why is Cross symbol of Christians?
Jesus Christ died on Cross,,its ok,,,What if Jesus killed by A knife? or sword? Would a sword be symbol of Christians?
I know Cross was a punish way of Old Romans....And Romans killed Jesus Christ on Cross....Then it became a symbol.....Am I wrong?
Thanks all,,,But all answers and ratings made me Confused.........
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It is almost not worth adding, but I'm gonna do it anyway.
There are two things missing from the above answers.
1st. The cross was used as the form of execution for very specific people. Dying by the sword was considered noble. Dying on the cross was reserved for the lowest of the low; run away slaves and persons convicted of treason against Rome. BY dying on the cross, Jesus, who was born in equally lowly position in the stable, died a lowly death.
2nd. The cross itself is used a theological statement. The catholic church uses a crucifix. Jesus hangs on their cross memorializing the salvation achieved through the ultimate sacrifice. Their theology is stepped in the priestly tradition, the ritual actions priest are the centeral acts of worship. For the protestant tradition, the cross is empty. It is symbolic that death does not have the last word, on the third day, the tomb was empty. The tradition of the protestants is stepped in the Word, and the cross become an interpretative of that Word.
- GayleLv 44 years ago
Would you prefer a return to a use of the symbol of the Fish? Early Christians preferred the Fish or Three interlocked Circles The cross appears in earlier religions In some it is used the represent the four seasons The early church tried to claimsome of these crosses as their own
- djm749Lv 61 decade ago
The cross became one of the symbols used during Roman times. The Christians were in hiding. A believer would draw half of a Christian symbol on the ground, if the other person could finish it then he was to be trusted.Source(s): Church History
- jonjon418Lv 61 decade ago
The cross was a relatively late symbol of christianity. The earliest christians used symbols like the fish, which is, of course, more popular now than ever.
The interesting thing is that the cross has been a "religious" symbol from time immemorial, for thousands of years before the Romans began crucifying insurrectionists like the legendary "Christ." In fact, it's a phallic emblem, symbolizing the male creative power, just as the fish, or the vesica piscis - the "bladder of the fish" - is a symbol of the female creative power. Compare the lingam and yoni of Hindu symbolism.
Nearly everything in christianity has its precedent in some earlier "pagan" symbolism and mythology. This is hardly surprising when you consider the atmosphere in which "christianity" as such took hold - the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Rome, in which, owing in part to the revolutionary advances in communication, many of the gods of competing cults were merged into each other and their legends and symbols grafted onto each other.
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- ÜFÖLv 51 decade ago
You arent wrong. If christ was killed by a sword or by hanging then the sword or the noose would be the symbol. The reason the symbol comes from his death is because the central belief of christians is that the way to heaven is by believing that jesus was a sacrifice for their sins.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The cross is an archaic symbol of hatred and betrayal, which is exactly what Christians stand for. The cross is used because the four sides represent the four corners of the world, where christians have spread like syphallus to. People see the cross and say they are awed by it's beauty, but in reality, they are scared of it because it is a symbol of HATE HATE HAAATE. Again, this is what Christianity is about.
- QuantrillLv 71 decade ago
Some of the first uses of the cross symbolically was the sword. If you look at a Christian era sword you will notice the decidedly bigger hilt. Why this came to be is purely speculation.
- padwinlearnerLv 51 decade ago
The first Christian symbol was a fish. The cross is more accepted now. I have a cross to remind me of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior - it is an empty cross because He had victory over death - He is alive, the tomb is empty. I wear it to remind me to behave in a Christ-like manner.
- STEPHEN JLv 41 decade ago
It's bc the cross, a symbol of death, is now a symbol of the life we have in Jesus.
- Steven ColbertLv 41 decade ago
YES YOU ARE WRONG.
ROMANS NEVER KILLED ANYONE ON A CROSS. ACTUALLY THEY USED A STAKE. IT WAS JUST A WOODEN POLE. LOOK IT UP. THE ARMS WERE RAISED ABOVE THE HEAD AND NAILED TO THE STAKE. THIS MADE THE PERSON SUFFICATE. A CROSS WOULD HAVE JUST HURT THEM BUT IT WOULD NOT AHVE KILLED THEM. IN TIME THEY WOULD AHVE STARVED TO DEATH SURE BUT IT WAS NEVER USED BY THE ROMANS.
THE CROSS IS A PAGAN SYMBOL THAT SNEAKED ITS WAY INTO CHRISTIANITY. IT SHOULD NOT BE THERE. NOT ONLY THAT THE BIBLE SAYS NOT TO MAKE GRAVEN IMAGES OR TO USE SYMBOLS IN OUR WORSIP OF HIM. THIS WOULD INCLUDE THE CROSS OR A STAKE. THINK OF THE ANCIENT ISREALITES WHO USED THE GOLDEN CALF TO SYMBOLIZE GOD. THEY WERE DISCIPLNED FOR DOING THAT. WHY WOULD WE BE ANY DIFFERANT?