I have heard that SOME people have a problem with the crucifix. They will say that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead, and is no longer on the Cross so why do we keep him there? And I understand that this is the reason that other Churches keep a barron cross inside and out.
I want to say that I find this personally offensive, and I feel the need to explain… before I explode.
Can I be a witness?
My parents raised me Athiest. Not just we don’t care so we don’t talk about the subject, but sit down discussions about the Bible being a fairy tale and Christians being delusional, and that they should be pitied for their lack of intelligence. Not one discussion but many, and my father never told me any particular story of the Bible either. I never heard about Adam and Eve or Jesus Christ, and I believe this was so as not to feed my curiousity or to create a childhood fantasy. He wanted the doctrine to stick.
When I was eight years old, we moved into a rental house. The people who lived there left some belongings in the house in a box in the basement, and as I was nosing through the box I came upon something that really disturbed me greatly. There was a man who appeared to be nailed to two pieces of wood. There was blood pouring from his hands and feet. He apparently had some torturous device shoved upon his head, and hard too because there was blood streaming into his eyes. He also had been stabbed by something as he had blood coming drom his side. I was transfixed, staring at the man. I went upstairs to my mother and asked what it was and who he was, and she told me that the man was Jesus Christ and that Christians believe he was G-d.
I had heard the word of G-d unbeknownst to my mother. I took that crucifix and stuck it under my pillow. I fell in love with the Christ and daydreamed that he was my husband. I used to pretend that I was at the crucifixion and that I saved his life, and that he loved me too. By the terms that the folks who have a problem with the crucifix I was saved. I had Jesus in my heart all to myself, without hearing or reading the Bible…the crucifix saved me.
Would I have had the same reaction if it had been just a cross? I would not. Would I have had the same reaction years later, let’s say when I saw the Passion of the Christ? Yes, most likely…but that is my point don’t you see? The crucifix IS the passion of the Christ…way before we had the ability to make movies
When I turned sixteen I followed my crucifix all the way to the Catholic Church.
PHEW…I feel better