jueves, 4 de agosto de 2016

Ancient historical evidence on the death of Jesus Christ on the cross

Muslims deny that Jesus Christ died on the cross. Who denies the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, denies history.
Who denies the death of Jesus Christ is against history, denies the Gospels, and denies the era of Christ. I am going to show you the non-Christian ancient historical sources on the death of Jesus Christ on the cross: First of all there is Cornelius Tacitus, who writes in his Annals (xv, 44):

"Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus”

Tacitus, describes Christians and confirms what is written in the Gospels: Jesus Christ lived under the reign of Tiberius (who ruled from 14 to 37 AD) and was condemned to the extreme sentence (crucifixion) by Pontius Pilate.
Then there is the book "Jewish Antiquities" where, in the passage called “Testimonium Flavianum”, (Book 18 cap. 3, 3), Josephus describes the crucifixion of Jesus and even his resurrection:

“About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Christ. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared”.

There is another historical source on the crucifixion of Jesus: the Babylonian Talmud, a collection of Jewish rabbinical writings:

“It is taught: On the eve of Passover they hung Yeshu and the crier went forth for forty days beforehand declaring that "[Yeshu] is going to be stoned for practicing witchcraft, for enticing and leading Israel astray. Anyone who knows something to clear him should come forth and exonerate him." But no one had anything exonerating for him and they hung him on the eve of Passover”

This passage is not only one of the proofs of the existence of Jesus, but explains indirectly, from the point of view of the Jews, who did not believe in him, the reason for his crucifixion, he is said to have practiced "sorcery" and that " He has led Israel to apostasy. " This part of the Talmud confirmed miracles, considered as "witchcraft" by those who did not believe, on the other hand confirmed the Gospels, which describe why Jesus was sent to the gallows, because from the point of view of the non-believing Jews, he was an apostate, or a blasphemous person who does not believe in the scriptures, but wants to replace them.
There are others ancient historical sources on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, such as that of the skeptical Lucian of Samostata, in his work “Death of Peregrino”.
Those ancient sources are the historical demonstration that Jesus Christ died on the cross. The false argument that try to prove that he did not die on the cross originated from the Gnostic Gospels that circulated in the second and third centuries. None of those Gnostics teachers was willing to die for those false thesis. But the Apostles of the first century, who had lived with the Lord Jesus Christ and knew him personally, testified his death on the cross and his resurrection with martyrdom. Who denies the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, denies history. Anyway, Jesus Christ came even for our muslim friends, and they can accept Jesus Christ as their savior. The death on the cross of Jesus Christ on the cross is an historical fact. Gospel of John (3, 16-17): 

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him"

Yuri Leveratto

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