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Symbology 101

One of the topics I want to explore through this journey is symbology. I have been fascinated with this subject for years but just recently have decided to invest time into studying it. I have found many resources on the topic; many of which are exactly on point with convictions I gained early in life. I want to do this with the purpose of exploring the meanings behind the symbols we encounter in everyday life. Many of these symbols will be exposed to negative and perhaps evil intents and others for the sake of just knowing what they mean. I believe that there are symbols that have been anointed with spiritual agendas to bless or curse those who use them and we as Christians should be aware of these for the betterment of our spiritual life. Yes, it is true that we are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, however, just as Christ and the apostles kept themselves from the things of the world, we should do the same. If this wasn’t the case, God would not have warned his people to stay away from such things.

Amos 5:26

But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Jeremiah 10:2

Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

God does have our back and does protect us from the enemy’s traps when we are ignorant of such things. However, this protection doesn’t always apply once we know the truth for the scripture says that he that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin. We are to keep ourselves holy and pure for God is a jealous God and he wants us to be separated from all which is not honorable to him. So when we are presented with spiritual and biblical truths, we can not go on being ignorant about the facts. We are expected to carry out that which is right in the sight of God. You should always look into anything that you are presented with to ensure for your sake that it points back to the Word of God.

In the course of our studies, I’ll be referring to several primary sources for information, Dr. Cathy Burns’ book Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, scripture and others (Not necessarily in this post). When referencing from these books, the text will be italicized and footnoted.

What Is A Symbol?

There are many good definitions for “symbol”. Let’s look at Webster’s, for example. Keep in mind these are not spiritual definitions but secular definitions.

1 an action, object, event, etc., that expresses or represents a particular idea or quality
2 a letter, group of letters, character, or picture that is used instead of a word or group of words
3 something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance; especially : a visible sign of something invisible

And just by looking at the definition from a secular perspective, we can see that a symbol really has more to it than just being a shape or image. We have to understand that we are not human alone but spirit as well and this spirit within us calls to the spirit world for direction, whether we know it or not. We were molded to be spiritual beings and we were such at the beginning. Because of the fall of man, our eyes were shut to the visual spiritual realm and opened to the invisible spiritual realm, weird huh? The serpent deceived Eve into believing that the fruit was good for food when in reality it was death to eat it.

The scheme of the enemy is to lie by giving us the opposite meaning of a thing in order for us to fall in his trap. He will inject truth into the lie as a cover many times to confuse us into believing. Remember the serpent was a beautiful creature and Eve had no idea that he was against them. Noticed that God did not warn them about the serpent, much less give them a description of him but by the words of the enemy she should have known that he was up to no good for he was going against God’s words. We are to stay vigilant and know the signs in order to escape any traps the enemy tries to place before us.

How Can Symbols Have An Effect On Us?

So I have had people tell me that looking into all of this is a waste of time. It is not uncommon to hear believers say that there is no such thing as cursed symbols and that even if there is, it doesn’t have an effect on Christians. Many Christians refuse to heed to the relevant patterns of the Old Testament. Here’s a common defense I hear, “When Christ died, he removed all curses from his people and anything that is in the Old Testament died with Christ.” Jesus Christ came to earth to fulfill the sacrificial laws and it would be absurd to think that the enemy ceased to deceive people after the resurrection of Christ. If anything, the enemy is out to steal, kill, and destroy more now than he ever has.

Scriptures tell us that we should have no fellowship with those that practice darkness. For what fellowship does light have with darkness? The truth is that even Christians can be influenced by the wrong spirits and symbols are no exceptions. The more pleasure you give yourself in these symbols, the more the spirit attached to it will be your influence. Even though you may think you will receive no real harm in continuing to participate in having these symbols, you will grieve the Holy Spirit.

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that once the symbol has been defined by the person who created it, a spirit with the same agenda attracts to it and follows it wherever it goes. We see this a lot in witchcraft when certain symbols are used. As part of rituals, witches will draw a certain symbol on the floor, and this action and symbol provoke a spirit to do or not do the will of the practitioner. Words are used to summon spirits just as we use our words to reach out to the throne of God. A symbol can represent a word or group of words and thus have the same effect wearing or having it in your house as if you had uttered the words. So there is power in a symbol. The cross that Christ bore and hung on has become a symbol to the world and was a manifestation of the law for the cursed.

Galatians 3:13 …Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

God warned his people time after time not to learn the ways of the heathen. Why was it so important to God that his people not practice such things? If God protected them from all harm being their father, then why couldn’t they have everything the heathen had? I mean, after all, the gods that the heathens worshipped were just statues, right? In other words, they were just carved pieces of stone set as decorations in the temples. These idols had no real power over the Jews and God knew this. So why couldn’t they just have these statues in their temples as decorations? At times I thought it was ridiculous that God worried about these people going after other gods seeing how there is no other god beside him. I thought about it and prayed that God would reveal to me why he cared so much about his people having other idols or statues; while he knew that these gods had no power over him.

The answer became clear – it wasn’t that the statues had power or that they would somehow overthrow God just because the people had them, but rather it was because of what they represented. They did not always worship it but did elevate it higher in their worship, which by doing so they took their eyes off of the true God. Remember the Hebrews built a golden calf when they were traveling in the wilderness. When Moses took too long to come down from the mountain, they decided to build a god. They thought Moses would never come back, so they built the molten image but they still planned to have a worship service to God with a burnt offering on the altar which was in front of the calf. They didn’t actually pray to this calf expecting it to do anything for them but they wanted to see something and worship God through it. However, God was angry at them for they had a symbol of something opposite to the truth. They were portraying to the world that they served another god even if they weren’t always intentionally doing so.

I don’t think anything has changed for God in this matter. He still holds to the same values as he did with the Hebrews. I do believe that because we are in God’s grace because of the sacrifice of Christ, we don’t fully comprehend the Gospel as we should. The fact that we do not get struck down by lightning when we do certain things must mean that we aren’t doing anything wrong, right? Wrong! We haven’t been brought to the full light of the truth and Christ intercedes for our ignorance so God permits certain things to “slide” for a while. There comes a time where he will intervene and show us the truth, even if it’s months, years, or decades later.

What Can We Do?

I have found that many Christians wear clothes that have symbols on them that are not suitable for them to wear, not knowing the true meaning behind the symbols. This action may not seem harmful on the surface, but just like the Hebrews, we are unintentionally portraying ourselves to be something else to the world. There are symbols out there that have been portrayed to be “harmless and good” but are actually harmful to the soul. I plan to show these symbols in later posts.

We need to look into the things we have, watch or do especially if we are mimicking others in the way they dress, act or talk. Protect yourself from subtle, deceptive moves of the enemy and the only way to do this is to stay in the Word, pray and submit to the Holy Ghost for He will show you all things.

Last Updated: June 10, 2021


  • Jody
    Posted August 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    My husband & I have been studying & preaching on these subjects for years. So glad to see someone diving into a ministry on symbology. I also use this information when I’m asked about tattoos. It blows my mind that ‘Christians’ aren’t more careful with what they are branding into their temples. of course, I say that knowing that things are often done in complete ignorance – but I agree with you that once we know The Truth – we are then accountable. Keep putting The Truth out there brother…

    • One Way Gospel
      Posted August 13, 2016 at 1:28 am

      Hey Jody,

      Thanks for reading the post. We need to be more aware of the things we get involved in as Christians. Although we live in this world, it doesn’t mean we should partake of everything in it. We all need spiritual discernment and more Holy Spirit to guide us. Thank you for your encouragement and I hope you can continue to follow One Way Gospel! God Bless!

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