How can I answer this Protestant objection about "our crosses"?

By December 23, 2014 12 Comments

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One Protestant objection I hear quite often has to do with “our cross.” The objection usually goes something like this: “Jesus died once and for all, for everyone. Any problems or difficulties we may encounter stem from our human nature or condition. To say that God gives us a cross that we must bear is not only unbiblical but minimizes Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice at Calvary.” In other words, we’re carrying a cross Jesus already died on!


Unbiblical? What about the words of Christ himself: “”If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”” (Luke 9:23)?
While it is true that problems and difficulties stem from our human condition, they are permitted by God because they have the ability to conform us more perfectly to him. Taking up our cross is not in opposition to his cross, but our feeble attempt to be one with him in the love he has shown us in carrying his. We express love most sublimely through sacrifice, as Scripture abundantly shows us.


  • Lorry says:

    It’s the resurrection, the empty cave that we glory in! Christ on the Cross is a good reminder to us all what He did for us

    • Mila Solanet says:

      So St. Paul was also incorrect when he said: “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness” 1 Cor 1:23
      Again he repeats it in “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” 1 Cor 2:2
      Didn’t Paul know that Jesus had risen from the dead? Of course, he did. Paul preaches Christ crucified because an empty cross has no power. The cross that bears the beaten, battered, and bloodied body of Jesus Christ, however, that cross is “the power of God”. This is why we keep Jesus on the cross, because we, too, preach Jesus Christ crucified.
      The glory of God is revealed in the sacrifice of His son for our sins.

  • mo says:

    1 Corinthians
    22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,n
    23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
    24 but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
    25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

  • LRC says:

    I love the crucifix, it reminds me that Jesus died for me; I love him deeply for that. A year ago I was on the Metro coming home from Mass. Three Muslim youths got on the Metro, noticed the Crucfix I was wearing and spit at me swearing and babbling. I now wear the biggest Crucifix I can find, no one will intimidate me because of my beliefs.

  • Diana G. says:

    Bless you, LRC! I so agree! The love of Christ.
    Well, Mel Gibson is a Protestant & he apparently understands the Passion of the cross.

  • Michael Schwartz says:

    This is an ignorant question,tell this protestant,to read his Bible. The question is to stir up trouble not for knowledge…..very non educated question.

    • l Taylor says:

      What twaddle. You buy a cross, to wear as a reminder that Jesus died and rose again for our sins. Death could not hold him he sits at the right hand of God. It’s a piece of jewellery, you either like the representation of a figure on the cross, or the plain cross often comprehended as Jesus is no longer on the cross, He is risen.
      Free will, free choice. Only man could find a division on such an item.

  • nice facturan says:

    in this kind of question from a non catholic person …I just answer…where ever this line means to you and to many people…carrying my cross is sharing Christ’s mission of evangelization, something I love to fulfill, my faith and my business that are non of yours…I told the protestant…read your bible believe in it and go ahead of your faith.. preach and be God’s preacher if you like…and leave me alone… we all have different perspective in life…let us respect one another… and we will put this world in peace… thank you for not seeing me again..

  • Steve says:

    The empty cross represents the resurrection. Christ said on the cross that ” It is done” . Meaning that the sacrifice was made. Hence the protestant cross. One way or another the imagery of the cross does not determine salvation.

  • Dr. Ken Craven says:

    I like what a young Catholic lady from Madagascar said to me when I said a Protestant had objected to my crucifix by saying “He is not on there anymore.” She said, “we live in time. In eternity, Christ is always hanging on the cross and He is always rising from the dead.” The great mysteries are eternal.

  • Sondra Townsend says:

    I don’t know what Protestant ask this question, but I was raised in a Baptist home and I have heard many say “this is my cross to bear” speaking of some difficulty in their life. I also think that there are many misconceptions for all religions. I did not have any problem converting to the Catholic faith, I love everything, celebrating the Saints, the Eucharist, Confession, devotion to Mary,kneeling and the curcifix that is above every altar.

  • Oloamanu Fauli'o. says:

    If this protestant conitnues to read his bible and think deeply about the Word of God he will one day realises that the true Church of Jesus is none other than the Catholic Church.

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