"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).
"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church".-St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.
“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15
"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811
Sunday, February 1, 2009
A Dangerous Symbol
This is only a symbol Catholics use. It represents their faith in Christ who was crucified and died to bring life to all. While others hate it, Catholics and other Christians love it and displays it with honor, reverence and pride.
To some, it attracts violence. Windshields are smashed by those who oppose it's truthfulness. Others within Christianity sees it as "Catholic symbol" than Christ's salvific suffering to "free" all men and women from the bondage of sin.
It is a symbol of contradiction-- it means peace for some and conflict for some. No matter how other people see this sacred symbol, this cross will always represent the whole truth about salvation. This symbol will always stands high amidst persecution, death threats, bullets, bombs, and insults. If they have insulted and persecuted the Master, we are not even greater than him. So rejoice, have the courage to make this simple yet so powerful symbol to say the least of your true faith in the Lord Jesus.