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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Daniel1654, Apr 21, 2008.
What is the consensus on wearing the crucifix as jewelery?
A symbol of ones faith?
My Jesus is no longer on the cross. He AROSE so I could also have life!
I'll not wear a piece of jewelry that shows Christ still on the cross, nor will I tolorate any other piece that implies such.
An empty cross is fine if worn as a reminder of how Christ suffered and died. (and not used, say, to fight vampires. )
Theres a difference between a crucifix and a cross. A crucifix has Jesus on the cross. And no, I would not wear one, because Jesus is not on the cross, it is an RCC concept. Where as a cross is an empty cross. This I would wear, as you say, a symbol to the world of my faith.
Posted and them MK's post was there. Just wanted to add, i agree completely with he.
A crucifix shows a dead Jesus on a cross. As such, it is certainly not a symbol of my faith. Personally, I would not use an empty cross either, but I don't have such strong feelings on that as on crucifixes.
If I wanted to wear jewelry round my neck that shows or depicts my faith, I will probably have a jeweler design a silver or gold jewish tomb with the rock rolled over to the side, and the words "He is Risen" engraved on the rock.
It'll probably cost more than most crucifixes or crosses, though.
I don't use crosses or crucifixes (don't even own one), but I don't see how the use of a crucifix is any different than singing hymns like:
There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood
The Old Rugged Cross
Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross
All of these hymns portray to some degree a dying Christ on the cross and I don't know of any conservative Christians who object to them.
There is a difference between singing about Christ crucified, or speaking of it, and portraying an image of God (Christ).
So the image is what you object to rather than the fact that the image is attached to a cross? OK, so how does that differ from Warner Sallman's renditions of Christ, which you see in practically all churches everywhere? http://www.anderson.edu/sallman/garden.html
I must not be as well informed as most people for I didn't know that a cross was different than a crucifix.
The reason I posed this question was I attended a Baptist church once when I first got saved and I was fresh out of the Catholic religion, so I didn't know any better.
I immediately stopped wearing my"cross" (no figure on it) and then one day the Pastors wife comes to church wearing a star of David, which I believe to be more of an occult symbol than a Jewish one and I posed the question, isn't that forbidden by the Baptists? And she says that she prayed over it to remove any evil spirits that may be on it.:BangHead:
So crosses bad, six pointed stars good.:BangHead:
I have seen many different people with different religions have different views on the cross as jewelry.
Here is my take on it.
If you don't bow down an worship before it and just look at it as a piece of jewelry or a fashion accessory, I don't see any harm in it.
And if you forbid people from wearing it, then the forbidding part becomes more of works than grace and does more harm than the cross itself.
Not a big religious jewelry fan, but don't see how either one is bad.
When I was first saved, I bought a cross necklace because I wanted everyone to see at first glance that I was a Christian. Back in those days, it would actually be a conversation starter.
Nowadays, it's just a fashion statement. (why, I do not know)
So I don't wear a cross much anymore, mostly just to church, because even blatant unbelievers were them and I don't stand out as a Christian anymore. (I'm just talking about outward appearance, not my behavior, so don't :tonofbricks: )
Pinoy, I love your idea about the stone and the tomb! Now that might start some converstions. :thumbs:
Correct me if I'm wrong (I often am), but isn't the crucifix a Catholic thing? I see no need for having one. Besides, don't they generally show Christ on the cross? He was taken down and rose from the dead. I serve a RISEN and LIVING Christ and not a dead one. I prefer to see an empty cross
Cross--have owned several and currently wear one. I enjoy jewelry and know of nothing in the Bible to prohibit wearing jewelry or specifically, the cross symbol.
4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
Since crucifix's are often fondled and kissed by the wearer (and bowed before in statue form), they are a graven image IMO.
They are a graven image only to the people who kiss them and bow down to them and worship them.
Crucifix is RCC, and it always bothers me to see a non RCC christian wear one.
I wear a crucifix, my Baptist Wife bought it for me as a birthday present for me about 2 years after I got saved. I was Catholic for 45 years. Now I am Southern Baptist. I do not kiss it or bow down to it. It is just a jewelry present from my Wife.
Yes, Christ is risen from the grave and praise the Lord for that, but it will make you remember that Jesus died on that piece of timber for all of our sins. Thank God that he loved us that much to send His only Son. I can still be as happy and cheerful as a Christian that wears a plain cross.
Curious...do you disagree with me just for the sake of disagreeing? You then immediately state that it bothers you to see a non RCC Christian wear one. Why exactly? I mean, if those non RCC Christians don't kiss them and bow down to them, what's the big deal?
Well---if its a symbol of ones faith----Madonna has a lot of faith, doesn't she????
She has about as much faith in what hangs around her neck as a Billy Goat does!!!!!!
The gent do got a point. :thumbs: