At first let me show you several different kind of crosses:
|Cross (Alpha & Omega)|
|This Latin cross combined with the alpha and omega remind us that though Christ died on the cross for our sins, he now reigns in glory forever. Season: The Sundays after Pentecost, also Ascension Sunday and Christ the King Sunday|
|The anchor ymbolizes the Christian's hope in Christ. This cross was also the emblem of St. Clement, Bishop of Rome, who according to tradition was tied to an anchor and tossed into the sea by the emperor Trajan. Hebr. 6:17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. (NIV)|
| ||Ankh The ankh, or ansate cross, is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph representing life and regeneration. It was adopted by Christians as a symbol of eternal life.|
|The Byzantine cross is generally used by the Greek Orthodox Church.|
|The simplest and most common cross is the Latin cross, pictured at left. It may not have come into use until the 2nd or 3rd century. The empty cross, usually favored by Protestants, reminds Christians of the resurrection, while the crucifix, with Jesus on it, favored by Catholic and Orthodox churches, is a reminder of Christ's sacrifice.|
|The Greek cross, with arms of equal length, is the most ancient cross. This style of cross dates to ancient Babylon, where it was a symbol of the sun-god Shamash. It was also popular in pre and post Christian Celtic art.|
|The cross of Calvary or Graded Cross has three steps leading up to it, which can represent the hill of calvary or faith, hope, and love. Altar crosses (Graded Crosses) are common in Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran.|
|The Celtic cross is distinguished by the circle around the cross bar and intricate designs throughout. It is believed that he combined the symbol of Christianity, a cross, with the symbol of the sun, to give pagan followers an idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the idea of the life-giving properties of the sun.|
|The Russian Orthodox cross consists of three bars, the lowest bar low and slanted. The top bar represents the "INRI" sign placed over Jesus' head. The meaning of the slanted bar is not known for sure, but probably represents St. Andrew's cross (which looks like an X). St. Andrew is believed to have introduced Christianity to Russia. The crosses in the above right picture sit atop the domes of the Kremlin. Note that they have a slightly different lower bar.|
|The papal cross is the official symbol of the papacy, and may be used only by the Pope. The three bars of the cross most likely represent the three realms of the Pope's authority: the church, the world, and heaven. The Papal Cross tends to be seen more in ceremonial occasions and processions|
|The baptismal cross has eight points, symbolizing regeneration (see Christian Numbers). It is formed by combining the Greek cross with the Greek letter chi (X), the first letter of "Christ" in Greek.|
|The budded cross is a common form of the cross. Its trefoils represent the Trinity. The design is probably copied from earlier Celtic Druidry, where they represent the three dominions of earth, sky and sea.|
|The conqueror's or victor's cross is the Greek cross with the first and last letters of "Jesus" and "Christ" on top, and the Greek word for conquerer, nika, on the bottom. The lines over the top letters indicate that they are abbreviations.|
|The triumphant cross with orb represents Christ reign over the world. It is often shown atop Christ's scepter in Christian art. (This is catholic symbol and looks more paganism).|
|An inverted cross is the cross of St. Peter, who, according to tradition, was crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die the same way as Christ. As Catholics believe the pope to be a successor of St. Peter, the inverted cross is frequently used in connection with the papacy, such as on the papal throne and in papal tombs. It also symbolizes humility because of the story of Peter. The inverted cross has more recently been appropriated by Satanists as a symbol meant to oppose or invert Christianity.( To me the symbol upside down cross like this, it looks more satanic symbol than Christianity symbol it self!, Catholic uses this symbol is equally mocking to God).|
If you read carefully, almost all those crosses originally are from paganism!
Except Latin Cross.
The Cross – Christian or Pagan?
What Does the Cross Symbolize?
Long before the Christian era, crosses were used by the ancient Babylonians as symbols in their worship of the fertility god Tammuz. The use of the cross spread into Egypt, India, Syria, and China. Then, centuries later, the Israelites adulterated their worship of God with acts of veneration to the false god Tammuz. Read more "The origin of the cross."
The Bible refers to this form of worship as a ‘detestable thing.’—Ezekiel 8:13, 14.
Lets just take a look at the history of the cross and find out where its origins are.
It is believed that the cross originated from pagan worship back in Babalonian times.
Among the Chinese the cross is believed to be an ancient device, it is on the walls of their pagodas and painted on their lanterns in the most sacred rooms of their temples.
In India there are two crude crosses made out of stone which dates back before Christ. One is over 10 feet and the other is over 8 feet tall. Buddhists and many other religions in India mark the heads of their followers with the sign of the cross.
The cross was used as a religious symbol by the aborigines of South America in ancient times.
The cross was also used by the Patagonians, they tattooed it to their foreheads.
In Peru ancient pottery has been found that has crosses as religious symbols.
Assyrian kings wore crosses on chains around their necks.
Those are just a few examples of the ways the cross was and is used in pagan lands as a form of worship.
The right thing to do for Christian we can make and use cross as a symbol, not for graven image to worship and use as an idol.
The right Cross Christian symbol is LATIN CROSS. I believe this is NOT PAGAN CROSS, and Jesus died on the cross like this.
Here is the definition of Idolatry:
*Webster's 1913 Dictionary
n. 1. The worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods.
2. Excessive attachment or veneration for anything; respect or love which borders on adoration.
Here is what the bible has to say about idolatry:
“Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.” (Acts 15:19-20)
“Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.” (Acts 17:16)
“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” (1 Corinthians 10:14)
“Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? Thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?” (Romans 2:22)
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:16-18)
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” (1 John 5:21)
We were once deceived to the pagan roots of the cross, but through prayer have found the truth, and now want to share that truth with others who are being deceived.
Its what was accomplished on the cross we should be thankful for, not a graven image of the cross.
Instead of putting their faith into the cross as a piece of wood they should cherish they put their faith in what was accomplished on the cross. Which is the salvation that can be obtained through the acceptance of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
Satan is going to pervert true christianity any way he can. he always has, and always will untill his day to be cast into the lake of fire with all his followers! What a day that will be, no more evil for eternity. And the wolf shall lay with the lamb and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock. We should look unto the new heavens and the new earth wherein will dwell rightousness.
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
My conclusion :
I believe from my dreams and visions Jesus told me Latin Cross is the best fit for Christianity symbol. The most simple and common cross without Jesus on it. It means His work is already finished when He died on the cross and saved the human mankind, wash our sins with His blood.
Jesus was already resurrected and overcome the evilness.
The Latin cross represents Jesus died for our sins on the cross, was raised to heaven and symbolized His and Jesus follower's victory.
It's all right for the churches use this symbol and people wear crosses as their jewelry and knick-knack, and house decoration but as long as not use them as an idol and image to worship, IT'S ONLY A SYMBOL OF CHRISTIANITY.
I don't believe use the other kind of crosses symbol other than this one. (The Latin Cross).
The people who believe the cross symbol with Jesus' on it, it means Jesus was still not resurrected yet, and it's not perfect symbol of Christianity.
I believe The Lord Jesus Christ told me, what we should do and believe.
Again, I'm not against using the cross in posting this article, the reason, as good Christian we should aware of there are many crosses symbol were originally from Pagan.
We should be careful what we believe and use for the symbol.
May Jesus Christ bless you all
Your sister in Christ