Why wear a cross

Nika Kravchuk
15.10.2015

Why wear a cross?

Why should I go to church if I have faith in my soul? Why wear a cross if I'm a Christian? Does the Gospel say that everyone should walk with crosses? So wear or not wear? Some such questions are often asked by unchurched. Let's try to answer.

Crosshair

Where did this tradition come from?

Wearing a cross without a real Christian life will be like some kind of fake. Treating the cross as a beautiful decoration will also serve a person in condemnation. So what happens: you can’t wear it, or else you can hurt yourself?

Wearing a cross is not only possible, but necessary. Many believers can confirm: this is the most powerful defense of a person. Why? Because the cross is the instrument of the death of Christ. Jesus crucified with His Blood washed the sins of every person.

Therefore, it reminds every Christian that God makes sacrifices for the sake of man, for which Christ suffered. If Jesus had not suffered, people would have no hope of escape. The cross is rightly called the instrument of our salvation.But many people refuse to wear this item on their bodies.

Among the arguments the most popular are:

  1. this does not confirm that I am a Christian;
  2. in the Gospel there is no indication of the wearing of the cross, the first Christians did not know this either ...

Yes, indeed, wearing a pectoral cross without practicing Christian life reminds a person who is trying to swim in a storm on a wreck of a ship.

In fact, the gospel and the lives of early Christians do not indicate that people supported modern practice.

But in the life of the early church it was customary to wear medallions depicting the slain Lamb or the Crucifixion. Sources of the II century indicate: some Christians already had crosses or drew them on their foreheads in order to “present” themselves to the persecutors and suffer for their faith. When the “hunt” for believers subsided, the pious example of the early Christians spread widely.

An interesting historical fact leads Archpriest Igor Fomin.

In the Roman Empire there was one rather humiliating custom. As we now wear a collar to dogs, so they have slaves wearing the same straps around their necks with the name of their owner.

The first Christians, opposing themselves to such a society, wore crucifixes, as if to say: we do not belong to you.We have another Master who paid for us at the cost of his own life.

Spiritual protection

Today, it is customary for a person to wear a cross after performing the sacrament of baptism. It is like a confirmation of involvement in the Church and an understanding that the Son of God suffered for me.

Cross of the Lord

- Yes, all this is nonsense! Why wear a cross? - Skeptic will say. - Just think: two wooden sticks or a metal figure. Can they protect a person?

The answer is very concise: they can. Evidence can be found a lot.

For example, in difficult Soviet times, it was forbidden to wear metal figurines. If a girl is going to marry a non-Christian, they usually ask her to take off ... a cross. It sounds like this: renounce your faith, turn away from Christ.

And how many stories are there about how people lost their spiritual protection without a cross? Many became demon-possessed — evil spirits infused themselves in them. And when they were approached with a cross, they began to coward, shout, slander, beat against the wall with their heads ...

Symbol of victory over the devil

Familiar priest told a case from his own practice. He served in the village, where everyone knew each other.There lived one man who spoke little with people, had no family. He never went to church.

One day a priest passed by this man. For some reason I decided to stop and talk. Then drawn:

- Alexey, and I want to give you a small gift.

The man was delighted, like a child. The priest put a cross on his neck.

Some time has passed. The abbot met again with Alexey. Man, almost with tears told:

- Father, I could not accept your gift.

And told a story. After a cross was hung around his neck, he did not understand what was happening to him. When I came to, I realized that he was already far from home, on the local Bald Mountain. There was no cross over his neck.

grandma's cross

No matter how skeptical we are about this, the devil knows exactly how powerful this symbol of Christianity is. Therefore, the crafty in various ways trying to prevent a person.

Why wear a cross? To save yourself. The devil is afraid of losing access to a person, experiencing that he can take the path of piety and be saved. After all, the cross is a symbol of victory over the forces of darkness, a constant reminder of who we are, what we were created for, and how to save ourselves.


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