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Fr. David Okolie’s response to Reno Omokri concerning the Cross of Christ

Well, I must commend Reno Omokri for his sophistry! I also believe that those who have studied philosophy must have learnt about the SOPHISTS and how they confused people with their sophistry; that is exactly what Reno Omokri is doing today.

I find it difficult to meticulously go through long posts on social media but I decided to go through this one, just to get his points.

Well, just as the Greeks were helpless before the sophistry of the Sophists until Socrates came to the scene, so too many persons who follow Reno today are helpless. I really pity them!

Having said the above, I want to say categorically that Reno is totally wrong and is only confusing gullible minds around him. I really do not intend to make this post long but I will also post another one before the end of next week on the use of images. Please anticipate that one too. Now, I ask:

What has Egypt to do with the Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ?

Historically and Biblically (or to use his own preferred term, Scripturally), the Romans crucified Jesus Christ. The capital punishment among the Romans then was Crucifixion on the Cross.

If the cross sign has ever existed in the Egyptian culture, what has it to do with what was in use in the penal system of the Romans at the time of Jesus? Can’t we find things that are similar in two different cultures.

Are there not certain things in our Igbo culture, for example, that we can’t find in other cultures of the world, even before the contact with the white people? So, how can Reno make such an UNJUSTIFIED LEAP between a symbol that existed in the Egyptian culture and the penal practice of the Romans?

Now, is the cross not a tree? A tree that has this shape ‘+’, what is it called, if not a cross? CROSS is simply a shape and the concept of the shape must have cut across many cultures. Even today, if one draws this shape ‘+’ what shape will he call it, if not a CROSS?

So, since the Penal system of the Romans used Crucifixion on a Cross-shape, whose wood is made from a tree, what is wrong in calling it a CROSS?

So, it is a historical fact that Jesus was crucified on a Cross according to the penal (Punishment) system of the Romans at the time of his existence here on the earth.

Now, with the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection, the sign of the Cross becomes SALVIFIC (i.e, capable of effecting salvation). Historically too, Emperor Constantine was able to win in a fierce battle through the instrumentality of the CROSS and this even made him convert to Christianity. You can research on that.

I can continue endlessly but let me end it here with the following…

Beloved fellow Christians, please, do not allow anybody to make you an enemy of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Hence, St. Paul affirms: “For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven…” (Cf. Phil 3:18-20).

Please, stop following any person whose aim is to confuse you and turn you against God.

May God save you from the hypnotization of such a person. Amen.

Remain blessed!

– Rev. Fr. David Okolie

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