It was not always so. Some Protestants object to the crucifix because of the belief (which we Catholics share!) THE cross is loved and respected by millions of people. And this is why we believe it is an eternal Sacrifice. The Encyclopædia Britannica calls the cross “the principal symbol of the Christian religion.” Nevertheless, true Christians do not use the cross in worship. An important reason is that Jesus Christ did not die on a cross. I know all the rhetoric about “we serve a risen Savior, not a dead one.” That’s not what I’m looking for. And Jesus gives a hint that the son of man will be lifted as in Moses time to heal the people. Why so many Protestants do not consider Catholics Christian. This difference was keenly brought to my attention when a faithful Protestant friend brought her children to the Right to Life office one day. – 2tim424 Oct 3 '11 at 5:58 This is, of course, nonsense. Others find the prominent Catholic use of the crucifix in our churches and homes borders on idolatry. Most Protestants use an empty cross and rely on the mental image of a living, risen Jesus. A crucifix (across with a body on it) is a very catholic symbol. ... then Christ’s work on the cross is insufficient or of no effect as the apostle Paul says. The bare cross was not in wide use until recently, though current Protestants don’t know their own history on the matter and that their predecessors opposed it as much as they did the Crucifix. From Adam to the future which we have not yet arrived. Third , they object to the Crucifix because it is Catholic and to condone or display the Crucifix is to make a statement in favor of Catholicism. Why do Protestants use a cross, instead of a Crucifix? This is why we depict Christ on the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:23). In the early centuries after the time of Jesus Christ, there were other symbols: a dove, a ship, an anchor and a lyre. It is a statement as to the great sacrifice and suffering that Jesus made for us, a symbol of the Easter passion play. Hanging in a prominent place above the office door, was my Saint Benedict crucifix. Mar 3, 2013. Why not? Catholics are adamant about the Resurrection of Christ. For example there a few doctrinal reasons as to why one shouldn't display a crucifix instead of an empty cross. All the while I was a Protestant, I never had a problem with the crucifix; I did my share of paintings/drawings of it when I still considered myself an artist. So I'm wondering if it's just because it's not a tradition with most protestants, or if there is a real doctrinal objections to the practice. that Christ is resurrected, not still on the cross and thus, (some believe) He should not be depicted that way. Some Protestants suggest that because Catholics often depict Jesus on the cross it means that they believe he has not risen. 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