What most people do not fully realize is that Satan has deceived this whole world (Revelation 12:9). Many of the comfortable, familiar customs and traditions of this world have, indeed, been borrowed from rank paganism and have nothing at all to do with true Christianity. God tells us to prove all things (I Thessalonians 5:21). Before we accept any practice, we should always inquire into its origins. We must assure ourselves that it does not transgress any of God's laws and that it follows the traditions and practices of the early New Testament church. So, is the sign of the cross really an emblem of true Christianity or is it something far different? The Cross: Christian Banner or Pagan Relic?
Modern Christianity is filled with all kinds of deceptions that have been built into the religion over time as a way to sneak in blasphemous practices that go directly against the original word and dupe its followers into unwittingly insulting the Living God and the Son of Man while they think they are praising him. Everyone wants to go to church, sing a few songs, say a prayer or two and try to act like these kinds of details don’t matter. No one seems to care to look into the original word and the history of their religion to make sure that they are truly honoring this God they claim to worship. The most common response I get when I dare to bring up the blasphemous practices of worshipping the image of the Son of God nailed up on a Latin cross or their use of the many insulting iterations of the Son of God(Jesus, Yeshua, Yehoshuah, Yahweh) is that “well… God knows what I mean in my heart and in the end knows that I’m a good person, so it doesn’t really matter“.
Wrong. WRONG. It matters. Scripture tells us it matters. It’s one thing to not know any better(which is still inexcusable with all the resources we have available today), but it’s quite another to be repeatedly shown these truths and continue to defile the word of God and the name of God with these Pagan inspired modifications of certain words and practices. I’ve had many tell me that it’s impossible to know what the actual original name of God was. And this is true. That being said, we can still figure out what it definitely wasn’t. Just like we can discern he definitely wasn’t nailed to a T-shaped cross.
So while I’m constantly getting on people for using blasphemous iterations for the name of God and the name of the Messiah, I don’t get on people enough for continuing to use the symbol of the Pagan Latin cross ✝️ and continuing to assert that Jesus was nailed up on that thing. He WASN’T. A T-shaped edifice doesn’t even make any sense. How were the arms of the structure held up? I sometimes crudly characterize the real crucifixion as him having been “slung-up” on a single post, stake or tree sticking out of the ground, but I’m not wrong. That is a much more accurate representation of what actually happened than the blasphemous modernized, Pagan-inspired version of events that tries to claim a Caucasian long-haired Jesus was nailed up on a Pagan idol. This T-shaped structure is very ancient and very much Pagan and blasphemous. It can be traced all the way back to Babylon and can even be found in representations of Mesoamerican dieties.
By my assessment, what makes the most sense and is just likely is that the Son of Man was slung up on a tree or a post. We have clear indication of this in scripture:
1. The Cross and the Father’s 2nd Commandment
2. Origin of the Cross Symbol
3. John Paul II Crucifix Kills Individual
4. Messiah Nailed to a Stauros (Pole / Stake) – Not a Cross
5. Science and the Shroud of Turin Proves Messiah Nailed to a Stake
The Cross Deception and The Nazarene Code
When you keep the Law (Torah), one of the 2 conditions to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we are required to follow the Father’s 2nd Commandment:
“8You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth
beneath or in the water under the earth. 9You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD
your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and
the fourth generations of those who hate Me”. Deuteronomy 5:8
What part of the Father’s commandment is it that Christians don’t understand?
What is a cross? It’s a graven image.
I brought this up to a pastor once and his reply was, “well, it’s what it symbolizes”. Exactly – it represents agonizing torture and death. It was a murder weapon used against Yashaya and hundreds if not thousands others.
THE MESSIAH IS NOT THE CROSS. THE CROSS IS NOT THE MESSIAH.
Take a moment to think of this… if one of your most beloved family members was killed by a gun or knife, would you place a copy of the weapon on your walls to remember them by? If your best friend was crushed in a vehicular accident, would you wear a small mangled replica of the car around your neck? The answer to both is obviously not. It’s insane to even think such a thing. So why is it alright to do the exact same thing when it comes to the Messiah? It was the torture and murder weapon used to kill our Savior. Would you make the symbol of a gun or a knife if you were to think of a loved one killed by either of those weapons? Of course not – It’s not only an insane thing to do – it violates His Father’s 2nd commandment to NOT make an image to worship. There are no exceptions given.
