I was at a dinner party and a few of the people there were servants. We were talking about Christ's crucifixion, and His death, and they proved that Christ DID NOT DIE because of pain or suffering on the cross.
Please tell me what you think, and what the opinion of the Church is also.
Here are the main points that were used to arrive at this conclusion:
1. Christ was not born of Adam's sin. He did NOT inherit Adam's corrupted nature.
Of course here we mean that God created Adam eternal, and Adam, by his own will decided for him that it would be more interesting to die, so he brought death upon himself. Hence, we inherited this corrupted nature that dies and is prone to sin.
Christ BYPASSED this nature. He was immortal.
2. If Christ was born WITHOUT inheriting Adam's sin, it means he is immortal. He cannot die. So, how then could he die (on the cross)??
The conclusion of this point was that it wasn't the cross that killed Him. He suffered and experienced suffering, but it wasn't the suffering that killed him, nor the pain. It was His OWN WILL that He gave up His Life.
Its a case of the eternal God is Eternal, but because of His Will, HE CAN Choose to die.
3. The Scriptural References
a) Christ said to Pilate:
I have authority to lay down my life, and I have authority to take it.
b) Christ said to the Father:
"in Your Hands, I commend my Spirit".
i.e. He decided WHEN He was going to die.
Now, if all this was obvious for you, that's great. For me, it is quite new. I thought that Christ died FROM the suffering on the Cross. As a direct result of. Apparently, according to these servants, this is not the case.
Can anyone here confirm any of this?