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Symbols of The Christian Religion

Updated on August 27, 2016

Christian Symbolism

The Christian Fish Symbol is known throughout the world now but it used to be a secretive mark. Nowadays it's very common for this symbol to be hanging on automobiles.
The Christian Fish Symbol is known throughout the world now but it used to be a secretive mark. Nowadays it's very common for this symbol to be hanging on automobiles. | Source
A Crucifix is a Christian symbol of the Faith representing Jesus and his death on the cross. Many people wear crucifixes on a necklace around their neck.
A Crucifix is a Christian symbol of the Faith representing Jesus and his death on the cross. Many people wear crucifixes on a necklace around their neck. | Source
Rosary Beads are used during Prayer, meditation and study. Some people wear them as bracelets and anklets.
Rosary Beads are used during Prayer, meditation and study. Some people wear them as bracelets and anklets. | Source
The Ten Commandments were etched into stone as it is on these two plaques.
The Ten Commandments were etched into stone as it is on these two plaques. | Source
The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth that has the image of the face of Jesus.
The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth that has the image of the face of Jesus. | Source
A Chalice is used during Mass when receiving communion. It's a beautiful drinking cup that resembles drinking cups Biblical times.
A Chalice is used during Mass when receiving communion. It's a beautiful drinking cup that resembles drinking cups Biblical times. | Source

Christian Symbols, Items and Other Relics

There are hundreds of Christian symbols that Christians use to proclaim and express their faith. The ones from the list below stand out more than the rest and are the most known items.

1. Crucifix/The Cross: A world wide known symbol of Jesus being crucified on the cross. People will wear the cross or crucifix as a symbol of their faith and to show respect for what the Lord went through for our souls. Many Church's have this symbol on the outside and the inside of the building. This is a symbol of peace to many. The cross is held in prayer while each person has a different relationship with God.

2. Fish: A secret symbol of the Christians, when they had to worship underground. Christians were often put to death for teaching and preaching about Jesus. A fish painted on the wall or door symbolized a secret meeting or church taking place. If an anti Christian sees a sermon going on he may have the patrons arrested, ridiculed or even put to death. The symbol was a way to know that this is a safe haven for worship!

3. Doves or Turtledove: The Holy Ghost was the dove that descended upon Jesus when he was getting baptized by John The Baptist. These Doves, to this day, symbolize the Lord's love. You can read more about these doves in the New Testament of the bible.

4. Holy Bible: The Old and New Testaments make up The Holy Bible and this Holy Book is the pathway for Christian living. All churches have Bibles for reading, singing songs and for prayer. It's the most important Book in Christianity. There are also study bibles that can be purchased as a help in understanding what the Bible means from the front cover to the back cover. This is the best selling book in the world.

5. Rosary Beads: These beads are primarily used for prayer and meditation. They symbolize the thirty three years of the Lord's life on earth. There are many prayers for the Rosary and they are also used for meditation and study. Most Christian book stores will have a Rosary or they will sale books about the Rosary. There are so many different styles, colors and types of Rosary beads. They also have, Rosary bracelets.

6. Chalice: This is the cup that holds the wine during communion. Catholics and some other denominations use a Chalice during Mass. It represents the Biblical time period and the way that they honor The Lord with Mass.

7. Halo: Known as a symbol of peace. A halo means someone is revered. A halo is the circle ring that appears above the angels heads in many religious pictures and paintings. It is not something that we see as humans but, they are depicted in pictures and always above angel's heads.

8. Palm Branches: Palm Branches are a symbol of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. It symbolizes peace and palm branches were laid down at the feet of Jesus when he rode the donkey into Jerusalem. The branches were laid down as a matter of respect but, also as a way to show Jesus that they did not want him to get his feet dirty.

9. Scales: Symbolizes justice in general but, the main Christian meaning of scales is that it symbolizes the final judgement of mankind. Lots of Christian artwork has been focused on Scales and other items about Christianity.

10. Holy Water: This is water that has been blessed by a Priest. In a Catholic church, there is Holy Water is located at the back when you come in to the sanctuary. Catholics will also dip their finger in the Holy Water and make the symbol of the cross, before they go and sit in the pew.

11. Lamb: The lamb is a symbol of Christ as he is our shepherd and we are the lambs. There are many paintings and drawings that depict the Lord as our Shepherd and us as Lambs of God. Lambs were used as a symbol of innocence and sacrifice.

12. Alpha, Omega Sign: This symbol means the first and the last. This symbol signifies that God is eternal. God proclaimed in The Bible that he was the Alpha and the Omega.

13. The Ten Commandments: Are a set of moral laws or rules that Christians live by. They were handed down to Moses, which is documented in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.

14. Altar: This is a table situated at the front of the church where special ceremonies are performed.Priests or Preachers perform baptisms at the front of the church, at the alter (if you are Catholic.

15. The Circle Symbol: These three circles combined together symbolizes the Holy Trinity. The Trinity is: God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Catholics and some other Christian religions use this symbol at times.

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The Holy Bible is the place Christians go to learn about their faith. The Old Testament tells of the beginning of time and all events leading up to the New Testament. Jesus Christ birth and life on earth are in the New Testament. Different Apostles have written about the life of Jesus and it's been documented in the Holy Bible.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      There are so many symbols in our Christian religion; precious reminders of God's love. Thank you for explaining some of them.

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Leslie, I enjoyed your presentation of the symbols, especially the video from the Latter Day Saints explaining the pentagram. It is too bad that Satanists ruined the concept of the five-pointed star and made it into an evil symbol. The same goes for the Swastika. So much of Christianity was “borrowed” from paganism, and the fish symbol was one of the symbols that had its roots there. The fish originally represented the Age of Pisces, and Jesus was the spiritual teacher of that age. A lot of things strengthened his tie to the fish, such as his feeding the multitude with a few loaves of bread and some fish. He was the “fisher of men”. Hence, the fish came to represent Christ Jesus.

      On the reverse wheel, Aries the Ram was next and represented the age of Moses the tribal and spiritual leader of the Hebrews of that age. Before that, Taurus the Bull represented the previous age. It is taught by some that the reason Moses was so angry that he threw down and broke the plate on which the 10 Commandments were written was not because the people were worshiping a golden calf. He was angry because they were in the new age of Aries, and the people were reverting to the Age of Taurus with the golden calf and not moving forward. Lots of wonderful stuff out there, and it is just going to get better. Voted you up++.

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