posted on Jan, 29 2008 @ 01:13 PM
Originally posted by AshleyD
As a reminder to all who dare cross the power structure what will happen to them, the cross is prominently displayed in virtually all
Er... actually it is a symbol (not idol) of what Christ did. Not a "reminder to all who dare cross [us]."
[edit on 1/28/2008 by AshleyD]
I disagree. I have always viewed the Cross as a symbol of what the Romans did, not Jesus.
Jesus was dead, unable to control his symbolism. However the Romans were still going strong, and realizing the political control that the Propaganda
of Jesus of Nazareth could have. Roman Catholicism anyone?
When I was studying Art History in art school, one of the 'eureka' moments came while discussing the role of religious symbolism in art throughout
history. At some point in the history of the representation of Jesus on the Cross, the imagery changed slightly.
At some point, the imagery of how Crucification actually occurred was altered in paintings of Jesus. Real crucification with nails included 4 nails.
Two were used for the hands, sent through the wrists, not hands, and two were used for the tops of the feet. But some Christian Theological
Propagandist realized that 3 nails would better represent the 'Holy Trinity" so one of the nails was 'lost'.
I have little doubt that the symbols of Christianity, Judaism and Islam have deep 'pagan' meanings going back thousands of years, and that their use
today is a 'bastardized' version that is still steeped in ancient esoteric knowledge. Its just that too many of us find it easier to be shepherded
than to dig deep for knowledge and come back with answers that shake the foundations of our beliefs.
THE “INVENTION OF THE CROSS,” ET AL.
The question of whether Christ was crucified with three or four nails has long been debated, and can hardly be answered with references to
medieval treatises or ancient iconic traditions..... The belief that three nails were used is called Triclavianism.
Edit to add:
Only image of a 2000 year old anchor I could find.
Matthew Monkey on a 2000 year-old anchor.
(Hey kid, get off of that!)
I don't know if that is 'real'. But if it's style is correct, I could see it maybe being an upside down cross.
[edit on 29/1/2008 by DocMoreau]