Jerusalem

Why did Jesus go to Jerusalem? What really happened there? What made Judas tick?

 

Chances are, your pastor never spent much time trying to explain the story of Jerusalem. So, I'll do his job for him. You're welcome.

 

Jerusalem

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Comments (9)

  1. stevehayes13

    The notion that Pilate did not want Jesus to die is incredible. If that had been Pilate’s position, Jesus would not have been executed by the Romans.

    August 07, 2017
    1. den_of_iniquity2

      Pilate was afraid of a Jewish uprising, so he relented.

      August 07, 2017
      1. stevehayes13

        The notion that the Romans were afraid of a Jewish uprising as a result of Pilate not executing Jesus is risible.

        August 08, 2017
        1. den_of_iniquity2

          Seems to me that the idea that Pilate saw Jesus as a threat to the Roman Empire is risible. It was the Jewish elders who despised Jesus and considered him a threat to their authority. They are the ones who followed him and conspired against him and pushed for his execution. That’s according to the gospel accounts, and that’s what I’m going on.
          So, if you think that’s risible, make your case. If you’re going to make a statement like that, back it up.

          August 08, 2017
          1. stevehayes13

            It simply does not make sense. Why would the Roman empire care about the religious wrangling of Jews? They wouldn’t. They were polytheists, and thus religiously tolerant. The Romans executed Jesus and they did so by crucifixion, a form of punishment reserved for pirates and rebels. The clear implication of this is that the Romans considered Jesus to be a member of an insurgent group, possibly the Zealots. They simply wouldn’t have bothered to execute some Jew just because of an internal Jewish religious dispute.

            August 08, 2017
            1. den_of_iniquity2

              They simply wouldn’t have bothered to execute some Jew just because of an internal Jewish religious dispute.
              They would if they feared a Jewish uprising. Pilate’s primary job was to keep the peace. A Jewish uprising would have been an embarrassment for him.
              I’m concerned with the gospel narrative. It seems perfectly plausible to me. If you don’t believe it happened that way, fine.

              August 08, 2017
            2. stevehayes13

              Have you ever noticed that for someone who is against Christianity, you seem remarkably committed to some aspects?

              August 08, 2017
            3. den_of_iniquity2

              It’s not that I’m committed to it. It’s just that I don’t see any reason to dispute this part of it. Of all the parts of the Bible that are truly risible, this just doesn’t seem to be one of them. Your arguments are not convincing. If you or anyone can give me persuasive evidence, I’m happy to try to see it that way. I don’t personally believe in anything the gospels say. I’m just dealing with what they do say.

              August 08, 2017
            4. den_of_iniquity2

              My point in this piece is that Jesus considered himself the King of the Jews, and told his disciples so. King of the Jews. Not divine. Not savior of the world. Savior of Israel and Jews only.

              August 08, 2017