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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

Someone told me that Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus was a man impaled and not Messiah crucified?

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  • K & D
    Lv 4
    8 years ago
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    Jesus was the Messiah!

    Messiah - From the Hebrew root verb ma·shach′, meaning “smear,” and so “anoint.” (Ex 29:2, 7) Messiah (ma·shi′ach) means “anointed” or anointed one. The Greek equivalent is Khri·stos′, or Christ.—Mt 2:4,

    Most Bible translations say Christ was “crucified” rather than “impaled.” This is because of the common belief that the torture instrument upon which he was hung was a “cross” made of two pieces of wood instead of a single pale, or stake. Tradition, not the Scriptures, also says that the condemned man carried only the crossbeam of the cross, called the patibulum, or antenna, instead of both parts. In this way some try to avoid the predicament of having too much weight for one man to drag or carry to Golgotha.

    The Bible writers themselves used the Greek noun stau·ros′ 27 times and the verbs stau·ro′o 46 times, syn·stau·ro′o (the prefix syn, meaning “with”) 5 times, and a·na·stau·ro′o (a·na′, meaning “again”) once. They also used the Greek word xy′lon, meaning “wood,” 5 times to refer to the torture instrument upon which Jesus was nailed.

    Stau·ros′ in both the classical Greek and Koine carries no thought of a “cross” made of two timbers. It means only an upright stake, pale, pile, or pole, as might be used for a fence, stockade, or palisade. Says Douglas’ New Bible Dictionary of 1985 under “Cross,” page 253: “The Gk. word for ‘cross’ (stauros; verb stauroo . . . ) means primarily an upright stake or beam, and secondarily a stake used as an instrument for punishment and execution.”

    The fact that Luke, Peter, and Paul also used xy′lon as a synonym for stau·ros′ gives added evidence that Jesus was impaled on an upright stake without a crossbeam, for that is what xy′lon in this special sense means. (Ac 5:30; 10:39; 13:29; Ga 3:13; 1Pe 2:24) Xy′lon also occurs in the Greek Septuagint at Ezra 6:11, where it speaks of a single beam or timber on which a lawbreaker was to be impaled.

    For further understanding please read:

    http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teac...

    Notice Ch. 4 Who is Jesus Christ?

  • 8 years ago

    The most important thing you need to know is whether Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah, is that not so?

    Rather than me as a JW assuring you that he was, why don't you check out their website:

    http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/?start=48

    where I recommend you read online chapters 4 & 5 of the book "What Does the Bible Really Teach?"

    Chapter 4: Who is Jesus Christ?

    Chapter 5: The Ransom - God's Greatest Gift.

    If you want info. on JWs view of the torture stake/cross, try:

    http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2011170?q=cross torture stake&p=par

    That way you will know exactly what JWs actually believe.

  • 8 years ago

    That is correct.

    In more than one place the Watch Tower has stated Jesus was impaled on a stake. Kind of a perverse statement. But then why wouldn't the devils say a perversity.

    The stake is older than any cross like object or symbol. And even today the phallic symbol is found as steeples, obelisks, and maypoles.

    The cross, called the latin cross shaped like a small "t" is the manner of Crucifixion. The bible does use the word tree and the word stake, The word stake in the Koine lexicon can mean a beam like the beam of a boat's sail that had a cross bar of course. But the real knowledge is that there was not a word for "cross" or "crucifix" in Koine Greek. So the process was called "staking" a person.

  • 8 years ago

    The significance to the argument for a stake or pole lies in Galatians 3:13.

    There is presented in God's word an argument on the "stake" and refers back to a part of the Law Covenant in Deuteronomy 21:23 that Jesus fulfilled.

    The apostle Paul shows that since Jesus hung on a stake - as outlined in Deuteronomy 21, then he (Jesus) became cursed in our stead and removed the Law Covenant as a requirement for Christians.

    That in turn allowed for Christians to look to faith rather than the works of the Law Covenant as a reason to be counted righteous and receive God's blessing.

    So to fulfill prophecy, it was important for the stake to be used for Christ's death to match the prophecy of the stake.

    Source(s): One of Jehovah's Witnesses - http://jw.org/
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  • 8 years ago

    As you read the numerous answers given by both JW's and non-JW's, you realize that there is much disagreement on this point, each opposing point of view seemingly presenting solid evidence for the cross or against.

    The JW's go one step further, by attaching other negative concepts against the cross, i.e. by claiming that the cross is/was a pagan symbol, further bolstering their arguments that mainstream Christianity, where the symbol of the cross is commonly used, is an integral part of Babylon the Great, the scarlet-colored harlot riding the 10-horned wild beast (Rev 17:1-6). There is no shortage of fanciful interpretations in this regard with their conclusions taught as "truth". But, that's another subject for another time. The key point to remember is that the cross is considered by JW's to be a pagan symbol, providing additional reason for rejecting the cross as the means by which Jesus died, whether historic in nature or not.

    In the final analysis I would propose that this entire debate is inconsequential. It can be compared to arguing whether someone was shot to death by means of a Colt 45 or a 9 mm Taurus handgun. The victim is dead, a life prematurely ended, regardless of the type weapon used.

    Jesus was not just another prisoner to be executed by the Romans (who were pressured by the Pharisees to put Jesus to death). His horrific death, whether by cross or stake, had huge implications for mankind, presenting the opportunity for eternal salvation for all (Acts 4:8-12, 1 John 4:10). That is the important thing!

    Thus, the events of the 1st century that led to Jesus' death carry the most significance, i.e. the prophecies surrounding his miraculous birth, his life as the Great Teacher and eventual death serving as a propitiatory sacrifice for all of mankind (1 John 2:2) and so forth. All other things are frivolous, of no real consequence, and, ultimately, become diversionary tactics (1 Timothy 2:23) to the more important issue(s).

  • Suzy
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Let me assure you that we do believe wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. He did die sinless for mankind. We pray to Jehovah our God in the name of Jesus Christ. Whoever told you we don't believe it, was very wrong.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Impaled on a pole or stake

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    They believe that Jesus was Michael the Archangel made into a perfect man or "a god" small letters. They also say that Jesus was nailed to an upright beam. Not impalement as you think of with Vlad the impaler.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    JW's believe that JC was hung on a single wooden torture stake, and not a cross. However, their belief is completely incorrect.

    The Koine Greek word Stauros, literally means "a stand to hang something on". In simplest terms, if you think of a clothes horse; that, is a Stand, or Stauros. Another example, is a Hat Stand, also a Stauros.

    In the concept of torture, as used by the Hellenic Seleucids, the Carthaginians and the Romans, the term Stauros, refers to a Cross; and has done since around 300 BC/BCE.

    The method used, was the accused was tied to, and forced to carry a single wooden crossbeam across their shoulders. Then, the accused was attached to the single upright pole, "the stand" "stauros" via the crossbeam and raised up.

    Wallah! The Cross

    I'm a clever bugger

  • It does not matter what JW's believe , what they believe is in the bible .

    Oh if you bother to study you will see they are correct .

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