Is the cross considered idoltry to you?
I think that it is.The sign of Christianity to me is in the spirit,and not
in any form of icons nor symbolic presentations.What do you say?
I don't think people worship the cross as a rule. From what I understand, people use it as a symbol to remind them of the crucifixion, which they say directs their thoughts to Christ. Christianity is full of symbols (baptism, communion, and so on) and I have no problem with symbols; I think they make for beautiful poetry. My problem with the cross isn't that it is a possible idol. For me it is that it focuses on Christ's suffering and death rather than his resurrection and overcoming death, which is why I don't use it as a symbol. I have no problem with Christians who do, however.
If we accept what God does not,how do we stand with God
by doing so?
Can we make our own way into heaven?Can we say that
God is wrong,and we are right?Can the cross save you?
The only ones that need the cross is those that don't
know God and need something visible and pagan to be secure
in this world.I speak for God.
Have you read my philosophy?Click on my pictue.
The Cross is a symbol and reminder of what God the Son went through for our salvation and of course the cross can't save you but it was used to make Jesus our sacrificial Lamb to drain the blood that saved us and maybe that King James version of the Word of God that so many swear by might seem worse to me. I don't mean to offend, just my honest opinion.
Without the cross we do not get salvation from sin
And this sin punishable by death
The cross is the way of salvation and eternal life
I believe the cross is merely a symbol of what Christ did for us on the cross, it is a symbol of Him dying for our sins so that we could be saved through Him to go to the father as stated in John 14:6 when Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life, no one goes to my father but through me....Anyone can wear a cross, even a person that kills people, so in saying that does that mean since they wear the cross they are children of God, saved by Christ? Not really, it is just a symbol of what the cross represents it is not to be used for idolatry. Jesus died on the cross for us the cross didnt die on Jesus, right? I believe that more people than not use the cross as idolatry that if they have a cross in their home or wear it around their neck then they are saved...it is not to be idolized, it is merely a symbol used in Christianity much like the ichthys, the lamb, the dove, the rainbow, etc..We are to worship God and only God.
I like Apostle Jack's answer to his own question - God, Christ and the New Covenant (all things divine) are all based on the Holy Spirit and are invisilbe spiritual elements.
I do not however, frown upon the use of "iconography", as these things should be treated no more severly than like a club or business having a "logo" to which they identify who they are (like with Christians and the "fish" or Jews and the "Star of David" on their flag). Just be careful how you reflect on the same and to what degree of respect or priority you place on it in your life.
I likewise also acknowledge the difference between a symbol being used for the purpose of identification and its elevation to the point of almost becoming IDOLATRY. This is truly the difference and intent we should be concerned with; for example, the use of statues or icons (even the cross) to represent historical things in the church, but which are then given honor and tribute. The "cross" for example should only be thought of and reflect as a reminder of what actually transpired ON the cross itself (the event) and not become an object that is elevated to praise or acknowlegement in any other form. Therein likes the real danger to our souls when that distinction inadvertantly crosses the line into the equivalent of idolatry (even if doing so indirectly, accidentally or out of ignorance).
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