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The Very First Christian Symbol? It Wasn't the Cross

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The bible isn't the only thing that changed in the 4th century and in this episode we look at the genesis of the cross as a symbol and explore a new way to reconnect with the Pre-Nicene Christians and learn the meaning behind the first Christian symbol, the Chi Rho.

Links mentioned during the episode:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_Rho

https://symbolsarchive.com/chi-rho-symbol-history-meaning/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egeria_(pilgrim)

https://www.theveryfirstbible.org

https://www.marcionitechurch.org

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The Bible isn't the only thing that changed in the fourth century, and in this episode we look at the Genesis of the cross is a symbol and explore a new way to reconnect with the pre niceen Christians and learn the meaning behind the first Christian symbol. The latest news, history and analysis from the perspective of the First Christians. Tune into the F the N Worldwide Twenty four seven radius. Dream. If your father died in a car crash, would you remember him by carrying around a picture of the crumpled wreckage in your wallet? maybeat talking to your children about their grandfather and slowly pull out the picture of the car accident and remember him in hushed tones? No, probably not. That would be a little macab a little creepy, definitely awkward and strange. And it's exactly the reaction the first Christians, the pre niceen Christians, would have had if people started wearing crosses or using them as symbols to represent Christ.

It would have been off putting, to say the least. For them. Jesus and his life and teachings were all about his resurrection and redemptive power, not staring at the handiwork tied directly to his death staring at the car accident. And there's an even more disturbing angle to the background of the story as well. The enemies of Christ and Christianity, the murderers of Jesus is, probably took a certain satisfaction, a silent mockery if you will, with the use of the Cross to represent Christ. For them it represented the sacrifice of an animal no different. Ask yourself why directors of porn and gangster rap videos insist the talent where not just crosses but Gaudy, oversized crosses to really drive home the humiliation and mockery. Now imagine if the same thing we're done...

...with their religious symbols. Oh My, the worldwide uproar that would ensue seven it would make the deranged screaming of the covid cult Pale and comparison. I can assure you that if they pulled this stunt like that with crosses in the days of the pre nice seen Christians, the dogs would find the remains too small to bother scavenging, and even a hundred years ago now, I think that would have been the case. But we live in different times now, much more accepting of being mocked and our religion blaspheme. In fact, today most of us would just roll up our sleeves and let the enemy inject us with a DNA mutating bio weapon, willingly letting the very enemies of Christianity pervert his perfect creation on a genetic level. So No, nobody was using crosses to represent and celebrate Christ in the pre nice seen era of immediately following the...

...crucifixion and resurrection. That era, or as it came come to be known as the cross craze, wouldn't come until hundreds of years later. Now, if you're a regular listener, it will come as no surprise that we go into these episodes as innocent lambs, right up until the fourth century. See, that was an incredibly unfortunate century for the first Christians. We sometimes call it the great inversion or the great perversion. You see, it was one. There was a great replacement and bending and shifting of reality in a rature of the true past. It was when the Hebrew Bible, or Torah, was renamed, rebranded is the Old Testament, and stapled onto a new version of the Bible. Of course, the Gospel of the Lord was done away with, entirely with only fragments of it allowed to remain in the Modern Bible. It was when all of the original Greek writings were translated into Latin and,...

...of course, when you want to change and edit text and meaning, it's during translations that are the golden opportunity to do so. It was also when the original symbol of Christianity was replaced with a new one. Now Americans of today are getting a close up look at how the inversion, perversion, reset process works, as they watch their history and culture being being erased right before their eyes. Statues honoring past heroes are now covered with a tarp and taken away by trucks in the middle of the night, and it happens fast. History erased like it never happened, entire subjects at public schools erased from the curriculum. That's what these resets look like and, as usual, we kick over the fourth century wood pile and find the usual suspects hissing in fear at the sudden bright light in this story was no different, and amazingly,...

...by sheer coincidence, of course. Our story begins one year after the debacle and travesty of the Council of Nicea in three hundred and twenty five a d it is then we are told that Emperor Constantine's mother has decided to suddenly take it upon herself to journey to Jerusalem and, according to the story, the divorced Empress Helena has a suspicion that the cross used to crucify Christ is buried under a Pagan Temple. She discovers three crosses, but is unsure of which is the one used for Jesus. So she has a woman who's sick and near death brought from a nearby village. She tells the woman to touch each cross so that she can observe her reaction, and upon touching the third cross, the woman is miraculous ulously healed, and Empress Helena announces that she has...

