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Why do words change in the bible?
In The Bible, four times we are told the Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross. We are this by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Paul.
The word "Cross" was used only once in Matthew Chapter 23:26 As they lead him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
The word "Cross" was only used once in Mark. Chapter 15:21 A certain man from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.
The word "Cross" was once again only used once in Luke. Chapter 23:26 As they lead him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
The word "Cross" was used for the last time in John. Chapter 19:16-17 So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went into the place of the Scull ( which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).
When it comes to using the word "Tree" however, it has been used numerous times in the bible.
Acts 5:29-30 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather then men. 30: The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged him on a tree.
Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins , should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we were healed.
And in Galations 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the cruse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.
The "Tree" is even meantioned in the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy 21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree.
Why would the Romans, crucify all of the worst ones on crosses? They would have to cut down trees, shave away all the bark, then cut them apart in order to make boards of wood, and then nail the boards of wood together in order to make crosses. Then they would have to dig up the ground and plant the crosses in the ground.
Since we have been told, that Jesus was being helped to carry his cross, how many crosses were the Romans making? And how many trees were they cutting down?
One interesting thing, however is revelation and the number 666 that does not change. It is in the bible, and has been in the bible for a very long time.
I do know that Jesus Christ died to save my soul. To forgive my sins, and for that I love him. God loves us more then we will ever know. But, sometimes certain things confuse me. Like the cross. The fact that Jesus, died for our sins, and rose from the dead is the most important thing. But, why are there so many crosses in every church, on every necklace, in every painting? Why is the cross itself so important? It is not the cross that is important, it is Jesus Christ's death and resurrection.