originally posted by: CaptainBeno
a reply to: incoserv
Sorry, my point was that the crucifix was a torture/execution tool. Jesus was supposedly executed on one and it was then taken as a symbol of
Christianity. I didn't state that religion owned some form of trademark on this shape. However, what I meant was that "this shape" was found on a
priest. That was my connection etc.
I know that your reply was not addressed to me but I want to chime in because I think it's GREAT that you asked a question about something you didn't
know the answer to.
Often times we forget that just because you or I might be aware of something, does not mean that everyone else does. The internet (widespread
broadband availability) has really only been around for 20 years and only for the last 10 has it been constantly at our fingertips. While it has been
a great way to spread "information," it has not been that great at spreading "knowledge"...unless we actively seek it.
By asking questions, you are seeking knowledge that you have not yet come across or maybe not even been interested in finding until something else (an
Egyptian mummy priest with a golden cross on his chest) came across your TV screen and drew your attention to it.
While true that a cross is a simple geometric figure of 2 lines, perpendicular to one another and intersecting, there has to be more to it than just
that. Too many ancient civilizations and societies have used it as an important symbol that they hold in high regards. Also, the fact that the meaning
of the symbol is often very similar to civilizations around the world and spread throughout human history.
I proudly proclaim that I am a follower of Christ but I feel like the church (Catholic and other denominations) have changed the interpretation of the
cross over the last 2000 years (this is just my opinion). We typically view the cross as a means of death, destruction and other negative things
today, but I feel like it may have had a little bit different meaning when it first became a symbol of Christianity.
Like I stated in my previous post, it can also be seen as a symbol for life. The execution of Jesus had to happen so that the rest of the world could
be washed of their sins and be able to live
. Also, the death had to occur so that the Resurrection could happen. The literal definition of
resurrect is "restore to life
." So, in my simple opinion (I'm only an amateur and not even a very good one at that), the cross has as much to
do with life as it does with death. But it just depends on the stance you take and the angle you view it from.
Back to the reason for me wanting to reply, thank you for your post and for reminding me that none of us know everything and that we must actively
seek knowledge most of the time. And if this subject interests you, I do recommend doing some searches on it because it is pretty fascinating, there
is quite a bit of information out there and it might open your mind to new questions or new ways of viewing some things.
Again, thank you for your post, keep asking questions and keep pursuing knowledge!