...now found the true cross. Now, somewhat predictably, this sparks a craze and holy relics and, let's be honest, it also sparks a fevered interest in Christianity in general. The empress and emperor are now fully on board. Later, the Bishop of Jerusalem would conduct elaborate ceremonies where the faithful would kiss and pray with the wood fragments. Unfortunately, the bishop also introduced some Judaizing elements to the ceremony, as we learn in a letter from a nun who took notes at the proceedings. Here's what she had to say. After the people kiss the wood, they are led to a deacon who stands holding the ring of Solomon and the Horn used to anoint Jewish kings. They then, and I quote, Kiss the Horn and gaze at the ring, unquote. Now I'll have a link in the show notes for the letter. And I...

...ask You, what would the apostle Paul have said if he had seen such a craven, Judaized iconic display? Now, what should have been just a benign, reverential act, simple adoration of the wood and with it the memory of Christ sacrifice for all of us, turned into a bizarre worshiping of Jewish rings and Horns at the end. And we see the same version play out in so many areas throughout history. Just prior to this, at the Council of Nicea in three hundred and twenty five, a d the Torah, renamed the Old Testament, was stapled on to the Christian Bible in a violent act, and that counseled, by the way, was invitation only, and anyone who objected to the emperor's final decision faced banishment from the empire, and many were as a result. When we do this forced grafting of Christianity onto the corrupt judaized tree, why are we surprised when the result is always corrupt fruit?...

Look around you, look at the state and decay of mainstream Christian denominations today. Simply put, it's a theological freak show. But we, as pre niceeen Christians with faith founded on the original Christian Bible, remain above the fray as we reach our hand out to save other Christians, to pluck them from the confused and icy waters of the Spiritual Dead Sea and then wrap them in the blanket of the gospel of the Lord. This is our obligation, the offering of our hand, but they must decide that they want to take it. In any event, over time we came to be where we are now, the cross as the common symbol for all Christians, and by the way, this isn't a cross bashing episode. Even the Mercy Night Church uses the Cross and performs the sign of the Cross. But we have to know...

...our past to know how we got here. In fact, the Bible tells us it is our obligation to seek the truth and hold fast onto what is good. But wait a minute, you might say. What about the hundreds of years before the Cross became popular? What about when Christians were being fed to lions and hunted by Pharisees, praying in secret in the catacombs? In the ones that were allowed to worship openly? Surely they used a symbol of some kind to represent they were Christians? Well, yes, and you'd be right, and this is the point of the episode. The symbol they use for themselves and to identify other Christians during these dangerous times, times, by the way, no different from what we live in now. We're too simple. Greek letters, the P and the acts, the act superimposed on the stem of the letter P, also called a key row. Now these are the first two Greek letters for the name of Christ, and for them it...

...represented the resurrection of Jesus and our salvation. It represented an uplifting message and inspired hope for those facing death. Now it is interesting, is it not? How those epistles of Paul, written in Greek, the first symbol of Christians, also in Greek, were changed into and translated into to Latin. A Greek Bible revealing the Christian God, revealed to us only through Jesus, becomes the Latin vulgate with a Torah stapled onto it, the symbol of a risen Christ with Greek letters, becomes a Latin cross, instantly reminding us of death and the crude structure used to crucifier. Lord. Now this is a good time to reflect on first Corinthians five, six through seven. Your glorying is not good. Know Ye not, that a little leaven Leveneth the whole...

...lump? Purge out there for the old leaven that Ye, maybe a new lump is ye are unleaven. And let me tell you something. In the fourth century there was a whole lot of leavening going on in that lump. As you look around at these decimated churches of today, do they not remind us of wood that has been eaten away by termites with only the thin skin of the paint remaining? Or when they grafted Christianity onto a judaized corrupt tree, why do they now wonder why it only bears corrupt fruit? And, as always, we find our answers in the first Christian Bible of one hundred and forty a d. You can get a free copy at the very first Bible Dot Org Dot Org. Personally, I think that Christian symbol needs to make a comeback, don't you? I'll have a link in the show notes where you can download the a graphics associated with it. Why not share them on social media or have them around you, give them to others, maybe...

...add them to a simple email signature? Now the Mercy Night Church puts a small cross at the base of the key row symbol in effects, showing the greater power of Christ's resurrection over the crude cross of death. May Our father send his Holy Spirit to guide you in all things and that the teachings of Jesus Christ be with you always. Remember, seek the truth and hold fast to that which is good. I'm Darren Kalama and this has been first news on FBN, reminding you, as always, to stay away from the needle and to shun the COVID hopes. We'll see you next time.

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