Star & a flag for the OP.
The Koine Greek terms used in the New Testament of the gibbet on which Jesus died are stauros (σταυρός) and xylon (ξύλον).
The Greek word generally translated “cross” is stau·ros′. It basically means “an upright pale or stake.” The Companion Bible points out:
“[Stau·ros′] never means two pieces of timber placed across one another at any angle . . . There is nothing in the Greek of the [New Testament]
even to imply two pieces of timber.”
In several texts, Bible writers use another word for the instrument of Jesus’ death. It is the Greek word xy′lon. (Acts 5:30; 10:39; 13:29;
Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24) This word simply means “timber” or “a stick, club, or tree.”
Explaining why a simple stake was often used for executions, the book Das Kreuz und die Kreuzigung (The Cross and the Crucifixion), by Hermann Fulda,
states: “Trees were not everywhere available at the places chosen for public execution. So a simple beam was sunk into the ground. On this the
outlaws, with hands raised upward and often also with their feet, were bound or nailed.”
The most convincing proof of all, however, comes from God’s Word. The apostle Paul says: “Christ by purchase released us from the curse of the Law
by becoming a curse instead of us, because it is written: ‘Accursed is every man hanged upon a stake [“a tree,” King James Version].’”
(Galatians 3:13) Here Paul quotes Deuteronomy 21:22, 23, which clearly refers to a stake, not a cross.
The book The Non-Christian Cross, by J. D. Parsons, explains: “There is not a single sentence in any of the numerous writings forming the New
Testament, which, in the original Greek, bears even indirect evidence to the effect that the stauros used in the case of Jesus was other than an
ordinary stauros; much less to the effect that it consisted, not of one piece of timber, but of two pieces nailed together in the form of a
As to how a sign was affixed to the stake, someone said there was not room, sure there was.
I just did a quick Google image search for Christ on a Torture stake.
Torture Stake with sign
So here is the deal, there is enough evidence that at the very least throws the cross into serious question, and if it wasn't used at all, and is an
import from paganism, that means one thing, idolatry
A very slick way for Satan to trick sincere Christians into it, by them thinking they are honoring Jesus and his sacrifice. Remember Satan is ultra
evil, he is also incredibly intelligent he can think centuries ahead of the common man and plan his moves like a chess player, as humans due to our
short life spans we are thinking a few moves at most. Whereas Satan is always 30 moves ahead of human civilization and any spirituality it might
develop towards God and how he can sabotage it, making it invalid, and yet allowing people to think and feel they are doing what God wants.
Do you think he has had success in this area?
edit on 28-1-2013 by Blue_Jay33 because: (no reason given)