Many of us are accustomed to seeing the image of Christ’s death on a cross. Where did this image originate from? Was Christ crucified on a cross? What does the Bible say? The true origin of the cross is shocking and surprising once the facts from the Bible are learned. Christ’s actual crucifixion is a LITTLE KNOWN FACT OF THE BIBLE.
The cross was different from what people show today — The term “cross” means a stake, pole, or post set upright. There is no evidence given in the Bible that the stake used to crucify Christ had a crossbeam, as many people portray in the crosses that they use. Did you know that Jesus carried his own “cross” (stake) to his crucifixion? See John 19:17.
The term “cross” was not widely used in mainstream Christianity until the time of the Roman emperor Constantine—about 300 years after Christ established His Church at Pentecost. This marked the entrance of paganism into the Christian Faith and the beginning of widespread scriptural corruption.
According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, the shape of the cross “had its origin in ancient Chaldea, and was used as the symbol of the pagan god Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name) in that country and in adjacent lands, including Egypt.
“By the middle of the third century A.D. the churches had either departed from, or had distorted certain doctrines of the Christian faith. In order to increase the prestige of the renegade ecclesiastical system, pagans were received into the churches…and were permitted largely to retain their pagan signs and symbols. Hence, the Tau or T, in its most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered, was adopted to stand for the cross of Christ” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, p. 256).
Also notice what the Davis Dictionary of the Bible states about the origin of the cross: “The pre-Christian cross of one form or another was in use as a sacred symbol among the Chaldeans, the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, and many other…nations. The Spaniards in the 16th century found it also among the Indians of Mexico and Peru. But its symbolic teaching was quite different from that which we now associate the cross” (Davis Dictionary of the Bible, p. 159).
The pagan cross symbol was “Christianized” into mainstream Christianity. But God’s One True Church (The Faithfully Obedient) has never done this. It has always seen the cross symbol for what it is—pagan! The Bible clearly teaches that God’s people must not practice or tolerate any pagan ways, customs, traditions or practices (Deut. 7:1-6; Jer. 10:1-5; Rev. 18:1-4).
The history of the cross, and its worship and use as a religious symbol goes back long before Christ. It was a symbol used by pagan nations. Many historians claim the cross was originated by early Egyptians and Babylonians. For reference see The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop and research by John Gardner Wilkinson titled Wilkinson’s Egyptians. The misconception of what the cross is has been carried over from the Egyptians and Babylonians and today taught as a symbol of worship. No where in the Bible is the cross described as a symbol of worship. The cross or stake was a torture method for the governments of that time. True born again Christians ought not to display or worship the method by which Christ was crucified and the method should not be displayed in their homes, churches or be worn as jewelry. Today, if Christ were killed by a gun, would modern day religious merchants sell artifacts shaped like a gun for people to worship?
Think about it.
The the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; not in symbols and artifacts.
(Some of the the Above information was partially provided by http://rcg.org/questions/p096.a.html)