When this blunt-truth reality hit me, I threw every cross I had away regardless of their cost, size or who had given them to me. I believe it is a symbol of the beast that has been around well before the crucifixion of the Messiah. It’s a murder weapon Christianity has venerated for hundreds of years which itself has been around since the ancient Egyptians.
When you see satanists and illuminist singers and actors wearing a cross – they did not have a sudden conversion to belief in God – the are venerating the murder weapon used to kill the Messiah. It’s the image of the Beast inspired by Lucifer. Think about it.
The following article is incredibly ironic to say the least and telling in its profound implications – If “John Paul II’s” extremely vague and unprovable “grounds” which were used to canonize his “sainthood” what can be said of this event as to how it applies to him and the meaning of the cross itself – a torture and murder weapon used during the Roman occupation and ironically its impact in Italy today?
Origin of the Cross Symbol
Babylonian Priest of Baal | Catholic Priests of Baal
If “Pope” John Paul II was given “sainthood” for vague connections to two individuals “cured” of an ailment, should not his “sainthood” be cancelled for the death of an individual attributed to a cross dedicated to him?
Giant Pope John Paul II Crucifix Collapses And Kills Young Man In Italy
The Huffington Post | By Yasmine Hafiz | Posted: 04/24/2014 1:32 pm EDT
Just two days before the canonization of Pope John Paul II, a giant crucifix erected in his honor collapsed in Italy, crushing a young man and killing him, according to ANSA.
A piece of the 30-meter (98-foot) high wooden crucifix fell down during an event near the village of Cevo, in northern Italy, instantly killing the 21-year-old man. The Jesus Christ figure attached to the cross is six meters high and weighs 600 kg, according to AFP.
Witnesses reported that the victim was part of a visiting group of young Catholics, and another person was hospitalized for minor injuries after the cross fell.
The curved crucifix was designed by sculptor Enrico Job in honor of John Paul II’s visit to Brescia in northern Italy’s Lombardy region in 1998. It was installed in a scenic location near Cevo in 2005. The unusual curve of the crucifix was intended to evoke the scars of WWII, according to AFP.
This isn’t the first time that a crucifix has proven deadly. In 2004, a 7 foot tall metal cross crushed a 72-year-old woman to death in the town of Satn’Onofrio, reports the BBC.
The manner the Messiah was actually executed:
STRONGS NT 4716: σταυρός “THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF CROSS”
σταυρός, σταυροῦ, ὁ (from ἵστημι (root sta); cf. Latinstauro, English staff (see Skeat, Etymological Dictionary, under the word); Curtius, § 216; Vanicek, p. 1126);
1. an upright stake, especially a pointed one (Homer,Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon).
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 4717: σταυρόω “THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF CRUCIFY”
σταυρόω, σταυρῷ; future σταυρώσω; 1 aoristἐσταυρωσα; passive, present σταύρομαι; perfectἐσταύρωμαι; 1 aorist ἐσταυρωθην; (σταυρός, which see);
1. to stake, drive down stakes: Thucydides 7, 25, 6 (here οἱΣυρακοσιοι ἐσταύρωσαν, which the Scholiast rendersσταυρους κατέπηξαν).
2. to fortify with driven stakes, to palisade: a place,Thucydides 6, 100; Diodorus
3. to crucify (Vulg.crucifigo): τινα,
The STAUROS of the New Testament: Cross or Stake?
This page will address the following questions:
What was its form in the case of Jesus Christ? Was it a two-beamed cross or a simple upright stake?
Was wood scarce in and around Jerusalem at the time and does this have any bearing on what method the Romans used in Jesus’ case?
What does the Greek word mean?
Are there scriptures that ‘point‘ to its form?
What weight should be given to post-N.T christian writers?
Can archaeological findings, such as supposed 1st century christian inscriptions, be of help?
Has the New World Translation’s choice been critiqued fairly?
Is the New World Translation alone in its preferred rendering?
Whatever form it was should we have it as a symbol in our places of worship or cherish, hold as dear, the implement of Christ’s death?
