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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
How The Cross Taunts ISIS, an article by Robert Barron
In the wake of the executions [of twenty one Coptic Christians], ISIS released a gruesome video entitled "A Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross." I suppose that for the ISIS murderers the reference to "the Nation of the Cross" had little sense beyond a generic designation for Christianity...
In the time of Jesus, the cross was a brutal and very effective sign of Roman power. Imperial authorities effectively said, "If you cross us (pun intended), we will affix you to a dreadful instrument of torture and leave you to writhe in agonizing, literally excruciating (ex cruce, from the cross) pain until you die. Then we will make sure that your body hangs on that gibbet until it is eaten away by scavenging animals."
The cross was, basically, state-sponsored terrorism, and it did indeed terrify people...the cross [Christ died upon] meant the victory of the world, and the annihilation of Jesus and what he stood for.
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