Protestant churches, for the most part, do not believe in making the sign of the cross with their fingers. Neither do they bow down before crosses or use them as objects of worship. They have recognized that these things are unscriptural and superstitious. But the use of the cross has been commonly retained on steeples, on pulpits, and in various other ways as a form of decoration.
When the Spaniards first landed in Mexico, “they could not suppress their wonder,” says Prescott, “as they beheld the cross, the sacred emblem of their own faith, raised as an object of worship in the temples of Anahuac. The Spaniards were not aware that the cross was the symbol of worship of the highest antiquity…by sun worship nations on whom the light of Christianity had never shone.”
In olden times, the Mexicans worshiped a cross as tota (our father). This practice of addressing a piece of wood with the title “father” is also mentioned in the Bible. When the Israelites mixed idolatry with their religion, they said to a stock, “Thou art my father” (Jer. 2:27), But it is contrary to the scriptures to call a piece of wood (or a priest) by the title “father” (Matt. 23:9).
The Greeks depicted crosses on the headband of their god corresponding to Tammuz of the Babylonians. Porcelli mentions that Isis was shown with a cross on her forehead. Her priests carried processional crosses in their worship of her. The temple of Serapis in Alexandria was surmounted by, a cross. The temple of the Sphinx when it was unearthed was found to be cruciform in shape, Ensigns in the form of a cross were carried by the Persians during their battles with Alexander the Great (B.C. 335).
The cross was used as a religious symbol by the aborigines of South America in ancient times. New born children were placed under its protection against evil spirits. The Patagonians tattooed their foreheads with crosses. Ancient pottery in Peru has been found that is marked with the cross as a religious symbol. Monuments show that Assyrian kings wore crosses suspended on their necklaces, as did some of the foreigners that battled against the Egyptians.
Crosses were also figured on the robes of the Rot-n-no as early as the fifteenth century before the Christian Era.
The Catholic Encyclopedia acknowledges that “the sign of the cross, represented in its simplest form by a crossing of two lines at right angles, greatly antedates, in both the East and the West, the introduction of Christianity. It goes back to a very remote period of human civilization.”
“But since Jesus died on a cross,” some question, “does this not make it a Christian symbol?” It is true that in most minds the cross has now come to be associated with Christ. But those who know its history and the superstitious ways it has been used especially in past centuries—can see another side of the coin. Though it sounds crude, someone has asked: “Suppose Jesus had been killed with a shotgun; would this be any reason to have a shotgun hanging from our necks or on top of the church roof?” It comes down to this: The important thing is not what, but who–who it was that died, not what the instrument of death was. St. Ambrose made a valid point when he said, “Let us adore Christ, our King, who hung upon the wood, not the wood”
Crucifixion as a method of death “was used in ancient times as a punishment for flagrant crimes in Egypt, Assyria, Persia, Palestine, Carthage, Greece, and Rome. . ..Tradition ascribes the invention of the punishment of the cross to a woman, the queen Semiramis”!
Christ died on one cross–whatever type it was–and yet many kinds of crosses are used in the Catholic religion. A few of the different types are shown here. A page in The Catholic Encyclopedia shows forty crosses! If the Catholic use of the cross began simply with the cross of Christ–and was not influenced by sun worship–why are so many different types of crosses used? Says a noted writer: “Of the several varieties of the cross still in vogue, as national and ecclesiastical emblems, distinguished by the familiar appellations of St. George, St. Andrew, the Maltese, the Greek, the Latin, etc., there is not one amongst them the existence of which may not be traced to the remotest antiquity”!
The cross known as the Tau cross was widely used in Egypt. “In later times the Egyptian Christians (Copts), attracted by its form, and perhaps by its symbolism, adopted it as the emblem of the cross. What is known as the Greek cross was also found on Egyptian monuments. This form of the cross was used in Phrygia where it adorned the tomb of Midas. Among the ruins of Nineveh, a king is shown wearing a Maltese cross on his chest. The form of the cross that is today known as the Latin cross was used by the Etruscans, as seen on an ancient sun worship tomb with winged angels to each side of it.
Among the Cumas in South America, what has been called the St. Andrew’s cross, was regarded as a protector against evil spirits. It appeared on the coins of Alexander Bala in Syria in 146 B.C. and on those of Baktrian kings about 140 to 120 B.C.–long before “St. Andrew” was ever born! The cross which we show here is today called the Calvary cross, yet this drawing is from an ancient inscription in Thessaly which dates from a period prior to the Christian Era!
A final question remains. Jesus died on one cross-what shape was it? Some believe it was simply a torture stake with no cross piece whatsoever. The English word “cross” automatically conveys the meaning that two pieces of wood cross each other at some point or angle. But the Greek word from which “cross” is translated in the New Testament, stauros, does not require this meaning. The word itself simply means an upright stake or post. If the instrument on which Jesus died was no more than this, it was not a “cross” (as such) at all! This would clearly show the folly of many types of crosses being “Christianized.”
Stauros (σταυρός) is the Greek word, literally meaning “upright stake” and usually translated as cross, which in the New Testament names the device on which Jesus was executed.
The events that took place on this day on 27 october 312 CE have been considered by some historians as the most important in all of ancient history, in terms of defining and shaping the modern world.
On the morning of the Battle of Milvian Bridge, as the emperor Constantine was preparing his mind and his troops for the bloody assault, he is said to have witnessed an image of a holy cross in the sky, pointing the emperor towards the Christian faith and ensuring an auspicious outcome in the conflict. The Vision of the Cross was a decisive moment in the adoption of the Christian faith by the Roman Empire, and would prove instrumental in shaping the religious and cultural identity of the Western world.
As to the exact shape of the cross of Christ, we need not be too concerned. All such arguments fade into insignificance when compared to the real meaning of the cross–not the piece of wood–but the eternal redemption accomplished by the death of Christ on the cross.
In this world it really does not matter what your personal religious beliefs are, but what is happening in the world today has everything to do with Sun(Baal) Worship. It does not matter if you believe in Sun(Baal) Worship or not, if the people who believe in Roman Catholicism(Sun(Baal) Worship) are in government this will most assuredly affect you.
“Signs and symbols rule the Sun Worship world, not words nor laws.”