Jesus in
order to
of God as their own inheritance.


Who exactly killed Jesus? Or more
precisely, who sacrificed him and to
whom? Most Christians seem to
agree with the Old Testament notion
that God is responsible for
everything, including good and evil.
Isaiah quotes God as saying: “I form
the light, and create darkness: I make
peace, and create evil: I the LORD do
all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7).
Amos speaks in the same vein: “If
there is calamity in a city, will not the
LORD have done it?” (Amos 3:6).
However, Jesus brings an entirely
different perspective. He tells us it is
“the thief” that steals, kills and
destroys. God, on the other hand, is
the giver and restorer of life. (John
10:10). Since God does not kill, he
would not kill Jesus, his only
begotten son.
But most Christians do not bother to
listen to Jesus. They not only
continue to insist that God killed
Jesus; they even believe God
sacrificed him. They say when Adam
and Eve sinned; God sacrificed an
animal to atone for their sins. This is
really stretching it. The scripture
says: “The LORD God made garments
of skin for Adam and his wife and
clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21).
However, it is nakedness, not sin,
which is covered with clothing. If
their sin were thereby atoned for,
how come Christians still claim the
rest of mankind inherited their
“original sin?”

Soul Sacrifice
In any case, sacrifices are offered to
God: God himself does not sacrifice.
We worship God: God does not
worship himself. Therefore, it is
nonsensical to presume that God
would make a sacrifice to himself.
Then there is the incongruity of the
resurrection. If God sacrificed Jesus,
he would not then raise him from the
dead. God does not undo the work of
his own hands. Solomon says:
“Whatever God does, it shall be
forever. Nothing can be added to it,
and nothing taken from it.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:14).
How then are we to understand
Isaiah who says: “It pleased the
LORD to bruise him; he has put him
to grief. When you make his soul an
offering for sin, he shall see his
seed, he shall prolong his days, and
the pleasure of the LORD shall
prosper in his hand?” (Isaiah 53:10).
The meaning of this scripture is
highly disputed. The Jews, to whom
the Hebrew Scriptures belong, insist
Isaiah 53 is addressed to the Lord’s
servant, who in the Old Testament is
Israel. (Isaiah 41:8). However,
Christians insist it refers to the
Messiah, who we recognize as
Jesus. In any case, Isaiah does not
talk of blood sacrifice: he talks of
“soul offering.” This shows he is only
talking metaphorically. The soul is an
inanimate, non-physical part of a
man; so Isaiah’s soul sacrifice
cannot mean the physical sacrifice of
a human-being.

Human sacrifice

Moreover, Isaiah is a Jew, so he
would never write about human
sacrifice. Human sacrifice is the
heathen way of worship; which is
strictly forbidden in the Law of
Moses. Moses says: “When the LORD
your God cuts off from before you the
nations which you go to dispossess,
and you displace them and dwell in
their land, take heed to yourself that
you are not ensnared to follow them,
after they are destroyed from before
you, and that you do not inquire after
their gods, saying, ‘How did these
nations serve their gods? I also will
do likewise.’
You shall not worship the Lord your
God in that way; for every
abomination to the LORD which He
hates they have done to their gods;
for they burn even their sons and
daughters in the fire to their gods.”
(Deuteronomy 12:29-31).
Therefore, the human sacrifice of
Jesus would be abomination to God.
But in order to avoid this verdict,
some Christians insist Jesus is not a
man. However, Peter, a man who
walked with Jesus says: “Jesus of
Nazareth was a man.” (Acts 2:22).
Paul says the same thing: “There is
one God and one mediator between
God and men, the man, Christ
Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5). Most
conclusive of all, Jesus himself says
he is a man. (John 8:40).

Vain worship
Jesus would never propose the
worship of God according to the
pagan ways of the heathen. As a
matter of fact, Jesus maintains God
is not even interested in the Jewish
practice of temple worship and
sacrifice. He tells a Samaritan
woman: “A time is coming when you
will worship the Father neither on
this mountain nor in Jerusalem. God
is spirit, and his worshipers must
worship in spirit and in truth.” (John
In short, Jesus teaches that Temple
worship, which includes the
sacrificial cult, is not true worship.
The true worship God desires is
inspired by the Holy Spirit and comes
from the heart. It is clear then that, in
order to get a true understanding of
the crucifixion and death of Jesus,
we would need to listen to Jesus
himself, and not to the different
theories propounded about this in
Christendom; each one backed with
conflicting bible references.

Evil sacrifice
What does Jesus himself say about
his death? Does he talk about it in
any way that could be presumed to
be a sacrifice? Here is Jesus’ simple
and definitive version of his
crucifixion in his own words, and it
has nothing to do with him offering
himself as a sacrifice for sins.
Jesus says: “There was a certain
landowner who planted a vineyard
and set a hedge around it, dug a
winepress in it and built a tower. And
he leased it to vinedressers and went
into a far country. Now when vintage-
time drew near, he sent his servants
to the vinedressers, that they might
receive its fruit. And the vinedressers
took his servants, beat one, killed
one, and stoned another.
Again he sent other servants, more
than the first, and they did likewise to
them. Then last of all he sent his
son to them, saying, ‘They will
respect my son.’ But when the
vinedressers saw the son, they said
among themselves, ‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and seize his
inheritance.’ So they took him and
cast him out of the vineyard and
killed him.” (Matthew 21:33-39).
In Jesus’ true-to-life story, the
landowner is God; the prophets are
his servants; Jesus is his son and
the pastors are the vinedressers.
Simply translated, the pastors killed
Jesus in order to hijack the Church of
God as their inheritance. But their
devious descendants now claim God
sacrificed Jesus.
There is a sacrifice here alright but it
is the anti-type of the Jewish system.
The pastors sacrificed Jesus to
Caesar and not to God. They did this
to safeguard their privileged
positions under Roman rule which
was threatened by Jesus’ radical
Thus, when the Pharisees accused
his disciples of breaking the law by
plucking grains to eat on the
Sabbath, Jesus replied: “If you had
known what these words mean, ‘I
desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you
would not have condemned the
innocent.” (Matthew 12:7). Since
they would soon also condemn him
wrongfully to death, he thereby
judged beforehand their decision to
sacrifice him. Under no
circumstances can this devilish act
be confused with divine atonement
for sins.

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