We have become so accustomed to the cross that it is hard to understand what is so deplorable about the cross. In religious culture the cross has been turned into an icon. We are used to seeing pictures of a cross. You may have driven through various towns where you will see a large cross on the side of the road. Crosses are placed on the tops of many church buildings. People will even where jewelry that have a cross on it. Through these things the cross has become sanitized in our minds. To fully grasp what the image of the cross meant in the first century we must consider our own capital punishment devices in our culture. Today 33 states use lethal injection as the means for capital punishment for heinous crimes committed. The electric chair is used in 8 states and the gas chamber is used in 5 states. Can you imagine driving down the road and see large statues of gas chambers and electric chairs?
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