Friday, August 26, 2011

Did You Ever Wonder?

I'm working on getting back into the schedule of what life will be like once school starts again--early to bed, early to rise, the whole sh'bang.

I use this site for studying the scriptures first thing in the morning.  I love that I can jot down notes right there while I read.  At the bottom of the day's reading assignment is a quote.  The quote changes each time you do something on the page.

Today's was interesting.  It was ascribed to The New Era--the church magazine for teenagers.  It explains well why L.D.S. churches don't have crosses on them or in them.  Thought I might share this here for anyone who ever wondered....

"Because our Savior lives, we do not use the symbol of his death as the symbol of our faith. But what shall we use? He told us when he said, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments.' And so our lives must become a meaningful expression, the symbol of our declaration of our testimony of the living Christ, the Eternal Son of the Living God."
--The New Era, April 1990


vaxhacker said...

And yet symbols are important in our religion. We have architectural symbols in and on our most sacred places - stars, suns, moons, constellations, pentagrams, circles, the Star of David, earth stones, the Alpha and Omega (all of which have long and deep histories in Christianity and Judaism), not to mention the teaching sometimes couched in richly symbolic terms.

And yet we go to great lengths to avoid any confusion that we don't worship any symbol, or technically worship with any symbol, or even identify any symbol as "our symbol that represents us" as your quote points out.

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