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Religious Symbols

By Justin Johnson

Everyone knows the Easter bunny is not in the Bible, but we are told the bunny is just a symbol of new life.

What of the colored eggs? – Another symbol.
Chocolate crème-filled candies? – A delicious symbol.
Easter ham? – A symbol that was forbidden by Moses’ law.
Going to church on Easter and not any other Sunday? – A symbol to the pastor.

What of the special sunrise service when the Bible says Christ was already risen “when it was yet dark” (John 20:1)? A symbol of the rising s-O-n.

What about waving palm leaves like a Jewish holiday (Lev 23:40)? A commemorative symbol of a time when no one knew the importance of Christ’s death on the cross.

What about burning last years palm leaves and putting the ash on our foreheads? A dead symbol.

Indeed, Christ is risen! His resurrection is meaningful for the gospel of salvation, but it is too important to veil in symbolism.

Religions love symbols, because it provides something tangible to identify their faith.

Faith is a mystery to religion, confusing, and undefined. Symbols, relics, and traditions are what give definition to their faith. Their pillar and ground of the truth lies in the continuous traditions and symbols protected by their church.

Without these symbols, their faith would become vague, unreal, and without participation.

Faith Uses Words Not Symbols

Faith is not a mystery when you rightly divide. God’s words are very real when you trust them, and the gospel does not need your participation – only your ears and your heart.

The pillar and ground of the truth is God’s words working effectually in each of us that believe, not in religious symbols and traditions.

Our apostle Paul says the Jewish religious symbols were only shadows of future things, but the body is of Christ, and the mystery of Christ has now been revealed in scripture! (Col 2:17, 2:2)

Since we have knowledge of the very body of Christ, the hidden wisdom of God, and the revelation of the mystery, why would we conceal these truths in shadows and symbols?

About religious symbols the scripture says:

“Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.” – Col 2:23

There is no honor to God in religious symbols. Religious symbols honor religions and their keepers, not Christ.

When religionists proudly put their symbols on display as an expression of their faith, pray that more mouths would open to boldly make known the mystery of the gospel as an expression of ours.

“[Pray] for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,” – Eph 6:19

Religions present their faith with symbols, we preach ours with words.

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Published: April 12, 2014
Last Modified: March 19, 2018
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