- an inscribed or painted symbol defining a person or entity.
- worshipful graven image considered to have magical power.
No, most people wouldn't do that anymore than fondly remember Beethoven by gazing upon a gilt Treble Clef, or Freud by fondling a mummified cigar or Newton with an apple. No, we don’t diminish cherished works with symbologies but rather appreciate all each such person did for us instead. It's expected that what any of us remember of a deceased personage, is the joy they brought us when alive.
Therefore the happy reminisce that any have of a dearly departed loved one would easily belay worship of the “Jesus-on-the-Cross" symbology, because most civilized persons would find gruesome the concept of rejoicing anyone by gazing on the object of his/her death.
Thinking this through
Since this is a briefing on the symbology rather than the philosophy behind The Cross, let's first put aside the subjective crucifix vs. empty cross arguments since Christians are so much divided on them. Suffice that all opinions of each are too fantastic to debate, especially when the subject itself is moot.
Back when the observer was delving into the matter of The Cross, he found a line drawn between the certainty of church doctrine and abject mysticism, when evidence of the Cross as being the mark of the fallen Lucifer of Bible legend was realized. the observer doesn’t recall any blatant reportage on the subject but had found himself following a broken trail of evidence where, in a connect-the-dots fashion, he came to the full realization of this truth - that the cross was the symbol, or glyphic, of the archangel of heaven cast to this earth.
The findings were damning … for in displaying that long before people became literate, and even before a man was known by his cartouche, the fallen angel we call Lucifer created his avatar identity on earth with the simple overlapping of two equal lines—a Cross —to which all his sycophants added other lines and squiggles to denote their own avatar marks—minor sigils found in reference materials worldwide—by basing theirs on his in order to be identified with him.
As Lucifer had ruled the earth since his fall from heaven, and was pretty happy with people surreptitiously worshiping his ways, once the Son-of-God mission to reclaim all who wanted to return to heaven was completed, Lucifer tried to subvert faith in "The Way" with a clever—even devious—plan to regain people to his side, by having Rome institute a state-religion based on that heavenly mission.
Continued research led him to discover that Lucifer had conscripted many of his own demons to portray the “Jesus” character needed for this state religion, that Lucifer hung on his own trademark Sigil … needing many because only God and the Son are omnipotent.
Use of this sigil as the symbol of the Roman state religion eventually replaced the Ashertroth totem that actually killed the Son’s body, so Lucifer’s mark would appear as the symbol of the Son's salvation.
It's noted that illiterate Jews emigrating to the Ellis Island of New York City, made their mark on paper not with an X but with an O—a circle—so as not to be thought Christian. the observer believes that such Jews made the "O" mark simply from a deeper-seated tradition to not emulate the sigil of Satan, a deferential policy reaching back to darker times.
Despite all Christian apologetics to the contrary, "The Cross" is not a death instrument after all.
Subsequent research shows that the Cross cannot kill but only serve as vehicle for the slow death of anyone mounted to one, This sudden awareness betrays all images of The Cross, in short, as not only a total misconception of purpose but a complete farce—a mythology—enhanced by Hollywood films counting from Cecil B. Demille’s 'The Sign of the Cross,' to fare about the fictional Ben-Hur and Spartacus, the latter a real man actually impaled De Sade style, and not crucified.
So let’s go to our all-revealing common American English language, compiled from every tongue in the world, to comprehend why the word cross is neither glorifying nor honorable—
- What does it mean 'to cross' someone? It means to do their efforts harm.
- Doublecross is to pretend to work in someone's favor while actually working against them.
- Being 'cross' with somebody is to be angry with them …upset over some wrong done you.
- 'Cross' also indicates the leaving of one to join another; as a traitor will 'cross over' to a rival faction (Such as we've done going from God to Lucifer).
- 'Cross' also means to intermix - as mules result from cross-breedings of horses and donkeys.
- Plus the phrase, 'coming to a crossroads' indicates one is indecisive and needs to make a decision.
Back as a Christian pastoral candidate seeking justification of The Cross, the observer became aware of no language in which the word 'cross' indicated any sort of love, respect or healing in any manner, and shows as gambit running all through the new testament of the bible.