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Is wearing jewellery with the cross or crucifix a form of idolatry?

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I wear a small gold cross. I am not yet able to remember that God loves me always, and still have times of doubt, full of my own awareness of my sin and imperfection. I also have times where I lose sight of God and get overwhelmed with my old thoughts of being found unworthy, or unacceptable to Him in some way, a hangup from my birth religion.

 

So for me, the Cross keeps me grounded and reassured. I may find, in time, that I dont feel this way, or need to wear it. Just as a baby learns to walk alone. But for now, for me, I find it helps me on my spiritual journey to have this physical reminder that Yes, Jesus died for Me. His love is real.

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Do what you want to do regarding cross, ichthys, crucifix , or holy dingle dongle. Be assured you will offend someone regardless of what you do. Just know what you understand for yourself.

 I like the holy dingle dongle the combination  of Menorah star of David and cross myself. I thinking of getting an all black tattoo of it. My sweet wife loves her Lamb and Lion on a Star of David necklace.

Enjoy, celebrate, be of good cheer in th ename of our Lord and savior Jesus. Never let the Grinch steal Christmas either.

 

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On 5/20/2018 at 11:56 PM, Alison_P said:
I haven't read the whole Bible thoroughly yet but I know that it states throughout The Bible including verse Leviticus 26:1 which says "You shall make you no idols nor graven image neither rear you up a standing image neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God". Leviticus 26:1 
 
I believe that making graven images of things in Heaven & on Earth is also one of the 10 commandments. I think it was the second commandment.
 
Is wearing jewelry with the cross or crucifix, may it be a necklace, earrings or bracelet etc a form of idolatry? Is doing this going against scripture? I wear a necklace with the cross on it but I am beginning to believe that wearing a cross or owning a statue etc of the cross, crucifix or even of Jesus alone is committing idolatry. I used to believe that wearing a cross or crucifix around my neck or another form of jewelry was a representation of Jesus dying for our sins but now I am starting to believe that it is the wrong thing to do and I am thinking about removing the cross from my necklace. 
 
If you believe what I am saying is correct, please explain why and if you believe otherwise , why do you believe that wearing the cross or crucifix is not committing idolatry? 

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For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

Anything Could Be A Source Of Great Pride And Self-Worship (IMO)

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Galatians 6:14

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4 hours ago, Neighbor said:

Enjoy, celebrate, be of good cheer in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus. Never let the Grinch steal Christmas either.

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lol~!

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Amen~!

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Its okay as long as we dont treat them as an amulet of protection.

 

Jesus bless you with all goodness.

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Many people today wear a cross only because of the fashion aspect of it. It is ok to wear a cross if you are wearing it to show your love for the Lord. The true change should take place in the heart. It is not necessarily idolatry. 

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Most have favor of the cross to wearing a crucifix. Neither are idolatry. The Catholic faith takes it a bit far, as kissing the rosary is a pretty common practice. Then again, witchcraft seeps through their rites and rituals. It was never intended to be this way at all. 

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Stone, wood, arts of many kinds are good things in and of themselves. It is when we promote them and give them power to influence us more than God influences us that we have crossed over from worshipping the Creator to worshipping the created. Then they become idols instead of interests.

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1 hour ago, Coliseum said:

...It is when we promote them and give them power to influence us more than God influences us that we have crossed over from worshipping the Creator to worshipping the created. Then they become idols instead of interests.

Yeah, I think that's a fair way of understanding what idolatry is: when something takes a place in your life that should be reserved for God alone.

It's pretty easy to understand why it was a rule that ancient Israel couldn't make graven images of anything. Everyone around them was making idols out of images, and they clearly were tempted to copy what the other nations were doing, so it was better to just remove the possibility of temptation. I guess we tend to think of ourselves as more enlightened now, less easily tempted to follow after superstitions. But if film is any indication of what the world thinks icons are to Christians, I sometimes can't help but wonder how much modern superstition and actual idolatry could have been avoided if, over the centuries, Christians had decided to alienate themselves from iconography. How others might perceive those icons is something we might think about when deciding to wear icons or not. We may be intending to send an innocent message, but we can't control what message is actually received, so the conscience of others is a valid consideration (i.e., 1 Cor 10).

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Idolatry is bowing down and worshiping something. We only worship God and nothing else. 

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