Many people use crosses and other religious symbols to exhibit their beliefs. The use of the cross as a religious symbol predates Christianity by many years. Former spiritual crosses were discovered in Scandinavia, where they were symbols of the god Thor. In Babylon, a cross embellished with a crescent moon stood for a moon god, while a sun god was represented by an Assyrian cross that exhibited the four directions the sun shines by its corners. Both earthly and celestial states are expressed in Hindu crosses.
The ankh is a cross topped with a loop that was used in early Egyptian religions. It was associated with Maat, the Egyptian goddess of truth. The ankh can be seen in jewelry today and is still a symbol showed by many people.
Since ancient times in Europe, the representation of a human form on a cross has been seen. This was in the beginning a pagan symbol related to crop fertility, but was afterwards seen in Christian crucifixes.
The first practice of a cross in Christianity is thought to be on a mid-5th century Vatican sarcophagus. Today both plain religious crosses and crucifixes are symbols with big meaning to those with Christian beliefs as they stand for the style in which Jesus Christ died.
Crosses can be created of many different materials, including precious metals. They are often worn on chains around the neck as jewelry. They can also be exhibited in the household in the shape of wall plaques or statues. When you meet someone who is wearing or displaying a cross, you will know they treasure their Christianity.
Other Christian religious symbols
While the cross may be the most popular symbol of Christianity, there are other long-familiar Christian religious symbols. One that is frequently seen is the fish. Generally pictured as a mere outline, it was to begin with a pagan symbol standing for the Mother Goddess. Other ancient cultures, including the Chinese, the Egyptians, the Romans, the Scandinavians and the Greeks also used the fish to stand for gods in their religions.
The fish symbol was recognized in Christianity by the requirement of consuming fish on Friday, a practice that was ended fairly recently. This custom may have developed from the early Greek worship of the fish goddess, Aphrodite Salacia. Her followers consumed fish on Friday, her hallowed day. Another source of the former Christian fish eating practice may have been the Scandinavian goddess Freya. Her name is the source of the present day name for the sixth day of the week, Friday and fish was eaten in her respect.
Images of angels and saints are other substantial Christian religious symbols. These symbols can be encountered in paintings, sculptures and jewelry. Many people believe that angels and saints can have a confident influence on different aspects of their lives and may pray to them for help.
Category: Christian Beliefs