The cross is one of the most recognizable religious symbols known to man.
Millions revere it, considering it to be the sacred instrument on which Jesus was put to death.
Roman Catholic writer and archaeologist Adolphe-Napoleon Didron stated: “The cross has received a worship similar, if not equal, to that of Christ; this sacred wood is adored almost equally with God Himself.”
Some say that the cross makes them feel closer to God when they pray.
Others use it as an amulet, thinking that it protects them from evil.
But should Christians use the cross as an object of veneration?
Did Jesus really die on a cross? What does the Bible teach on this subject?
What Does the Cross Symbolize?
Long before the Christian era, crosses were used by the ancient Babylonians as symbols in their worship of the fertility god Tammuz.
The use of the cross spread into Egypt, India, Syria, and China.
Then, centuries later, the Israelites adulterated their worship of God with acts of veneration to the false god Tammuz.
What is the truth?
The Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John use the Greek word stau·ros′ when referring to the instrument of execution on which Jesus died.
(Matthew 27:40; Mark 15:30; Luke 23:26)
The word stau·ros′ refers to an upright pole, stake, or post.
The book The Non-Christian Cross, by J. D. Parsons, explains: “There is not a single sentence in any of the numerous writings forming the New Testament, which, in the original Greek, bears even indirect evidence to the effect that the stauros used in the case of Jesus was other than an ordinary stauros; much less to the effect that it consisted, not of one piece of timber, but of two pieces nailed together in the form of a cross.”
As recorded at Acts 5:30, the apostle Peter used the word xy′lon, meaning “tree,” as a synonym for stau·ros′, denoting, not a two-beamed cross, but an ordinary piece of upright timber or tree.
It was not until about 300 years after Jesus’ death that some professed Christians promoted the idea that Jesus was put to death on a two-beamed cross. However, this view was based on tradition and a misuse of the Greek word stau·ros′.
It is noteworthy that some ancient drawings depicting Roman executions feature a single wooden pole or tree.
There is evidence that Jesus did not died on a cross!
However does it really matters?
But, you know what is so sick about this all?
Suppose a loved one of yours was brutally murdered and the weapon was submitted to the court as evidence.
Would you try to gain possession of the murder weapon, take photographs of it, and print many copies for distribution? Would you produce replicas of the weapon in various sizes?
Would you then fashion some of them into jewelry? Or would you have these reproductions commercially manufactured and sold to friends and relatives to be venerated?
Likely you would be repulsed at the idea!
Yet, these very things have been done with the cross!
If it was a cross or a pole it really doesn´t matter at all. It change nothing.
But that you pray with the murder weapon, the thing that tortured Jesus to death, and carry it around your neck is sick!