IS THE CROSS AN APPROPRIATE SYMBOL of Christianity?
The Roman Cross was basically an instrument of excruciating torture. The protracted, agonizing, pain, and loss of blood, eventually caused the death of the crucified person.
If Jesus were alive today, I am certain that He would not approve of such an evil device being used as a religious symbol. Why? Because the Cross represents all the bad things that Jesus abhors. Namely, cruelty, violence, brutality, barbarism, inhumanity, torture, sadism, and Satanism.
The infamous INQUISITION and the RACIST KU KLUX KLAN used the Cross as a religious badge, to murder thousands of innocent people, in the name of Jesus.
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I am going to make this simple, and sweet so as not to rile too many people up... According to scripture it is a form of Idolatry because it is a symbol of only of that which is on the earth of which is written (I cannot remember the verse) "not to make any image of that which is on the earth" (hence the torture stake), and even more if it a crucifix it is also associated in the same area of scripture where it says "You shall not make an image of that which is in heaven" (hence the image of messiah)
IS THE CROSS AN APPROPRIATE SYMBOL of Christianity? YES
Sometimes a symbol of hatred or torture can be turned into a symbol of love and lose its sting forever after.
The Klan was a group of people, who mainly hated and hunted down Republicans in the South. They were political criminals, not religious ones.
The Inquisition was pushed by the King of Spain (not the Universal Church) and it was both religious and political in nature.
The symbol of death in Jesus' time is now the symbol of salvation. The Klan, Inquisition, Nazis and Jihadists shall all pass away, but the Cross as a symbol of strength and love shall not pass away.
Is ANY symbol an “appropriate” representation of Any organization? Who would argue the “appropriateness” of the Swastika symbolizing Nazism? Yet such symbol represents far more things long before it became associated with Hitler’s movement. So, perhaps the better question would be is it appropriate forTODAY'S world? Early Christians who feared Roman retribution against their faith used to draw half an “ichthus” in the sand (the Greek word for fish). Faithful strangers would identify themselves as likeminded believers by finishing the etching, making a whole fish symbol. The cross became a more universal symbol of Christendom when Justin Martyr, a Christian apologist writing in 150–160AD, argued that God had providentially put the shape of the cross in everyday objects, such as the masts of ships, tools likea plough & an axe& the standards of Roman legions. Christians would often pray standing up with their arms stretched out in the form of a cross.
For years the Romans persecuted Christians. Christians were crucified, tortured, imprisoned and fed to beasts in the arena. They had to meet in secret in the catacombs of Rome. Others fled to distant lands or into the wilderness. In the early fourth century, a Christian Roman emperor named Constantine was leading his army towards Rome. Emperor Maxentius opposed him at the Milvan Bridge in Italy. Constantine was praying and had instructions to make his soldiers draw crosses (chi-rho) on their shields and to go forth and conquer for the glory of God. Constantine won a decisive battle. Upon assuming control of the Roman empire, Constantine legalized Christianity. He curtailed animal sacrifice and building pagan temples. Eusebius recorded these things.
Remember the cross as what Jesus was willing to suffer for us.
Matthew 10:28 Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. (WEB
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matt 16:24
No it is not. Christianity is about Christ and Christ alone. The cross of Christ is not a physical device but a means of surrender to the will of God (death to self) . The cross is the will of God that slays the will of the old man. Because of our spiritual blindness, we always tend to have the atheistic tendency of shifting our focus from the Spiritual realities of God to the things we can touch, see and prove with our senses. The Israelites demonstrated this tendency in the wilderness when they rejected the God that they couldn't see physically & created a calf that they could see and touch.They also demonstrated this tendency when they worshiped the bronze serpent that was meant as a mere representation of Christ the savior that saves us from the bites of satan the serpent .
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