Why Do You Wear This Cross?
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
We ask our Christian brethren this question. We are a family in humanity, and we ask this question with humility, sincerity, and love; truly wanting the best for all of mankind.
Not with any hate or trying to put somebody down. We are just sincerely trying to get people to intellectually think: Why?
Muslims love Jesus dearly as one of the mightiest messengers ever sent by God, who was calling people to only worship the one Almighty Creator, not himself or his blessed mother Mary, but only the Creator alone without any intermediaries.
So, why do you wear the cross around your neck? Have you really thought about it, or are you just blindly imitating and fitting in?
Some might say this represents his sacrifice and his dying for my sins on the cross.
Side note: Jesus never ever told people to worship him as a God, literal son of God, or that he was coming to die for people’s sins. This has nothing to do with his true message or teachings.
If Jesus was killed, just for an example, on an electric chair, would you be wearing a miniature representation of an electric chair around your neck?
Or if he was hung with a rope, killed with a machete, or if they had guns at that time and was killed in front of a firing squad, would you be wearing a 30-caliber Winchester rifle around your neck?
You see the cross has become a good luck charm, an idol in and of itself, which totally goes against Jesus’ true teachings and message. So, by wearing the cross and worshipping him, you are totally doing the opposite of what he told you to do.
We see rappers, gangsters, and fashion celebrities wearing this modern-day idol around their necks, while doing the most evil things. The cross at the end of the day can’t help you. Only the Almighty can help you if you turn to Him alone.
There are some very sincere good people who really love Jesus, and it’s those people whom we want to help educate and let them know that this is exactly what Jesus and all the messengers whom the Creator sent warned people against, and that was against idol worship or anything that could lead up to it, such as human worship, saint worship or any kind of creation worship. They all called people:
To worship the Creator alone and not His creation at your worst of times and the best of times. Only call on the Almighty alone without any middle man. To stay away from black magic – spirit worship – good luck charms – and the strange incantations and superstitions. To think and to not blindly follow your ancestors and popular cultural traditions.
If you really love Jesus, do what he told you to do. He only worshipped the Creator and called people away from creation worship. There is a statement that we can confirm he said because it matches the consistent message of all the prophets and messengers that the Almighty sent:
“NOW THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE: THAT THEY KNOW YOU, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, AND JESUS CHRIST, WHOM YOU HAVE SENT. ” [JOHN 17:3]
That is Islam, submitting to the fact that there’s nothing worthy of any kind of worship except the one Creator alone, and prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, is the last and final messenger.
That would automatically include the belief in all the messengers that came before him, including Abraham, Moses, and Jesus the Messiah. This is pure Monotheism.
A great place to start is in the heart, you got to be sincere and earnestly asking the Almighty alone to guide you to that which is pleasing to Him. Start doing that today!
Allah knows Best.