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The Spear of Destiny – What is it?

The Spear of Destiny is a legend centering around the spear which pierced Jesus' side during His crucifixion (John 19:31-37). According to myth, the Spear of Destiny was passed down through a line of kings, after being found during the Crusades. It was said to have given many powerful rulers their authority, plus the ability to control their own destiny. It is also sometimes called the "Holy Lance" and is considered a relic by the Roman Catholic Church.

The spear which pierced Jesus' side was never mentioned again after the Roman soldier wielded it. The Bible has no information about any object of power like the supposed Spear of Destiny. Destiny is not controlled by any object or person, but only by God Himself, who knows all things and predestines human lives (Romans 8:29; Ecclesiastes 3:11). There is a lot of speculation and study given to the Spear of Destiny, but in the end, it is at best simply an interesting legend, and at worst, a sad distraction from the beauty of the Savior whose side it pierced.

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