Constitutional History of the Western World
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The Roman Catholic crucifix is an image of a Roman Catholic version of Jesus, a version who says Rome leads people to heaven. If the True God / True Jesus says Rome is lost in heresy and leads people to perdition, then an image of a version of Jesus who says Rome leads people to heaven is a lie. If the crucifix is an image of a lie, then the image of the beast, Revelation 14. 11, comes to mind. More
2 Thess 2 says the Antichrist will be revealed prior to the Second Coming of Christ. Revelation 14. 6-11 says 3 angels from heaven will show up before the Second Coming. My religious books push a theory which says the great tribulation - see Revelation 18 for more info about this - revolves mostly round an issue with the cross.
The Devil's side / the Antichrist's side will push one theory about the cross. The 3 angels from heaven, Revelation 14. 6-11, will push a different theory.
The anti-cross side says that all of the evils perpetrated over the centuries by people carrying crosses are reflected in the cross, rather as the evils of the Nazis are reflected in the Nazi swastika, and so the cross is evil, and is therefore, most likely, the mark of beast. Revelation 14. 11 says one burns in hell forever if one puts the mark of the beast on his forehead.
The pro-cross side says the cross is sacred to God, and is the seal of God mentioned in Revelation 9, the seal which saves one from the torments described in Revelation 9, provided the seal is on your forehead.
The strongest arguments on the anti-cross side say, 1) Lots of evil was perpetrated over the centuries by people carrying crosses, and, 2) You will never be cast into eternal hell for the sin of having an evil mark on your forehead if you have no mark whatsoever on your forehead.
Those on the pro-cross side argue: There must be at least one church under the cross - at least one church somewhere under the cross! - which leads people to heaven, which leads people to heaven because it is God's True Church. It is not possible that every church under the cross is a false church which leads people to perdition! How could every church under the sign of the cross be a false church? It must be a satanic lie to say that God says the cross is evil.
Christianity is divided and subdivided into thousands of churches. You want to find God's True Church, the Church which Christ founded on a rock. One needs the guidance of the True Church on lots of issues besides the cross in order to attain heaven and to escape perdition, recall 1 Corinthians 11. 27-29.
Of course every church claims it leads people to heaven. No church brags that it drags souls down to eternal perdition!
The essential problem is of the following nature. Suppose Rome and only Rome is God's True Church. Suppose only Rome leads people to heaven. Suppose every other church leads people away from heaven and to eternal perdition, because all of the churches on earth, except for the Roman Catholic Church, are false churches, because only Rome is God's True Church. Then we should all obey Rome. Or suppose Rome leads people straight to eternal perdition, and suppose the Russian Orthodox Church leads people to perdition too, and suppose the Church of England is not God's True Church either, but suppose the True Church is out there somewhere. You just have to find it.
Mostly likely what will happen, when the Antichrist shows up, and when the 3 angels from heaven show up, is that these thousands of Christian churches which confuse matters with their conflicting doctrines will be transformed, changed in such a way that thousands of churches will vanish. But 2 churches will not vanish. There will be the church run by the Antichrist, a rather satanic church indeed! And there will be the Church pushed by these 3 angels from heaven, the 3 angels mentioned in Revelation 14. 6-11, and this Church will be God's True Church.
So, instead of having to locate God's True Church from amid thousands of churches, as is our current predicament, in the future we might only have to choose between 2 choices.