For century after century the Christians try to make us believe that Jesus was crucified because he said he was son of God. But Israel at those times was under the Romans and Jesus was convicted by the Roman law, not the Hebrew law. And the Roman law ordered beheading for religious crimes. Crucifixion was used only for political crimes, crimes against the state or the people of the state. Beside that fact, many Romans were those who claimed to be sons and daughters of a god. To claim that a child was born from a mortal and a god or goddess was something very common in Roman culture. Julious Ceasar was claiming that his family came from Venus and instead of having him killed the Romans made him their emperor!
In 311 and 312 tetrarch Maxentius Daia published, in the whole empire, the reasons Jesus was brought to death. Those reasons were:
1. He claims to be a king (in Matthew 17:24- 26, Jesus did not pay the required taxes because he, as he says, is a son of a king)
2. He collects taxes like he was a king (even though whores and tax collectors were very law esteemed in Israel he had a lot of them as his followers. Matthew, for example was a tax collector. Was it to save their soul, or were they collecting taxes for him as well just like they were doing for the Romans?)
3. Armed robberies (Remember the episodes in the Temple? What happened to the coins that fall on the ground, after Jesus and the armed mob that was following him beaten up the traders there?)
4. Taking over of the city of Jeriho (From the historical documents saved to us we know that the city of Jeriho was taken over by Zealots, and many innocent people were killed, because they didn’t care to help the Zealots in their rebellion. The only person who could be their leader was only Jesus, at those times, as he was the head of the Nazirians and the Jerusalem church)
5. Practicing witchcraft (The Roman law was punishing those who practiced “back magic”, or other practices that could be harmful for the people, such as cursing or the use of venomous herbs. The cases in the bible, were Jesus curses people are countless. He even teaches his students to practice such things. In Matthew 10:14-15 we see him order his students to clean their clothes from the dust, if they had been in an unfriendly city. That practice took place, so that when he was to curse the city, the curse wouldn’t fall upon the students as well. In 21:19 we read “And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again!’ And the fig tree withered at once.” The same episode can be also found in Mark 11:13.
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