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Can Christians Wear A Cross

The making and/or wearing of crosses; is that the veneration of images? Anothers words is it wrong to wear crosses?

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The use of crosses predates 'Christian' churches.

Ancient pagan Egyptian hieroglyphics depict their gods and goddesses with a cross in the shape of a T with a circle at the top. It is called the ansate, or handle-shaped cross. In time, this form of the cross was adopted and used extensively by the Coptic Church and others.

According to The Catholic Encyclopedia, 'the primitive form of the cross seems to have been that of the so-called 'gamma' cross (crux gammata), better known to Orientalists and students of prehistoric archaeology by its Sanskrit name, "swastika".' This sign was widely used among Hindus in India and Buddhists throughout Asia and is still seen in decorations and ornaments in those areas.
---David8318 on 9/12/12

if you really loved god/jesus then you would follow him and do as he tells you to do.


ask your self did jesus wear a cross. no so so when he said take up your cross and following him he meant it to be symbolic for take up the the sacrifice that he did and follow him.people only see what there what to see wake up do so research and you wont be decived by what people needs not to ware a cross it means nothing.wearing a cross does not make you christain.haveing faith in god.and living like jesus is the only way to be a good true beliver.i hope this helps god blees.
---nathan on 1/26/10

Luke 9:23 "...If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me."

Wearing a cross is a symbol of that Scripture.
It's not complicated people!
---Dean on 2/12/09

I really do not care what anyone thinks or believes, I wear them everywhere I go. Infact, I pretty much wear the same one all the time.. Someday I hope to have a great big one. The cross and the resurrection is the heart of the one true religion Christianity. I will never give them up by God's power.>>>NEVER!
---catherine on 4/23/08

I don't wear a cross but some people do not for the purpose of worshiping images or warding of spirits but for the recognition of Christs suffering?
---Carla5754 on 4/23/08

If you wear a cross to demonstrate your faith, it is an act of witness.

If you wear a cross in order to "fit in", it is an act of compromise.

If you wear a cross as some kind of "magical amulet" to ward off evil, it is an act of superstitious fetishism and idolatry.
---StrongAxe on 4/23/08

The cross symbol was already associated with Christians in the second century. You said you want to believe and practice what the Early Christians believed? Well...There were many symbols, like the Fish and the Cross.

Tertullian in the late Second Century, in his writings, tells us of a practice of the Early Church, namely making the sign of the cross on there forehead. Now, many Christians wear crosses. There is nothing wrong about it. Obviously, cada do not know history.
---Ramon on 4/22/08

Apparently people do know there history here. The Cross has always been a symbol in the Early Church. We can see this from Early Christian paintings.

There is nothing wrong in wearing a cross. I wear one. The cross is a symbol of Christ death and resurrection. It is not image worshipping.
---Ramon on 4/22/08

pt2: We say we want to follow the early christian examples, well the early christians didn't carry tiny crosses, the cross was used as a torture, made by the Romans whom were Pagans, God doesn't want us to mix paganisim, or anything non-Godly with his followers, nothing earthly. His kingdom is no part of this world neither are we.Nor should we be fashioned to the worldy things either.
---canda3996 on 4/22/08

You, yourself can wear what ever you want too, however God said do not make carven images of the heavens or earthly things, & this biblically includes the cross. I follow Jesus daily,he's with me, but I see no need in crosses in my home or on me for his fathers word is the only reminder I need of Jesus. Whether you ackowledge it or not, the crosses are worshipped images one way or another & God forbade this in the bible.
---canda3996 on 5/16/07

If it is wrong for you. Don't wear it. IF you believe it will hinder your witness for God, don't wear it. However, it you really want to exhibit true Jesus story in jewelry, wear an empty tomb. (there is jewelry see net) Isn't the empty tomb symbolic of what makes our faith different from all others?
---mikefl on 1/22/06

Why don't I believe you cliff?
---mike on 1/7/06

Bob; My point is that there is no word in Greek for "cross" The word used is stauros meaning "upright stake", The crosses in the Egyptian images are symbols of the "phalus" used in sex worship! Jesus was impaled on a stauros!
---1st_cliff on 1/7/06

cliff. In that case why did Jesus die on a cross. Your point is...?
---Bob on 1/6/06

