How Many People Know What The 'Christian' Fish Symbol Represents?

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  1. WryLilt profile image91
    WryLiltposted 4 years ago

    How Many People Know What The 'Christian' Fish Symbol Represents?

    The Christian fish symbol was around long before Christianity. It seems many people aren't aware of what it really represents. I'm wondering how many people would still use it if they knew.

  2. GodTalk profile image85
    GodTalkposted 4 years ago

    Answer:  The Greek word for fish is "ixthus" or "icthus." The Christian fish symbol that many Christians place on their cars is known as the “ixthus.” Five Greek letters form the word “ixthus,” and those letters inside the fish form an acrostic which is a message that Christians clearly identified with. The first letter represented the word Jesus. The second letter represented the word Christ, the next two, God Son, and the final letter represented the word Savior. This adds up to “Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the Savior.”

    During the early days of Christianity, Christians were often put to death for practicing their faith, so they worshiped in secret places. A fish painted on the outside door of a house let other Christians know that they would be safe and welcome inside. The Christian fish symbol is now often used to identify Christians and/or Christian businesses.

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-f … z2izeUTXBf

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, this is exactly what the Christian fish symbol means.  God bless.

    2. WryLilt profile image91
      WryLiltposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I was referring to the older and more risque meaning smile

    3. loveofnight profile image79
      loveofnightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      thank you so much for the history lesson, i always assumed that it simply meant that we were to be fishers of men/women and nothing more. this is great thanks for an excellent answer.

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      christiananrkistposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      what is the older and more risque meaning?

    5. loveofnight profile image79
      loveofnightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      thank you so much for the info., i always thought that it simply meant that we were to be fishers of men/women. i did not realize that it went back that far or had that deep a meaning, thanks much.

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    SirDentposted 4 years ago

    Greek fertilty goddesses.  it was originally a symbol of a vagina.

    1. GodTalk profile image85
      GodTalkposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You might go to this sight for an answer to that: http://www.tektonics.org/copycat/fishsymbol.html

    2. loveofnight profile image79
      loveofnightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      i was offended when i first read your response to the question,but before i  jump to conclusions i decided to research it and you and
      Faith Reaper are right. it was later adopted by christians...'http://godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/fish_symbol.htm

    3. GodTalk profile image85
      GodTalkposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      For an answer to all of this you should go to this site:
      http://www.tektonics.org/copycat/fishsymbol.html

    4. jonnycomelately profile image82
      jonnycomelatelyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Why would that word offend you?  The crucifix also has its origins in fertility rites, long before its use in christianity.

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    JThomp42posted 4 years ago

    Early Christians used the fish symbol to determine friends from foes. Early Christians faced persecution from Rome for not following the beliefs of the government.

  5. somethgblue profile image86
    somethgblueposted 4 years ago

    I always thought it represented the sign of the Zodiac Pisces which is the age that Jesus lived in.

  6. PoeticFailosophy profile image57
    PoeticFailosophyposted 4 years ago

    In some pre-Christian cultures, the fish symbol represented either a fertility goddess, or the son of the sea goddess.

    In Christianity, the fish symbol represents an acronym, since the initials of the Greek word ichthys in Greek roughly translates to Jesus Christ God's Son & Savior.

    In my new religion based on the book Watership Down, the fish symbol represents the state of mind just after realizing you forgot to bring carrots when meeting the rabbit king.

    Here's the shocking thing about symbols that will blow your mind: SYMBOLS CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE MEANING ACROSS DIFFERENT CULTURES.

    So I highly doubt Christians will stop using the fish just because some other culture (now gone) had a different meaning for it a long-ass time ago.

  7. celafoe profile image62
    celafoeposted 4 years ago

    Hirelings professing Christianity that do not really understand scripture (God says do not mix the Holy with the Profane) have brought so much unGodly junk into the "church" that  most people that attend "church" do not really understand scripture and accept the junk as part of Christianity.   Xmas, easter, and their accumulated other"holy" days and many other things were "christianized" to be accepted by the sheeple.  Scripture tells us the Head of man is Christ but these hirelings teach that you must have a man as head.   Those that truly follow Christ do not follow these men but most of those professing Christianity today do.
    That is why most of the "church world" is under the strong delusion sent by God so the must believe the lies.   They did not and do not have a strong desire for truth.
    Those that truly desire to follow Christ must be baptized in the Holy Spirit as Paul explained (if not you cannot understand scripture, as only He will teach us ALL truth).
    Then they must repent for believing things that God does not approve of.
    Then they must reject all those things that have been "christianized", as this cannot be done .   Then they must begin to follow Christ and not man.    They must stop building kingdoms for men and separating the body of Christ and start building the Kingdom of God only.  Only then can we be cleansed.

 
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