Did You know that the cross is the ancient symbol? There is an interesting fact that until the 4th century ad the early Christians despised the cross because they believed it the instrument of the execution of Jesus Christ, and a pagan symbol. And the symbols of the Christians was a star, a lamb, a donkey and a fish. In the third century, Jesus is portrayed as the good shepherd.
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Until the 3rd century to depict Jesus Christ crucified was considered a terrible blasphemy. So how did it happen that over time a huge number of people worship the instrument of execution? Yes, Yes, here is the cross as instrument of death. And if Jesus was stabbed with a sword, You would wear on his chest a sword? Or is it someone wanted to use as instruments of death, the cross. Are You sure that Christ was crucified on such a cross. Some theologians, one of whom is Gunnar Samuelsson believed that Jesus Christ was not nailed to the cross, as there is no substantiated evidence that 2000 years ago the Romans exactly executed prisoners. Besides, in defense of his opinions is the fact that the Romans executed on T — shaped crosses. On such crosses they put “non-citizens”, which for them Jesus was. What he said Christ about his crucifixion? The interpretation in Jn. 3:14 of SVT. St. Gregory The Theologian. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must be lifted up the Son of man. And how Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness. Numbers 21:9: …Moses made a snake of copper and put it to the signal pole. And when someone was bit by a serpent, he looked at the copper snake and survived.. So did a pole similar to a cross? By juxtaposing these texts, doubt creeps in reliability of the execution of Jesus Christ described in the Bible.
Another theory of Christ’s execution on the T — shaped cross, or as it was called “the post with the deck” (crux patibulata) (crooks of patibulum), which in the Church is called “the cross in the letter T”. In defense of: the new Testament, “Unless I see in his hands the prints of the nails, And put over his head the inscription.” Some believe that Christ was crucified on such a cross.
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But the most common instrument of punishment was the crux simplex (pillar of agony). The execution of such columns were massive, people were tied and then nailed to the posts. I — the word σταυρός used in the first translations to describe the pillar on which Christ was crucified, it refers to a simple wooden post, stake.
For Christians, perhaps no matter what specific cross Jesus died. But for me as a person who notices any inconsistencies in the texts, myths and allegories conducting this fact catches the eye. What happened to “Not make for yourself a carved, or any other image … Not bow down or serve them” (Exodus 20:4,5)
For many millennia, the cross was considered a magical symbol. The veneration of the cross was associated with “alive” the sacred fire. That is, people used the overlay method two sticks for making fire. In fact, the sign “cross” reflects the worship of fire-making in antiquity.
Since ancient times the cross was used in different peoples, different religions, and sometimes warring.
It is known that the cross was used in ancient religious practices of Egypt, Syria, India and China. The cult of the cross was the Indians in North America who associated it with the sun.
“Latin” and “Greek” crosses appeared 5 thousand years ago, and had no relationship to Jesus Christ. In those days these crosses meant the symbol of the worship of the Sun God. It was a powerful cult, which is found in all pagan religions.
The sun meant light, warmth, health, fertility, good harvest, etc. in a word, it was a source of life. Since ancient times people worshiped the Sun.
I read the cross and the pagan Slavs. For pagans, the cross represented a sign of strength, power, vitality, heaven and earth “live fire”.
The cross is life-giving world tree. In the old Testament he showed himself to the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In the new Testament was transformed from a tree of death into the tree of life (referring to the cross on which Christ was crucified).
The fact that the Cross itself is an ancient pagan symbol
fire and the Sun. The old Slavonic word “Cres” means “Fire”.