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  1. farouk

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    So folks the Christian fish sign <>< dates from the early days of Christianity when Christians would trace in the dust a fish sign that spelt 'fish' in Greek, the acrostic meaning 'Jesus Christ Son of God'.

    Today this is used by Christians still for pendants and other jewelry, bumper stickers and car badges, tattoos (no, this doesn't have to be another tattoo thread) and other signs and banners.

    It can be effective as a conversation-starter, both among professing Christians that do not yet know each other and also in an evangelistic way.

    So does anyone have or use the Christian fish sign in such a way?

    Blessings.
     
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    I was always kind of nervous about adding as a bumper sticker, because I never trusted people if they messed with the whip. I'm not a tattoo person so..the only thing left is typing it. When it comes to my cd/dvd booklets, I'll put on cross bumper stickers for my christian stuff. - Dave <>< :wave
     
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    [MENTION=93656]Dave[/MENTION]: I kind of think: if you have a Bible text or a Christian symbol on the car, and then the driver speeds or drives discourteously, it doesn't send a good signal...

    But the Christian fish sign is very popular among Christians in many, many contexts: it 'preaches' so well...
     
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    Blessings my brother.
     
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    So how else do folk use and display the Christian fish sign?

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    I heard it was a pagan symbol originally
     
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    I personally do not use it (no real reason). I can't imagine how it could be used well for a conversation starter with a non-christian since it is probably the second most widely known Christian symbol (behind the cross). But it is perfect for letting others know that you are a Christian, which is what I think it's purpose is.

    With the cross becoming used as a fasion statment with non-christians, it may actually be the best symbol to use that truly shares your faith with others. Although there are so many different version of it now. Some that mock and some that just try to "modernize" the design so sometimes I can't tell which it is.
     
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    @Corey :

    Like you mean with jewelry, for example?

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    "The corporation doesn't care if you're a christian."
     
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    Dave: Not everyone is, this is true.

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    Yes. Although, like mentioned above, some jewlery may not have the same impact as a fish. Wearing a cross on a necklace may not necessarily mean you are a Christian. I think it has become somewhat of a fashion statment for some poeple and those people may not even say they are a Christian if they were asked. But anyone wearing the fish may be more likely to be a Christian. I could be wrong though.

    To be clear though: In no way am I saying that anyone wearing a cross on a necklace is not a Christian or is only doing it for fashion.
     
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    [MENTION=90638]Corey[/MENTION]:

    I think you can even get Christian fish earrings.

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    [MENTION=90638]Corey[/MENTION]: I know a lot of people use it. The cross minus the crucufied figure is said to represent the fact that 'He is risen'.
     
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    In recent weeks there have been various references to the Christian fish sign on other threads; and I've been surprised at how hostile some people have been to it being used in some circumstances.
     
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    I know my dad almost seemed to hate it, at least back when he was more opinionated. (He wasn't convinced it was really a Christian symbol.) Not sure of his stance later on. He mentioned once last year that he felt like he was a little too harsh on some things like that "back then".
     
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    @questdriven :

    My thing would be a pragmatic observation that if it can stimulate a faith based conversation and presentation of testimony, it can work okay.

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    I've been casually discussing this with people at church this past week.
    People in general tend to think it's not a big deal either way.
     
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    Historically it does refer to a series of letters in Greek, indicating that the Lord Jesus is the Son of God.

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    [MENTION=89910]questdriven[/MENTION]:

    I posted something to your profile; delete if you prefer.

    Blessings.
     
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    Don't use it as a conversation starter but I do have an embossed version of the fish on the back of my car. I've always wanted to know though, does it matter which way the fish is pointing?
     
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