Originally posted by darcon
I know most of you think he died on the Cross right outside of Jerusalem, but are there any other theories, or evidence to suggest otherwise???
Perhaps the texts have it wrong?
Jesus "died" before he went to the cross.
Jesus also "ressurected" before he went to the cross.
The cross and resurrection are teaching aids...parodies.
The cross is a set-up, getting to the resurrection.
How else would he show that death is meaningless, and powerless over the Son of God?
This is what he taught.
The death-resurrection sequence is how he "proved" it to those concerned.
Jesus said, "Lay down your life, that you may take it up again".
This he did before the cross-resurrection sequence.
What dies is the concept of personhood, and all that entails.
What rises is the "Truth"...the "Life"...the "Christ"...the true "Self".
In this way, Jesus died somewhere, sometime, between his debut out of the desert, and the cross.
His prayer in the garden of Gethsemane speaks more toward the laying down of the concept of personhood than it does of the miracles he was about to
People are very unwilling to lay down personhood, and react to it as if they were being threatened with crucifixion.
But it is the only way to get to the "resurrection".
The resurrection occurs in the mind, independant of the body.
The body is a beneficiary of a new mental state of mind.
The body is eventually layed aside or otherwise made to disappear.
Note well: Jesus body is nowhere to be found, and is no longer seen in person.
It means that the resurrection eventually leads to the disappearance of the body altogether, as not wanted, not needed...because it limits what is
These days, they sell the concept of a changed personal life, instead of the ending of the concept of personhood.
Personhood is a lie which must die in order for the truth to live.
People have figured a way to keep the lie going by changing its attitude/behavior.
This is not the same as what Jesus was talking about..."lay down your life".
This is the greatest earthly love of all.
Otherwise, one is sacrificing the truth that a lie may keep on living.
Is that love?
[edit on 8-3-2009 by Christ!]