Symbols or Idols

Exo 20:4  “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”  (Exodus 20: 4-6 NASB)

Let’s get something completely straight: nobody today knows what Jesus looked like.  Even if we did, the commandment is pretty clear and are not to make images of Him.  By making our kids think we do know what Jesus looks like, it provides an avenue for the anti-Christ and his ilk to manipulate and deceive.

Why on God’s green earth people decided to memorialize Jesus Christ by hoisting the actual implement used in His execution up onto a high place in front of a congregation of people who profess to love the Lord is beyond comprehension.  Could you imagine the outrage if we memorialized Abraham Lincoln with a pistol?  How’s about JFK or MLK with a rifle?  Of course that would be considered in the poorest of taste. Some churches actually put up a crucifix – a cross with the phony image of Jesus hanging from it.  This is repulsive. Memorializing the risen Messiah who alone possesses immortality and sits at the right hand of Almighty Yahweh with an image of His execution is surely not what our Father had in mind.

It might be understandable to worship the cross if Jesus was the only guy to have ever been put to death on one, but tens of thousands of people were put to death in this manner. Even in the Bible is shows three people being executed on crosses the day Jesus was executed. The Romans used to put hundreds of people to death at a time on crosses. It is not unique to Christ’s execution at all.

A little known fact is that the cross as a worship device pre-dates Christianity by a few hundred years.  The cross is a sign of a sun-god named Tammuz (actually this god has a bunch of names depending on time and geography, see Ezekiel 8:14).  This is another little bit of trivia about putting Jesus to death on a cross, because it is essentially hanging the real God on a sign of a false god – the ultimate insult.  This may be why the sun went dark when Jesus died; to show that Jesus created the sun, not the other way around.

The fish symbol is another of interest.  It is actually the sign of a fish-god named Dagon (see 1 Samuel 5 and others).  Yes, that’s right, somewhere in history people actually worshipped a fish.  One can’t help but grin when one sees a fish with a cross inside of it on the back of someone’s car.  Pagan god cannibalism.

Let us come together to worship the invisible God:

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1: 13-15 NASB)

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