Visual representations and signs - also known as symbols - are very important in the Christian religion. Christians may be called "people of the book" (meaning they are readers of the Bible) and "people of faith" (meaning they believe in unseen things). Still, imagery plays an important role in the Christian life. For instance, symbols incorporating colors, shapes, and numbers, can have significant importance in the right context.
While faith apart from the senses may be of primary importance in Christianity, believers recognize that God is also the creator of the human senses, including sight. Moreover, what is visible and physical can, under the right circumstances, be an aid to faith. For example, when Christians remember the cross of Jesus Christ, in accordance with biblical instruction (e.g. 1 Corinthians 11), they consume bread and wine (or similar elements) at the Lord's Supper. Faith is thereby supported by a sensory experience.
Symbols and Signs of the Christian Religion
Below is a gallery of nearly 100 symbols found in the Christian religion. Click links (where available) for an explanation of the symbol's meaning, related Bible verses, and a gallery of examples of the symbol.
American Baptist Church
Church of Scotland
Crown and Cross
Crown of Thorns
Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Moravian Church of America
Papal Arms of Benedict XVI
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Shield of the Trinity
Southern Baptist Church
United Church of Christ
Vatican (Holy See)
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