Two thousand years ago, a man named Jesus the Christ whom the Christians revered as the god incarnated as man, was executed through crucifixion. The mainstream Christian religions of the world believed that this man died on the cross in a place called Cavalry, in the outskirt of Jerusalem. As one of the most famous dead people and one of the most studied, we will discuss if this Jesus really died on the cross.
It had been taught by most of the Christian religions that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified and buried. According to the synoptic Gospels, Christ was betrayed by Judas, given to the Romans to be judged, scorched at the pillar, made to carry his own cross, crucified, viewed and mocked until his death – accounts which became the main story of his apparent demise.
Before the Bible was officially compiled, there were different stories about Christ that circulated in Christian congregations, and majority of it had the story of Christ’s execution. But with all those stories about Christ’s crucifixion, there are those stories where he survived through the punishment and didn’t get executed at all. These circulated for a time especially in Gnostic cults. These stories survive to this day, in Islam which teaches that Jesus Christ, a major prophet, did not die but survived the punishment of the Romans and his people.
So, we may ask again. Did Jesus really die?
My answer? I don’t know. Before, I once believed that Christ really died on the cross, because that’s what the Bible said so. But as I started to encounter and learn the alternate stories about Christ, I can say that the story of Jesus being crucified may be untrue. We cannot disregard the other stories of Jesus surviving the execution just because the mainstream Christian religions claim it.
Remember the saying, “After a fierce battle, the victors always had the power to rewrite history according to what they want to personify and glorify. That does not mean it’s all accurately true.”