History of the Cross: The Pagan Origin and Idolatrous Adoption and Worship of the Image

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Cosimo, Inc., 2007 M04 1 - 108 pages
In this, his only published work, devout Christian HENRY DANA WARD (1797-1884) exposes how the symbol of the cross, a pagan invention, has come to dominate Christianity, replacing a belief in the gospel with the worship of an idol. Christ's true cross, his suffering, was supplanted ages ago by the picture of the cross as an object of reverence, leading followers to kiss the feet of a statue of Christ and hope for miracles in its presence. Ward documents a variety of ways in which Christians were led to copy the rituals of pagans, all the while imploring them to give up their corrupted ways and return to the true teachings of Jesus. A compelling read first published in 1871, History of the Cross will be of interest to anyone wanting to know about the origins of Christianity.

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Page 7 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith : these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Page 8 - Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say : If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Page 7 - But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Page 14 - And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole : and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it shall live.
Page 79 - And he doeth great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast...
Page 18 - Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall : and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.
Page v - Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said. Nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Page 83 - The Lord shall consume (him) with the spirit of his mouth, and destroy (him) with the brightness of his coming.

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