An idol is an image, a representation of anything, or a symbol that is an object of passionate devotion, whether material or imagined.
(1 John 5:21) Little children, guard yourselves from idols.
(Exodus 20:4) вЂњYou must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth.
You are exactly correct! And people try to justify carrying a cross by saying that it’s a symbol of what Jesus did. Jesus was united in belief with Jehovah God, and Jehovah strictly commanded us not to use idols. People wear them around their neck, hold them while they pray, kiss them, etc. How is this not putting faith in the object? Carrying a cross or wearing one will NOT protect you or bring you closer to God, it will put enmity between yourself and God. If Jesus was killed by beheading would you wear an axe or blade? If Jesus was fed to lions would you wear a lion around your neck? If he was killed by being tied to four different horses and then ripped apart would you wear a horse around your neck? By venerating or worshipping an object you are commiting the sin of idol worship no matter how you try to justify it.
Protestants wear empty crosses for this reason. They do not worship the shape of the cross or assume it is actually God. They wear them to remind themselves to take up their own cross and follow after Jesus.
We are not under the laws of Moses or there would be nothing in art museums or cathedrals. Thou shall have no graven images.
This is a copy and paste from Bible Gateway explaining the New Testament passage.
Keep yourselves from idols – From worshipping them: from all that would imply communion with them or their devotees. Compare the notes at 1 Corinthians 10:14. The word rendered ":idols": here (ОµО№М“ОґП‰МЃО»П‰ОЅ eidoМ„loМ„n) means, properly, an image, specter, shade – as of the dead: then any image or figure which would represent anything, particularly anything invisible: and hence anything designed to represent God, and that was set up with a view to be acknowledged as representing him, or to bring, him, or his perfections, more vividly before the mind. The word is applicable to idol-gods – pagan deities, 1 Corinthians 8:4, 1 Corinthians 8:7: 1 Corinthians 10:19: Romans 2:22: 2 Corinthians 6:16: 1 Thessalonians 1:9: but it would, also, be applicable to any ":image": designed to represent the true God, and through or by which the true God was to be adored. The essential things in the word seem to be:
(a) an image or representation of the Deity, and,
(b) the making of that an object of adoration instead of the true God.
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The cross is indeed a pagan symbol that was used in false religions 1000’s of years before Jesus was born.
The Catholic encyclopedia states that pagan symbols have been sanctified by being adopted into the church.
God says, ":Keep yourselves free of all things that are pagan.":
You can listen to whom ever you want.
Only if one worships and prays to the cross?
God Bless Ya,
There is more joy in Jesus in one day.
Than there is in the World 365/24/7
I know, I tried them both.
As long as the cross/crucifix is just a symbol of faith then it is not in contradiction of the tenets set in the Bible. When the object itself becomes more important than what it symbolizes THAT’s when you have the problems. (This applies to flags as well.)
I wear a cross, not a crucifix, which serves as a reminder of my salvation through Christ’s sacrificial death at Calvary. 1 Corinthians 15:31, вЂњI protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.вЂќ It is a reference to the Finished Work of the Cross! There is much work of God to be done in our lives after we experience initial salvation There is a life that must be lived holy, and we must be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. We must live separated lives from the world and its lusts and sins. We must deny ourselves and deny our fleshly lusts every day.
The finished work of the cross speaks about the fact that the work required to take us out of Adam and put us into Christ making us completely new creatures is fully completed through the cross. God needs to do nothing else to us in order to make us new creatures and to annihilate the old people we used to be before we came to Christ than what He did through the cross. That is a finished work. The issue of what should be done to our sins before we are saved is completely finished and settled once and for all by the cross. We do not need any more work done in our lives as far as our past sins committed before salvation. Christ crucified them in Himself when we obeyed Acts 2:38, and God has accomplished such a thorough work in dealing with them that He told us He forgot all those sins! They will not be held against us on that day of judgment! And regarding any problems we will face in the future, the finished work of the cross deals with each of them, too. God does not need to accomplish another work for us to resort to when we face troubles in life. He already accomplished all that we will ever need to resort to in order to overcome sin and trouble. He did it through the work of the cross. We simply turn back to the past where Christ was crucified and apply all the provisions of that cross that cover any problems we might ever face.
When we face sin, we must resort to the cross’ accomplishments. God provided us with forgiveness should we sin and sincerely repent of that sin after we were baptized into Christ’s death. The cross not only gives us victory over our past sins in the lives we lived before we found Christ, but it also takes care of every future problem and sin we might commit, so long as we truly repent.
Apostolic Believer In One God, Jesus
Idol? It’s not an idol. with me it’s just an decorate item.
It can be an idol – if people put their faith in the statue on their wall.
…but the cross is not a symbol for Christ, it’s a symbol for what Christ DID!
Yes it is, and yes it does.