After I mentioned in a previous blog that many of my students would be in tears when I taught them about ancient crucifixion, what Jesus had to endure on the Cross, someone asked what it was like.  While I don’t have room to go into all of it, I can highlight three things that give a pretty good sense of how awful it was.  Fair warning: even though this is just a written description, it is quite graphic.  It may bring you to tears too.

In the end, it all comes down to a simple choice: either we say to God “Thy will be done”; or God will say to us: “Thy will be done.”  Either we choose an eternity with God, or we choose to live it without Him—God doesn’t send anyone to Hell. 

The Biblical record of what Jesus said and did—the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—wasn’t written until thirty to sixty years after He lived.  During this period, these stories of Jesus’ life were passed along primarily by word of mouth.  In this form, they are known as the “oral tradition”. 

Who are you to judge?  This has become a mantra of modern American culture.  We detest judgmental people.  Who do they think they are to judge others, anyway? 

I once heard a story about one of those old-fashioned drawbridge operators.  Before computers, before modern signaling devices, train drawbridges had to be operated manually.  This particular man operated the bridge from a little office built high up, alongside of it.  When a train was approaching in the distance, it would blow its horn.  That was his signal to begin the arduous process of lowering the bridge: pull the huge lever back that activated the gigantic, meshing, circular gears which moved the mammoth steel structure.  Slowly, the bridge would lower into position, right in time for the approaching train to pass over it.

This is often how Christianity is presented: is your life a mess; at the end of your rope; tried everything else and still feel unfulfilled?  Try Jesus.  A relationship with Him will fix your life—it works.

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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