If you go into your local museum or library in the Egyptian section, you will notice that all the priests Pharohs and holy men carry one in their hand!
---1st_cliff on 1/5/06

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Mike, maybe it's wrong for you to type out the word cross.
---Jim on 1/5/06

Is it wrong to wear a cross, or a WWJD bracelet, or carry an engraved Bible? How about a t-shirt that say B.M.W.? Hmmmmm, what if people could identify us as Christians by the way we conduct ourselves?... Speaking to myself also.
---mike on 1/4/06

Thank God for the cross of Calvary! May we NEVER loose site of the sacrifice made there for our redemtion. We have a large wooden cross in our church, up near the alters at the front. It was used in a play we had, and we just left it up there afterward. Occasional, someone will kneel at the foot of the cross to pray. The statement has been made several times that God's presence is very strong there. IT is not worshiped, but it is a place of remembrance, of surrender
---Molly on 1/3/06

I've got "Knothead" my Maine Coon cat watching for that mogrel dog! I wear a cross sometimes that my Mom had made for me about 40 years ago. It not only reminds me of my Lord's sacrifice, but its a good witnessing tool. Its precious and small, not a GIANT studded piece of bling!
---NVBarbara on 1/3/06

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I am not Baptist or Methodist or Catholic I am a Christian, Jesus Died on a cross for the sins of the world. The blood that was spilt at the cross has washed me free of sin, I will wear a cross to remind me that if it were not for Jesus dieing on that cross I would be doomed to an everlasting Hell.
---Eric on 1/3/06

Eloy, That was great! I laughed. Now if we can keep the dog off this blog. He thinks he's special. he thinks that he has to remind us that he has spoken. Sounds like the lone rebuker.
---Bob on 1/3/06

"For the word of the cross to those perishing is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is power of God." I Corinthians 1:18. How else can you keep all the vampires away except with a crucifix and some good ol' garlic cloves?...i jest.
---Eloy on 1/3/06

I do wear a piece of golden cross as a necklace pendant. I am not attaching any meaning to it aside from the fact that it is simply a piece of jewelry.
---Rainera on 1/3/06

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Canda I'm guessing you refer to Exodus 20:4. I don't think this verse is meant to be read alone, it must be read with verse 5 also. It is not the making of the image that is wrong. It is worshipping anything other than the one true God. If simply making images was wrong then most things that we possess would be wrong e.g. statues of people, ornaments of birds and animals, brooches of flowers and butterflies and so on. Anything made in the likeness of anything that God made would be wrong.
---M.P. on 1/3/06

I think it is okm to wear a cross. Cause to me it reminds me that he died on the cross for me. Now that it is empty it reminds me that he is risen again.
---robin on 1/3/06

I don't wear one, but I see nothing wrong with wearing one if I wanted to. Like one of the other John's said it reminds him of the sacrifice. By the way we have a lot of John's lately.
---John on 1/2/06

It doesn't say it in the bible. Centuries later only did people start using the cross image.
---canda3996 on 1/2/06

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canda. You say that the early church didn't carry tiny crosses? Is there some proof of that or are you just guessing? Just wondering if it says somewhere that they didn't.
---john on 1/2/06

I have never worn one but I don't put it in the same category of graven or carved image. The Holy Spirit would be convicting many more people of their gross sin if this was the case. God made a brass serpent which was a picture of Jesus. The people were supposed to look at it and live. I think a cross around your neck is not near as close to graven as that brass serpent was.
---john on 1/2/06

No, I wear one, it reminds me of the sacrifice God made for me by sending his son Jesus to take on my sins and assure me of a place with him.
---John on 1/2/06

I do not worship the cross that I wear, so therefore, I see nothing wrong with wearing one.
---Madison on 1/2/06

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I have a ring with Jesus on the cross. Everytime I wear it, I think of how my Savior died for me.
---shira on 1/2/06

My husband and me have a very nice collection of crosses and many pieces we wear as jewelry. We do not consider them idols but as a reminder of the price that was paid for our sins.
---Kim on 1/2/06

I do not believe it is wrong to wear a cross but I do not think that doing so has the same impact on others as it used to have. Wearing a fish brooch, pendant or tie pin is more likely to cause someone to ask what it is about than a cross will these days because so many people see a cross simply as an item of jewelery.
---M.P. on 1/2/06

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