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“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. For the Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.” (I Corinthians 21-23)
One of the foremost dividing issues in the Christian faith vis-à-vis other religions, and particularly Islam, is the cross of Christ and the crucifixion. This does not come as a surprise. Saint Paul in his epistle to the Corinthians wrote, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved is the power of God.” (I Cor. 1:18) All through history of mankind, the cross stands as a powerful symbol of the victory of life over death. Historically, crucifixion was the choice capital punishment of the day. Criminals were sent to their death on the cross just as they are sent to the electric chair today. Christ was tried, and ironically enough, He was found innocent by the secular leaders of the day. It was the religious leadership that wanted him dead.
The death of Christ on the cross was a real event recorded in the annals of that time, and later on authenticated through many various testaments. Before we go on to enumerate the witnesses and verification to the crucifixion, let me add that we do not do so because we need to prove anything written in the Bible about this fact. The Bible stands as the true word of God with no need to be verified. The Lord God Himself has supplied us with these witnesses so that we may answer those who question. As our Lord told Thomas to come and touch the nail marks and the scar on his side, “27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." John 20:27. We invite you dear reader to do the same, investigate the evidences, and as a result stop doubting and believe.
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