We see signs and symbols everywhere. Interestingly we just see them and register in our minds with what they are associated. Rarely do we try to dig and find out why a particular symbol is associated with a particular thing. But the fact is that entire culture is dependent on symbols. CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS
So today’s read will be around religious symbols. We see them, respect them and have certain interpretations about it which might be true or myths. There are strong emotions associated with religious symbols.
So today what I have for you in store is all about Christian Religious Symbols. I am sure you will enjoy the read and will be better equipped to interpret the Christian Religious Symbol.
So here we go!!
Let’s answer the questions we have in mind:
WHAT ARE RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS.
It is a planned and deliberate iconic representation of a particular religion. It can also be an explicit conception within one religion itself.
This includes prime examples of acts, artwork or events in Christianity.
Considering the same, there are symbols that bring up the Christian religion ideas and concepts that has majorly derived from Bible.
Even if we give a closer look, the church itself is huge monument of symbol.
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So, now, let’s Know more on what are Christian Religious Symbols.
The T-SHAPED symbol of Christianity has been one of the most popular and iconic symbols that illustrates the teachings and saying of bible of faith and power.
But, do you know that there are more symbols to know that has extremely fascinating facts and knowingly and unknowingly are used as tattoos designs too.
Let’s get the glimpse here for details
Early Christian Symbols are:
1. Cross and Crucifix 5. Chi Rho
2. Ichthys 6. IH Monogram
3. Alpha and Omega 7. IX Monogram
Other Christian Symbols
1. The Good Shepherd 2. Dove
3. Peacock 4. Pelican
5. Anchor 6. Shamrock
7. Eye of Providence 8. Elemental symbols
9. Lily crucifix 10. Lamb
Isn’t it amazing to get on to a journey of finding about Christian Religious Symbols?
So let’s continue it.
The early Christian Symbols have a specific meaning and interpretation of each.
Cross and Crucifix.
There is no second thought that Christian Religious Symbol “Cross” is the most recognized symbol of Christianity today.
In all probability it represents the structure and shape which was used to crucify Lord Jesus Christ depicting victory over sin and death by sacrificing his body.
On the other hand, Protestantism symbol has an empty cross laying focus on resurrected risen Christ.
Early Christian Symbol which is of utmost importance and stands first is that of a fish. The reason behind its popularity is famous acrostic or poem which has the first letters of five Greek words forming the word for fish (Ichthus). It’s a brief but crisp description of character of Christ.
Alpha and Omega
Early Christian Symbol showing statement of Jesus which goes “I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End”.
It is a Greek word meaning Cross which is widely used in New Testament.
Early Christian Symbol which was shaped with the help of first two letters (CAPS) chi and rho to form a Greek word meaning Christ and in ancient Christianity.
In Greek Iota (I)and Eta (H), when are superimposed on each other mean Jesus Christ?
As per the early Christian Symbol and beliefs Iota (I) and Chi (X) were used to form the word Jess Christ.
Other Christian Religious Symbols Explained:
- The Good Shepherd.
In Rome a good shepherd carrying a sheep on his shoulder is the most common symbol representing Jesus Christ.
Dove is considered to be a Christian soul. As per Bible during the baptism of Jesus the Holy Spirit came down and rested on Jesus as a Dove. The Christian soul over here signifies the soul of a holy spirit clean and pious.
Flesh of Peafowl never decays as per old belief and thus is considered as immortal. One of the Christian symbol images which is widely seen on ancient paintings and mosaic. Peacock feathers have eyes which represents cosmos and God watching everyone everywhere.
Pelican is another Christian symbol image which nurtures her young ones by feeding them by her blood in absence of food.
Considered as a symbol of safety in ancient times it was thus adopted as Christian religious symbol denoting hope of future existence.
Shamrock represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost representing as being a single God.
- Eye of Providence.
The Eye of God in a triangle is still used in church and Christian beliefs which represents Trinity and God’ being present everywhere.
- Elemental Symbols.
Christian religious symbols include water which is used to baptize and apart from that represents purity and clean soul. Fire is considered pure and the flame of the candle to spread light of God.
- Lily Crucifix.
A lily crucifix depicts Christ crucified on a lily or holding such a plant in England is another Christian religious symbol.
Christian religious symbol lamb represents victory and suffering. It also means pure innocence, gentleness and when depicted with Lion it means paradise.
This is so beautiful that our ancient folks understood so much about symbols and spiritualism.
RELIGION FOR HEALING
Religion is directly associated with healing. As per Bible there are three types of healing in Bible namely:
- Spiritual Healing
- Emotional Healing
- Physical Healing.
There are symbols for each healing and symbols in the Bible depict each healing.
Dove, Water, Fire, The Cloud and Anointing with oil are the symbols of healing in the Bible associated with Spiritual Healing.
Colors represent emotions therefore they have been used as symbols of healing in the Bible.
There is symbol of redemption in Bible which represents the cross as Jesus had laid his life on it for us.
These Christian religious symbol images are seen as early Christian symbols as well as catholic symbols and have meanings.
CATHOLIC SYMBOLS AND MEANINGS:
Symbols of catholic church has always been eye-catchy and fascinating. Furthermore, the interpretation of different culture has impacted greatly the way it always shown in various movies.
Hence, today this good read will enlighten you some more major catholic symbols along with their meaning.
So, let’s get started!
- Crucifix: Sacrifice and atonement
- Alpha and Omega: The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet used various times in the Church liturgical year
- The Cross: Jesus death and resurrection
- The Sacred Heart: Jesus physical heart and represent divine love
- IHS and Chi-Rho : Another symbol for Christ
- The Fish: Oldest Christian symbol
- Fleur de Lis: Lily composed of three petals depicting trinity in oneness
- The Dove: Holy Spirit
- Crossed Keys: Keys of heaven
- The Lamb: Innocence and purity
Christian Imagery and Christian Symbol images are nothing but SACRED
SYMBOLS mostly seen in both sections of Christianity. Protestantism symbol usually is an empty cross showing that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead unlike a crucifix showing Christ on the cross, as in the Roman Catholic belief system. Protestants allow the cross to be worn as jewelry.
Well, this was an effort to explain Christian Imagery and we hope you enjoyed reading it.
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