Hello everyone, I had remembered visiting a giant statue of Christ on the Cross from my teen years. But I could not quite place it. I remember going on a long trip and seeing it with my mother. It was a dark wooden color. I typed in statues of Christ in America on the internet and I found “The Cross in the Woods shrine” in Northern Michigan. I was born and raised in Michigan. That must be it, I thought!.. When I clicked on the website, sure enough! There was the Cross just as I had remembered it from 35 yrs ago. I then remembered it was a trip my mother and I went on along with my sister and her husband, Scott and Rhoda back in 1984. We were traveling up to Mackinaw Island and stopped in to see this huge statue of Christ on the Cross on the way there. I’m glad to see it’s still there… Someday I will return and see it again.
The statue needs to be abolished or torn down. Christ is no longer on the cross. He resurrected from the dead three days later and ascended to heaven 40 days later and is now seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, from where he will return one day to gather his people unto himself. 1 Corinthians 15. He is risen from the dead.
Yet the crucifixes used as part of the rosary beads and as a necklace by Roman Catholic Americans always shows the crucified Christ. I don’t know why because I was raised in a Protestant (and Anabaptist) church where the picture behind the altar was Jesus at a wooden door. Perhaps you can Google it or ask a Catholic friend or acquaintance. Or a reader here might have the answer. They seem to be intelligent and educated folks who often know a little about a lot of things or a lot about some things. Wouldn’t hurt to ask!
The real reasons for the veneration of the cross and the hanged man are very complex and predate Christianity by millennia. You will not find these reasons stated overtly in the dogma literature of the Roman Catholic Church, identified by the phrase “nihil obstat” (let nothing stand in the way). What this means is that the work has been vetted and no contradictions to official dogma have been found. This is followed by “imprimatur” meaning “let it be printed”. Discussions by biblical scholars, Christian, Jewish, Islamic and secularist are a bit more balanced in the investigation of the bible as literature, linguistic development or artifact (extant fragments found). To resolve this as yet tightly bound Gordian Knot, one must relinquish any death grip on the Old Rugged Cross and plunge deeply into the blasphemous depths of paleoanthropology, sociology, linguistics and behavioral psychology. Nobody can hand you the answer on a platter because each must quite literally find their own truth. I will however share with you a key element from my own truth that may or may not be relevant to yours. The cross is essentially astrotheological in nature. Another hint may be found in the traditional hymn Gladly the Crosseyed Bear.