THE "CROSS" IS NOT REALLY USED MUCH WITHIN THE SDA ORG AND RARELY IN THE SANCTUARY ITSELF, YET IT IS IN THE LOGO (SOME SAY IT IS UPSIDE DOWN) THERE IS A GLOBE, FIRE AND AN OPEN BOOK IN THE LOGO ALSO. I VISITED A CHURCH RECENTLY WHILE OUT OF TOWN AND NOTED THEY HAD A CROSS UP FRONT, QUITE NICE. THERE IS NO MISTAKING THAT IT IS A SYMBOL OF JESUS SACRIFICE.
MANY SDA CHURCHES DO NOT DISPLAY A CROSS, MIGHT CONFUSE US TO THINK WE ARE CATHOLICS I GUESS. BUT REALLY WHAT IS THE ISSUE? WE HAVE OTHER IMAGES, ICONS ETC SUCH AS THE FLAME, THE GLOBE, AN OPEN BIBLE, TRIANGLES/PYRAMIDS.
BUT THE ICON WHICH REPRESENTS JESUS SACRIFICE FOR OUR SALVATION IS SEEN AS TABOO IN OUR CHURCH. WEIRD.
YES I KNOW WE DO NOT DWELL ON THE DEATH OF JESUS BUT THE RESURRECTION, AND YET IT DOES SYMBOLIZE THE SACRIFICE FOR US ALL. SEEMS EVIL TO SHUN THE CROSS.
We have no problem with the cross
I am not sure if I understand you clearly but, the S.D.A. placed equal emphases on both the death and resurrection of Jesus also the cross.
1. How would you like the S.D.A. churches to use the cross?
CLARIFICATION: SOME SDA CHURCHES WILL PLACE A CROSS ON A WALL, MOST COMMONLY ON THE WALL BEHIND THE PODIUM.
I MEANT A LITERAL CROSS AS A SYMBOL.
A cross displayed or not has no meaning as it needs to come from the heart.
SO TRUE ELIJAH. SOME PEOPLE THINK HAVING OR DISPLAYING THE CROSS SOMEHOW BRINGS THEM CLOSEER TO GOD OR THAT GOD IS SO PLEASED WITH THEM FOR HAVING A CROSS. THEY !MISUNDERSTOOD WHAT JESUS MEAN BY 'CARRY YOUR CROSS"
Indeed, Jason, as we know it says:
Romans 2:25 Circumcision has value if you obey the law. But if you break the law, it is just as if you hadn’t been circumcised. 26 And sometimes those who aren’t circumcised do what the law requires. Won’t God accept them as if they had been circumcised? 27 Many are not circumcised physically, but they obey the law. They will prove that you are guilty. You are breaking the law, even though you have the written law and are circumcised.
28 A person is not a Jew if they are a Jew only on the outside. And circumcision is more than just something done to the outside of a man’s body. 29 No, a person is a Jew only if they are a Jew on the inside. And true circumcision means that the heart has been circumcised by the Holy Spirit. The person whose heart has been circumcised does more than obey the written law. The praise that matters for that kind of person does not come from other people. It comes from God.
A display is good but means nothing if it does not come from the heart.
The cross of itself have no power
And I would not see it necessary for the church to do so.
CHRIST SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL - Hebrews 10:11-14
" And every priests stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But THIS MAN, HE HAD OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER , SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, from that time till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified
TRUE. AND YET THERE IS A CERTAIN NEGATIVE STIGMA TOWARDS "THE CROSS" AS A "SYMBOL" PROBABLY BECAUSE THE CATHOLICS HAVE EMBRACED IT.
STILL, IT IS THE MOST RECOGNIZED SYMBOL OF CHRISTIANITY, EVEN OUR OWN SDA DENOMINATION HAS IT IN ITS LOGO. COOL.
And yet the Cross was not always a symbol of Christians, in the beginning, it was the fish symbol.