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Is the cross of pagan origin? I thought I saw that somewhere but dont know if it true.

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:53 AM on Jan. 5, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The cross was a penal instrument, nothing more. It's the 2000 year ago equivalent of the electric chair or lethal injection. Every culture has symbols composed of 2 intersecting lines.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:56 AM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • There are a great many crosses used symbolically around the world, pretty much since the dawn of time... and eons before the Christians existed.

    Answer by LindaClement at 12:58 AM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • The swiss use the intersecting lines, as does sweden, and some others, I'd have to look up some of this.
    Even small babies are strapped to a board that is inhumane to do the circumcision surgery, which isn't of itself bad, but consider the board itself strapping a small child on it, how cruel, so how cruel is it to put a human adult onto a board strapped or as in the cross used to die on. ) How awful that is.

    Answer by coffeeyum at 1:01 AM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • The Christian use of the cross symbol didn't start until Constantine.
    In the British Museum there is a statue of Assyrian king Samsi-Vul, wearing a cross around his neck.
    The Ancient Greek goddess Diana is depicted with a cross over her head; Baccus is often depicted wearing a headdress adorned with crosses.
    Some believe the cross began in Chaldea, and was a symbol of the god Tammuz.
    Some of the earliest symbols of Christianity include the Chi-Rho (the x in xmas that everyone gets so pissed about), the ichthus, and the shephard's crook.

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 1:10 AM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Many symbols are used all over the world interchangeably by different religions and cultures. Sometimes they have similar meanings and sometimes the meaning is entirely different. You may be thinking of symbols like the Egyptian ankh, for example. Or maybe Druid cross symbols?

    "The use of the cross as a symbol was condemned by at least one church father of the 3rd century CE because of its Pagan origins. The first appearance of a cross in Christian art is on a Vatican sarcophagus from the mid-5th Century."--from Religious Tolerance

    It's likely it was 'borrowed' from 'pagans', and changed to mean something for their particular religion in relation to the cross being used for punishment and used to represent the risen Christ. There's disagreement about how the crucifixion crosses were shaped though, so some imagine it was like a Roman cross while others think it was more like a stake.

    I'll add a link below...

    Answer by pam19 at 8:31 AM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • The quote above taken from this site, if you want to read more:
    Christian symbols

    Answer by pam19 at 8:33 AM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 1:20 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Yes and No. Crosses were used for a few different things in the PreChristian world. Most notably they were used as a fertility or penile symbol. And they were of course used for crucifixions, which weren't to uncommon either.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:11 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Some people believe Jesus died on a cross that looked more like the capital T, not a lowercase t. Just thought I'd throw that out there. But everyone's right, pretty much every culture and religion has a cross-like symbol standing for something.

    Answer by Laura2U at 9:34 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • It goes back even further than Paganism. Watch this...Link start @ 3:00mins and it jumps right into it.


    Answer by sugahmamma at 4:01 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

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