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The Swoon Theory

What Is the Swoon Theory?

The Swoon Theory is an idea that suggests that Jesus did not die when his crucifixion happened. He fainted or “swooned” at that time and lost consciousness. After some time, Jesus then regained consciousness while he was in the tomb and found a way of escaping.

But does this mean Jesus survived his crucifixion?

Is It True?

  • Several factors prove that the Swoon Theory tends to make claims that have apparent loopholes. Firstly, six-inch spikes were driven into the feet and hands of Jesus. He was left on the cross to bleed where His body was left to hang. He was left fixated on that spot until He would have no more room to breathe and, even if He did find a way to catch his breath, He would have eventually bled to death.

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.”

John 19:34

  • It is likely that this is a reference to a spear piercing the heart of Jesus out of which came out a watery serum and blood which is a clear confirmation to His death. Jesus’s Roman executioners would’ve broken his legs but did not do so because he saw that he had already died. Since these men were veteran executioners who would have to face death themselves for making such a mistake, they would have made sure that Jesus had in fact died.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they break not his legs:”

John 19:33

  • Pilate also confirmed that Jesus had in fact died before he allowed the burial. A person of his stature could not have made such mistake since the matter was public and the stakes were incredibly high.

44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.”

45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.”

Mark 15:44-45

  • Jesus was wrapped in bandages and approximately 75 pounds of different spices. A person who would have passed out would not have been able to endure this treatment and still survive to see another day.

39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.”

John 19:39

  • And lastly, when Jesus resurrected, the disciples could not see him as a man who was injured, bloody, or in need of medical attention. On the contrary, they were elated. Jesus showed the scars He had on His feet and His hands. He didn’t show any on his infected wounds.

Wrapping Up

The Swoon Theory being true is not something that is unlikely. Rather, it is completely impossible, judging by the information available to us. He didn’t faint on the cross, He died. If you have any further questions about The Swoon Theory and would like to know more, contact Doctor Andrew Knight for a detailed account. Call him today on 877 411 5300.