Isn't the Cross a strange choice for a God symbol?

    A Roman cross was the most evil way of execution ever devised by man. A slow death by torture and naked humiliation. Spikes driven into the wrist through the median nerve and through the heels or ankles. The cross then raised up and slammed into a hole lunging the body forward dislocating shoulder and hip joints. Left to hang there until dead which often would take days. If they felt a bit merciful they might break the legs to shorten their hang time until death.

    Anyone crucified this way was considered cursed by God. Yet, Christians have embraced the cross as an emblem representing their God. What a strange symbol this must seem to be to those who ponder and consider the Christian faith.

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    The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. The symbols of other faiths are more upbeat: the six-pointed star of David, the crescent moon of Islam, a lotus blossom for Buddhism. Yet a cross for Christianity? An instrument of execution?

    Why is the cross the symbol of our faith? To find the answer look no farther than the cross itself. Its design couldn’t be simpler. One beam horizontal—the other vertical. One reaches out—like God’s love. The other reaches up—as does God’s holiness. One represents the width of his love; the other reflects the height of his holiness. The cross is the intersection. The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards.

    How could he do this? In a sentence: God put our sin on his Son and punished it there.

    “God put on him the wrong who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God” (2 Cor. 5:21 MSG).

    The Cross
    by Max Lucado

    Good stuff Pam!
    the cross symbolizes Jesus be crucified. it is not a symbol of God.
    Isn't that strange though? God having been crucified for His own creation's sins.
    It was Jesus' victory over the cross that makes it so symbolic even the cross couldn't hold Him.
    It wasn't what God chose. It was what men chose, because me are evil in the heart. Men were destroying lives on that pole for over 500 years before Christ. At one time, it was done away with, but revisited by the Romans as a form of capital punishment. This is evidenced by the others who were beside Christ when he was also faced with the same form of capital punishment at the time of his death.

    Men love to come up with new inventive ways to destroy life. One day we will know it and understand it fully when the abomination that makes life desolate is set up in the place it ought not be.
    Most civilations, whatever religion they may be, relate the cross as the most symbolic in christianityand god.

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