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The Difference Between the Cross and the Electric Chair

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At Richard Dawkin’s (The Pope of Atheism) and many other atheist sites you can find this quote from the long-dead comedian Lenny Bruce:

“If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago,
Catholic school children would be wearing
little electric chairs around their necks
instead of crosses.”

Maybe you, too, believe that there is no difference between the Cross that Jesus was crucified on and the electric chair. If so, then you’d be wrong. Dead wrong.

Here’s an excerpt from an excellent article that explains the difference:

The electric chair was created by the Edison Company in the late 1800s as a means to execute a prisoner faster and more humanely. Typically, the process—leading up to, during, and following our executions today—is carefully scripted and implemented to ensure the criminal dies with some dignity and as little suffering as possible.

The cross was designed and used to execute criminals in the slowest, most painful, agonizing, and humiliating way possible, reserved only for slave, pirates, and traitors. Being such an unspeakably horrifying way to die, Roman citizens were not subjected to it. Anyone hanging on a cross was of no value whatsoever. They were a curse. When Paul wrote to the Galatians about the nature of Christ’s death, they knew exactly what he was talking about because they knew what the cross signified. Click here to read the rest of the article.

4 Comments

  1. Excellent article!
    The writer states: “There is no parallel symbol to speak of what our Savior suffered and endured for each of us.”

    For those that name Jesus Christ, that call Him ours, who say we love Him and would give our lives in His service, is it not mandatory that we walk in a manner as Paul described in (1 Corinthians 11:1)
    “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

    “Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. (Heb. 10:29)

    I would say to all who are unrepentant, turn to the Savour now and begin a new life that promises eternity in His heavenly kingdom! The cost of doing otherwise has nothing less than a horrifying outlook!

  2. I don’t even think you are missing the point; you are deliberately avoiding it.

  3. Garrett says:
    “I don’t even think you are missing the point;”

    Thanks Garrett; I don’t even think I am either :<)

  4. Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for Steve L. he’ll be here all week XD

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