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Did Jesus die on a cross or torture stake?

Why is the cross denied?

Most of Christianity believes Jesus died on a cross, so why do Jehovah's Witnesses believe he died on a "torture stake"?  Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jesus died with his hands together, one over the other, nailed one time above his head in a vertical position.  They do not belive he died on a cross in a "t" position with nails going through both hands.

Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the religion did believe Jesus died on the cross.  Judge Rutherford, the second President of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, changed the belief to its current position on this matter.

In the NWT, John 20:24, 25 makes it clear that Jesus died on a cross, not a torture stake.

"But Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called The Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  Consequently the other disciples would say to him: 'We have seen the Lord!'  But he said to them: 'Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails and stick my finger into the print of the nails and stick my hand into his side, I will certainly not believe.'"

NOTE:  The words "hands" and "nails" are plural.  If he died on the torture stake as Jehovah's Witnesses claim, then Thomas would have said, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nail..."(nail would have been singular).

The versus in 26-29, go on to tell us how Jesus came back again to let Thomas do just that.  Verse 28 & 29 concludes with Thomas acknowledging that Jesus is God.

"In answer Thomas said to him: 'My Lord and my God!'  Jesus said to him: 'Because you have seen me have you believed?  Happy are those who do not see and yet believe.'"

In addition to the cross proof, this also proves Jesus is God, (See Deity of Christ page) something Jehovah's Witnesses deny.  If Jesus was not God, would Jesus not have reprimanded Thomas?  Jesus had no problem reprimanding and correcting people when they were wrong.  No, Jesus did not correct Thomas, because he is God.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society seems to take every measure to teach Jehovah's Witnesses to be different from Christianity (from denying the Deity of Christ to dying on the cross), so as to claim all other Christian religions are false religion.

However, in John 8:24, NWT it says:

"Therefore I said to YOU, YOU will die in YOUR sins.  For if you do not believe that I am [he], you will die in your sins."

NOTE:  The NWT took the word "am" out of caps and added the word in brackets [he] to infer I am Jesus.  But other scriptures in the Bible using the phrase "I AM" clearly show that I AM is God.  (See more information on this on the Deity of Christ page.)

If you are deceived about the small things, how can you trust those big leaps of faith?

If the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society will go through such great lengths to say Jesus did not die on a cross, yet in their own Bible it proves otherwise, then how can they be trusted on much larger leaps of faith?

In my opinion, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society seems to take every measure to teach Jehovah's Witnesses to be different from Christianity (from denying the Deity of Christ to dying on the cross), so as to claim all other Christian religions are false religion.

NWT Scripture shows Jesus died on a cross

In the NWT, John 20:24, 25 makes it clear that Jesus died on a cross, not a torture stake.

"But Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called The Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  Consequently the other disciples would say to him: 'We have seen the Lord!'  But he said to them: 'Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails and stick my finger into the print of the the nails and stick my hand into his side, I will certainly not believe.'"

NOTE:  The words "hands" and "nails" are plural.  If he died on the torture stake as Jehovah's Witnesse claim, then Thomas would have said, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nail..."(nail would have been singular).

The Opposite of Love is Fear

Having been raised in a fear-based culture, I now know that being coerced to practice a religion out of fear, is not loving.  1 John 4:18 (NWT), "There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint.  Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love."