he had escaped death on the cross. They were thinking that he is still alive.

14: They put Jesus in a big, airy roomy chamber to keep him alive.

15: Stone and “winding sheets” were removed to keep Jesus alive.

16: He told that he was not dead by saying in idiom of the Jews. “ I am not yet ascended unto my Father(God).

John 20:17 (New King James Version)

17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

18: Jesus was ever in disguise to protect his life.

19: Jesus was not resurrected, not spiritualized . He was alive. Therefore he took only short trips.

20: Jesus had escaped death by the “skin of his teeth” so he never showed himself to his enemies.

21: Jesus forbade Mary Magdalene to touch him as it would hurt his wounds. He was alive.

 

22: Mary Magdalene was looking for Jesus who was alive, because she had seen the signs of life before. Therefore she was not afraid on recognizing Jesus.

23: All of Jesus' disciples' knowledge about the “crucifixion” was from hearsay. That was why they were terrified seeing Jesus alive in the upper-room. They could not believe that Jesus was alive.

Did Jesus die on the Cross?

Jesus didn’t die on the cross according to his own statement. Jesus said:

John 20:17 (New King James Version)

17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

Do not cling to Me, (perhaps because the fresh wound would heart him) for I have not yet ascended to My Father”;(It means that he was still alive, not dead yet, because if somebody dies, then he goes back to the Creator. John 20:13-17 (New King James Version). He told that he was not dead by saying in idiom of the Jews. “ I am not yet ascended unto my Father(God).”

The angles confirm Jesus' life

Angles revealed that Jesus was alive.

Luke 24:23 (New King James Version)

23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

The men around the table testify that Jesus is alive

Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

Luke 24:4-5 (New King James Version)

4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?

Luke 24:23 (New King James Version)

23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

Mary Magdalene testifies that Jesus is alive

Mark 16:11 (New King James Version)

11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

Alive, alive, alive!

Food is only necessary for a living person. Jesus ate food A gain and again. He testified that he was alive.

Luke 24:30 (New King James Version)

30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

Luke 24:36-43 (New King James Version)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

The disciples were terrified and frightened

They were not eye-witness. They left Jesus in agony.

Mark 14:50 (New King James Version)

50 Then they all forsook Him and fled.

They had heard that Jesus was dead.

Luke 24:37 (New King James Version)

37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.

Jesus showed his body to Thomas

John 20:26 (New King James Version)

26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”

John 20:27 (New King James Version)

27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

Jesus demonstrated his physical, material body to convince Thomas that he is alive.

Luke 24:40 (New King James Version)

40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet

There are only two ways left for the Christian. They can either refuse Jesus' crucifixion and believe that he was protected from death on the Cross. This way, the prophecy of Jesus is proved true that his miracle came to true: If he did not die on the Cross can his prophecy be fulfilled. It was God's decree that Jesus should survive. Who is there to obstruct God's plan?

It is crystal clear that Jesus didn't die on the Cross or in the tomb according to the Bible. He is alive.