MembersWho Was Crucified at Golgotha?

Christian theological documents representing most historic churches commonly declare that “God was crucified” or that “God died on the cross.”

By Gershon Nerel |
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Since the early centuries AD until modern times, orthodox teachers have promoted the notion that “God’s crucifixion” took place at a site called “the Skull,” also known as Calvary or Golgotha.


In fact, both Catholics and Protestants adopt and reaffirm the phraseology of a “Crucified God.” However, when the word “God” is mentioned in this context, the following questions must be raised: Was our “Father in Heaven” also crucified? And, was the Father of the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) walking and acting upon planet earth?


Unlike the expressions found in established doctrines and creeds, the New Testament employs a different kind of terminology. For example, in the Gospel of Matthew, it is clearly recorded that the Son of God was crucified (27:43; 54). Also, Mark the Evangelist recalls that the Son of God was hanging on the cross (15:39), not God Himself. It is most interesting to observe that, especially in the four Gospels, the appellation “God” refers primarily to the Father in Heaven,...

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