I grew up in an Evangelical tradition that espoused an environment of active hate towards the historical, third-dimensional symbols of the Christian religion. How a “Christian” can take a conceptualized depiction of Lord Jesus and desecrate it is now inconceivable to me…but there was a time when I too used to be an “iconoclast.”
Others can do a much better job in attempting to convey the intricate development and history of the crucifix’s use in Western culture since the medieval ages- so I won’t even begin. But one thing I can say is that no other symbol on earth visually embodies the Gospel message (ie. Good News) like the crucifix.
Many Evangelical Christians use the following commandment as justification for accusing other Christians of idolatry, for venerating the crucifix:
Exodus 20:3-5 (NASB)- “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or…
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