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He was tested The Jews living in the time of Jesus did try to discern whether Jesus was the real Messiah that they had been yearning for, because they disliked living under Roman rule and wanted to go back at least to the Hasmonean period, or better yet, to the David & Solomon period (the golden age). They were waiting for God to provide them with ...


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Part of the OP assumption is the Jews in leadership didn't test Christ. They did, but they didn't like what they found. And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. Mt 22:46 Not to be callous, but the reason the leaders didn't acknowledge the Messiah was because He was going to flatten ...


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Your question is not naive. Nor is there a single answer. No sign. Some Jews expected the Messiah to perform an outstanding miracle. Moses prophesied this: 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. (Deuteronomy 18:15) Since Moses performed ten plagues against ...


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From a Christian perspective, your question contains two erroneous premises: first that every person will be saved (universal salvation) and second that “Jesus descended into the deepest depths of Hell to endure further ineffable tortures.” According to the Bible, only those persons who come to saving faith in Christ Jesus will be saved. God is certainly ...


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How was it loving for God to torture his own son? God didn't torture His own Son. We did. How was it just/fair for Jesus to take the punishment that we deserve? It wasn't fair, but it was God's demonstration of love. Humanity was cursed for our sin which resulted in the consequence of death. Jesus took that curse upon Himself, on our behalf, which ...


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The Alexamenos Graffito - "Alexamenos worships his god". Someone decided to mock Alexamenos with some graffiti at the Palatine Hill. Christians, especially in the first and second centuries, were accused of worshipping a donkey, which is called "Onolatry". Tertullian writes about this with reference to Christians. Google "onolatry" and "Tertullian" to ...


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Could Jesus’ appearing before Pilate, Herod, and scourging happen in 3 hours? Historically speaking, it could be possible, but it is doubted by many. The crucifixion of Jesus occurred in 1st-century Judea, most likely April 7, 30 AD or April 3, 33 AD. Jesus' crucifixion is described in the four canonical gospels, referred to in the New Testament epistles, ...


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In her novel The Minister's Wooing, written in 1859, Harriet Beecher Stowe offers the death of Christ as a response to the problem of evil. She does it in the voice of one of the characters, but it is safe to assume from the context that she agreed with his sentiment. Interestingly, in her view, the great suffering of God is primarily that of the Father who ...


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Here is an early writing which may have been part of what influenced Bonhoeffer in the direction of cruciform theodicy. It comes as part of a letter from Ambrose of Milan to the Christian congregation at Vercellae in 396 AD. In staunch opposition to Epicurean Philosophy (from whence comes the Problem of Evil in it's original formulation) Ambrose points out ...


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Were there previous Christian writers, prior to [Dietrich Bonhoeffer (4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) who claimed that Christ's suffering on the Cross contains the answer to the problem of evil? A little clarity is in order first. The Wikipedia article on the Problem of evil does not cite Dietrich Bonhoeffer as the originator of "cruciform theodicy". ...


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It was for a slow, painful and also humiliation. The cross had no symbolic meaning in a crucifixion, it could have been any wooden construction. Historically crucifixion actually means impaling on a plank, piece of wood ,etc. The word cross actually comes from the word crux which defers to a wooden construction(or tree) used for impaling people on. Where it ...


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What does modern scholarship conclude about the shape of the cross and the method of crucifixion of Jesus? The Romans had only a few forms of crucifixion methods at the time of Christ. The gibbet on which crucifixion was carried out could be of many shapes. Josephus says that the Roman soldiers who crucified the many prisoners taken during the Siege of ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas's commentary on Matthew 27:46 explains that He calls Him His Father, in that He is God; He calls Him His God, in that He is man: wherefore, when He says, My God, My God, etc., it is clear that He is speaking insofar as He is a man; hence, He groans, to express the greatness of His human suffering.


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As a crude analogy, God sending his Son to die on the cross is as much child abuse as a father sending his son to war. He didn't kill his son; others did. Though he knew his son would be killed, it was for a righteous cause. How was it loving for God to torture his own son? God didn't torture Jesus. Mankind did, with the acceptance of Christ. But he was ...


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