Sources are funny, they almost never show us what the ones who puts them forth claims they are showing. This is true almost regardless of who are are using what ever source. The most interesting source in such a regard is the Bible, and the belief in that Jesus died for our sins. So let’s examine what the largest source on this belief actually tells us. First, we must agree on that if Jesus died for our sins, it is obviously imperative that he actually died on the cross.
When you read the Bible, there are lots of interesting passages about this, pointing towards that he actually never even died in fact. For instance, modern science have done research on this, and found it to be necessary to crucify a man for at least 72 hours, before he can die from crucifixion. This was the reason why the Romans used crucifixion in the first place, because it was a particularly painful and slow execution method. Jesus spent only 6 to 9 hours on the cross, making it purely physiologically almost impossible for him to have died. And while this process could have been speeded up, by breaking his legs while he was on the cross, which leads to suffocation – This was never in fact done on Jesus, although it was done on the two thieves next to Jesus.
Another clue is the herbs that were taken into Jesus’ tomb after crucifixion. Some people will claim that they were intended to embalm Jesus. However, these were not embalming herbs, they were herbs known at the time for having the ability to heal wounds. If Jesus was dead, why would his friends carry healing herbs into his burial chamber?
Of course the most interesting fact, is the fact that Jesus walked out of his tomb 3 days after his own crucifixion. If he was dead, how could that be? Facts are, there are historical records of many people surviving crucifixion. Jesus was in no ways neither the first, nor the last man, to physically survive crucifixion. Individuals have historically survived all sorts of execution methods, and it has often been associated with “divine powers’ will” to survive your own execution. And if a man or woman survived his own execution, this has often been looked upon as divine proof of that the man was not guilty of the crimes he was charged of. Hence, once a man survives his own crucifixion, no sane Roman (or Jew for that matter) would have wanted to go against divine law, and attempt to execute him again.
The Bible tells us Jesus spent 6-9 hours on the cross, depending upon which Gospel you read. It tells us that his disciples carried healing herbs into his tomb, after he was dead. It tells us that he was probably carried into his tomb after dark, which is also interesting, since it was illegal according to ancient Jewish law to touch a dead man after dark, etc, etc, etc. Facts are, once you study the source on this phenomena, it clearly shows us that Jesus probably never died – Still most people use the Bible as a divine resource, proving that Jesus died for our sins. While the facts are, that Jesus highly likely never even died on Golgotha some roughly 2,000 years ago …
The traditional Christian doctrine is based upon the belief of that Jesus died for our sins. It is pointing to the Bible as a divine book, showing us how he died. While I have a lot of Christian friends, and I find them to be for the most parts highly meek and of good character – Their core belief is based upon an oxymoron, and their own source proves how their own belief is false. If Jesus didn’t die, who died? I guess you’ll have to read the Bible to figure that one out …
Maybe it’s time to start reading the Bible, even for an atheist …? 😉