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0 posted 02-04-2001 10:22 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Read what I found floating on the 'net:

A doctor's description of crucifixion

The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought iron nail through the wrist deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is press backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed.The victim is now crucified. As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain- the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves. As he pushes himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, he places the full weight on the nail through his feet. Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the bones of his feet. As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through his muscles, knotting them deep relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push himself upward to breathe. Air can be drawn into the lungs but not exhaled. He fights to raise himself in order to get even one small breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream, and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, he is able to push himself upward to exhale and bring in life-giving oxygen. Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint wrenching cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from his lacerated back as he moves up and down against rough timber. Then another agony begins: a deep, crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart. It is now almost over - the loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level - the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues - the tortured lungs are making frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air.

Before you complain, take a minute to think about this. Jesus had the Heavenly Host at His command, who would come if He cried to them.. but He didn't. He went through this agony so we wouldn't have to feel the agony of Hell! Just think about that when you're having a bad day...

"Where there is great love there are always miracles" -Cather
"Love heals everything, and love is all there is"- Zukav

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1 posted 02-05-2001 09:25 AM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

inspiring.....i'll give it a try

I see no changes, wake up in the morning I ask myself, "Is life worth living or should I blast myself" TUPAC SHAKUR

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2 posted 02-05-2001 09:43 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Ah so true! It's got to be one of the worst ways to die. Slowly and of suffocation.
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3 posted 02-05-2001 12:58 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Wow....well thanks for the read lovebug.
It served its purposed.

I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I'm in love with my shadow
I admire it daily
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4 posted 02-05-2001 01:02 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Though inspiring, I have to say that the method of crucifixion, though absolutely horrendous, doesn't impact me so deeply.

I can't help this opinion - look around the world at the ways in which people died in the past - and now.

Have you studied the methods of torture and execution in the middle ages? Sensationalism was a carry over from the Roman Empire...

And then there is today: Starvation...long, arduous starvation. Parents's watching their children die like this - and that becomes a death for themselves wouldn't you think?

Serial killers and their methods...

Medicines that are beneficial in extending our life spans - but what about the quality of life? Does a terminally ill patient receive an improved quality of life while slowly dying - over months, even excrutiating pain?

I'm sorry but I can't embrace the philosophy of feeling great about my life because Jesus died in great suffering. So do countless millions of other people. Every day.

It is what His death MEANT, and resulted in, that means more.

Although I find that hard to embrace also - on a regular basis.

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5 posted 02-05-2001 06:31 PM       View Profile for mark woolard   Email mark woolard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for mark woolard

lovebug:  bravo to your faith!  God bless!

severn:  excellent analysis!  I pray you find a way to embrace. . .
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6 posted 02-05-2001 08:15 PM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

it all makes me sad...
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