In this post I want to list the many lies Satan has woven into the true Gospel, often with our help. It represents years of my personal study of the bible in many translations, books and ebooks, websites and online videos.
Jesus was not crucified
So often when depicting Jesus being crucified in pictures we see a little hillock with three crosses, the middle cross being taller that the other two.
This is the power of fake news. If I was asked to create an image of the crucifixion, I would come with something similar – one has heard the almost true but still false, so many times that it has to be true!
But the site where Jesus was killed was outside the city walls, not where the church of the holy Sepulchre is today. The depiction of pilgrim struggling up the Via Dolorosa carrying flimsy crosses, also false! Jesus was not killed using that kind of cross – a story invented to convince the emperor Constantine centuries later.
Jesus was given his “cross” to carry, the word actually means a stake of wood. Jesus was hung on a tree (Acts 5:30). The cross (the stake of wood) was likely fixed to the tree first and then Jesus was nailed to the tree. I don’t know this for sure but I would guess it was the fig tree that Jesus had cursed only days before.
We are to take up our crosses and follow Jesus, as depicted by modern day pilgrims on the Via Dolorosa. Not at all, we need to pick up our end of the stake or “cross” while Jesus is walking in front carrying the heavy part – an image people were familiar with. Jesus had earlier had said: “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Mat 11:30).
Not only has fake news succeeded in drawing attention away from the actual good news, but replaced it by a new “gospel” built around the truth that Jesus died for our sins, but steeped in falsehoods. Of the many other lies include Christmas and Easter.
The Trinity is not true either, Jesus was a man and not God.
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. Acts 2:22-23
So there you have it, in simple terms, what I have come to understand. Most of it is considered heresy by the various church organizations. Fortunately we are somewhat civilized or else I might have been burned at the stake – Servetus was burned at the stake by fellow “christians” that included the reformer Calvin.
In the next post we will look at how to be right without being obnoxious.