Also, known as the upside-down Latin cross, St. Peter cross, Petrine cross, or the satanic cross, some may see it as satanic and others may see it as just a religious symbol.
How I personally see the inverted cross; I perceive it as it displays a twist in Christianity. Satan’s ultimate goal is to misrepresent God’s character. So, if God’s attributes are holy, upright, just, loving, and righteous. The enemy’s attributes are the exact opposite. So if the Christian cross is upright, the satanic cross is inverted, therefore, twisted 180 degrees. And we either will turn to sin or turn to Christ.
What Does it Really Mean?
But what does it mean from society viewpoint and what does it mean religiously?
In today’s modern era, we tend to believe the upside-down cross is associated with satanism, 666 and other satanic elements. In music and movies; horrors such as The Conjuring, The Devil Inside, and Paranormal Activity, in which we may or may not have seen, they contain this anti-christian, spooky resemblance because it has inverted crosses inserted in the film to creep the viewers.
For few in this world, although, it’s not even looked upon as sinister whatsoever. The inverted cross can also be used to adorn churches, specifically few Catholic churches, and are often connected with popes. This is why there is another name for the inverted cross; St. Peter’s cross, because it is used in Catholism by the pope. The history behind this, St. Peter, or Peter, humbled himself and thought he was unworthy. He thought to himself he did not deserve the same, worthy crucifixion as Jesus, so he was known to be crucified on an upside-down cross.
However, there is no explicit recordings in the Bible. There is a verse, John 21:18 (NLT) says:
“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.”
In this verse, Jesus is prognosticating the death of Peter and when Jesus states; “stretch out your hands” he could’ve meant dying on a cross because in ancient times the stretching of hands was interpreted as a reference to the crucifixion.
A scholar named Jerome, who lived 300 years after Peter, was certain that Peter died on an upside-down cross. It wasn’t until 1563 where John Foxe wrote The Book of Martyrs, in which he wrote about martyrdom in the bible. He was confident of Jerome’s belief about Peter’s death and quoted this:
“Jerome saith that he was crucified, his head being down and his feet upward, himself so requiring, because he was (he said) unworthy to be crucified after the same form and manner as the Lord was.”
Therefore, when Catholic churches display the upside-down crosses, it does not mean they’re satanic. It is supposed to be viewed as it designates Peter. Catholics sometimes wear the inverted cross for respect and a reminder for Peter’s heroism and humility. But we should bestow upon true respect towards Jesus.
The Ultimate Difference
The christian cross represents Jesus Christ crucified, or can be noticed as the main symbol of Christianity or different types of the crosses; such as the Celtic cross which is a cross with a nimbus or a circle around it and was used in Great Britian in the middle ages or the Ankh which is an Egyptian hierogliphic symbol and has a loop on its top instead of the top arm. While the inverted cross represents the death of Peter, who was an apostle of Christ, because he hung upside down.
There is a contrast between a crucifix and a Latin cross. A Latin cross is just a symbol representing Christianity, which is a basic cross. While the crucifix is a cross with a Jesus figure placed on it. An inverted crucifix is considered blasphemous, but an inverted Latin cross can be gazed upon in a few ways.
There is no doubt about it that the satanic church does use the upside-down cross, but it is not the only symbol connected with the satanic church. The inverted pentagram is mostly used in the satanic church and the occult. Also, there are symbols of lightning to represent Satan falling from heaven onto earth Luke 10:18 says “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
The Inverted Cross in Satanism
The inverted cross is used in a series of ceremonial events like removing the covering from the Baphomet statue specifically from The Satanic Temple. But Satanism doesn’t use the inverted cross that often. Their main religious symbol is the Baphomet or the star with the surrounding circle, which is a pentacle.
What Do You Think?
Despite what you think of the upside-down cross, it is not going to haunt your house or hurt you. At the end of the day, it is a symbol that can be taken the wrong way, whether you see it a symbol connected to papacy or satanism. We should remember it is still used to mock Christ and that we shouldn’t be so fearful when we gaze upon one, but to just be cautious and contemplate for a second what it could stand for when we see it.
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