Thanks. I got a reply which I will not answer tonight as I will be going to a prayer group shortly and I don’t want to rush off a reply. Yesterday I was so worn out, I didn’t check the person out, now I have and she is a Jehovah’s Witness. I checked out the reference she gave and will read it more carefully tomorrow and then check out CAF again as the same google search showed a thread which mentions that the Greek in the JW article wasn’t the Greek of the Bible times. I am inclined to answer factually and politely and then close it off with a second comment stating that “Pinterest is not the best place for discussions of faith, perhaps it would be better to continue in the Catholic Answers Forum, where people of all and no faith engage in polite and friendly discussion”. I suspect the Pinterest bot put my pin in her feed because apart from her JW Board, she is only follows Boards with muscular men, Sylvester Stallone and fashion.
Here is the dialogue:
Her Thru a study of the bible, I found that the cross is actually NOT a Christian symbol but a pagan one. I was floored! (Acts 5:30; 10:39; Gal.3:13; Heb.6:6; Matt.27:41,42)
Me Dear Dianne1958, I am a bit puzzled as well. I am in the middle of researching something else so my brain is elsewhere and I have to get it finished, but, I do know where to go for some solid advice. I will be back.
Me Dear Diane1958, I am not sure where you came to conclusion that the cross is pagan. Jesus was crucified on a cross, which the Jews saw it as the equivalent to death by “hanging on a tree" which was very shameful, hence the use of tree instead of wooden cross or cross. Scott Hahn’s Bible Dictionary or a Catholic Commentary will help with putting the language into context of the culture and traditions of the time. Hope this helps.
Me By the way, if you came away with this from an organised Bible Study, I would steer clear as someone is leading people astray. Studying the Bible isn’t easy (and I have completed 2 Great Adventure courses), because we also need to learn the history, culture and politics of the time, never mind what some words meant at the time, instead of how they are used today. E.g. To pray means to ask (prithee, pray tell) yet today some people think it can only refer to asking God. May God bless you.
Her Yes, I agree that we need to understand the history & culture of people’s when studying the bible. That’s why I’m so grateful 4 the many research tools available, especially THE MAIN textbook, God’s Word. Re: the Jews & crosses, they never used them becuz they were pagan symbols. - THE CROSS IN RITUAL, ARCHITECTURE, & ART, London,1900, G.S. Tyack, pg.1.; EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF NEW TESTAMENT WORDS (London, 1962, W.E.Vine, pg.256) And there’s many more. Interesting!
Her Re:1st century Christians, HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH says: "There was no use of the crucifix & there was no material rep. of the cross. "- NY, 1897, J.F. Hurst, vol.1, pg. 366.