Is it possible that Jesus did not die on the cross?
Posted by Salma Javid Khan
Post by Courageous Heart
“My shield depends upon God, who saves the upright in heart.” Psalm 7:10
Question: Is it possible that Jesus did not die on the cross?
Extracted from an interview conducted by reporter Lee Strobel to seek the expert opinion of Dr. Alexander Metherell, M.D. (University of Miami of Florida) and PH.D in Engineering (University of Bristol) [Strobel, 198-208].
After the Last Supper, Jesus went with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. He prayed all night anticipating the events of the next day. He knew the suffering he has to endure. Naturally, he was experiencing a great deal of psychological stress (Matthew 36:28, Mark 14:33) and he began to sweat blood (Luke 22:44). This is known rare medical condition called “hematidrosis”.
This condition made Jesus’ skin to be extremely fragile. When Jesus was flogged by the Roman soldier the next day, the pain was intensified. Roman floggings were designed to be terribly brutal. The soldier would use a whip of braided leather thongs with metal balls and pieces of sharp bones woven into them. When the whip strike the flesh, the metal balls…. read the rest @ http://imcourageousheart.blogspot.in/2013/01/did-jesus-actually-die-on-cross.html
Resources: “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel (1998); “The Cross and the Crescent” by Colin Chapman (1995); “On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ” by William D. Edwards, Journal of the American Medical Association (21 March 1986); “Crucify Him” by Dale Foreman (1990); “Crucifixion in the Ancient World” by M. Hengel (1977); “The Resurrection Factor” by Josh McDowell (1981).
The fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy (6th-century BCE), link here: http://www.biblestudytools.com/isaiah/53.html
The Ahmadiyya movement which began in Pakistan in 1879, has taught that Jesus was taken down from the cross before he actually died and later revived in a tomb. He then escaped from Jerusalem and travelled towards India to continue his ministry among the Lost tribes of Israel. Jesus completed his mission, died a natural death and was buried in Srinagar, Kashmir. Read more here: http://www.alislam.org/library/jesusinkashmir.html