After all, the Bible itself involves verses that confirm the fact that Jesus could not have been crucified. For example, Psalm 91 implicitly indicates that Jesus could not be crucified. According to one interpretation of Psalm 91, God says that He would save Jesus as follows:
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91 3-16)
Supposing that, according to another interpretation, Jesus is not meant by those verses and it is believers in general who are intended, it sounds quite reasonable that the protection God would provide to one of His dearest prophets and messengers, who is even presumably His Son, should have been much more considerable than that provided to the ordinary believers. Accordingly, it is impossible that God takes such great care of average believers but delivers His presumable Son to death.
However, the dialogue between the Devil and Jesus cited in Luke 4 proves that it is Jesus who is intended by the above verses. In Luke 4, the Devil is quoted as citing what is written in Psalm 91:11-12 to tempt Jesus, who, in confirmation of the ascription of those verses to him, told the Devil that he would not have been able to tempt him despite quoting those verses. In Luke 4, we read the following verses:
For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Luke 4:10-12)
Moreover, in Psalm 116, we notice that Jesus is quoted as giving thanks to Allah for delivering him from death. How come Christians believe in Psalm 116 as a part of the Bible though it explicitly quotes Jesus as thanking God for saving him from death? Jesus may thank God only if He saved him from crucifixion. If he was really killed and crucified, for which thing did he give thanks to God? Is there rescue after killing and death?
In Psalm 116, we read the following verses:
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”; in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.” What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord—in your midst, Jerusalem. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 116 1-19)
Even though some commentators on the Bible think that Jesus is not originally meant by the above verses, they themselves do not rule out that they are also applicable to Jesus. The same argument applies to Psalm 118, which quotes Jesus as saying:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. (Psalm 118 1-29)
Despite all pieces of evidence offered above confirming that Jesus was neither killed nor crucified, we notice that many Christian priests still argue that Jesus was crucified and claim that all evidence offered above abounds in contradictions and errors. However, it is the Bible which is deemed to involve many contradictions and errors according to many Christians in the first place.
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