The word “stauros” occurs 27 times in the Christian Greek Scriptures(the ‘New Testament’). This word has been consistently translated in the New World Translation as “torture stake” and never as “cross”. It is the implement on which Jesus Christ was afixed and executed. Also, another Greek word was used by the Bible writers “xylon”, as the same implement of execution in regard to Jesus, which denotes, “wood, a piece of wood, anything made of wood…”-Vine. At those places where “xylon” is used in connection with Jesus’ execution the New World Translation has rendered it as “stake”. Is there any justification for the New World Translation to do this with these Greek words?
Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words says:
“STAUROS….denotes, primarily, an upright pale or stake. On such malefactors ware nailed for execution. Both the noun and the verb stauroo, to fasten to a stake or pale, are originally to be distinguished from the ecclesiastical form of a two beamed cross. The shape of the latter had it’s origin in ancient Chaldea, and was used of the symbol of of the god Tammaz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name in that country and adjacent lands, including Egypt. By the middle of the 3rd cent. A.D. the churches had either departed from, or had travestied, certain doctrines of the Christian faith. In order to increase the prestige of the apostate ecclesiastical system pagans were received into the churches apart from regeneration of faith, and were permitted largely to retain their pagan signs and symbols. Hence the Tau or T, in it’s most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered, was adopted to stand for the cross of Christ”
The Classic Greek Dictionary, Greek-English and English-Greek, With an Appendix of Proper and Geographical Names prepared by George Ricker Berry reads under “stauros”: “..an upright pale, stake or pole; in plu. a palisade. II. the Cross.(p.648). Although this lexicon seems to give “the Cross” as a meaning for “stauros” it seems rather as a reference than a meaning (“the Cross” rather than “a cross”) and to that of Jesus Christ. Hence definition II is somewhat ‘suspect’ and may only reflect the lexicons belief that the stauros in the NT was cross-shaped or it may be giving it as a reference, that is, that when we read in the English Bibles “cross” this is from the Greek stauros and no indication it was actually cross-shaped. In its definition 1 though there is no doubt the meaning of stauros and anything other than that stauros meant more than one piece of wood, whether it was a “pale, stake or pole” is not mentioned and certainly none of which were ‘cross-shaped.’ This is its meaning in all the Greek classics such as Homer. There is no evidence that the from or shape of the stauros in Jesus Christ’s case was any different.
Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words has under the word Tree:
“2.XULON…..(b) of the Cross, the tree being the stauros, the upright pale or stake to which the Romans nailed those who were to be executed, Acts 5:30; 10:39; 13:29; Gal.3:13; 1 Pet.2:24;”
According to a Greek-English lexicon by Liddell and Scott, this word means “Wood cut and ready for use, firewood, timber, etc. . . . piece of wood, log, beam, post . . . cudgel, club . . . stake on which criminals were impaled . . . of live wood, tree.” “wood . . . ” Hence in the Authorized Version/King James Version this word is rendered as “tree” at Acts 5:30. The Complete Jewish Bible by D. Stern has here “stake.” See also Acts 13:29; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24.
In agreement with the above is that which Dr Jason BeDuhn has written(a private letter written to us and published with his permission) when asked what he thought of the New World Translation’s rendering of the word “stauros”:
“On “torture stake,” again, I think that the NWT is a bit heavy handed in trying to make a point. Certainly “stake” would be sufficient, and more desirable. The JW’s are trying to shock Christians away from their devotion to the cross. It is, after all, an instrument of execution. They are right that STAUROS does not necessarily mean the cross form as Christianity has thought of it. It can be just a plain stake in the ground to which someone is nailed. But I think “torture” is too much and misses the point: it is meant to be a form of execution and not torture.
Also, the Companion Bible in it’s Appendix 162 remarks:
“In the Greek N.T. two words are used for “the cross”, on which the Lord was put to death.1. The word stauros; which denotes an upright pale or stake, to which the criminals were nailed for execution. 2. The word xulon, which generally denotes a piece of a dead log of wood, or timber, for fuel or for any other purpose. It is not like dendron, which is used of a living, or green tree, as in Matt.21: 8; Rev.7: 1, 3; 8:7; 9: 4, &c. As this latter word xulon is used for the former stauros it shows us the meaning of each is exactly the same. The verb stauroo means to drive stakes. Our English word “cross” is the translation of the Latin crux; but the Greek stauros no more means a crux than the word “stick” means a “crutch”. Homer uses the word stauros of an ordinary pole or stake, or a simple piece of timber.[ftnote, Iliad xxiv.453.Odyssey xiv.11] And this is the meaning and usage of the word throughout the Greek classics.[ftnote, eg.Thucydides iv.90. Xenophon, Anabasis v.2.21] It never means two pieces of timber placed across one another at any angle, but of always one piece alone. Hence the use of the word xulon(No.2 above)in connection with the manner of our Lord’s death and rendered “tree” in Acts 5:30; 10:39; 13:29; Gal.3:13, 1 Pet.2:24. This is preserved in our old English name rood orrod. See Encycl.Brit., 11th (Camb)ed., vol.7, p.505d. There is nothing in the Greek of the N.T. even to imply two pieces of timber.”
