Is it wrong to wear a cross?

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QUESTION: Is it permissible to wear a cross as a reminder of the sins Jesus carried for us? On the other hand, is doing so wrong and against the teachings of the Bible? Some people state it is an idol and that we should not have them at all.

ANSWER: The Greek word stauros, Strong's Concordance Number #4716, is often translated as the word cross in Bibles such as the KJV. When we think about the word, it usually conjures up an image of a "T" or "t" shaped object. Looking up the definition of the Greek word, however, reveals a different shape than what modern Christianity teaches. Strong's defines the word stauros not as an instrument of punishment shaped like a cross but one that looks like a stake, post or pole. Thayer's Greek Lexicon defines the word as an upright stake that has a point on the end of it.

The instrument of torture on which Jesus died was NOT a cross as has been promoted by mainstream Christianity. It was simply a post or stake on which the victim was hung by nailing both hands over his head. The feet were also impaled so the victim not only suffered more pain, but also was unable to move enough to dislodge the hands. This caused suffocation if the victim did not die from other afflictions. The representation of the crucifixion through a cross originated well before Jesus was born on planet earth!

In certain cultures, what we call a cross was referred to as a Tau and represented a female. Because of this symbolism, it was used by several pagan (non-Christian) religions to present their female goddesses such as Venus or Astarte. Christianity was first introduced to this symbol through Constantine the Great in 313 A. D. The famous reference work The Two Babylons states that Catholics believed the symbol was some great charm and that they adored it as much as God himself!

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"The cross is looked upon as the grand charm, as the great refuge in every season of danger, in every hour of temptation as the infallible preservative from all the powers of darkness" (Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, Chapter V, Section VI)

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The Tau of paganism has nothing to do with Jesus or Christianity. We are cautioned in the Ten Commandments to NOT make idols, which are things that we create in order to worship them like a god or "helps" we use that dilute, or otherwise pollute, worship that rightfully belongs to the TRUE God (Exodus 20:4).

In conclusion, a person who uses the Tau to represent Jesus or God, even those who wear one as a cross, would be coming dangerously close to idolatry. Although it may remind some people of the Lord taking away our sins, it is the wrong instrument that caused His death. It would be more appropriate to hate this symbol of torture on which the Romans killed our Savior than venerating it.

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