If you've ever done Catholic apologetics on a protestant forum, you've more than likely come across the assertion that Catholics keep Jesus on the Cross. A whole host of reasons are given for this:
- Catholics have a morbid fascination with death
- Crucifixes are scare tactics to keep people under submission
- Crucifixes are just another example of the gloom, suffering, and penitential emphasis on works that pervades Catholic life.
- Catholics have crucifixes because they do not adequately acknowledge God's place in heaven as King. CHRIST IS RISEN!
- The crucifix is proof that Catholics crucify Jesus over and over again in the Mass.
- A crucifix is simply another example of the Catholic use of graven images and idol worship.
- [insert your own answer here]
Keep your eyes on the crucifix,How perfect! Jesus' mission was to mount that cross to achieve the forgiveness of our sins, and without Him perched there, accepting the burden of all man's sins, the cross becomes simply one of many forms of capital punishment in Jesus' day.
for Jesus without the cross
is a man without a mission,
and the cross without Jesus
is a burden without a reliever.
For more information in defense of the crucifix, see the following articles:
- Cross or Crucifix on the Altar?
- Cross vs. Crucifix: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Study
- Crosses and Crucifixes
- Why Do Catholics Keep Jesus on the Cross?
- The Cross and Crucifix in Liturgy
- Archaeology of the Cross and Crucifix
- Altar Crucifix