The Cross is a symbol of Christianity because it is the symbol that shows Jesus loved the world and humanity so much, that he gave
his life for them. Can you say the same? I highly doubt you would give your life for humanity - I wouldn't, I don't think any 'logical' human
being would. Like Net said, the symbol of the Cross is a transaction, the transaction of Jesus Christ Incarnate sacrificing and showing the world what
he was meant to do - fulfill the prophecy. He did. The symbol of the Cross is the symbol of Jesus following his Father's words, yes, he had to die,
but it was for humanity. Of course, you are right that they were nailed through the hands at the time, and if you look at any crucifixion cross with
Jesus on it, you will see that it IS through the wrists. (At least at my parish this is how it is) It could vary from place to place, I dunno.
Actually, about the two men behind him, the two convicts? Well, one repented for his sins, because he recognized the man hanging in aside him. The
other, the one to his left I believe, did not. This man mocked and mocked Jesus until death, but Jesus forgave the man. Jesus gave this man a place in
heaven, because the convict knew no better, he knew nothing better than to steal and kill. Jesus forgave his sins before he died. So there was
significance to the other two men. This is part of the Stations of the Cross, just a lesser known part, that is all. That station shows that, even
until Jesus' human death, he was loving, compassionate, and healing. And the Romans killed him? Most Romans wanted him dead because of fear, likewise
with the Jewish leaders, most of them feared he would ruin Judaism. They thought him a false-prophet, some did, others didn't. These are the reasons
for his death. Anyways, back to the Cross. The Cross does not represent the loving, caring, compassionate aspect of Christianity, it represents the
sacrifices we are EXPECTED to make in our lives for God. Life is hard, everyone knows it, but believe, and have faith. For some this may be hard, but,
keep trying, and it will happen. I dunno about everyone else, but I feel most religions teach the same thing - love, compassion, non-hatred. With
these the world would become good again. . .if it ever was. It is a shame really, how we can't even walk out into the street without getting beat, I
saw it today, while watching a documentary. A college student, his graduation day, walking back to his dorm. Minding his own business, another man,
younger, approaches him, says nothing, and then beats him in the face. It was all caught on camera..the man was prosecuted and sent to jail.
IS THIS THE KIND OF WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN?
No. It isn't the kind of world we want to live in. The world needs to wake up and see that if we all could just ATTEMPT to TRY and WORK TOGETHER,
that we would be %200 better off..but ignorance and greed stop this. It is sad really...how so many people could persecute a man who did all right,
jealous maybe? But most likely in fear that he was too perfect. It happens today. When there is a perfect person, everyone becomes full of hatred.
Odd? Jealousy, fear...whatever it may be..it is sad really. What is even worse, is that if Jesus was to return today, this very second, make a public
appearance on Foxnews or CNN..no one would believe him. No one. None at all. EVEN if he WAS Jesus and NOT a false prophet..aren't we hyprocrits? We
say we WANT a Savior to return, but as soon as one pops up, he is false. Sad...
The world needs to come together folks...we gotta start somewhere, don't ya think?
(Sorry about preaching