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A CROSS WAS NOT AN ALTAR FOR SACRIFICES BUT A TOOL USED FOR AN EXECUTION

A CROSS WAS NOT AN ALTAR FOR SACRIFICES BUT A TOOL USED FOR AN EXECUTION

An Altar Crucifix or Altar Cross is a cross placed upon an altar, and is the principal ornament of the altar. An altar is a structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices are made for religious purposes. Altars were found only in temples, the only place for Jewish worship and sacrifice. Golgotha was not an altar, or a place of worship and a cross was not a part of the religious practices, beliefs and objects that were dominant in the Judeo-christian society at that time. If the cross was a tool for sacrificing what purpose did the two thieves serve for being on a cross.

Matthew 27:33: "And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha [Γολγοθᾶ], that is to say, a place of a skull [Κρανίου Τόπος]" (KJV)Mark 15:22: "And they bring him unto the place Golgotha [Γολγοθᾶ], which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull [Κρανίου Τόπος]" (KJV) Before Jesus there were no religious or symbolic crosses and the altar of God a prominent object in the Bible as "God's table," was a sacred place for sacrifices and gifts offered up to God located in the temple, a place where a Roman soldier could not offer a sacrifice to God being he was not clean, a Levite, a high priest, or a Jew. The word altar comes from the Latin altārium, meaning "high," and also to the Latin adolere, which means "to ritually burn or sacrifice."