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Why Jesus Was REALLY Killed: Challenging the Money Changers

from Washington’s Blog:

Preface:  If you are an atheist and believe that religion is crazy, please remember that some 85% of the American population identifies itself as Christian and millions more identify themselves as Jewish.  Very few Americans are atheists … and the majority don’t trust atheists.  Therefore, knowing a few bible verses might be helpful for atheists speaking to people of faith.

Reverend Howard Bess notes:

Jesus did not go to the temple to cleanse. He came to the temple to announce the destruction of a whole way of life. Those who operated the temple had no power to silence Jesus and put him to death. Those powers were held by the Roman retainers.

The charges that were leveled against him can be summed up as insurrection. There were three specific charges: encouraging non-payment of taxes, threatening to destroy property (the temple), and claiming to be a king. It was the temple incident that took Jesus from being an irritating, but harmless country rebel from the rural north to a nuisance in a city that controlled the great tradition. Rome’s retainers killed him on a cross.

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4 comments to Why Jesus Was REALLY Killed: Challenging the Money Changers

  • Sayldog

    Jesus was REALLY killed because I am a wretched sinner who deserves the stated punishment of eternal death under the law. I had NO WAY of paying the penalty of my sin and was therefore doomed,no teachings of man, no self improvement, no idol or false prophet worship, nothing. But Jesus took my punishment for me, physical torture, pain, accusation and humiliation, and seemingly unbearable separation from the Father. He bore this because I couldn’t, and He offered it as a gift, free, no charge, because He loves me. In return I offer Him my life, because He paid for it and because I love Him.
    So for those who are confused or question why Jesus was put to death on the cross, it’s really simple, He died for me.

    • Correct

      Jesus was not killed because he challenged the money changers. Anyone who believes this has not studied the Bible. The incident with the money changers is one of several incidents the Sadducees used to bring accusations on him. But it was not “the” reason.

  • Hannon

    I don’t want to inject my opinions to much, because the non believers will hit me the same stick as the mainline churches get hit with, and call me one of those hypocritical Christians. On the other end, the professed Christians will call me a kook or at least the smarter ones will call me Gnostic. However I will say this, I believe that some where along the line, organized Christianity was hijacked by the bad guys, as they hijack every organization, it’s what they do, and morphed Christianity into an exoteric religion, from a esoteric faith. The exoteric nature of modern Christianity allows people to externalize divinity as an outside entity, rather than look within at themselves, being created in the image of God. Before any one flames me to hard, no I don’t think I’m a mini God, but we’ve all heard the cop out “what can I do, it’s in God’s hands”. Anyways, if I had to put a label on myself, which I don’t like doing, it would be Christian Gnostic Seeing how the editors note mentioned that Atheist learn a few Bible verses to engage in debate before flaming outright, and I don’t exactly fit into either camp, I figured I’d mention my favorite part of the Bible, which is James chapter 1, but verse 25 in particular.

  • Daniel

    Given this time of the year, when Christians reflect upon the death and sacrifice of their Lord and Savior, one does well to ponder the question “For Whom Did Jesus Christ Die For?”…

    Dr. John Owen (Born in 1616 – Died in 1683), Chaplain to Oliver Cromwell and Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, tackles this question at great depth in his book “The Death of Death in the Death of Christ”.

    Below is a short abridgment, taken from the words of Dr. Owen, where he logically explains the following:

    Christ suffered and died for either:

    a. all the sins of all men; or
    b. all the sins of some men; or
    c. some of the sins of all men

    If the last statement is true, then all men are still left with some sins to answer for, and so no-one can be redeemed.

    If the first statement is true, then why are not all men freed from their sins and the punishment due unto their sins?
    You may say, “Because of their unbelief.”
    But I ask, “Is unbelief a sin?”
    If unbelief is not a sin, then why are men punished for it?
    If unbelief is a sin, then it must be among the sins for which Christ died.
    If Christ suffered the punishment due unto the sin of unbelief, why does unbelief still hinder men more than other sins for which he died?
    If Christ did not suffer the punishment due unto the sin of unbelief, then Christ did not die for all of their sins. So the first statement cannot be true!

    If the second statement is true, then Christ, on behalf of His chosen elect people throughout the whole world, died for all their sins and freed them from sin’s dominion (including the sin of unbelief). It is this that I believe is the teaching of the Bible.

    Ephesians 5:25 ~ Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

    John 10:11,14,15,25-28 ~ I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. [14] I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. [15] As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. [25] Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. [26] But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. [27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: [28] And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

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