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Why do Christians embrace the history of the cross to date?

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Christians embrace the history of the cross due to its symbolic representation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and subsequent resurrection. The cross is regarded as a symbol of Christ's triumph over persecution and death, which redeemed humanity from sin.

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Different forms of crosses were used before the Christian era, including the Egyptian ankh hieroglyph and the Greek crux gammata found on tombs. The cross became widely embraced in the 4th century when the Roman emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. A variety of different crosses exist and are associated with particular groups of Christians or figures, such as the empty cross used by Protestants, the Russian Orthodox cross and the papal cross.

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