Church Symbols

The many questions about the integrity of the church extend well beyond its less than divinely inspired origins.  The very appearance the church presents to public has its origin in the same manmade and pagan inspired concepts as the foundations upon which it was established.

The Church Building

      The very existence of a building for sole purpose of weekly worship is without scriptural foundation, nor is the practice of weekly worship itself.  The weekly practice of keeping the Sabbath, the last day of the week, as a day of rest is biblical, but gathering together to worship on any day is not.  This practice was instituted by the Emperor Constantine when he actually outlawed the practice of resting on the Sabbath.  This will be discussed further in this chapter in “The Holy Days”

The Church Steeple

      The presence of steeples on top of church buildings is the classic testament to the pagan origins of virtually every aspect of the church.  The Bible specifically condemns having such things anywhere near any area where there is an altar to the real God, and certainly any Ch4ristian would consider a church as such.  
♦  Deuteronomy 16: 21
 Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee.
      The word grove is taken from ammuwd, pronounced am-mood’; a column (as standing) and tree comes from ets, pronounced ates; a tree (from its firmness); hence, wood.  This is speaking to ancient custom of erecting wooden columns at pagan worship sites.  This edict is repeated here:
♦  Leviticus 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.

The Cross

      The cross has similar origins in ancient worship, and history shows that the cross was in use centuries before Christ. In the British Museum is a statue of the Assyrian king Samsi-Vul, son of Shalmaneser with an almost perfect Maltese cross around his neck and a similar cross on an accompanying figure of Ashur-nasir-pal.  The ancient Greek goddess Diana is pictured with a cross over her head, in much the same way the “Virgin Mary” is represented by many medieval artists. Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, is often pictured wearing a headdress adorned with crosses. Different types of crosses were used in the Mesoamerican cultures centuries before the Europeans arrived and he Egyptians and Hindus used cross symbols in abundance. There is absolutely no evidence that God’s true Church ever used the cross symbol for any purpose. Nowhere does the Bible command its use and archaeologists have not found any Christian use of the symbol before that time.  The Christian use of the cross did not begin until the time of Constantine, over three centuries after Christ when, after claiming to have a vision of a cross in a dream, the cross was adopted by Constantine to be the prime Christian symbol. “Thus the Labarum (the cross) took its origin, and under this glorious banner Constantine overcame his adversary near the Milvian Bridge, on 28 October, 312” (The Catholic Encyclopedia) The cross therefore became an Easter icon at the Council of Nicaea, in A.D. 325, when Constantine decreed that the Cross was the symbol of the Crucifixion and the official symbol of Christianity. 

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