Who has possession of the real empty tomb in Jerusalem, Catholics or Protestants?
The Mystery of The Two Tombs
If you visit Jerusalem you will notice there are two locations that claim to be the spot of the empty tomb
Catholics have long held the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is the spot of the empty tomb where Jesus rose frolic the dead. If you walk into the bottom of the church there is an empty tomb there. Christians have visited and venerated the spot since at least the 4th century
Protestants in the 19th century said they claimed they found a spot to be an empty tomb, they call it The Garden Tomb. Some believe it was so Protestants did not have to visit a Catholic Church and be immersed in Catholic history to see the real tomb
On the official website of the Protestant garden tomb a disclaimer reads:
“The question as to whether this is the same tomb in which the Messiah was buried is ultimately unimportant. What is important is that visitors to this garden have an encounter with the living Messiah today.”
- 1 month agoFavorite Answer
I would go with the longer-held tradition, than with a very recent speculation; or worse, something fabricated for spite.
- DP.Lv 61 month ago
There are two facts that should help focus here....
1) We don't know and have no means to ever know for sure
2) We don't need to know and so any energy used on this is wasted.
I've been to both and was fortunate enough to be with a well known Jewish archaeologist with a number of his esteemed colleagues. It's more likely than not, that neither place is the actual place but if you had to decide which was more likely it is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre..... You should understand though how this, and all of the "holy" sites came to be. In essence, what happened was that centuries after Christ died, Christians started to wonder about the holy sites in the holy land. They traveled to Israel in the hope of having a spiritual encounter at such sites (which in of itself isn't a great motive). When they got to Israel they not surprisingly found that these sites weren't memorialized or marked (the Jews didn't consider them holy). Naturally they asked if any locals knew where the sites of different incidents were... "Where Jesus lived.." "Where Jesus was born" "Where Jesus died"...etc. The locals saw the opportunity to make money which wasn't going to happen if they didn't know where these sites were.... so they took the pilgrims to the various sites.
As a result the earliest pilgrims built churches on top of the sites.... (which is another example of trying to usurp special miraculous blessing). Irrespective, it's "possible" that locals did know certain sites and they really are the sites in question but it's highly "improbable" that after centuries they knew this and much more likely that they made them up!Irrespective, one thing is for absolute sure....
If God wanted us to know for sure, we'd know!
- capitalgentlemanLv 71 month ago
I think it is neither. I think an Orthodox denomination has a church on the spot.
- Anonymous1 month ago
The Garden Tomb most closely matches the biblical accounts
Its a very short distance from Golgotha where he was crucified, and in the garden where he frequently prayed.
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- ArcherLv 71 month ago
They have many empty tombs but no one knows if Jesus ever rested in one of them. Like much it is all in the presentation.
- Anonymous1 month ago
The biggest issue is catholic beliefs. Catholic beliefs lead a person to hell because they teach works for salvation, so get away completely from those catholic beliefs. Here is the truth: Death leads to immediate heaven or hell. The only way to have eternal life, the only way to be in heaven and avoid hell, is by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life (John 6:47). It is that simple and that easy. It is too late to be saved after death. Jesus is God and Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood to pay for all of our sins in full, and then Jesus resurrected from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Nothing else pays for our sins, not works from us or anything else, and Jesus already paid for our sins with His death and blood. You cannot add any works to getting into heaven (Romans 4:5).
- MichzeLv 51 month ago
Neither. The Romans dumped criminals (seditionists) into holes in the ground.
- 1 month ago
There is no such thing as the "real" tomb.
- keyjonaLv 71 month ago
It's likely neither.