THE CROSS WAS AN INSTRUMENT OF TORTURE AND EXECUTION. WHY DO YOU CHRISTIANS USE THE CROSS FOR YOUR RELIGION?
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
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It is true that the cross, as used by the Roman Empire, was an instrument of torture and execution. However, because of the Resurrection of Christ from the dead, Christians have regarded the Cross as a symbol of Christ’s victory over death, hell, sin and the grave.
Frequently we also use imagery of the empty tomb with the stone rolled away. A grave hardly seems a positive symbol, but the empty grave testifies to Christ’s victory over death through His Resurrection.
The Bible is the greatest Book ever written. Revealed over 1,500 years and recorded by 40 prophets and Holy men of God, on 3 continents: Africa, Asia and Europe, in 3 languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Accompanied by over 2,000 detailed prophecies clearly fulfilled in history. Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself fulfilled over 330 detailed prophecies during His ministry on earth.
Jesus Christ is the greatest Person who ever lived. He is the only perfect, sinless person who has ever lived on this earth. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He cleansed lepers. He made the lame to walk, the deaf to hear and the blind to see.
No one ever lived the perfect life that Jesus lived. No one has loved as Jesus loved, even forgiving His enemies. No one ever taught as Jesus taught.
His teachings and example have inspired the greatest acts of mercy, compassion and charity throughout all of history. Because of the teachings and commands of Christ, Christians pioneered hospitals, schools, universities, nursing and the greatest humanitarian agencies in history, such as The Salvation Army and The Red Cross.
Christianity has been the greatest force for literacy worldwide.
Because of the teachings of Christ, Evangelical Christians pioneered the abolition of slavery and ended the slave trade.
Please see the attached articles: Christ Has Risen – Evidences for the Resurrection; Women at Risk; Proof That the Bible is the Word of Godand The Christian Liberation of Women.
May the Lord abundantly bless, guide and strengthen you.
Yours for Faith and freedom
Dr. Peter Hammond