I have only recently seen this. I, too, wonder what is means. I do not like it, whatever it means. A cross is meant to be worn as a cross, upright and not horizontal. I would be very offended if the cross on my church's altar was laid on its side.
"Christians would find this type of necklace offensive when in fact the sideways cross necklace meaning is actually based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and not something that would negate the belief of Christianity. The horizontal orientation of the necklace connotes that Jesus Christ has actually risen and that the cross has already been laid down to signify that humanity has been saved. Sideway crosses are even engraved in tombstones and graves to symbolize resurrection of the soul during the coming of Judgment Day."
I am a christian and this is what i have learned and believe about it. It means you are well grounded and self-aware and you clearly recognize your place in the world It represents the earth and humanity It signifies Jesus Christ carrying the cross and suffering for mankind It signifies the cross having been laid down after Jesus Christ has risen It shows your readiness for the coming of the Creator, with the cross facing God at final judgment It shows you are fashionable – no more, no less
I feel as a Christian that it represents Jesus dying on the cross so that we can have eternal life. It's that picture of a man on one side of land with a big ravine needing to cross over to the other side (heaven) and the sideways cross is laid down to "bridge" how we are able to get to heaven despite our sin (ravine). :) That's what we were taught as a good "picture of it" this came to mind.
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The sideways cross seems to mean what ever you want it to mean, therefore it is void of ANY meaning. If you want to portray Christianity, wear the cross the proper way. What would be your reaction if, upon entering a church for the first time and the cross was hung sideways? I think I would look for somewhere else to to worship that morning.
Seriously? First of all, the crucifixes of the day were more "T"s than crosses. Christians didn't use the cross to represent anything until about the 4th century. Early christians were not treated well, and christians in the first century used the Ichthys (symbol of the fish) to identify themselves. After that there were all kinds of different symbols. A symbol is just a symbol, an icon is just an icon. Understanding how Jesus loves us and paid the debt we could not is the important thing to remember.
Too much has been made out of "The Cross". We, as Christians, worship Jesus as our Lord/Savior bc he died for all of our sins while we were still sinners (1 Peter 3:18 & Romans 5:8), we do NOT worship or hold value on the cross which was His torture mechanism. If we wear the cross it should be a symbol of our true belief in Jesus Christ not the cross itself, so it doesn't matter if it is upright, sideways, or anyways. Actually apostle Paul & other early christians were crucified on an upside down crosses. If one feels convicted that it is sinful for them to wear it, then they should not wear it as it WOULD be sinful for them (Romans 14), but do not judge those that do wear it. As with anything that can hold imagery/symbolism towards Jesus this can be an opportunity to share your faith & who knows someone may come to know & love the Lord as you have. I was wearing this cross & have been asked several times about it & I have been able to share my faith, love of the Lord, & what amazing love/grace He has done in my life with several people, simply because of a sideways cross.... hmm I do believe God can use anything to bring glory to him, so lets not put Him in a box. continued...
The Cross was a means to bridge the gap between God and man. Whether we wear it upright or we wear it sideways, it's not offensive and it's easier to wear to be honest. Besides, there are always questions about how to wear a cross ring when it is upright. This makes it's easier.
The sideward cross is nothing more than a way for Jewelers to make more MONEY from Christians who want to be Hip in todays culture. If you really want to be Hip then act as a Christian in our culture and express Christ's love to a world that is dying in sin. Don't follow the trend, follow Christ and His example. Some simple ways to express Christ's Love in the World is forgivness. Forgive your family members who have hurt you, without reserve. Forgive your friends who have hurt you, forgive those around you that have hurt you, forgive that human being in the car that just cut you off, Forgive, Forgive, Forgive. That is the example of Christ. "Do unto other as you would have them do unto you" Jesus.
The cross is the symbol of Christianity. Christ died on the cross for our sins. And promised eternity to those who would follow Him. Jesus has always kept His promise. The Cross represents to me, Psalm 18:2 "Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower".
When I look at this sideways cross, it breaks my heart. In my opinion it means that you . are saying that you have overpowered and subdued the cross. In my opinion you are destroying the symbol of Christianity. I have to wonder who your God is. It saddens me that you have sold out. I would not lay down my cross. My cross is upright. As long as I have breath will remain upright.
As always, we have free will. I have expressed my opinion. Whoever opposes, is certainly entitled to their opinion, however I pray that you will change your mind. I would like to say in closing that as Christians we all know how the story ends. The sideways cross is right on schedule. Choose life.
"The issue is not over compassion and an alternative of whatever sort, but over the status of compassion in the nature of things. Is compassion rooted in ultimate reality, or is it only an admirable human virtue? That is a vertical question pertaining to worldviews. Liberals inherited their exemplary passion for social justice from parents and grandparents who (for all their social concern) nailed the horizontal arm of the Christian cross [the person-person relationship] to its vertical arm [the God-person relationship] which (in standard rendition) is longer to symbolize its priority. In their declining concern for theology and worldviews, liberal Christians have in effect turned the cross on its side and made its horizontal arm the longer of the two." (Huston Smith, Why Religion Matters, p. 212)