Christians have used the fish symbol , also known as the ichthys symbol , since the first century.The meaning of the word and symbol is very clever. The word ichthys means fish in Greek, but the letters are also the initials of five Greek words that mean “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior”

 

Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians. Hence the fish, unlike, say, the cross, attracted little suspicion, making it a perfect secret symbol for persecuted believers.

 

 

Origin:

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.

 

HISTORY:

During the reign of Emperor Nero (54 A.D.- 68 A.D.), and throughout the reign of subsequent evil emperors of the Roman Empire, Christians were commonly persecuted, tortured, and put to death because of their faith in Christ Jesus. Emperor Nero himself personally despised Christians. He blamed them for the great fire of A.D. 64 which burned nearly half of Rome. It was during Nero's persecutions that both Peter and Paul are thought to have perished.Spread throughout the empire, Roman soldiers were stationed everywhere to keep order and to act as police. This included keeping a watchful eye on the happenings of the daily lives of the people. Often times, when a soldier spotted a Christian, he would report it to his superiors who in turn would be ordered to arrest the Christian and to be brought in for interrogation. The Christian would then be harassed and tortured in order for them to recant and to submit to the many polytheistic religions of Rome. In most cases death would be the final end.

 

 

Beliefs:

1.« For God loved the world so much, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die, but have eternal life. »

John 3,16

2.They believe in Jesus-Christ, the Son of God, our Saviour.

3. Matthews 16,16 : « Simon Peter answered, « You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. »

4. The Acts 16,31 : « Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and our family. »

 

 

Misconceptions:

1. One the Old Testament God is a God of wrath, the New Testament God is a God of forgiveness.

2. Two The God of the Old Testament is completely different from Jesus Christ of the New Testament.

3. Three Christians never have a right to judge or condemn.

4. Four so long as Christians go to church, pay money to charity, talk about "love and forgiveness" and tell someone they're a Christian now and then, everything's fine with God.

5. If we follow God, it is only fair that God has an obligation to our personal happiness. He should therefore answer our prayers, or at the very least protect us from disaster.