The message of God’s redemption and forgiveness. Why the cross is the most hated symbol.

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1)
Ground_Zero_cross

Top: The original  location where the iron cross was found.

1 Corinthians 1:18 [ Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom ] For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

For Muslims, atheists and humanists the cross is an offense since it is to them the stench of death. But to us who believe it is the symbol of redemption and new and eternal life in Christ. If they were not pricked in their hearts when they see the cross they would not be offended.

He died  on the cross at Ground Zero.

There is only one risen hero.

But the fools reject grace,

stay condemned, cannot face

The truth in The Cross at Ground Zero.

There is no greater symbol for God’s love for us than was shown in Jesus’ death on the cross. The cross symbolizes the two main tenets of the Christian faith: Redemption and forgiveness.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (St. John 3:16-17)

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The important thing to note in these two quotes from the Bible is that God’s love for us is unconditional, and existed before we did anything to deserve it. However, God demands one thing from us: Forgiveness. The prayer Jesus taught us to pray states: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. This puzzled the disciples who had grown up with the saying “An eye for and eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”

 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)

This concept of forgiveness is not uniquely Christian. The Jews have a similar concept: “Vengeance is mine, saith the LORD”. In fact, all religions embrace forgiveness, except Islam. The Muslims have not yet gotten over the loss of Spain. 80% of Egyptians believe that leaving Islam and becoming a Christian should be punishable by death. In Sharia law the penalty for some crimes is to cut off one hand and one foot on opposite side for the offender. The list goes on and on. About the only sure fire way for a Muslim to go to heaven is to die as a martyr for the case of Jihad. Next best thing is to emigrate and thus spread Islam. This is almost as good as being a martyr. Third is to obey the five tenets of Islam, like hard fasting during daytime in the month of Ramadan which this year began June 6 and ends July 5. Ramadan comes about 11 days earlier every year, so the Muslims, being strictly lunar based have 103 years when the rest of the world has 100. The bottom line is, that it is nearly impossible to do all the things mandated in Islam, like praying at the exact right times if you are traveling, since prayer times are established by local sun-time, not standard time. In addition, it is forbidden to start praying at exactly sun noon, it must start at least 2 minutes after sun noon to be on the safe side, mind control at work.

This is what we are facing: For an Islamist the best option is to die as a martyr for the cause of Jihad, the next best option is to emigrate to spread the faith.

Muslims reject that Jesus died on the cross. It only seemed so to the Jews. No, he was directly translated up to heaven, and will return together with the 12th Imam, destroying all crosses and declaring Muhammad the greatest prophet.

The other enemies of the cross are the humanists.

Excerpt from the humanist manifesto II: [From first clause. But] we can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species. While there is much that we do not know, humans are responsible for what we are or will become. No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.

SECOND: Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices. Modern science discredits such historic concepts as the “ghost in the machine” and the “separable soul.” Rather, science affirms that the human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces.

Their hatred for the cross is based on the complete rejection of the concept of redemption.

Humanists, socialists (Muslims vote about 80% socialist in Europe), communists and most liberals have joined forces to try to eradicate Christianity. Their least common denominator is their hatred for the cross.

Yet there is hope. Jesus said: (John 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

iron crossThe intermediate location for the iron cross.

130909182814-05-9-11-museum-0909-horizontal-galleryThe final place for the iron cross at the 9/11 memorial.

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lenbilen

Engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, and chip manufacturing. Presently adjunct faculty at PSU, teaching one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

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