The Cross is Merely an IdolJanuary 19, 2024
Many people around the world associate the cross with Christianity. However, they may be surprised to find out that the symbol and worship of the cross cannot be found in the Bible. Those who want to fully obey God’s will must not follow the practice of setting up the cross and worshiping it.
The Second Commandment and the Cross
Exodus 20:4-5 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them..”
Even in the Ten Commandments, God declares that we, as God’s people, must not create any image, nor worship it. But what about the cross today? The cross was created as an image to symbolize Christianity, but it is merely an idol that God forbade us to make. The Bible teaches us that we are not to make any idols (Lev 26:1).
The Israelites and the Bronze Snake
In the Bible, we can find an example of God’s people worshiping idols and the result that came upon them.
Numbers 21:8-9 “The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.”
2 Kings 18:4 “..for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)”
The Israelites were to make the bronze snake according the word of God given to them. However, for a long while, they came to worship the image itself rather than God Who spoke the word to save them. Because of their disobedience to God, breaking the second commandment, they could not receive God’s blessing. This serves as a lesson for Christians today, that though the cross is widely known as an image to supposedly represent Christianity, we must not revere it as anything special or powerful, but remember it is an idol. We should keep the Passover to commemorate Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our salvation, not the cross itself.