Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction


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  • Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction


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    CHAPTER 5

    DISCRETION OR VALOUR?

     

    SECOND
    MISCALCULATION

     

    Jesus had doubly
    miscalculated:-

    1. Regarding the enthusiasm
    demonstrated by the disciples in that upper-room. Believing that he
    would only have to contend with the Jews in a clandestine
    arrest.

    2. The Jews were more wily
    then he had thought. They brought with them Roman soldiers.

    The Christian scholars are no
    less wily in their translations and manipulations of the Bible. They
    have changed the words "Roman soldiers" to simply "soldiers" and
    from the word soldiers to now "band of men" and "the guard".

     

    "Judas then, having
    received a BAND OF MEN
    1 and officers from the
    chief priests and Pharisees, cometh there with lanterns and torches and
    weapons"

    (HOLY BIBLE) John 18:3

     

    1. "Band of men": here and in verse 12 following, the
    words in the so-called original manuscripts are speira and chiliarchos
    respectively. Both Roman military terms, meaning "cohort" and "tribune".
    "That John is the first Evangelist to mention Roman soldiers
    among the party which went out to arrest our Lord . . ." See Knox's — "A
    New Testament Commentary"
    , page 260.

     

    CAUGHT
    NAPPING

     

    The disciples were caught as
    the Englishman would say with their "pants down".
    1
    Literally they were caught napping. The enemy trod over them roughshod.
    Only one of the soldiers of Christ had the presence of mind to ask:

     

    ". . . Master, shall we smite them
    with the sword?"

    (HOLY BIBLE) Luke 22:49

     

    But before Jesus could
    attempt a reply, the impetuous Peter struck out with his sword and cut
    off the right ear of one of the enemy. Jesus had not anticipated Roman
    soldiers. Realising that the tables were turned against his
    misconceived strategy, he advises his disciples:

     

    ". . . Put up again thy
    sword into its place; for all they that TAKE THE SWORD shall PERISH
    WITH THE SWORD."
    (HOLY BIBLE) Matthew 26:52

     

    1. "Pants down": a figure of speech, meaning caught in an unguarded moment;
    unawares.

     

    CHANGE
    OF STRATEGY

     

    Did Jesus not know the truth
    of this statement when he ordered his disciples to sell their garments
    and buy SWORDS? He surely did! Then why the contradiction now? . There
    is really no contradiction! The situation changes, so the strategy must
    also change. He had sense enough to realise that against trained and
    well-equipped Roman soldiers it would be suicidal for his sleepy
    warriors to offer even a pretence of resistance.

     

    PRINCE
    OF PEACE???

     

    Why do not the Christian
    controversialists give their "Lord and Master" credit for this simple
    common-sense? Because they have been programmed for a period of two
    thousand years that Jesus, the "lamb", the "prince of peace",
    couldn't harm a fly. They overlook the other side of his nature which
    demanded blood and fire! They forget his instructions to his soldiers
    regarding those of his enemies who would not like him to rule over
    them, to bring them forth:

     

    . . . and SLAY1 them
    before me."

     

    (HOLY BIBLE) Luke 19:27

     

    "Think NOT that I am come to send
    PEACE on earth; I. came NOT to send PEACE, but a SWORD."

     

    (HOLY BIBLE) Matthew 10:34

     

    "I am come to send FIRE
    on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

    Suppose ye that I am come to give PEACE on earth? I tell you, NAY;
    but rather DIVISION."

     

    (HOLY BIBLE) Luke
    12:49 & 51

     

    In view of these solemn
    pronouncements and his repeated vitriolic outbursts against the learned
    men of his time, if the sword of Peter had prevailed, we would have
    witnessed a massacre without compunction, equal to that of his ancestor
    Joshua (meaning Jehova — Saviour)
    2 who
    utterly destroyed all that was in Jericho:

     

    "both man and woman,
    young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the SWORD."

    (HOLY BIBLE) Joshua
    6:21

     

    And the Gospel writers would
    not have been slow in putting words into the mouth of Jesus, word for
    word, as fulfilment of prophecies VATICINIUM EX EVENTU (prophecies
    after the event) as recorded
    3 of his "father" (?)
    David.

     

    1. Means to KILL. Breaking the commandment — "Thou shalt not
    kill
    . — (Exodus 20:13)

     

    2. Joshua: a type of Christ, says C.I. Scofield, D.D.
    in his Bible commentary.

     

    3. His "father's" record: 'The conquered Ammonities he
    treated with even greater ferocity, tearing and hewing some of them in
    pieces with harrows, axes, and saws; and roasting others in
    brick-kilns".
    Maitlands comment on 2 Samuels Chs. 8 to 12 in
    "Jewish Literature and Modern Education" -
    (page 21).

     

     

     

    FAILURE,
    AND TRIAL

     

    The march on Jerusalem had
    fizzled out. The sabre-rattling in the Garden had proved abortive. As
    there is a reward for success, likewise there is a price for failure.
    The odds are heavy! Hence the trial, the tribulation, the turmoil and
    the sweat and blood.

    With heavy hands, the Roman
    soldiers dragged Jesus (pbuh) from Gethsemane to Annas, and from Annas
    to Caiphas the High Priest, and on to the Sanhedrin as directed
    by the Jews, for trial and execution.

    Whilst Jesus was being
    manhandled and buffeted towards his doom, where were his heroes who
    were beating their breasts with the war-cry: "Master, we are
    prepared to die for you. Master, we are prepared to go to prison for
    you!"
    ? St. Mark, the first of the Gospel writers, un-ashamedly and
    without any apology reveals:

    "AND
    THEY ALL FORSOOK HIM, AND FLED."

    (HOLY BIBLE) Mark 14:50

     

    The authors of the 27 books of the New
    Testament could not find a similar dastardly desertion in the Jewish
    Bible
    1 to fulfil prophecy. If there was, they would have been
    quick to exploit it.

     

    1. The Old Testament

     

    GLOATING
    OVER DEFEAT

     

    In a debate between Islam and
    Christianity, on SABC T.V. one of the participants, claiming to be
    "reborn",
    gloated over the word DESERTION. He articulated the word
    with such relish —D-E-S-E-R-T-I-O-N — which must have left a taste of
    triumph in the mouth of the cultists, instead of the bitterness of
    shame and defeat. The Bible-thumpers have developed a new sickness of
    glamorising despicability and ignominy. Everyone, male or female, of
    these cultists, will not fail to relate their peccadillos, their
    adulteries and bestialities, their drinkings and druggings. It appears
    that one must have been part of the dregs of humanity to become a
    candidate for this "born again" cult. 

     

     

     

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