How could the thief be with Jesus when he was dead for three days and how could Jesus be sinless when he was born of Mary?



I find your Question and Answer web site very helpful in one seeking more about the truth of God. I have two questions that I hope you can and will answer for me.

The first question is: the day Jesus was crucified on the cross, he turned to the thief on the other cross and told him that today you will be with me in paradise, after the thief asked Jesus to remember him in his kingdom. My question is was that really true since Jesus was dead for three days and did not rise until the third day?

My other question is, as Mary was the mother of Jesus, she was also, like all of us, a decendant of Adam and Eve. Even though Mary was a virgin, she was in human flesh as Adam and Eve and of sin nature. How can it be said Jesus was without sin after having come into the world by human birth means from the blood of Mary?

I don't mean to be negative; I am a Christian and a believer, but as a child of God who is my Father in heaven, I naturally want to know more about my parents. The more we ask, the more we can walk in stronger faith! Being a Christian, is like being a tea bag, your no good unless your in hot water.

Thank you for your time and kindness and I hope to hear back from you soon!


Let's start with a basic premise that ought to be something you would assume all Christians accept: "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth" (John 17:17). If you and I accept that statement, then when I run to something that doesn't make sense, my first reaction should be to look at myself to see if something I've always assumed to be true really does, in fact, match what God has taught.

When we read, "And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise"" (Luke 23:43) and Peter's statement, "Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption" (Acts 2:30-31); then we must conclude that Paradise is a name for at least a part of the Hadean realm, the realm of the dead. Jesus' story of the rich man and Lazarus gives further light to this in Luke 16:19-31. Rather than repeat what what has already been written, I would like you to read "When you die, do you go straight to heaven or hell?" and "The Rich Man and Lazarus: The Gospel Accounts: A Chronological Harmony."

Your second question is like the first. You are assuming, perhaps because you heard it all your life, that sin or a sinful nature is inherited from Adam. Yet we can read, "The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself" (Ezekiel 18:20). Again this has been addressed before, so see "What proof is there that Mary was born without sin?", "Are Babies Born Sinners?" and "Is Sin Inherited from Adam?"