Should you bare the cross: Religious Symbol or Idolatry?

Posted: September 8, 2010 in Blog Talk Radio: Religion Exposed

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”                                               Exodus 20: 3- 5

What is the price that one must pay for committing idolatry? Scriptures tell us that God who is a jealous God will visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the THIRD and Fourth generations of them that hate him. It is important whether you believe it or not to be obedient to the “True Word” of God. In not doing so, you can be a curse to those in your lineage that proceed you. You can be guilty of idolatry by putting people, money, religious groups and religious figures over the word of God. Many people have turned to worshiping their Pastor because although some of their teaching contradict what the word says, you continue to follow him because of your love for him or her. Spouses forsake the word because of another spouse. Man forsakes the word because of work and or material items.

What significance does the cross play with respect to idolatry? History points to the cross as one of the oldest primitive symbols of Christianity, but it was never condoned to be worn about the neck.  While scripture identifies a number of things which the saints of old wore on their person, the crucifix was not one, yet many Christians wear it for a variety of reasons, contrary to scripture.  As a means of endorsing the cross, the following biblical passages are given in support of it, but neither scripture mentions wearing it.

Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

What’s wrong with wearing a crucifix?

The cross was a Roman symbol of death which represented a curse.  Its use was a demeaning form of death.  The crucifix was a carved or sculpture piece upon which the savior was depicted, in a manner never sanctioned for adorning about the neck.  Because the cross was made from a tree, the following is stated:

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being                                                made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” Galatians 3:13

Despite scripture’s admonishing to bind the commands of scripture on your hand and as frontlets, people tend to gravitate toward the commandments of men.

The Latin cross, crux immissa, crux capitata. The latin word crux is derived from “cruciare”, meaning to torture. This cross since at least one thousand years has been the Western world’s symbol par excellence. It is chiefly associated with the torture and killing of Jesus Christ, and thus with the Christian religion and Christianity.

Before the time of Jesus, represented, among other things, the staff of Apollo, the sun god, son of Zeus, and appeared for instance on ancient coins.

That cross seems to have been associated with the sun and the powers that controlled the weather. In Babylon, the equal arms cross was considered one of the attributes of Anu, god of the heavens. In the mighty Assyrian empire, which seems to have originated as a Babylonian colony in the second millennium B.C., the sun cross in the wheel cross form of and was one of the attributes of the national god, Assur. When was used as the staff of Apollo it lost its ring, and one of its arms was lengthened to form . That seems to represent the first use of the Latin cross form in the Hellenic sphere. However, variations of crosses of the Latin type are fairly common elsewhere in Europe during, or even before the Bronze Age period, as witnessed by for instance such rock carved signs as .

Sometime during the first centuries of the Western calendar the Latin cross was adopted by the Christian ideology.

The cross or crucifix was never a symbol of righteousness or holiness. It was a pagan symbol which was later adopted by the Roman Empire used as a form of execution. There were people that died on the cross before Christ and there were people that died on the cross after Christ. Someone said to me during a recent show that after Christ death, the nature of the cross was changed to represent Christ and his suffering. He went on to say that the cross has new meaning. Really?  The Cross does have new meaning today, but that meaning was given by the Catholic Church, not Christ.  Does not God have symbols of his own? Symbols that are holy? Does he need to hijack pagan symbols that are associated with sin and take them as his own?

Psalm 145:17
The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Finally, here are a few other stated facts:

The crucifix, that is the sculptured or carved representation of our Saviour attached to the cross, is of much later date, and cannot be clearly traced beyond the middle of the sixth century. It is not mentioned by any writer of the Nicene and Chalcedonian age. One of the oldest known crucifixes, if not the very oldest, is found in a richly illuminated Syrian copy of the Gospels in Florence from the year 586

  • The first symbol of the crucifixion was the cross alone; then followed the cross and the lamb—either the lamb with the cross on the head or shoulder, or the lamb fastened on the cross; then the figure of Christ in connection with the cross—either Christ holding it in his right hand (on the sarcophagus of Probus, d. 395), or Christ with the cross in the background (in the church of St. Pudentiana, built 398); at last Christ nailed to the cross.
  • The cross was not widely depicted before the 4th century AD, when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Earlier, when Christians were often persecuted, the cross was frequently disguised as an anchor, or some other mundane object.
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