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Jesus and the taxman: More proof that Jesus' death on the cross was not needed

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According to Christian preachers and speakers, Jesus’ death on the cross was necessary for the salvation of mankind, atonement was needed in order for sins to be removed. We have already written a few articles showing that this was not the case, that other methods of salvation and being forgiven already existed before Jesus’ death, in fact these methods also existed during the lifetime of Jesus, and taught by Jesus himself. You can read the articles on the 2 following links:

http://www.muslimdebate.org/polemics/christianity/146-was-jesus-death-on-the-cross-needed

http://www.muslimdebate.org/polemics/christianity/404-yahweh-the-god-who-forgives-and-forgets-sins

We will now produce further evidence that Jesus’ death on the cross was not necessary, and the latest evidence comes from a wealth taxman. According to the Gospel of Luke, the following incident took place:

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19: 1-10)

So Jesus meets with this enthusiastic tax chief, and Jesus says he shall be staying in the man’s house, much to the delight of the taxman. Some people question Jesus’ actions here, and the taxman to prove his righteousness, tells Jesus that he has given half of his possessions to the poor, and vows to repay back anyone he has cheated. After seeing his righteousness, Jesus says that salvation has come to this man’s home, basically saying that this taxman has been saved.

Now as we all know, this incident takes place before Jesus’ death on the cross, yet this taxman’s salvation is already given, thus proving yet again that the cross was not a necessity for salvation, that other methods-ways were already well in place for people’s salvation.

In this case, the taxman’s salvation was given because he was a good and honest righteous man, and so Jesus told him salvation would come to his house. What this incident also proves, is that salvation is linked to actions, namely the action of giving charity and being a trustworthy person, and that salvation is not merely based on faith alone devoid of any actions.

In conclusion, we have seen that yet again, the cross was not needed. 

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