A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament, p819. E.W.Bullinger states:
“Used here[cross] for the stauros on which Jesus was crucified. Both words[stauros, xylon]disagree with the modern idea of a cross, with which we have become familiarized by pictures. The stauros was simply an upright pale or stake to which the Romans nailed those who were thus said to be crucified. Stauroo[the verb], merely to drive stakes. It never means two pieces of wood joining each other at any angle. Even the Latin word crux means a mere stake.”
The Concordant Literal New Testament with the Keyword Concordance states:
“stauros STANDer: cross, an upright stake or pole, without any crosspiece, now, popularly, cross…”
“stauroo cause-STAND, crucify, drive a stake into the ground, fasten on a stake, impale, now by popular usage, crucify, though there was no crosspiece.”- pp. 63, 64, Greek-English Keyword Concordance, Concordant Publishing Concern, 1983, 3rd printing of 6th edition of 1976.
The Anchor Bible Dictionary says about crucifixion: “The act of nailing or binding a living victim or sometimes a dead person to a cross or stake(stauros or skolops) or a tree(xylon)…Under the Roman Empire, crucifixion normally included a flogging beforehand. At times the cross was only one vertical stake. Frequently, however, there was a cross-piece attached…”- Volume 1, pp.1207, 1208
The book Dual Heritage-The Bible and the British Museum states: “It may come as a shock to know that there is no word such as ‘cross’ in the Greek of the New Testament. The word translated ‘cross’ is always the Greek word [stauros] meaning a ‘stake’ or ‘upright pale.’ The cross was not originally a Christian symbol; it is derived from Egypt and Constantine.”
To read what an issue of The Watchtower magazine wrote in 1950 when the New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures was published see here.
Science Proves the Messiah was Nailed to a Stake in a “Y” Position and not a “T” Position as on a Cross
WHAT IS THE TURIN SHROUD?
The Shroud is a 14ft (4.3 metre) long piece of linen that appears to show the faint imprint of a man bearing wounds consistent with crucifixion.
Some people believe it shows the image of Jesus of Nazareth, while others think it is a medieval forgery of cloth wrapped around a body after crucifixion.The Shroud is the most studied artefact in human history but its age remains in dispute.
Radiocarbon dating of the cloth carried out by the University of Oxford in 1998 found it was only 728 years old. Regardless of whether the Shroud is Biblical or medieval, Matteo Borrini at Liverpool John Moores University told New Scientist that ‘it’s a very interesting piece of art and human ingenuity’.
piece of art and human ingenuity’.
He set out to find whether the ‘bloodstains’ on the left arm matched up with the flow of blood from a crucified person.
To investigate, another researcher from the University of Pavia, Italy, assumed different crucifixion poses while donated blood trickled down his arm from a place where the shroud shows a nail was hammered through the hand.
The duo found that the ‘blood’ marks on the shroud correspond to a crucifixion – but only if a person was nailed onto a cross in a ‘Y’ position instead of a ‘T’ position, as depicted in most Christian art.
The scientists set out to find whether the ‘bloodstains’ on the Turin Shroud flow of blood from a crucified person. By safely simulating different positions of crucifixion they worked out that the man wrapped in the legendary cloth must have been crucified in a Y-shape position, pictured right.
Here is the video of the test:
Does it make a difference how the Messiah was executed?
Absolutely… the truth sets you free of false, established paradigms that would have you believe there is salvation in a pagan Egyptian symbol – the Tau – which expressly violates the Father’s 2nd commandment to NOT worship false images. Given Roman Catholicism’s obsession with pagan worship – particularly Egyptian – it is not surprising it would adopt and sell an instrument of death for salvation.