Originally posted by Thurisaz
I think it is interesting that Christ was crucified on the cross and henceforth all grabbed it and associated it with him = Christianity.
Did Christ ever say, take this cross and use it to remind you of me?
No, but he did say, take this bread and my blood...so with respect to using the cross to ward of vampires? Hmm...seems contradictive.
Anyway, interesting read.
If one was to take what Jesus Christ said Literally, then,yes,He did say ....
'' (Mark 8:34 - 9:1), Jesus says, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me" (v.34)......
taking up our cross is to be crucified with Christ.
The meaning behind the ''pick up your Cross and follow me'' is that each of us has our own issues we must deal with!
To what extent is each to his/her own capacity...we all have our dealings in life and it is up to us on how to deal with them...some have more, some
have less to deal with!
Jesus Christ dealt with suffering on the Cross, for all mankind!
To display a Cross, or to wear a Cross or to do the Sign of the Cross is a remembrance of what it stands for!
It is a sign given by God, a reminder of what it has accomplished!
where is thy sting?
where is thy victory''?
In ancient times, people would have thought about pain, suffering, and death.
The Cross was a sign of the worst torture one could suffer.
It was a cursed sign.
And yet, when Jesus willingly accepted the Cross, when he willingly accepted to die a criminal’s death, when he willingly accepted to be ridiculed,
hated, and killed, he changed the Cross from a symbol of death and despair into a symbol of life and hope.
The Sign of the Cross~LINK
The Cross becomes the Sign of Victory over death!
We live in a world with many different signs ,each symbolizing something of a significance!
There's Sign language for the deaf...
Signs on our roads...
The Cross is also a sign that ''Death'' has been conquered!
It is not a sign that we call upon for magical powers or to have it answer to us!
Another great example on what Christ accomplished on the Cross
''By His death Christ ransomed man out of servitude to sin,
and redeemed man from the eternal consequences of sin which had been incurred at the Fall.
Christ Himself spoke of this.
He said of Himself: The Son of Man came to give His life as a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28).
In the Epistle to the Hebrews we read: Christ is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death,
for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament,
they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15).
And in the book of Apocalypse: Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy Blood (Apoc. 5:9).
For since by man(ADAM) came death,
by man came also the resurrection of the dead (I Cor. 15:21).
Sorry for the long reply to your post!