A few days ago World News Daily reported that an Israeli man turned himself into the police in Jerusalem, claiming he’s not only a time traveller but also the killer of Jesus Christ.
The Jerusalem District Police confirmed that an unidentified man dressed in a Roman armour presented himself in its headquarters, carrying a blood-covered spear-like weapon.
The man, who speaks only in Latin, identified himself as the Roman centurion Caius Longinus Anxanumus and claimed to be a time traveller from the first century AD.
According to police spokesman Jacob Levine, the man claims he’s the killer of Jesus Christ and that the weapon he carried is the one the Holy Lance that pierced the Christ in his side during the Crucifixion.
“He said he was a Roman soldier and had killed Jesus because he was an enemy of Rome. He says he realized too late that Jesus was the Messiah.”
The man also claimed that God tormented and tortured him for almost 2000 years to punish him for his crimes.
“He told us that he suffered centuries of divine punishment, being killed and resurrected thousands of times. He claims he turned himself in because it was part of the deal with God to be freed from his divine punishment.”
The Jerusalem District Police believes the man might suffer from schizophrenia or similar mental issue and are asking the public for help in identifying him.
He measures 1m74 and weights 64 kilograms. He brown hair and brown eyes and speaks Latin perfectly. He also has the letters “SPQR” tattoed on his left arm.
According to experts, it is not uncommon for schizophrenic individuals to have delusions that they are important historical or religious figures like Napoleon, Jesus or George Washington.
However, patients suffering from this phenomenon called Grandiose delusion, rarely identify themselves with characters of secondary importance, making this case quite unique.
Longinus is a mythical figure in Christianity described in Christian tradition as the Roman soldier who pierced Jesus in his side with a lance, the Holy Lance during the Crucifixion.
His name isn’t clearly stated in the Bible, but the different Christian traditions have developed several stories around him.
He is traditionally venerated as a saint and martyr by the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, and several other Christian communions, even if very little is known about him.
This development came at a time when not so long ago a Kenyan lawyer and Catholic Dola Indidis filed a petition with the International Court of Justice in The Hague, suggesting that the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was unlawful.
The former spokesman of the Kenyan Judiciary said the State of Israel and the Republic of Italy should be held responsible and was reportedly attempting to sue Emperor Tiberius (42 BCE-37 CE), Pontius Pilate, a selection of Jewish elders, and King Herod.
“Evidence today is on record in the Bible, and you cannot discredit the Bible,” Indidis told the Kenyan Citizen News.
Although those he suggests should have been convicted during the original trial have not been alive for more than 2,000 years, Indidis insists that the government for whom they acted can and should still be held responsible.
“I filed the case because it’s my duty to uphold the dignity of Jesus and I have gone to the ICJ to seek justice for the man from Nazareth,” Indidis told the Nairobian.
Thanks to this new development, we guess it’s time Mr Indidis rest his case or takes it further to prosecute the time travelling ‘Caius Longinus Anxanumus’ and do Christ some justice.
Could this be a hoax?