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Did the early christians wear crosses after Jesus Christ' death?

Did Jesus tell his folowers to wear a cross to prove that they loved God and to show that they are followers of Jesus Christ? No. So where did the idea of wearing a cross come from?
Adstar · 56-60, M
People started to wear crosses to give them a reminder of what Jesus went through on earth to save them from the eternal lake of fire...

I am a Christian and have been one for over 30 years now and i have never heard anyone state that wearing a cross proves their love for God.. So maybe that's just an impression you have picked up somewhere..

I personally have not worn a cross since i became a Christian in my early 20's.. I don't need a reminder.. I have no problem with other Christians wearing crosses if they chose to do so.. It's not a big deal within the Christian community either way..
Adstar · 56-60, M
@seotelkniwt [quote]@Adstar I have talked with multiple people who have said that wearing a cross shows others that they are soldiers of the Christ, or followers of Jesus Christ when I asked them why they wore a cross around their neck, or a pendant on their clothing, or bracelet with a cross.[/quote]

Well some do use it as a recognizable symbol to let other people know they are a Christian.. Maybe they are the more passive Christians who do not want to bring up the topic of Jesus and so they where the cross thinking that maybe someone they meet will be interested enough to ask about Christianity / Jesus..

I don't like the term Solider of Christ personally.. I do not believe in engaging in carnal combat.. I believe Jesus preached against His followers engaging in such activity.. But there are some who use the term in a symbolic way and they don't mean it in that way..
Adstar · 56-60, M
@Zeusdelight [quote]But it does not mean you have to wear a cross to believe those things.[/quote]

Adstar · 56-60, M
@seotelkniwt The term Messiah a Hebrew term was revealed in the Bible. The Greek translation of it is ""Christ"" and that's why now most Christians say Jesus Christ.. It reveals what Jesus did/does.

As for the fancy titles like Priest, or pope or most reverend yes most of those titles are just inventions of men and have nothing to do with Christianity..
LandOfOz · 61-69, M
@seotelkniwt well if i had to pick which one to believe id say a stake. There is no way id believe what catholics or dozens more religions believe in. Anyway to me it doesnt matter how they killed him . If they speared him to death would they be worshipping a spear i wonder. Honestly i dont understand why he had to die anyway . I cant accept someone has to die for forgiveness of our inherited sin. It doesnt make sense to me. And niether does inherited sin make sense. Yes i am well educated in what Jehovah Witnesses believe in but im not judging them to be wrong or right.
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@MalteseFalconPunch Thank you for that bit of insight. I recall something like that as well. It's something to do research on. And it's good to know the background of anything that's supposedly attached to one's religion to make sure that it's in the Bible and that it has God's approval.
Torsten · 36-40, M
wearing a symbol of the object that essentially killed him has always baffled me. I dont get Christianity in the slightest
@Zeusdelight You said "references" with the letter "s". I only mentioned the date of Jesus death, which most nominal "christians" do not know about. The word/good news can be preached anywhere it needs to be preached, social media included.
Zeusdelight · 61-69, M
@seotelkniwt You mentioned the date of death in a way most non-Hebrews would not understand for whatever reason.
@Zeusdelight I meant to mention it that way. I purposely did because I want those on this thread to do research for themselves and and in that way they will have added to their Bible knowledge which could help them get God's approval and more (John 17:3).
REMsleep · 41-45, F
The cross was not used as a sign for Christianity until the 4th century. A few Christians tried to use it eariler than that but it was not widely considered a Christian symbol untill that time.
It was not used by the very earliest Christians yet.
The cross depicts the sacrifice/crucifixion of Jesus.
Wearing it is just a symbol of the sacrifice of Jesus. Different people wear it for different purposes. Its is not biblical but also not wrong. Most Christians wear it for beauty and to remind them of their faith. The cross is on or within the vast majority of churches.
You will see some papers say that the cross predates Christianity and that is true in a way because it is a very basic symbol to make and many religions used some symbol that looked close to a cross to represent their faith but non were related to crucifixion and Christians did not copy the cross symbol.

The Swastika is one such cross which also turns at right angles. It is an ancient cross used in Hinduism and some other religions such as pagan African beliefs.
Not related to the Christian cross.
@REMsleep Thank you very much for the history of the cross which proves that Jesus Christ and his followers/disciples and apostles never wore crosses. And yes the cross was a human invention/creation that was adopted by many religions that have deviated from pure true worship.
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@jshm2 Now we have an idea of where wearing a cross came from, from what you've said. The cross which is a so-called symbol of Christianity was not sanctioned nor instituted by Jesus Christ and the early true christians/followers of his never wore crosses to make themselves stand out as "holier than thou". So the cross is man's invention, it's not in the Bible, and God did not command that followers of His son Jesus, wear one.
LandOfOz · 61-69, M
I thought he was nailed to a stake
@LandOfOz Jesus was definitely nailed to a torture stake and not a cross, but most mainstream religions mistakenly believe Jesus was nailed and died to/on a two beamed cross. My question is for those that believe the latter. So you believe Jesus died on a torture stake instead of a cross?
Havesomefun2 · 56-60, M
@Havesomefun2 What's interesting is that the Bible does NOT speak about or comment on a cross as being a symbol of chritianity, faith, love for God and Jesus, or being a footstep folower of Jesus Christ.
Havesomefun2 · 56-60, M
[@seotelkniwt true
Adrift · 61-69, F
Heres a link
DDonde · 31-35, M
I think the fish was the early Christian symbol. Dunno when the modern version of the cross became adopted

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