This KS3 RE quiz takes a look at symbols in Christianity. A symbol is a visual image whose meaning comes from the event or narrative with which it is associated. One of the most well-known symbols in Christianity is the cross. On its own, an object created from two straight rods or planks which intersect at perpendicular angles is not particularly meaningful. The power of the cross as a symbol derives from the events with which it is associated and the Christian meaning which has been given to those events. The cross itself was used for Roman executions. Jesus was executed in this manner. The cross therefore reminds Christians of Jesus's death, but also of their belief in his resurrection, or rising from the dead. Crosses appear in churches and on books, are worn as necklaces and have been used in art for centuries. Symbols are a little like visual metaphors. Although each symbol has some meaning on its own, it is necessary to know its story to understand it better.
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