The fish – symbol of Christianity?

I found this last night, and I’ve heard similar information in the past – and it all confirms that God’s word is clear – NO IMAGES! Even the cross as a symbol has all kinds of problems and issues (it is likely that Yeshua was crucified on a pole rather than a cross).


So what this site (Link) has to say is interesting:


Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians. In pagan beliefs, Ichthys was the offspring of the ancient Sea goddess Atargatis, and was known in various mythic systems as Tirgata, Aphrodite, Pelagia, or Delphine. The word also meant “womb” and “dolphin” in some tongues. Before Christianity adopted the fish symbol, it was known by pagans as “the Great Mother”, and “womb”. Its link to fertility, birth, and the natural force of women was acknowledged also by the Celts, as well as pagan cultures throughout northern Europe. In certain non-Christian beliefs the fish also has been identified with reincarnation and the life force.[4]

It goes on to give the symbolic meaning of the symbol in the way it was used in Christianity:

“Symbolic meaning

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus) is an acronym/acrostic[5] for “Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ“, (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour”.

Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for “Jesus“.

Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for “anointed”.

Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεου), Greek for “God’s”, the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for “God”.

Upsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)uios[6] (Υἱός), Greek for “Son”.

Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for “Savior”.

This explanation is given among others by Augustine in his Civitate Dei,[7] where he notes that the generating sentence ” Ἰησοῦς Χρειστὸς [sic] Θεοῦ Υἱὸς Σωτήρ” has 27 letters, i.e. 3 x 3 x 3, which in that age indicated power.[8] Augustine quotes also an ancient text from the Sibylline oracles[9] whose verses are an acrostic of the generating sentence.”

The last paragraph should tell you everything you need to know – “the generating sentence has 27 letters […] which in that age indicated power.” This is NOT scriptural!

So please ponder this information and ask yourself if a symbol which was ever used for pagan worship or veneration can ever be then used as a symbol of our faith in God? I don’t believe so.

The site has useful information on many symbols: Link

For my previous post on images, click here: Link

Have a wonderful Sabbath!

God Bless you



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